City at night

City at night - student project

So this assignment was a lot of work but also a lot of fun. I had this idea to illustrate part of a city at night and I wanted it to be kind of crooked, quirky and definitely not in correct perspective. I like my illustrations to be a bit of :-)

So I started with this quick illustration just to have a base.

City at night - image 1 - student project

Trying to use everything else than the pen tool I quickly shaped my city and moon:

City at night - image 2 - student project

After A LOT of squares and a few circles I tried to follow the light from the moon through the buildings to determine the lightness and darkness of the colors. I don't feel like it's totally there, but it is what it is :-D

City at night - image 3 - student project

To make more depth in the illustration I used grain for highlights and shadows and outer glow for the lit windows and moon. Again, don't feel like it's perfect, but it took me so long to add every detail that corrections of light/shadow will come waaayy later when I'm up for it again :-D

City at night - image 4 - student project

It was a very fun project and I'm sure not using pen tool saved me a lot of time in the beginning this project :-) And I'm quit happy with the end result!

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UPDATE 29.11

I've updated the illustration a little bit with another moon and removed the clouds - they felt a bit to stiff compared to the rest of the illustration. Because I liked it so much I descided to make another city illustration :-)

City at night - image 5 - student project

And this is the other illustration:

City at night - image 6 - student project

Matilde Juul
Graphic designer and illustrator