My Process This Week: Illustrating People

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I haven't done one of these in a while have I! Today I thought I would show you what I've been up to as part of uni recently: illustrating people! I've started a little sketchbook, yes I went out and bought another one because I have no self restraint, and began what I have imaginatively named 'The People Project'.

I know, groundbreaking, right? It grew from, basically, an absolute panic about my uni projects. I felt like I couldn't get anything done, I couldn't start, because I was so up against a wall. So my tutor suggested I shelve my current projects, and start something I wanted to do. I realised that I want to get good at people, so I have begun a project where I draw a few attempts at illustrating people every day. The more pages the better. I'm currently working in a simple colour palette - essentially just red and blue, but I have also included white and black in order to be able to make different gradients of colour.

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Although I've had lots of lovely compliments on how distinctive my style is, I never feel like that personally. I am swimming around in art land still trying things out, so this is a great exercise to help me find my style a bit more. All I know is that I'm interested in a limited colour palette, and currently I seem to be having a lot more success with painting straight onto blank paper with the brush, rather than drawing out things with a pencil first. This is unusual for me as with leaves and things I tend to take the pencil approach. Perhaps this is a bit of a move away from that, and in the future I will have more confidence in my brush strokes?

I've shared pictures of some of the ones I'm happiest with - mostly it seems to be block colour, with just small detail lines, rather than a more cartoonish 'outline'.

illustrating people I'm really excited to dive into this project and start getting better at illustrating people (then the commissions will just start rolling in, right? ;)) I'm sure I'll be updating you more in the future of how this little project is going. I've been dating the pages so hopefully I'll have quite an impressive log by the end of it.

What are you up to this week?