illustration phone distraction by Annemarie Gorissen

Illustrating from sketch to final piece > modern technology

This is the start of a series. Every now and then I will show you how one of my illustrations came to be, from sketch to final piece.

Here’s the process behind this illustration I did for myself a while back. I started out with a rough idea: how modern technology is taking up more and more of your time and demanding your attention even if you don’t want it to. The rough sketch disappeared in a drawer with all the other random ideas. A while later, with a bit more time on my hands, I came back to this sketch and adjusted it, mainly the angles and the person being harassed by his phone.

You see both sketches below. The very first sketch was even rougher, but I cannot find it anymore… This is the second and the third.

One of the first sketches of the idea that disappeared in a drawer for a while
One of the first sketches of the idea that disappeared in a drawer for a while / illustration by Annemarie Gorissen
After a while I got back to it and adjusted the angles
After a while I got back to it and adjusted the angles / illustration by Annemarie Gorissen

This was good enough for me to bring into Photoshop and start playing around with the shapes. I did not think too much about the color palette at this stage.

After importing the sketch into Photoshop I started working in the shapes
After importing the sketch into Photoshop I started working on the shapes / illustration by Annemarie Gorissen
Most shapes are in place now. Time to think about the colors and the details
Most shapes are in place now. Time to think about the colors and the details / illustration by Annemarie Gorissen

I felt the tie was competing with the chord, so I decided that needed to go. Also, in the initial idea I never really meant the effect modern technology has on business people. I meant everyone. That’s another reason I figured I’d loose the tie. At this stage I needed to decide on a color palette and add lots of detail.

The color palette I chose for this illustration
The color palette I chose for this illustration
The final piece: is your phone holding you hostage
The nearly final piece – I had to take out all the existing logos and make it brandless before putting it up for sale / illustration by Annemarie Gorissen
Details of the illustration about your phone demanding attention
Details. You can see I have changed the roundness of the phone and the button, to make it less iPhone / illustration by Annemarie Gorissen
Details of the illustration about your phone demanding attention
Details / illustration by Annemarie Gorissen
Details of the illustration about your phone demanding attention
Details / illustration by Annemarie Gorissen

I hope you enjoyed seeing the process behind an illustration of mine, from sketch to final piece. On to the next one!

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