Recent illustration for Midwest Living Magazine. The focus of the article was on the health benefits of sensory deprivation tanks. Here's my process from sketch to final.
I created three variations on the theme. The art director chose the second sketch, the one in the middle. I liked that one, too.
To save time, I will often print out my sketch at twice the size and trace over it in layers. This way I'm not redrawing the same image and I can focus more on the quality of my lines and mark making.
I draw the big shapes of my illustration by hand with graphite, acrylic paint or marker. This gives my illustration a hand drawn feel and texture so I won't have any flat shapes or harsh digital lines or shapes.
This is the final image with all the pieces put together and some paint texture overlays (see my previous post on paint textures). I was asked to present a few color variations. I was happy to have a small amount of layers so I could easily edit the colors. This version was my favorite.