Slowly adding in more elements and figuring out the scene itself.
This weekend the talented Charles Vess came and gave us a workshop on how to fully create imaginative characters and scenes. He is a man who uses about a thousand characters in every illustration (okay, a bit of an exaggeration) and I love it.
While I didn't quite capture the fun of that concept in this drawing, I hope to do so in future illustrations.
In the workshop he gave us an image to work off. It was a painting where two glowing eyes and a matt of seaweed-y hair peered out from a pond. You couldn't see any other part of the creature. Was it human? Alien? Was it even alive? That was our challenge: come up with the rest of the creature/thing.
My first thought was to do a long-limbed, creepy, kelp creature guy. But that was too obvious. So I doodled in a catfish and then a mermaid appeared and that was that. Keeping in mind what Charles Vess had talked about, I thought about movement and depth and allowed my imagination to take over and have fun.