Project sketches

I’m currently looking through my recent work in preparation for overhauling my illustration portfolio, which badly needs to be updated. Here are some exploratory pencil roughs and sketches for a project I did last year for an online game targeted for very young children.

Project sketches
Project sketches
Project sketches
Project sketches

 
These first four pages is me throwing out ideas to come up with game characters very small kids can relate to. I start all of my work by sketching with a 2B mechanical pencil and scanning the page in. I write notes to myself and pick out bits and bobs which I think can be developed further and add color in Photoshop.

Project sketches

 
I liked these monsters but they didn’t make it past the project pitch (RIP). No worries, they will be revised and recycled for other projects (personal) as they’re eco-friendly like that.

Project sketches

 
When I’m pressed for time, I skip the pencil drawings and sketch/doodle direct on the computer using my graphics tablet. It’s faster that way.

Project sketches
Project sketches

 
Made some very rough sketches of game backgrounds, too.

Project sketches

 
I really love seeing other illustrators’ pencil roughs and sketches, sometimes even more so than the finished image. It’s interesting to see the transition from sketch to final. Unfortunately, I can’t show you the final product just yet as the project’s still in production. But I’ve seen the characters move around and jump as they’ve been animated by the team I handed my files off to, and it’s mind-bogglingly cute (I’m just a tad bit biased)! The final characters look nothing like the initial sketches you see here, most of which were for the project pitch. Can’t wait to show you the rest of it when it’s done 🙂

Christmas, 11 months too early

I just recently finished some Christmas designs for my agent. When I say recently, I mean this month, January. Apparently, holiday designs are in demand all year round, with buyers in various stationery and art licensing shows looking for designs to license as early as January or February. Fortunately, the weather’s pretty cool and chilly here in Manila this time of year (it hit 18 C recently! Hello, climate change) so it’s not that ironic to be doing designs for December compared to, say, April or May, when the heat and humidity here is unforgiving.

Holiday cards

 
And since I’m on a pattern kick lately, I made a seamless pattern from the border elements, too. I think this will look great as a gift wrap or on gift bags.

Christmas pattern

 
Also mocked up how it would potentially look like as a stationery set with matching sticker seals, envelopes, and packaging.

Holiday boxed gift cards mockup
 
Holiday cards mockup

 
Happy holidays in advance! 😛 For art licensing inquiries, feel free to get in touch with me (contact form here) or Natasha from Advocate Art at natasha [at] advocate-art.com.

Illustration Friday: Edge

Illustration Friday: Edge

 
When I saw the week’s Illustration Friday prompt, this scenario immediately came to mind and I just had to draw up a quick doodle. It’s based from a compilation of hilarious and supposedly true Filipino beauty pageant answers I read years ago. English is widely spoken in the Philippines, but with over 150 local dialects (and accents), it still gets misheard, mispronounced, and misinterpreted quite often 😀

Check out some other hilarious, laugh-out-loud beauty pageant answers here! (note: some of it is written in a mix of English and Filipino)