I get a lot of questions about the process, exactly what is needed and how we go about making the design. I’ll use one of my latest illustrations, Julia and Bobby, as an example.
*poof* done! like magic!
In general, I request a bunch of photos, just to see what you look like. Some people send wedding photos, engagement photos, just random photos- anything is fine. We’ll go into clothing, if you have an specific outfit in mind or just general – sometimes I get photos from magazines! From there, we talk about how you want to be portrayed. Some people have an idea, others don’t. Some couples are looking for something silly or other want something simple and sweet. After I get a general idea for pose and style, I’ll make a really rough drawing on paper… of which I take an iphone photo to send. I know, it’s really low-tech, but since it’s only a rough, it’s usually enough to get the idea across.
basic rough, lots of notes and poor quality image
Once the design is approved, I’ll outline the image digitally. This takes a long time because I do it manually so that the lines are perfect. I’m sure there are other ways around this, but the lines never look as good as when I go in by hand to make sure everything is exactly the way I want it. I’m anal. But it’s to the benefit of the illustration, I think!
completed outlined image
From there, we go into color. Usually I have enough images by now to get a general idea, but often times exact eye color or changes in hair and skin tone get worked out at this time. Color adjustments can be made at any time in the process.
Every step gets your approval. We’ll work together to make sure you get an adorable illustration!
So, from ugly iphone image to completed illustration, it can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks! As long as it takes to make an image that you’ll love.
ps. thank you to Julia, for the candy in the previous post and for being such an inspiration!