Over on Instagram, I’ve been documenting my illustration process while drawing Skeletor, Merman and other He-man villains from my childhood. Here is the final piece!
I thought it might be fun to collect the in-progress images here and explain…
HOW I DRAW!
STEP 1 (SKETCH): I always start with a pencil sketch. I rarely draw directly in Adobe Illustrator. This allows me to stay loose and experiment before I lay down the vectors. Of course, things might still change when in Illustrator.
STEP 2 (VECTORS): I photograph the sketch with my phone and email it to myself. Who needs a scanner! Occasionally, I will composite a final sketch together in Photoshop if I want to combine elements from a few ideas. Next, I paste the pencil sketch into Illustrator and mark it as a template in the layer options. Then I draw over it on a new layer with just black lines.
STEP 3 (COLORS & TWEAKING): Next, I change the black lines to colored shapes and add the small details that weren’t in the sketch but I knew I would add in Illustrator - like Beast Man’s beer can.
Once I’ve finished, if I’m not happy with the illustration, I’ll change things around. For example, I changed Tri-Klops’ mouth, chin, body proportions and so on quite a bit in the final piece.
Here are the rest of the in-progress views of the characters…
Finally, here’s a super-speed video of me drawing Evil-Lyn…
If you are interested, you can purchase a print of the Masters of the Universe piece at: http://www.inprnt.com/gallery/bishop/.