I will now talk about my creative process when I create different pieces. I will be using my union station drawing, seen in the back, as an example.
The first thing that I do is to figure what I'm going to do and how to do it. In this case, it was an project that I had to create a perspective drawing of union station and recreate the lighting with colored pencils on canson paper. When it came to the lighting, I wanted to do artificial lighting because I wanted the lighting and the surrounding area to reflect off the floor. I also decided to do an one point perspective drawing because that was the only one I could do at that time. So I looked around the station and decided that I would do a section of the basement.
The next step is to get a visual idea of how something looks like. So I would look at different images, photos, take photos, or go to the place or thing to see how it looks so I can recreate it exactly how it looks or my take on it. For this drawing, I went to the station to draw it, study the lighting, and took a photo for a lighting reference. I used the same photo above.
Then I would do some rough drawings to get an idea how it may look. In this case, I did a 4 hour drawing at the station then did a clean up, 11 x 14 inches version at home. I crop out the right side and the top of the image when I drew it because I wanted to focus on the back.
Then I would decide what materials I'm going to create it. For this drawing, I had to use canson paper and pencil crayons.
I had to test which canson paper I was going to use. So I put the rough drawing on the two paper, study the lighting, and coloured a bit of it to see what will work. I decided that steel grey would work.
Next I would figure out what colours I'm going to use. This involves trial and error to find the right colour. I would see if the colour works and if it did not, I would change it and see how a different colour works. For this drawing, I took a small piece of the paper and tested the colours on it. I also tried blending the colours as well to get the exact, almost exact, or different colours to match the colours and lighting in the station and to see how it looks.
Last, I would put everything together and create the final piece. For this drawing, I redrew the drawing on a 11 x 14 steel grey canson paper and coloured it in. The final piece is at the back.