Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Sketch: R is for Rhinoceros
1. Grab some reference. I start with a few images from the internet and my library for appropriate animals. I look for images that best reveal the animal's key characteristics. For this rhinoceros I looked for images that captured his girth and high-set ears.
2. I start drawing the key shapes. I usually start with a contour to constrain the overall proportions. Within this form I build the shapes I want to use. Periodically I'll use a thick stroke with rounded ends to create a perfect line but typically it's all hand-set anchors. (I'm using Illustrator CS4.) I'm careful not to reduce and incorporate shapes at this point to provide flexibility in changing the overall shape if I'm not happy with it.