as with any project, during the overhaul of our own site we had to decide how to present our work. one of the concepts that we used was layers of screens and interfaces that hearkens to our application development. which lead us to think, what would an illustration look like if broken out into separate layers.
we took iron man, one in our ongoing series of superheroes and villains, and broke out the illustration into some of its core components: line sketch, base coat, gloss, and special effects.
there is certainly something to be said for this type of illustration when explaining the concept of what goes into creating a illustration. i could see this utilized to break out all the successive layers required to bring to life some of our illustrations; and even animating the layers and effects to resolve on the final illustration as a means to explain and explore the process.