You probably know that I'm a self-taught illustrator - or, at least, I'd like to think of myself this way - and I'm still very deep in the process of learning. One of the things I learn and look for is for ways to become efficient. And that regards to every aspect of my life. And one of the methods is to plan ahead. But somehow when it comes to my illustrations I tend not do it. Why? Laziness, I guess. But in the end my time gets wasted because it takes me ages to decide on the right texture and the right shadow etc.
So I went and learn how to draw a hedgehog.
It was a fun first time experiment since I love hedgehogs. I also drew some trees and made a proper composition. Unfortunately I didn't use these sketches in the end but it was definitely a time well spent and I learned a new method of working.
I planned ahead again when I was creating a Shavuot card.
First I made a list of all the key themes of the holiday - and there are plenty!
Since I had to choose several items and I had a very limited time to work on the card (as a first concept didn't go through), I first drew these items that it was easier to draw.
Then I placed them in the exact composition I wanted them to be - all on paper, roughly sketched.
After all the decisions have been made, I finished the card in no time. Of course, I keep on adding and changing while working, but still, it is WAY easier when you have your artwork planned ahead.
And that what came out after the final changes (the first and the final versions of the card).