The digital illustration process. The style evolution of Bjork

The digital illustration process. The style evolution of Bjork

by CreativeMindClass • 3 min read

When it comes to my own art, I never really felt like I had a style until fairly recently. If I were to describe my style it would be "evolving". It’s only the past year or so I feel like I've kind of figured it out.

When I have time I like to do 30 minutes- 1 hour studies or explorations where I just do whatever I feel like that day. Doing this really helped me improve but it also helped find what sort of things I liked.

Digital illustration by Bjork. A standing woman in reading glasses.

These days I really like to focus on color, light, and also how to describe textures in a simple way so I don’t have to be too detailed with everything. I tend to keep my shapes pretty close to real life, but going forward I want to try to push shapes more and be more stylized with my art.

When I start a painting, generally speaking, I like laying out my main shapes first either in BW or just straight with color.  If I feel it's necessary, I start with linework first. Once I have a good base I like to map in the light shapes and shadow shapes on separate layers. Not until then do I start to paint or render it, usually going from big to small details.

Digital illustration by Bjork. Streets of Londaon, cars, a man with a dog opening his car.
Streets of London

For Streets of London painting I used a similar process. In order to have clean edges and keep things organized I used a lot of layers and also had the main light on a separate layer.

Using layers also makes me worry less about making mistakes, but once I feel comfortable with where I'm at with the painting I start to merge some things, only keeping what I feel is necessary.

Digital illustration by Bjork. A town during winter. Houses in snow. Streetlights, sunset colors.
Winter Mornings

Colours for me are very much a “feel” thing, I just go for what feels right. I also have different references that I look at to help me get the right colours, sometimes I mix references and other times I use mainly one.

It's definitely a good idea to learn about colour and light theory, so you know what you can push to make the overall colour palette and values stronger.

Digital illustration by Bjork. A house in snow.
Winter

I think it's difficult for me to say what the key to making my art is... I just like to explore different styles, mediums and subject matters and get inspired by other artists.

I'm still so early in my art journey and am very much still trying to figure out who I am as an artist and what my style is. The main difference these days is I don't really worry about it as much as I used to and I think that's making a lot of difference.

My Background

My name is Bjork and I'm a visual artist. I'm currently working as a Concept Artist for games.

A portrait photo of Bjork.

I come from a small country called the Faroe Islands and have always been creative in some way, be it through storytelling or drawing or something else. I graduated with a BA in CG arts  from The Animation workshop in Viborg, Denmark,  in 2019 and started my first job in London later that year.

Nowadays, I’m mainly working as a concept artist for Envar Studios but also do occasional freelance gigs.

I'm usually I bit more active on Twitter than Instagram.  In case anyone wants to buy prints I sell them on Inprnt.


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