Up until recently I hadn't given much thought to my working process. My usual illustration habit is to do quick sketches and get them into the computer as fast as I can. Sometimes this slapdash approach works, often it doesn't. In the last few weeks I've changed my impatient ways and am taking the time to work out how I can give more time and love to whatever project I'm working on. After all, for the theatre work I do, we spend hours pre-planning, making notes, researching, improvising and even creating giant idea maps. Why should design and illustration be any different?
It's been a revelation spending time just playing, without worrying about an outcome. Rediscovering paints, pastels and coloured pencils. Collecting images and ideas in my big black drawing book. Doing a little bit each day instead of trying to finish something quickly and at the last minute. It's much more fun and ultimately more productive. Little baby steps, determination and staying on track seem to be the way to go. Onwards and upwards!