in the last few years i've been self studying and practicing drawing painting and visual art in general.
i find it now when i have more knowledge in composition, prespective, value, form etc, that when i approach an illustration task (like the community challenges for example) i'm really stuck because instead of using intuition i'm starting to think with my left brain more about all the "ingredients" of the illustration. i don't mean that i'm feeling limited because of all these "rules"
but on the opposite- kind of limitless, i can try all sorts of prespectives or compositions now that i have knowledge of them , i'm suddenly thinking like a director but without being able to juggle all aspects to get the work flow, my approach is changing from doing without thinking and from random to planning and thinking beforehand. i should also mention the infinite amount of reference, ideas and other works of artists that are instantly available on the web that can drive you crazy to insane...lol.
up until now i approached illustration beginning from random (without any prior meaning or intention) which i found problematic as the final result would not be understandable to audience or it wouldn't tell the story or idea that it should.
i guess what i'm trying to ask is how do you approach an illustration, especially a storytelling one, whats your workflow? do you work from random or do you have some sort of a picture in you head before you start that you try to realize? and how do you deal with the overload of information available....
appreciate your thoughts! :-)