Wired and Men’s Health illustrator Ronald Kurniawan shares the secrets of his artistic success, revealing how he creates his stunning editorial illustrations
my weapon of choice is Photoshop
My illustrations start with an article, which I reduce to a simple idea or word. This solo brainstorming session is integral to the illustrative process, because I might have to combat 100 really bad ideas for every good one. I try to create associations with imagery from opposite ends of the spectrum. I’m aiming for bold and surreal combinations, though whatever I come up with has to work within the parameters of the assignment. Let me show you how I create one of my compositions, transforming a sketch into a vividly coloured robot that jumps out of the page.