Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the creation process for my illustration in L. Ron Hubbard Presents the Writers of the Future Volume XXVIII.
Step 1: Win the contest.
Step 3: Generate concept ideas. (see previous post)
Step 3.2: Generate more ideas when the Art Director isn’t completely satisfied with your original ideas.
Step 4: Gather reference shots. (If I’m going to use a lot of detail from a reference, I make sure it’s in the public domain, or I photograph my own.)
Step 5: Character studies.
Step 6: Composition sketches. (This is just one of the half dozen or so sketches I did. I hadn’t done a two-point perspective drawing since high school. It was fun trying to remember how it all worked. )
Step 7: Rough in the basic outline drawing.
Step 8: Add tone, texture and details.
Step 9: Scan the finished drawing.
Step 10: Tweak levels in Photoshop.
Steps 11: Fixes. (My original idea with the foreground didn’t work, so I extended the shading below the truck’s bumper, re-scanned the image, and then re-tweaked on Photoshop.)
Even after I added to the foreground, I still screwed up the dimensions and ended up cropping from either side. This is the image in the book. I think I prefer the un-cropped version. I can only blame myself. )