Before I go ahead and work on the final art, I want to be sure I know what I'm doing colour-wise. This 'mocking up' of the illustration helps me to consider potential issues such as clothing colours, lighting, environment, materials (metal/wood/fabric etc).
Taking the initial thumbnail to a more finished level here. Not done yet, I just wanted to throw some colours over the top of the middle sketch to have a good idea of where I'll be going when it comes to the final art. All of these steps make the transition to the finished illustrations a lot easier and it's well worth taking the extra time to see these steps through...
Aaron Pocock is a 40-something illustrator based in Brisbane, Australia who has been'arting' and illustrating since he was old enough to hold a pencil... It is the intent of the artist to both enlighten AND entertain and he hopes this blog will be found both useful and enlightening. Stop back here often for new content...