Illustration Breakdown: Now Arriving

A step-by-step progress recap of my 2009 illustration “Now Arriving.”

I did this artwork when I was in my last year of college, and it was a bit of an epiphany moment for me. Previously, I was interested in visual development type art — orthographic views of props, vehicles, spaces etc, but this was one of the first times I tried illustrating a full illustration using the technical skills I had been building up to that point.

Partway through, I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do with the shading, and attempted doing a more realistic render — but I don’t think my skills were quite there yet for that. So I opted for a flatter solid color approach and thought it worked well enough for the style of the image.

This artwork has quite a few problems in it, but it sparked a desire to want to create more illustrations with subtle stories going on.

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