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Let’s Talk About the Process

It Started with Thumbnails

 

I had a 6 week window in which to create this assignment, and my teacher devoted half of that time to thumbnails. It was a clever tactic on his part, and taught me a really valuable lesson: The bulk of the work that goes into an illustration is problem solving, and the bulk of the problem solving is settled in the thumbnail stage.

 

It Started with Thumbnails

I had a 6 week window in which to create this assignment, and my teacher devoted half of that time to thumbnails. It was a clever tactic on his part, and taught me a really valuable lesson: The bulk of the work that goes into an illustration is problem solving, and the bulk of the problem solving is settled in the thumbnail stage.

Value Study

After figuring out the general layout in my thumbnails I worked out a more detailed value study that I would use as a guide to keep my values in check as I proceeded through the final rendering.

The success/failure of a piece are mostly dependent on whether or not the value relationships are working. That made this step pretty dang important.

Value Study

After figuring out the general layout in my thumbnails I worked out a more detailed value study that I would use as a guide to keep my values in check as I proceeded through the final rendering.

The success/failure of a piece are mostly dependent on whether or not the value relationships are working. That made this step pretty dang important.

Color Study

I was getting way too finicky at the start of my color study, then my teacher came along, told me to simplify down to a few graphic shapes and just focus on color relationships. That was really helpful.

I hadn’t understood the value of a good color study before this assignment. So many decisions that I didn’t have to worry about making under the pressure of the final piece. Phew.

Color Study

I was getting way too finicky at the start of my color study, then my teacher came along, told me to simplify down to a few graphic shapes and just focus on color relationships. That was really helpful.

I hadn’t understood the value of a good color study before this assignment. So many decisions that I didn’t have to worry about making under the pressure of the final piece. Phew.

Rendering the Final

 

There was a lot of work that went into rendering the final image, but honestly I w as surprised by how much less there was than I had expected. Putting a lot of effort into the process work made my job a lot simpler when it came to wrapping things into the final version.

 

Rendering the Final

 

There was a lot of work that went into rendering the final image, but honestly I w as surprised by how much less there was than I had expected. Putting a lot of effort into the process work made my job a lot simpler when it came to wrapping things into the final version.

 

Rendering the Final

 

There was a lot of work that went into rendering the final image, but honestly I w as surprised by how much less there was than I had expected. Putting a lot of effort into the process work made my job a lot simpler when it came to wrapping things into the final version.

 

Thoughts on Collaboration

 

I didn’t know just how valuable it is to have other talented artists and thinkers collaborate on my projects. Prior to this, I’d operated largely as a creative lone wolf, wanting the freedom to do what I want without people looking over my shoulder. Working with David Dibble on this piece helped me to recognize that putting additional minds to the task can be HUGELY beneficial. This piece would absolutely not have made it to the point that it did without help and outside support.
I’m looking forward to working in future studio environments, and getting pushed to create my absolute best work.

 

Thoughts on Collaboration

 

I didn’t know just how valuable it is to have other talented artists and thinkers collaborate on my projects. Prior to this, I’d operated largely as a creative lone wolf, wanting the freedom to do what I want without people looking over my shoulder. Working with David Dibble on this piece helped me to recognize that putting additional minds to the task can be HUGELY beneficial. This piece would absolutely not have made it to the point that it did without help and outside support.
I’m looking forward to working in future studio environments, and getting pushed to create my absolute best work.

 

David Dibble

I owe a lot to David for his help in creating Kharbranth. His critiques were honest, clear and an absolutely necessary component to the creation of the project.
David is an incredible landscape and environment artist in his own right, and as a teacher is able to distill the complex principles and knowledge that he’s gained through years of experience into bite-size nuggets that student newbies like myeself can digest. His experience at Blue Sky Studios has made him into a mentor that can show the path because he’s travelled it himself. Thank you David for all of your help, and here’s to future classes with you!

Please, click on the images to the right to check out some of David’s own work from a recent project he completed that centers in the Polynesian Islands.

David Dibble

I owe a lot to David for his help in creating Kharbranth. His critiques were honest, clear and an absolutely necessary component to the creation of the project.
David is an incredible landscape and environment artist in his own right, and as a teacher is able to distill the complex principles and knowledge that he’s gained through years of experience into bite-size nuggets that student newbies like myeself can digest. His experience at Blue Sky Studios has made him into a mentor that can show the path because he’s travelled it himself. Thank you David for all of your help, and here’s to future classes with you!

Please, click on the images to the right to check out some of David’s own work from a recent project he completed that centers in the Polynesian Islands.

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