If you are like me, then you spend large chunks of time building up your stock portfolio. I have lots of word lists with ideas and a ton of random sketch ideas scattered about. They always seem to get buried in the bottom of a pile of papers and I can’t ever find them. I felt like one of those bad infomercials where the guy throws his hands in the air and says, “There’s gotta be a better way.” Well, there was for me. I started creating visual or sketch lists.
Basically, I divide a sheet of paper up into 20 boxes in Adobe Illustrator. I print out several sheets and draw sketches in each box. I started by going through my old sketch books and word lists and transferring the drawings into the boxes. I also keep the sheets on my desk while I’m working, so if I get an idea while I’m working, I just draw it in the next open box. After a weekend of heavy sketching and brainstorming, I had 200 ideas sketched out on 10 sheets. I scanned in all my finished pages, and I’m ready to start illustrating them.
I know this isn’t an amazing invention like Velcro, but it was definitely a big productive boost for me.
This post was written on IllustrationInfo.com. Content copyright 2008 Cory Thoman.