Creating a boomer. The work process for crafting a custom character

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Creating a boomer. The work process for crafting a custom character

In this article, I’d like to briefly share my work process for creating an illustration step by step, a custom boomer, a new member of the Boomers Club!

In this case, I’ll use the illustration created for Alessandro Berry, the well-known founder of Spacebudz CNFT project and Nami wallet. He’s one of the pioneers in the NFT community on Cardano.

I won’t deny that I’m a bit old-school. I start with a blank sheet of paper, pencils, and an eraser.

The first step is to sketch the drawing, getting the proportions and a basic pose for the character and volumes right. Gradually, with a hard pencil and fine lines, I create shapes, using reference images and adding lines, experimenting until I find the ones I like. I emphasize these lines with a softer pencil that leaves a lighter mark on the paper.

The next step involves markers. I confess I’m a bit of a nerd, but this is my favorite phase of the process. There’s a special satisfaction in going over the pencil sketches with a marker to define all the lines, edges, and details that give texture to the drawing. It’s a delicate process that requires care but also the willingness to embrace mistakes.

Once this step is complete, the analog phase of the process ends. The next step is to scan this sketch at high resolution and open it in vector drawing software.

As I mentioned, I’m old-school; I draw with a mouse and vectors. I haven’t gotten used to using a graphics tablet, although I’m curious about trying the iPad Pro with Procreate, but that’s for another time.

Next, the sketch is placed on a layer, its opacity is lowered, and it’s locked to use as a template. The following step involves redrawing all the edges, taking the opportunity to fix errors, enhance details, and add more expressiveness to the features. Once this tedious step is complete, I adjust the brushes, edge thickness, and so on.

The next step is also quite satisfying; it involves adding color. I use a palette of about 40 colors for all my Boomers to maintain consistency in the collection and give them a uniform style. I only use flat colors and some subtle shading, mostly to add expressiveness and age to the faces.

With this step, I consider the process complete, and that’s how a new Boomer is born!

I’ll leave you with this video where you can see the entire process summarized in two minutes!

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