Here are some of the photos I took at the Delanco and Riverside train stations for my research for the last That's Silly! I posted here on the blog. Like most illustrators I try to find research online but in this case I just couldn't find what I was looking for so I took a little drive and took some photos. Although I didn't this time around, I also find it very helpful to make some quick sketches while on location. Even with digital photography there are just some details you're going to miss without studying through sketching.
Research is so important. I can't emphasize this enough to my students. It can make any illustration 100% more believable then if you're just making it up.
Look back at the illustration on the last post and you can see where the ideas came from.
The tile pattern.
The bench's iron work.