1. Sketch: As you know my sketches are usually quite messy because I tend to work with lines and color shapes at the same time. I find this method useful because I can see more or less how much impact will have my image. Impact for me is related with colors and shapes. I think about my images and I want them to be seen in the distance as a cool mix of attractive colors, like in a cool thumbnail which makes you think ”oh! this seems interesting to my eye…let’s enlarge it to see details better”
2. detailed sketch and color key: When I’m satisfied with mi main sketch I usually rest some days to think about the next step. My work mates usually tell me I’m a lazy ass or that I’m crazy because in this art business I won’t be able to rest a bit because clients want their works for YESTERDAY.
And the fact is….I know that. But in the other hand, I know myself, and I know what I can do when I work the way I should work. When you see the final image of this project you will know that I worked EXACTLY the way I should work. Why? Because of the result.
I hope one day I can handle my projects faster, cheaper and with more quality, but since artists are not machines and creating art is not like working on a bootle factory, putting X amount of caps on them [my respects to packers] art won’t never be industrialized [at all].
”Ok, I understand your point, but I need this image for tomorrow so If you don’t do it fast I’ll hire another artist, faster than you. Maybe cheaper. Even maybe better”
Ok, go for it. As an artist I consider that you wanted something from me because you liked my style or my-whatever-you-liked-from-me, not because you need a super-fucking-awesome-image urgently from whoever who could do it in time [even that case actually exist].
In fact I ACTUALLY can do what you’re asking for, I actually can work faster, but then it won’t be cheaper. I can work cheaper, but then it won’t be faster. Quality is in the middle. I have a top of quality at present, you can’t ask me for more, but you can ask me for less. Despite of I can handle quality, I have to put too much effort and hours on it [for example, the rest period to avoid to overlook mistakes].
This bible is to show you WHY I work the way I do. I’m not lazy, I’m strict. I don’t procrastinate, I take rest to avoid art block, think about the next step or solving problems related with the project. And of course, I don’t have just one project to focuse on.
To finish this rant [not really XD] I recorded two videos of me linearting and coloring this image. The first one [lineart] was a livestream recording. The other one [coloring] is a normal recording of me at my house [normal workflow]. You will see that both took me hours and I just colored hair and skin, so imagine the rest of the image, like the pattern on their kimonos [yes, I did them by hand, not premade images]. I put too much effort on little details.