23 October 2010

How Much To Sketch?

Now, maybe I am being dramatic... but I think 15 sketches for one cover might be considered a good preliminary sketch round! My knowledge of turn of the century steam ships is improving greatly!

How many sketches do you make for one project? Just curious?

5 comments:

Adelaida said...

How big are those sketches?

I usually make 5 sketches when I have a bit of a concept in my mind and I just have to put it in a nice way. But when I don't have an idea how to draw sth then it's like pain in a butt, countless unfinished sketches....

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Alicia Padrón said...

Wow, these are all fantastic!!

I think my favorite one though, is the close up of the ship and the tiny mouse in the window, that would be #7 (starting from top left and reading as a comic).

I don't think I ever made so many sketches for a cover. I can work perhaps between 5 and 8 tops. And they are never as detailed as yours. I sketch very loose and take to details the few that I like. Yours are like tiny works of art, just beautiful. :o)

kelmurphy said...

Hey Adelaida and Alicia,

5 seems like the perfect amount! This one went a bit further than normal. It's so interesting to hear how other people sketch and how it feeds into the creative process. I try to avoid getting too much detail and get more of the tonal atmosphere. Thanks so much for your feedback.

Oh, these are about 5"x7"!

alison said...

I love ALL of these, Kelly, and it's so much fun to see all of the different ideas you were trying out and/or sending along to an art director. Speaking as the wife of an illustrator, I can say that Gareth does at LEAST this many sketches for almost any cover or stand-alone illustration he's preparing. He recently posted a bunch of them on his blog:
http://garethhinds.com/blog/?p=1542