A Wintry Journey: Artist Tommy Worthington’s Wacom One Illustration Process

January 5, 2024

Tommy Worthington is a graphic designer and illustrator known for his anime-inspired art, especially his Legend of Zelda-themed fanart. He recently used his Wacom One pen display to draw us a beautiful Winter illustration — and recorded an inspiring process video showing exactly how he did it.

Watch the video below, read on for a guest post that summarizes his process, and if you’d like to get more info about how you can see more of his work and follow him online, check out the bottom of this blog post.

Hey there, it’s Tommy. I’m excited to share with you a behind-the-scenes look at my recent illustration project. I’ve been working on a dreamlike piece using the Wacom One 13 touch, and I thought it would be fun to take you along for the ride. 

The idea behind this piece is a bit of a journey. Picture an artist or art student, trekking through a snowy landscape, sketchbooks and a Wacom tablet in hand. The magic happens when a sketch comes to life, wrapping around the character. It’s all about the blend of imagination and reality that happens when we create. 

Now, let’s talk about reference photos. They’re a big deal in my process. For this piece, I actually used myself as a model to get the pose just right. It’s a practical, cost-effective way to get the reference you need, but remember, it’s all about balancing that with your own creative vision. 

As for the tools of the trade, I’ve been using Clip Studio Paint for this project. I’ve found it to be really intuitive, and the brushes and pens feel incredibly natural. Plus, the Wacom One tablet has been a great companion. It’s perfect for beginners and students, and it’s portable enough for those moments of on-the-go inspiration. 

The process itself is a journey, from rough sketches to refined lines and vibrant colors. I’ve been playing with elements like a snowy sunset landscape and strategically placed buildings and trees to bring the piece to life. 

As I near the end of this project, I can’t help but reflect on the time and effort that’s gone into it. I want to encourage all you artists out there to focus on quality over speed. Embrace the journey of developing your skills. And, of course, a big thank you to Wacom for giving me the opportunity to share my process with you all. 

So, that’s a little glimpse into my world. If you’re an artist curious about how others approach their work, or if you’re just interested in the creative process, I hope you found this helpful. I’m looking forward to sharing more of my artistic journey with you in the future. Until then, keep creating! 

Tommy Worthington Photo

About the artist

Tommy Worthington is a graphic designer and illustrator who works in various mediums including charcoal, oil paint, and digital. His subjects included daily life, fine art, movies, games, and graphic novels, and he is well-known for his fanart, especially his Legend of Zelda-themed work.

Check out his website and ArtStation, and follow him on Instagram, YouTube, X (Twitter), or Tik Tok. You can also buy prints of his illustrations here, or connect with him for jobs or commissions via his contact page.

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