We asked for two final ideas and after visually brainstorming all things 'pirate' Davey decided that he would explore two subjects: peglegs and pirate flags. We're going to focus on peglegs but please note there is an equally large amount of work for the flags idea!
We are now at the point where Davey knows he wants to create a scale that uses pirates' artificial legs in some way, but has no idea what the final piece will look like. What follows are Davey's A3 development sheets arranged chronologically giving you a 'ring side seat' to one person's Design Process as an idea is developed and refined to a final piece.
Notice how at various points visual questions are asked such as what's the best way to show a boot or what's the best way to draw a shark?
What you are seeing here is one person's visual conversation with himself. You draw, you think, you respond. Your first attempts are crude but you have to start somewhere. Things slowly evolve, the composition gets stronger, the marks become more graceful, the shark starts to look more vicious. You also know exactly when you need to come out of yourself to look for external research/reference to give the idea more visual credibility. It's a lot of effort but it will result in a great final piece like this...