My Process This Week - #1

Annie Dornan-Smith // My Process This WeekThose of you who have been reading 'post-rebrand' Annie Pancake and saw my post on why creatives struggle to 'give away for free' will know that I've been trying to make this blog a place of transparency and useful, art-related content. I decided to start this little series which I'll be rolling out regularly, called 'My Process This Week' - the aim being to show you what I'm working on, and how I get from pencil sketch to full piece of work.

I think it's really helpful to see how artists create, beyond wondering how on earth people did that. I think there are a lot of artists who hide away their process and are very protective of it, so I wanted to create a little more openness in my corner of the creative world.

Annie Dornan-Smith // My Process This Week

I initially really worried about this post because it got to the day I had to write it and I had not taken any photos yet, I didn't know what I was going to work on and I had no clue when I would find time amongst all the uni work to do a piece of personal illustration.

Then I remembered that this post is about openness and honesty, so I decided to share the actual processes I'm working on, for my uni project. The irony is,  I don't want to share too much because this is a brief set by industry (and in the real world, sharing work for a client could potentially get you sacked) but because the brief is just for a concept and not something that will be put into production, there is no non-disclosure and I feel okay to share.  I'm creating a little illustrated banner to fit behind a piece of type and I'm working in the same medium as the rest of my piece, Gouache.

Annie Dornan-Smith // My Process This Week

I started by sketching out lots of different designs as I'm not sure yet how the type will fit, so I wanted to try lots of different lengths, widths and combinations to see which would work best. Typically with Gouache, I layer up the colour, so I started with a blue to be the base colour. Blue is a nice easy one to change the colour of in photoshop, too, so if I want to make it pink or purple afterwards, it should be nice and easy.

Annie Dornan-Smith // My Process This Week

I tried a few different levels of dilution and different amounts of white, some are a more flat colour, others have a better sense of the brushstroke. I then added in detail with darker blue. Again, I wasn't sure how I wanted it to look so experimented with lots of different placements of the darker colour.  Once they'd dried I scanned them in for brightness enhancing and messing with the placement!

I hope you found this little insight useful. What do you find frustrating about the lack of sharing, or do you think it's important not to?

Annie Dornan-Smith // My Process This Week