My first step is to visualize my ideas and compositions with making
small rough sketches. I spend a lot of time in this process with
talking much about it with people around me, doing web search and
reading books. The first thing I finish is action. Then I decide angle
As soon as I make few rough sketches with
different ideas and angles, I start to search images for more specific
ideas and sketches. Research is not just gathering images. It is a lot
more than that. I always get so much inspired in this process from
images, conversations, and media. So sometimes I go to the Photo
Library, sometimes just find images or video clips on the web and
sometimes go out to take pictures. I try to make references by my self
because they have my own feelings in them.
Next step is picking
a right one. If it is commissioned work, I discuss with art directors.
Once I get only one rough sketch, I digitalize it with scanning to blow
it up on Photoshop. Then I print it out in original drawing size and
trace it on watercolor paper on the light box. After making more
details on it, I do black ink drawing using watercolor brush. I usually
do ink drawing by hand and finish the rest in Photoshop, because it’s
easy to make revisions.
Now it is time for digital work. I scan
the black & white ink drawing and change line colors, fill colors
and apply textures in Photoshop. I use textures to add a natural look
to my digitally finished work. My main texture source is usually
watercolor, but I apply various textures in some pieces. I found that
each texture serves a different role and helps to exaggerate a feeling
I want to focus on.
At the end of the process I add shadow and apply lighting effect thinking that it looks like my original thought.