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.
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.
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.
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.
Made some very rough sketches of game backgrounds, too.
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 🙂