Coloured sketches, really? Obviously I sketch. Or is it obvious? I sketch, because that’s how I start creating characters, situations and illustrations. But sometimes it’s nice to colour sketches, to get some idea of colour. Sometimes a client will ask to see their character in colour, especially if the character is not Caucasian. Or it’s because the manuscript describes in detail colours and understandably the writer wants to make sure the colours are going to be right.
Not always necessary!
It isn’t always necessary to see things in colour. More important is whether the character looks right, is moving right and that the illustration conveys what needs to be communicated to a reader and observer. That’s VERY important. I tend to illustrate narratively, as the majority of my commissions are for books, whether they are stories or poems. However, I have illustrated merchandise, posters, historic figures for magazines and even a pub signs!