September 16th, 2010

Worry less smile more

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Few weeks ago I’ve been lucky enough to spend some peaceful time with a bunch of Somerset’s cows during Farmfest and, as the experience was completely enjoyable, I picked it up as a starter for my next illustration.

Rather than trying to write a poem about cows I mocked up a visual step by step explanation of my process.

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1. July 2010, sitting in the grass, watching cows eating grass and transforming it;

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2. The initial brainstorm mainly word-based with few scribble around;

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3. Graphic research and development of the concept;

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4. A first DS sketch;

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5. A second DS sketch…;

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6. The official inspiration board;

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7. The in-progress sketch on real paper with real pencils (first round: HB, second round: 2B);

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8. Going into details;

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9. The most discouraging (at the beginning it never works) but rewarding (when it works) part: building a colour scheme;

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10. The real painting using vectors and time (plenty);

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11. The final reward.

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