Day of the Dead Skull (Real Time Mirror Drawing )

Day of the Dead Skull (Real Time Mirror Drawing ) - student project

First of all a big thank you for Helen Bradley for not only teaching me some great new skills but for also inspiring me to go back to the basics to plan out my project. I loved the videos and couldn't wait to start the project. I decided to follow Helen's suggestion of creating a Day of the Dead skull through the Real Time Mirror Drawing lesson.

The first part of this task was to figure out how to create a skull shape in Adobe Illustrator. I'm not a level were I can create a skull in Adobe Illustrator as easily as Helen showed. I sketched out some ideas and figured out the structure of the skull using circles. Once I was happy with my skull shape I planned out the design of the skull and chose the colours I wished to use for the project. 

Day of the Dead Skull (Real Time Mirror Drawing ) - image 1 - student project

 

Once I was happy with my finished drawing I moved to Adobe Illustrator. I followed Helen's instructions to create the template for the project and laid out my circles to help create the structure of the skull.

 

Day of the Dead Skull (Real Time Mirror Drawing ) - image 2 - student project

I then proceeded to lay out the skull based on my original sketch and had some fun choosing colours and trying new techniques in Adobe Illustrator to create shapes to help with my layout. I'm pretty happy with the final result.

Day of the Dead Skull (Real Time Mirror Drawing ) - image 3 - student project

I highly recommend everyone give this lesson a go. There are great skills to be learn which you will carry on to further projects in your design journey.

Alan McArthur
An Irish designer playing with shapes and colour