Despite the factor that digital tools can speed up the creation of an artwork, I still enjoy using some traditional media such as pencil, pen and sketchbook paper. I could very well build the basic blocking of the village in a 3D software package, but I decided to use a simple pen for the line drawings. First, I established a very light perspective grid for my elements to follow. Then I separated the buildings into three different layers in order to design them accurately. When I was inking my pencil lines and enjoying the little noise that the pen tip is making against the paper, I felt almost I am doing a visual meditation savoring the intimate relationship that I share with these drawing tools.
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Color testing, mood researching
There is a tight correlation between the color palette, light and mood that an artwork is trying to convey. I decided to give the impression that the village is lost in deep forest, surrounded by damp air; few sunrays were penetrating through the foliage, however lost its strength because of the fog. Bearing those thoughts in mind, I began to apply large area of colors using a basic round brush in Photoshop with the sole goal of establishing the general color palette to define the mood of the piece. During this creation process, I always try to keep the dimensions of the canvas and the number of layers to the reasonable minimum so the computer could keep up its performance.
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When I had the big color palette settled, I enlarged my canvas to the final size of the illustration and put together all the layers of line drawings that I created earlier for the dwellings. (Fig12)