The Illustration Process - Part 2


I had this notion that if the drawing didn’t come out the way I wanted, then it was a complete and utter failure. Both the idea, and the concept was ruined. This might be due to laziness and perfectionism possibly. You would think that those opposing traits wouldn’t mix well, but you’ll find a lot of artists with these shared traits. For me, it was always a slap in the face when the drawing or sketch, would look terrible on the first try. I didn’t want to have to start over. Deep down I just wanted everything to be easy. As we all know, that’s not how any of this works. You can’t level up without going through the dungeons.

The only way to get better is though trial and error. It's all about repetition and the process. This was something that I had to face this week. A couple of weeks ago, I had an idea of trying to mix urban and pop culture, alongside comic book characters. I decided to combine "Wonder Woman," along with the "Wu-Tang Clan". Initially it was a pretty fun project to do, going through the rough pencils and trying to figure out where everything should be placed. Moving towards the inking stage while using the traditional sakura microns. Personally I don't like this stage very much. Inking is a different mindset. It's not just tracing over your pencil lines. You have to take in mind the different line widths, adding and subtracting details, and how long it will take to complete each task.

I'm definitely not the most patient artist when comes to this. I lose patience plenty of times and rush through this phase of the drawing. This part of of the process is what caused most of the issues I had encountered. The whole scene felt off and after taking a step back, the piece wasn't what I initially imagined it to be. It wasn't just because of inks, but because the drawing itself didn't capture what I was going for. Instead of it being a perfect mixture of everything I love, It was just an average drawing. After coming to this realization, I decided that I would redo the drawing. In the past I would've called it quits at this point. Over time I’ve figured out how to not quit and give it another shot. Here's a few reasons to push through those creative ruts...


1. Training Mode

Rather than seeing this as a failure, I decided to redraw the Wu-Tang Wonder Woman as a means to get better in my craft. In order to master my craft, I need to put in my 10,000 hours. If I truly plan on turning this into a career, expecting everything to be perfect on the first attempt is quick way to discouragement . There's bound to be mistakes.

2. Retry Mission

I know that redrawing the same drawing can seem very tedious, but I'm not redrawing the "same" drawing. I'm making a better version of it. Through my failures, I'm able to hone the specifics of my drawing and style. This will surely allow me to dodge all the mistakes that I previously made, while also providing new ways of illustrating my idea.

3. No Time Limit

I've been doing this for some years, but I still have to remind myself to take my time when illustrating. With the knowledge on how to better execute my plan, I'll need to make each move correctly. Each step requires time so that the artwork can reach its full potential. Nothing is worse than rushing into a rematch only to get knocked out again because of my over-eagerness to finish it.