The Blue Beard by Charles Perrault

The Blue Beard by Charles Perrault - student project

As I started this worshop later, I didn't have enough time to read a book entirely. I decided to illustrate The Blue Beard by Charles Perrault cover book. Of course I have chosen a B. Lucky me, it works in french (Barbe-Bleue) and english too.

 

The Blue Beard by Charles Perrault - image 1 - student project

 

After brainstorm, I collected several ideas:

• A keyhole in a blue beard

• A blue beard with a small key

• A view of foot with a key on the ground

• A mix of gold and blood

• A secret world in a blue beard

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The Blue Beard by Charles Perrault - image 2 - student projectThe Blue Beard by Charles Perrault - image 3 - student project 

I decided to go for the beard with a little key hanging on it.

I am not new in Illustrator but definitely a newbie with lettering. Getting clean curves is not easy. It seems that I need to practice more my use of handles and anchor points placement. Jessica gives a lot of tips in the video.

I started by drawing the skeleton, then add strands around it, using flat blue. I would have liked it more bushy but I wanted the B staying legible. At the end I added the lines to make the strands visible.

 

I really enjoyed the process but man, being a letterer is a real job and becoming one requires lot of work ;-)

 

 

Brigitte Natai

Graphic design and more