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Preparatory sketches for political illustration

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One of the things I've been working on is an editorial type illustration, politically themed. The two images I've posted below are part of my preparation - one of them is from my moleskin, I doodle think, thumb-sketch and brainstorm drawing in different ideas to develop. I spiral through iterations adding to my roughs until I'm happy with the composition.

The other image is a more developed colour sketch of Putin as I examine the structure of his face and experiment with what I want to accentuate or not. I'm also thinking about how far I want to go with stylisation. At this stage things are getting pretty clear and nailed down. I have to reign myself back sometimes - I want to add references to all sorts of things in the final, like for example a reference to 'Pussy Riot' but I have to remain focused and serve the final goal.

Colour sketch and study for Putin illustration, arguably a finished piece in itself.

Colour sketch and study for Putin illustration, arguably a finished piece in itself.

My initial exploration through rough sketches and doodle thinking ;)

My initial exploration through rough sketches and doodle thinking ;)

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