1. Inquiry or briefing
Each commission starts with information from the client: What is to be drawn or painted, and what is it going to be used for. For example, is it for a childrens‘ book, a fairytale story illustration, or something modern and stylish? How many illustrations are there altogether and how detailed should they be? Where will the project be published? Are one-time or exclusive usage rights required? Until when does the work have to be finished? With all this information available, I send the client a non-binding estimate.
According to the client’s specifications I make one or two sketches, still very loose, to determine the composition of the subject. A certain number of change requests, depending on the size of the project, are included at this stage.
3. Line Drawing
From here I and the client can already see quite clearly what direction the illustration will take, even if these lines are going to disappear later beneath layers of digital paint. I make adjustments where requested, and add the most detail in key areas.
4. Rendering the Final Artwork
In these stages you can see how I render with color, often focusing on one area at a time. Usually I work with layers, using separate layers for people, foreground and background while keeping their number as low as possible. Too many layers become a hindrance rather than an aid.
I work with Adobe Photoshop and a Wacom tablet. My digital paintings take anywhere between 10 and 30 hours to complete.