I think I may have mentioned how much I love working on this part of the illustrative process. As an avid sketcher, I love throwing the pencil around to see what happens, it's pure creativity, not focusing on being too picky and introducing elements that may (or may not) find their way into the final illustration.
Sketch 1) Is my initial thumbnail doodle, just pulling elements from the text to articulate what the author is hopefully seeing and sketch 2) is taking the initial thumbnail and making things a little more coherent, to hopefully push the idea more towards a finished product- working up the characters body language and features, seeking out textures of the materials, playing with the environment etcetc..
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...