2017 iPad Pro
Completed in 6 hours.
Step 1 | Sketch
The sketch phase is quite rough. I generally work as quickly as possible at this stage in order to capture my initial idea without worrying about details.
I use the HB Pencil brush in Procreate for this step.
Step 2 | Base Colors
The base colors come next. I lay down a palette idea to set the mood and vibe I want to bring across with the piece.
I also set the sketch layer to multiply mode here so it reflects the colors beneath it.
Step 3 | Refine
Now I refine the sketch and block out color areas. I also erase the sketch underneath in places where I no longer need those lines.
This step is where things look pretty messy.
Step 4 | Render
The render stage involves continuing to clean up and refine the details.
I also subtly change up the pose a bit.
Step 5 | Render/Finalize
This is the section is where the majority of my time is spent. On an illustration I decide to render more realistically, it takes many passes to get the whole piece to the same level of finish.
I'll do a final color adjustment and brightness pass at the end, especially if I'm prepping it
I generally like to take a break for a day at the final stage. When I look at it with fresh eyes later, I often see mistakes I previously missed.
Watch the full video process below