general flow of an illustration assignment
While all projects are not the same, my process has some common steps that keep clients in the loop and happy in the end. No bad surprises here!
STEP 1: PAPERWORK
The client presents all the important information like size, use, layout, timeline/deadlines, etc. A contract is signed once everyone is on board with the terms and I get to work.
STEP 2: RESEARCH & THUMBNAILS
Thumbnails are small, rough drawings to work out different ideas and compositions. Most of these aren’t shown to the client but they are necessary for finding the winners to present. The client is shown the top ideas and they can select which version to move forward with for the final.
STEP 3: REFINED DRAWING & COLOR COMP
While cleaning up the chosen thumbnail I take the opportunity to create a color comp to present at the same time. This can be helpful for myself and the client to visualize the final and it also keeps a structured plan as I work on the final illustration.
STEP 4: FINAL
If no revisions are needed I move to the final. At this point my goal is for there to be little to no surprises for the client. After approving the refined sketch and color comp I want the client to have a clear idea what final product they are receiving. The final illustration is sent off, I do a little dance, mix a martini, and move onto the next assignment.
A visual breakdown of how I work
If you like watching the process unfold…
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