This is an illustration for Financial Times (!) for a sci-fi short story by Mohsin Hamid, Alien Invasion in the G.L.A.C.
And I heard you like process posts!
- I submitted a few sketches for this one (not all of them are posted). My preliminary sketches are not usually this detailed, and I also don’t usually draw directly on Photoshop (these are Kyle Webster’s amazing brushes, by the way). But for some reason, all of that felt right this time. FT’s editors picked the moment in which the main character is syphoning water from catchment tanks.
- The lines were drawn in pencil, as usual. Most of the detail in the backdrop was lost in the final, but I really didn’t mind that. I had to edit some elements afterwards (landscape had to be flat, made her pose less awkward than it originally was in the sketch, etc). I also made sure I re-used a face I really liked from one of the initial sketches.
- FT’s notorious orange paper is tricky to print on, so I submitted a few different colour schemes. This was also a good exercise on refraining from using my usual
crutchshiny effects - that definitely wouldn’t work on their paper.
The whole process went pretty smoothly, thanks to my agent Alex at Folio and to the editors at FT.
This is my personal favourite (and spec-less) version. The version they chose, as well as the short story, are on Financial Times’ website.