Thumbnail Sketches
Thumbnail Sketches
Digital Thumbnail Sketch
Digital Thumbnail Sketch
References
References
Digital Sketching
Digital Sketching
Value Study
Value Study
Color Studies
Color Studies
Oil Painting
Oil Painting
The Finished Piece
The Finished Piece
Thumbnail Sketches
Thumbnail Sketches Normal.dotm 0 0 1 69 394 Christine Kornacki Illustration 3 1 483 12.0 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} My first step is to create Thumbnail sketches. These are tiny sketches to experiment with different perspectives and variations of a scene. With nothing but my sketchbook and a pencil, I will go through numerous Thumbnails for each page. 
Digital Thumbnail Sketch
Digital Thumbnail SketchOccasionally, I will then redraw all of my Thumbnails digitally. This allows for some easier adjusting and tweaking to each page. Here is my Thumbnail for my painting "Chopping."
References
ReferencesOnce every page is nailed down, I gather all my References. This can involve many different resources including sewing outfits, sculpting props, finding scenery, and hiring models. My background in photography has been an essential skill-set to have under my belt in this step.
Digital Sketching
Digital SketchingAs you may have noticed, all of my preliminary work is done digitally. My Cintiq is an amazing tool that helps me to create digital sketches with a traditional feel. Sketching digitally really allows me to be loose and make edits on the fly.
Value Study
Value StudyWhen working realistically, I often prefer to have a tight Value Study as well. Every painting should be just as strong in black and white as it will be in color. This also allows to me to refine any details that were unclear in my Loose Sketch.
Color Studies
Color StudiesI then use those Value Studies to create Color Studies. I will usually work up several different Color Comps for each page before I nail down certain color schemes.  For this book, I imagined the kitchen scenes with dark blue backgrounds, that way the subjects would pop forward. By doing my Value Studies digitally, it allows me to easily overlay colors on top.
Oil Painting
Oil PaintingAnd now I'm ready to paint! After transferring my sketch onto my board, I do a loose acrylic block-in and then I starting painting in oils. All of my preliminary work helps me complete this final and most important step.
The Finished Piece
The Finished PieceHere is the final outcome of my painting! Every step in this process has helped me along to this journey.
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