Spyglass Pirate

Spyglass Pirate - student project

This was a great class that helped my workflow a ton! Here is my process:

Sketch / Concept

Although this is the "ideation" phase, I don't usually sketch too many iterations. Normally, I am fortunate enough to have a pretty vivid idea in my head before starting a project. Any issues I have from translating an idea to paper are small details. In this case, I struggled with where to put the pirate's right arm and what hat he should be wearing.

Spyglass Pirate - image 1 - student project

A note on anatomy: After showing a few people my initial sketch, I was surprised by how many were hung up on the fact that there wouldn't be enough room in the crow's nest for his legs. I was aware of this early on, but I guess I liked the quirky pose that couldn't exist in real life and thought this was a great example of how whimsical illustrations can be. Suggesting reality, not imitating it.

I guess if this were client work and they disagreed, I'd have to work around this. I'm curious what you guys think or how you would handle this?

Inking

I've never inked a drawing before. Personally, I thought the sketch turned out better without the inking and since I don't have a great scanner, I knew I would need to adjust levels in Photoshop later. In hindsight, I probably could have skipped this step.

Spyglass Pirate - image 2 - student project

Vectorizing In Illustrator

This was a fun, but tedious step. On one hand, you're seeing your idea come to life in a clean render. On the other, I just wanted to get to the next step. I'm pretty impatient.

Spyglass Pirate - image 3 - student project

Texturizing In Photoshop

I haven't really worked with highlights / shadows a lot in my illustrations, so this was great practice. I used the two brushes provided for this and the small details (hair, teeth). I spent quite a lot of time trial-and-error testing this until I got something I liked.

Spyglass Pirate - image 4 - student project

Final Illustration

I had a blast pulling everything together, tweaking the colors, and finalizing little textures. I could probably spend hours at this stage alone, so I try to limit the edits and move on to other work.

Had a great time on this illustration. I'll probably do a few more pirates on my own. Let me know what you guys like or don't like! Thank you!

Spyglass Pirate - image 5 - student project

Shaun Binneboese

Aspiring illustrator and self-proclaimed nerd.