Process of making ‘Out of Office’
(if anybody’s interested?)
I start by dressing up and taking a bunch of embarrassing reference photos.
Then I choose a photo that has a good composition to draw and the right personality for the piece.
First I copy that photo in pencil…
Then I trace it on a lightbox with a 0.1 pen (i make a lot of mistakes here)
I scan the inked drawing and clean it up on photoshop with the brush tool.
With the character finished I start to sketch out the background.
Then I ink the individual elements of the background.
In Photoshop I colour the background with the paint bucket tool and remove the outlines. (not a very professional technique)
I experiment with a horizontal layout, different colours and scale down the character. But eventually go back to my original choices… surprise surprise!
I try out different fonts for the typography.
Once everything is in place I add textures:
printmaking texture from paint & roller
the same texture inverted
and an old piece of paper I scanned.
The Final Piece!
I took 29 photos
did 9 pencil drawings
4 ink drawings
and an astonishing 283 photoshop files (YIKES!)
for 1 finished piece
This process took about 3 days x