Just to recap, I am continuing to work on the character designs based on the Hunter S. Thomspon story Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I wanted to discuss tonight why I am bothering to show you all these lizard people process sketches. I would also like to explain what these types of process sketches mean to me in my creative process and I hope this might shed some light on what meaning you might derive from my rougher work.
Art is more than just a finished product. I could sit here and only show off finished work, but while that might be the level art is typically consumed it is not the level at which it is made.
I have found that most people enjoy seeing and experiencing the process of art with me. At the same time, I understand a culture of instant gratification which wants something amazing right now or else don’t waste my time.
I am going to lay down a foundational statement for Jay Zuck’s Sketch of the Day so take moment to and tell your friends if need be. At Jay Zuck’s Sketch of the Day, I am as concerned about the process as I am about the finished product. This is not a portfolio page, but it is a record of my artistic journey and process. I desire the people who follow this website to find themselves engaged in the journey of creation and maybe draw some lessons about the direction of their own creative destiny.
What I am showing off today is one sketch out of a couple of dozen I have created to establish the basic look and shape of the Fear and Loathing lizard people. It is a brainstorming and fleshing out process you are sharing with me. Is this the best thing I have ever sketched?… Well, no and that’s ok for me.
When I start a character design it is really about figuring out form and proportion and playing around with as many ideas as possible. I want your feedback, but I want you to understand the goal. There is a widdling process where I begin to focus on the designs that I like before I render out the details. I want you thinking character, shape, and proportion along with me.
I know that a pretty cool finished product will come out of all these trials and tribulations so please consider this an open invitation to come along with me on a continuing exploration of the creative process.