I have had several people ask about my process, and how, if I am color-blind, do I make color images. I thought it would be interesting to post that.
So, here is the first step. Keep in mind, that this starts with thumbnail sketches, (1"x2", as many as 10, sometimes more), then larger sketches (3"x5" or larger, 3 to 5). This one contains a study of the expression for John Henry.
After that, I take reference photos of friends or students and, in this case, myself.
Next, I use tracing paper to work out issues with each part of the image, the figures and the background (learned that from James Ransome and David Gaadt). I then make a composite sketch, full size.
Then, the final image is transferred to a gessoed illustration board that has been sanded w/220 grit sandpaper. I draw it in with a 2H pencil , then switch to a 2B graphite stick or woodless pencil to shade.
I realize that this all sounds complicated, but its not. This is the hardest part. Once this is finished, the easy part comes next.
Stay tuned, sports fans.