Caitlin Hansen

Illustrator

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Everybody Dance Now

UPDATE: 
5/16

Now available as a print! 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/188090922/everybody-dance-now-art-print-8-x-10?ref=shop_home_active_7

UPDATE: 
1/27

Amped up the lights and darks of the drop shadow. I really wanted it to look like it was glowing. Also changed the sparkles back to blue. I'm going to take a break before I tweak this thing into oblivion. 

UPDATE: 
1/27

Blue on pink!

UPDATE: 
1/24

By request, here's the pink one!

UPDATE:
1/23

I decided to flesh out the first version of of my phrase, since I really wanted to do something bright and shiny and dramatic. I do still like the dancing letters with arms so I'll probably work on that one later too. 

I kept trying to integrate the laser shapes into the design somehow but I could never get it quite right. So instead I played with inverting these textures that I made with paint and an ink pencil to create a more subtle laser sort of feeling.

Then I tried adding shadows and sparkles with layers of pencil on tracing paper:

I liked how the pencil shadows looked but it wasn't quite working to multiply it on top of the color I had, so I ended up creating the texture and shadows with a few different photoshop brushes. I'm still working on that part. 

Getting closer to done, I think! I also have a version where the top layer of lettering is shades of pink, but I can't decide if it's too much.

UPDATE:
1/15

All right, these are ROUGH drafts, but I can't decide which direction to go and I think I'll end up spending too much time on each version if I don't! The colors on the middle one are freaking me out but maybe you get the idea. 

UPDATE: 
1/11

"Come on let's sweat...baybehh..."

I spent some time sketching out my favorite options today, and I'm torn between #1 and #4. #4 was originally sort of a throwaway thumbnail, but it really grew on me, so I might start coloring both! Arms and legs on letters cracks me up. I think it stems from that Sesame Street video for "U Really Got a Hold on Me" with Smokey Robinson. Does anyone remember that?

1/8

All right, I'm finally getting started on this project! I struggled for a while with what phrase I should illustrate when this song popped into my head. Now it is destined to stay in my head for the duration of the project. Duh...duh duh duh duh... duh duh duh duh...

I wanted a short phrase so that I could really focus on the color and texture without spending too much time on intricate lettering. For inspiration I looked at a lot of 80s and 90s types of images that I thought were appropriate for the phrase. I think that the letters should be bold and bright and chunky and maybe a little sparkly. 

I included my initial doodles here since I think that's an important part of the process for me. Once I get an idea of the type of letters I want then I can start to picture them within various compositions.

These are the compositions that I came up with. I initially liked the idea of laser-type shapes intersecting and changing the color of the letters, but that might get a little complicated. Now I'm interested in exploring options 1 or 2, 8, and 9. I'll make the lettering more interesting, but I want to figure out the composition first. I would love to know which ones you are drawn to!

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