The Creative Process – how they’re made.

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The Creative Process – How they’re made.

I’m often asked how I make my pictures, so here’s a brief outline of the process. Being old school, I prefer to make pencil sketches of the scenes I want create. A few photographs are hand for reference, but photographs hold too much superfluous information which can distract from the main subject.

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Typically I make several sketches and then put together a composition from elements I like from a few sketches. Quite often I use a little bit of artistic licence and move things around a bit to help guide the viewers eye around the picture to a focal point. When planning compositions with pencil on paper, it is easier to add elements or leave things out.

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Once I’m fairly happy with the final sketch, I then start to digitise the picture on computer in an illustration program. Each piece is drawn as wire outline, similar to CAD – a slow process but one that ensures the best detail and quality no matter how big the print.

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The next stage is to add the colour and multiple variations are tried until I get the combination that balances the scene and helps to create the desired atmosphere.

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The final image…

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