We're constantly looking for interesting artists on Instagram. We will be introducing them every tuesday in a series called Introtuesday. This very week it’s a Re-introtuesday, as we’re welcoming back Colorado Springs, USA based illustrator Luke Flowers, who revived his Instagram account after a couple years absence. Thanks for the renewed supply of inspiration, Luke!
What are you working on at the moment? Book 3 illustrations of my Moby Shinobi series for Scholastic, 2 titles for Little Golden Books with Nickelodeon, A pumpkin book, A raccoon book and a few random personal projects. It’s a crazy season in the creative cave to say the least!
What is your work process like? Each project starts with research. Usually books from my library, then online for colour references and to get the creative wheels spinning. Then sketching/storyboarding. I then start the project with some character explorations, technique studies (trying out new digital brushes/painting approach). Once all that is in order I dive into the marathon of creativity that is the cover and interior illustrations. I try to carve out large chunks of time for each book to just focus on one at a time when it is at this key phase of the project so I can stay focused and in that world. Normally, I have four to five projects going at once so there is always one of these phases going at a time it seems. All of my work is created digitally in Photoshop. Though the process is very similar for both client and personal work, I most certainly do a lot more of the exploring with my personal work and gallery work. That is where I have the most freedom, but it’s often in that exploration that a client finds the work and then wants to explore that new technique, or approach. So I find they both go hand in hand.
Favourite work snack? Coffee and various dry cereal (LIFE cereal seems to be the common bowl full). Though a good Peanut Butter, Honey and Banana sandwich with a glass of Strawberry milk does wonders.
Any personal projects on the side that you're excited about? I’ve been really trying to push into doing more author/illustrator work, so I’ve got several book pitch concepts in the works that I’ve been tinkering with and exploring. I’m really excited to get those to a place that I can pitch those to publishers and literary agencies. I’m also working on an abstract/biographical children’s book concept about the life of Jim Henson who has always been and always will be my greatest creative hero. It’s a passion project I’ve wanted to do for years to pay tribute to his legacy of creativity in a unique way.
Follow Luke on Instagram and check out his portfolio at www.lukeflowerscreative.com