A few weeks ago, my guest article Illustrating REWORK (Part 1 of 2) appeared on the 37signals blog, Signal vs Noise. In that article I shared how Jason Fried and I worked together to create illustration ideas for the business book, REWORK.
Today, Illustrating REWORK (Part 2 of 2) appeared on Signal vs. Noise, to complete the story. In part 2 of the guest article, I reveal my process for translating pencil sketch concepts described in part 1, into final artwork ready for print production.
Here's an excerpt from part 2:
Using batches of approved pencil sketches, I began inking illustrations for the book. Batching was important for inking the illustrations, as I could get into a groove and knock out multiple pieces at a time. It also provided a consistency of style, important with such a large group of closely related illustrations.
When I live-sketchnote an event, I listen to a speaker and capture ideas in real-time, using only a gel pen and a Moleskine pocket sketchbook. On the REWORK project I had the luxury and flexibility of taking a more methodical approach to the final illustrations for the book.
Chances were high that I’d see late, last-minute changes in the publishing process and I wanted the ability to make those changes quickly. Rather than inking each illustration as a complete unit, I inked multiple elements separately which were scanned and stitched together in a layered Photoshop document.
First, I created a variety of separate elements on a single spread for multiple illustrations, then used the elements which worked best after scanning the entire page into Photoshop. –Photo by Brian Artka.
Here’s a photo of the final illustration, printed in REWORK. This photo shows how various elements were scanned and stitched together in Photoshop to create a single, unified illustration. –Photo by Brian Artka.
Listen to the Podcast
Listen to the 37signals Podcast No. 9. At 28:43 into the podcast, Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson and Matt Linderman talk about why they hired me for the illustrations and their perspective on the illustration process. Here's the MP3 file.
Review 5 Chapters
Check out Scribd to read 5 chapters of the book, including my illustrations.
I'm very excited now that REWORK has been released. It became a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller only a week after release! If you pick up a copy, please leave a comment here about the illustrations.