August Session Project Example: How Many Does It Take?

August Session Project Example: How Many Does It Take? - student project

Hey guys! I'm posting this project as an example for my August Session: Illustrating Science with Charm! The session is from August 17-September 2, but you can jump in at any time! For my project, I'm using an illustrated series I created for Buzz Hoot Roar, the science blog where I was Artist in Residence. 

Step 1: Post your concept and sketches

My concept is about how many of the largest animals in their group (from bacteria to giraffes) it would take to get to the top of various famous structures if they stood on each other's heads.

Here are my sketches:

August Session Project Example: How Many Does It Take? - image 1 - student project

August Session Project Example: How Many Does It Take? - image 2 - student project

Step 2: Emotion Drawings 

August Session Project Example: How Many Does It Take? - image 3 - student project

Step 3: Final Drawing 

Here's my final drawing for one of the comparisons! I added in the hand drawn typography, and the silhouettes of the animals (which I made in Photoshop from my drawings). 

August Session Project Example: How Many Does It Take? - image 4 - student project

Step 4: Final Illustration

Here's my final illustration after digitally painting in the color in Photoshop, and applying textures like in the videos! 

August Session Project Example: How Many Does It Take? - image 5 - student project

Here's a bigger individual version of the ostrich too:

August Session Project Example: How Many Does It Take? - image 6 - student project

And here's a little GIF animation to show more of the process:

August Session Project Example: How Many Does It Take? - image 7 - student project

Thank you so much everyone who participated in the Session! It was amazing to see all your work and you all did such a wonderful job! Keep up the great work, and anyone who didn't participate in the Session is still more than welcome and encouraged to post their project!

Christine Nishiyama
Artist at Might Could Studios
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