The quiet desert at sunset

The quiet desert at sunset - student project

Here are the illustrative stages behind the creation of my class project!

I started planning my composition with a sketch:

The quiet desert at sunset - image 1 - student project

When I was confident with my sketch, I started inking. I focus on texture when I ink, making sure my lines are representational of the materials of the world I'm designing:

The quiet desert at sunset - image 2 - student project

Here's a mockup of my four distinct tonal planes. This is how I plan the light in my illustration:

The quiet desert at sunset - image 3 - student project

Lastly, I color. I pick my color palette to be emotive. I wanted the purplish hues of a resolving sunset but also to represent the dry warm air of a desert night. The emotive vibe is "tranquility."

The quiet desert at sunset - image 4 - student project

Ira Marcks
Graphic Novelist
Top Teacher