Today I set myself a new illustration task: to create an image that could go at the beginning of the first chapter of my mentorship novel. It’s important to vary things up a bit. I’ve been doing a lot of sketching lately, so it’s good to then do a more finished piece so I don’t get too bogged down in details or stuck. Finished pieces also give me more of a sense of achievement at the end of the day.
It can be quite challenging to try to summarise an entire chapter with a single image. My goal was to convey the core point of action and change for the main character, and to capture the emotion of the situation. I’m still learning to work in black and white. I’m enjoying breaking images down and playing with the balance of positive and negative space. Experimenting with contrast. It’s a purely digital image, created in Corel Painter and Photoshop using digital ‘ink’ and collage. A fun exercise anyway, and a good way to build on my portfolio.