Lessons from a Master Illustrator

Make a MarkGreetings to all you mark makers out there! 

In my past article "Rinse, Wash, and Repeat," I spoke about how drawing the same thing can make the final drawing so much better than your original concept of what you wanted to draw.  Today, I'm going to show you how Master Illustrator Richard Amsel went from sketch to sketch to drawing to color comp to final artwork to show you how things can change from the initial sketch to the finished piece.

If you look at the images below, you can see that his preliminary sketches are very loose and are really just rough ideas of things to come.  I like to think of them as quickly taking notes just to get the ideas down as fast as you can.  Now the images are from only two versions of the posters, but you can bet that Mr. Amsel made many different versions before settling on the posters that we now and love today.

As he worked out his ideas for the illustrations, his drawings become tighter and more refined until he finally is ready to commit to the full illustration.  I should note that during this entire time he was more than likely sending these images to his client to get feedback on his work.  

The final posters are now, in my mind, are American classics.  What a shame if he had he not made a mark on a piece of paper.  Now go and make yours!

Rick

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