The Process of Andre Defreitas

March 27, 2012
defreitassketch_thumbbig Photographer and Illustrator Andre Defreitas breaks it down for us and reveals his creative process for another amazing illustration. Hint: it involves some drawing, some crying, a few distractions, and a lot of illustration savvy.


From the artist:

So, here’s a quick breakdown of what my illustration process is.


1. I start on a piece of paper, and start doodling around until I get a basic idea of what I want.

2. I scan my drawing and bring it into photoshop to clean up the lineart.

3. I cry for like a half hour until I finally come up with the color palette I’ll use. My brain is pretty much monochromatic. This is the part I hate most.

3.2. Once I find the ideal color palette, I get distracted with anything. For example, today I watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie from the 90’s.

4. I finally go back to my drawing and paint basic shadows.

5. I add basic highlights.

5.1. I get distracted again. (Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3)

6. I paint the final details.

7. I add textures and other details.

Time: 2-4 hours.