I can't believe it's August already. What's even more unbelievable is that until now, I hadn't created any 'finished' illustrations. So that's over 8 months, no new work - cue onrushing fear of 'I can't draw anything! I've forgotten how to draw! MY HAND ISN'T WORKING!!'.

After much-a-talking to myself about things not having to be perfect and 'how am I supposed to get back to where I was to push progression without actually creating something', I managed to sit down and set to work on a new piece.

Here's a few snaps of my process, followed by the recorded time-lapse:

First I sketched out the initial design. I actually wanted to just see what I remembered about drawing hands, proportions aside, adding the snake to make it a bit more interesting. I played around with how I wanted to snake positioned, as you'll see in the video, but went with the first idea I had.

Next was laying down some test colours. I knew I wanted a darker background to push the focus to the hand/snake.

I then cleaned up the lines to prime them ready for adding colour. For pieces like this were I don't want to use my line work in the finished illustration, I alpha lock the line layer and fill it with the colour I want the object to be. Then you can either fill or paint the insides. It's a good way to keep things crisp. Alway remember to duplicate and hide your original line layers before doing this!

And here's the finished piece, Virtue! After adding the colours - I used a top layer to add some low-opacity noise to the image and set it to overlay. This gives the illustration a nice texturised look.

This illustration was created in Procreate which records all your strokes and enables you to export a time-lapse video. Here's the above process in action:

I can't begin to tell you how great it feels to be creating artwork again - and it's taught me a great lesson that even though things may not turn out perfect, keep pushing and finish something. Or else, how can you progress!

If the test print comes out ok - I'm hoping to have it up in the store next weekend!

I'd love to know what you think about this type of blog post - I think it's quite nice to show the behind-the-scenes and/or process of creating something. Pop me a comment down below!