industry: multimedia, intertainment
I do logo design and branding for a living and fun, and illustration just for fun. When I happen to have a free minute not working on a next logo, visual identity, or branding project for a client, I usually go cycling, play drums, read, watch movies, or just doodle. If I see a promising design, a doodle transforms into full-blown illustration.
As usual it all starts with a thumbnail doodle sketch. I use simple paper and lead pencil or ballpen for the purpose. Sometimes I refine sketches and sometimes just scan or photograph a crude doodles and jump into Illustrator to build vectors.
What concerns colours the same rule or method applies to illustrations as when I design a logo, I do it balck and white first. It is much easier to work just with highlights and shadows paying attention to overall contrast and not be distracted by colours. Furthermore, I believe a good design, good logo, good illustratrion will work just fine in black and white solely. Same applies to photography. So if you manage to do this, adding colours will be much easier task.
When designing this illustration I applied a digital texturing and shading technique that I previously described in my tutorial.
What concerns colour palette, I didn't do it on purpose. I just wanted some greens and purples. Later it dawned on me that were a fireweed colours and hence the name of the illustration – Fireweed Warrior.