Can you tell us a little more about how you get from visual idea to storyboard image to final rendered piece?
After I’ve scribbled some incoherent notes, I’ll grid an A3 sheet of paper and begin the storyboards. These simple sketches help me to make some initial decisions about composition and character. Next, I’ll jump over to Adobe Photoshop where I compose most of my finalised images for Lifeology. In normal circumstances, I like to use water-soluble graphite pencils and watercolour markers, but because of the high volume of images in each course, I’ve found that creating them digitally is much more efficient.
On Photoshop, I’ll start by drawing the lines. I’d love to pretend like I can conjure every bowl of cereal, surfboard and frying pan from my mental compendium of inanimate objects, but I’m often reliant on the internet for reference. For example, in card 28, I had to find a photo of dungarees.
Finally, it’s time for colour. For all of my Lifeology courses I’ve tried to limit the palette to 3 or 4 dominant colours. I’ll take a moment to consider the mood of the course – in most cases I want to convey a sense of optimism, so I’ll choose a few vibrant, primary colours. When I’m working digitally, I’ll still aim to instil some sense of paint-like texture to the coloured surfaces.