I struggled a lot and tried each exercise a few times, so I’m posting only a selected few. First I began with a pencil, but I’ve been sketching digitally for years and it was very unnatural for me so I made most of these in PS.
Action figures and poses:
I had the most trouble with the ‘abstraction’ part. I realized that if I look at a reference (whether it’s a photo or a previous alteration) it’s very hard for me to stray from it or to “abstractify”.
First attempt of a page full of poses:
The final result. There are parts here I like but it turned out more realistic than what I normally go for.
People in shapes: That was the most fun exercise by far, and I think I'll be doing a lot more of these.
Cutouts: I did 2 options, but I couldn't really make them cohesive and felt that I unconsciously was copying Tom's figures. Also, I cut myself so that was the end of that.
Exaggeration: I need to keep practicing this because I don't feel that it's exaggerated enough. Here are two of the sketches I made.
The final Illustration
I got a lot of tools to help me in the future and had lots of fun. Thank you for this class, Tom!