process

Process

Some of you have asked about my drawing process. My tools are a Samsung Laptop running Windows 8 output to a 27″ LG flatscreen. I use a combination of PowerPoint (not a typo), Adobe Illustrator, Fireworks and Photoshop. Everything I do is with a mouse and not a drawing tablet or piece of paper. My first step begins with a concept, feeling or punchline tied to a character idea or object. I open up Illustrator or PowerPoint (for quick sketches) and start making a series of overlapping closed vectors. I continue to ‘build’ these up until I have enough detail to add coloring. I use a pallet of 60 basic colors and I try to match the mood of my subject. For instance, this is my character ‘Jean’ whose red hair contrasts nicely with the darker suit. After I finish the basic coloring, I’ll do some layering and smoothing in Photoshop to get a uniform softer tone for the final piece.

Let me know if you have any questions and I appreciate your feedback and suggestions.

Thanks,
Mark

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