Once I get the assignment with the requirements and ideas of the client, I start sketching on a small scale, focusing on finding the main idea which will uphold the illustration. Once the concept is clearly defined, I start developing the drawing in a more elaborate way, bearing always in mind the distribution and the balance among the elements featured on it.
?Using the tracing table as an essential tool, I start redrawing, defining the lines and volumes of the illustration. Then I go straight into shading in and hand coloring the sketches with color pencils, taking into account different chromatic and compositive possibilites.
I usually build on the latter stages of my work using digital techniques. I first draw the outlines that have been previously defined on a sheet of paper in order to lay them later with hand-made textures which enable me to grant a unique value to each assignment.
?I believe that it’s very important to send the sketch to the client before the illustration is well under way, so I can comply with any changes they might consider appropriate and I can get as close as possible to a more satisfying result. Once it’s been approved, I start working on the final art, paying plenty of attention to the neatness and clarity of the drawing. I use the colors in channels following a methodology that highly resembles screen-printing, allowing me an optimum adjustment when it comes to printing. The illustration slowly begins taking shape until the image itself reveals when it’s done.