I found a bunch of my old sketches and thought it'd be interesting to show the "before & after" of how Quanta Magazine artworks transform from concept art to illustration.
(Trent Kaniuga's video is helpful if you're unclear about the difference: Illustration VS Concept.)
These thumbnails aren't pretty; their job is only to convey an idea quickly and clearly enough that editors can approve and artists can follow. I don't do these for every project I assign, but always for my own work. They're especially helpful when the subject is difficult/abstract/esoteric — as Quanta's often are!
Left: my sketch
Right: artist's illustration
Thank you to all of the artists who worked with me on these wonderful images.
If you'd like to learn more, comment & let me know!