This is from a fun job that I just delivered and am waiting on for feedback.
I was given some specific colours to use thematically for each of 5 characters, and then the rest of the colouring was up to me. I’m curious to see how my colours are accepted by the client. My colours can be a bit wahed-out and retro at times. I get tired of REALLY bright colours pretty quickly.
I was also required to come up with 3 secondary characters that would only appear on a few spreads. Coming up with characters is a ball, I have to say, and I am always surprised when my little dudes get accepted as they are! So far so good.
I’ll post a few process shots soon.
One interesting thing about this job was that I had been approached by the same client last year and asked to do an unpaid spec piece to see if they’d like my work. I did the spec (I don’t do that unpaid anymore) in my old vector style, with some photoshop textures… and the job fell through. This time they came back for my line-art style and a paid spec piece. I got the job!
Something about dropping my old style and trying an even older style has paid off.
Granted, the old-old style of tracing pencils with ink, scanning and photoshopping is more work intensive—at least in the amount of steps to get to a finished drawing—but I find it more intresesting, relaxing and satisfying.
Working in vectors used to be much quicker when I was working with animation and apps. For that type of media, I’d be making individual things, much like illustrating MANY small spot illustrations, to be used with code. For illustrations, I spend way more time moving that pen tool around on a bigger more complicated scene, and my hand eventually revolts on me.
It’s a bit like farming.
Vector Art is like one big crop of corn. It’s effective, but it hurts eventually. Eat ONLY corn all day long every day, and you’ll get sick and die.
Line Art is like a sustainable farming method of planting a range of crops alongside helpful plants and flowers, so that some plants keep pests away and others bring pollinators in… or something.
I’m no farmer, but I can feel how keeping my hands busy with many different activities saves them from dying a slow dull death from doing the same thing day in and day out.
Oh! As a sidenote: having switched from vector to line art, my freelance jobs have more than doubled. Or, maybe it’s just a sign of the times?