This piece, completed in Photoshop, is what I would term a storyline snapshot – a moment in time that asks many questions: Who is this young character? Why his odd appearance? What are his responsibilities regarding the disaster behind him? Exactly what is happening and why?
I don’t know most of the answers myself. Still visible, especially within the face, is the original pencil sketch. This small sketchbook doodle became the basis for an illustration exercise in generating texture and atmosphere without too much detail or with any specific concept planning. Shapes and forms were pulled from quick, random strokes and marks, and many decisions were made to alter the overall direction right through the process of completing this piece.