Process for Golden Hour, Graphite and Digital Media, 2012.
Here’s some process work behind this New Yorker cover I created for my Editorial class. The prompt was, “Autumn in the City.” I think it’s pretty straightforward- nothing too crazy.
- 1 & 2 - Thumbnails! Most of the time, nobody actually sees these, so I make them super scribbly and gestural. It’s a wonder my professor can even tell what I’ve drawn in some of them.
- 3, 4, & 5 - Comps! For those non-illustrators out there, comps are what you show the art director (or in my case, professor) so they may pick out which idea they like the best. I’ve got a guy feeding pigeons in Central Park, monarch butterflies crowding the Empire State Building (for monarch butterfly migration), and a brownstone apartment building with an apple pie and a cat.
- 6 - Revisions! He liked the third comp, but wanted it to be a little more dynamic, so the idea was redrawn and tweaked a bit.
- 7 - Rendering! Now that the final comp is approved, I get to sit down and render it again in graphite. I use a mechanical pencil on marker paper, and blend with a colorless marker blender to get a grainy effect. I spend most of my time working on this part.
- 8 - Final image! Color is added digitally in photoshop, and the masthead is applied. All finished.