I really enjoyed reading your postings on Drawger (as a lawyer who’d rather be an illustrator it is a nice escape from reality!), but it seems like these days you don’t update Drawger very often – I think your most recent post is January 12. The reason I like your postings so much is that you explain how you do things, which is really useful for rank amateurs like myself. I was wondering if you post more regularly on another website? If so, are you able to let me know what that website is?
There are way more than what you see here, but some of the reference materials I had found on various news sites on internet. Really charged photos… to be honest, it wasn’t so fun staring at them for days, although the project itself was fun. The one in the middle with a man waving his hand is the only photo there was of Hiromitsu, the main character of this story. (And thus I knew why they needed to hire an illustrator for this project).
Screenshot of the beginning of long and tedious coloring process on Photoshop CS3 (since then I had switched to CS5.5)
I was quite happy with the color. Very nutral, with only bright thing behing his helmet, which is the same color as the big fire far away.
… then some emergency happens right before the image goes to print. The full article was not available when I finished my illustration. And we found out that there are specific color references clearly written in the final article. So, the color needs to be tweaked around. But it was such a last minute decision, GQ production department had to take care of it.
Below is the final result. Red roof, yellow shoes, white helmet….
There was one more spot illustration in the print version of GQ, which was Hiromitsu’s portrait. Also, what was new to me, was that they asked a few more on top for the iPad version of the magazine, some of which are posted below the portrait.
If any of you are interested in this amazing story, you can read the article on GQ website.
On another note, I will try (TRY!) to post at least one or two process from now on. I will either post other works that got accepted in Communication Arts, or related Japan tsunami piece I recently did for Japan Times.