My process through dinosaurs

Hello everyone! So, I’m currently going through the fear-inducing process of arranging my portfolio and I found a stack of sketchbook work for a project I did not long ago. It was speculative submission for Okido Magazine. The brief was to create a ‘spot the difference’ page based around the theme of dinosaurs. I though it would be quite a nice project to show my general process for my illustration. So, without further ado, here is my work progress for my illustrations, first I’ll show you the finished project:


Every illustration starts with sketch and depending on the job, the sketches can range from ultra detailed to fairly loose and quick. When I sketch it’s usually to work out composition, colours and content. As you can see below, it was a loose sketch I did.


I then used a lightbox to neaten up the sketch. For those of you who don’t know what a lightbox is, it’s a piece of equipment (usually taking the form of a table or large box) that emits light from underneath, making whatever you’re drawing translucent, similar to when you hold a drawing up towards a window. This is good for creating layers and why it’s become a staple item for animators. For me though, it gives me a chance build upon my first drawing.

Illustrating some dinos. #triceratops #dinosaur #dino #skeleton #musuem

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I don’t know if you can tell but the underlayer is the first sketch and the second layer is my more refined drawing. Sometimes I like to seperate the elements a bit more as this makes arranging in Photoshop much easier.

A work in progress. #dinosaurs #museum #illustration #skeleton #dino #wip

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After I’ve scanned in my drawings (at 600dpi usually, slightly excessive but it suits my needs) I then arrange and colour in Photoshop, making further changes and adjustments. BlogBlog-1

At this point felt it was getting there, but needed more colour or something to make it look less empty. I also saved a second version and designated that as the ‘different’ image, erasing certain elements etc. After many different trials and variations I finished on this final image:


Add in the other elements such as the handwritten text, title…and hey presto! You have a finished illustration. Well, I hope that informative, I know I skimmed over a lot of stuff so any questions, feel free to post it in the comments section below.


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