The initial sketches behind 8 great illustrations

We’ve talked a lot of talk about how sketching is one of the first steps to designing almost anything, certainly a logo or illustration. It helps a designer gather and sift through ideas, work through initial concepts and develop more creative ones, and refine a final idea to work with – in much less time then it would take a designer to construct all of these images digitally.

Now we’ve found some illustrators who walk the walk! We’ve sifted through tons of designs and found 8 of the many designers who regularly include sketches in their submissions to the site. And we’ve created gifs of the designers showing off some of their preliminary sketch-work, the drawing alongside or layered below the final design.

Take a look and compare the initial ideas with the final product, it’s a fascinating transformation that speaks to the power of the process of sketching:









Swarley Stinson









Show us your initial sketches in the comments!

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Kaitlyn Ellison
Kaitlyn Ellison

Kaitlyn is part of the Community Team at She grew up in Boulder, CO and went to school at Northwestern University in Chicago. When she's not blogging, she spends her time having adventures and being generally creative. She's all about having new experiences as often as possible!

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