FINAL - Quiet Mid-Century Living

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 So I ended up not changing a whole lot here, but I did go back and make a few super small changes including half-toning the shading in the furniture  (barely noticeable at this scale) and pushing the color just a hair farther.  I'm really happy with how much I have learned in this class! It's been great! To check out the final version and my other two up close, view them in my portfolio.

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Really, really excited about this class. I love all of Brad's work and was super excited when I found out he was teaching this. I have a little bit of experience with Illustration, but am looking to move my work forward and this is a great opportunity to learn from Brad and the rest of you guys.

I'm also looking to use this as an opportunity to network, so check out my portfolio and follow me on Dribbble and Twitter if you're interested in connecting.

Work In Progress


 Here's where I'm currently at with this quiet, mid-century living room. I'm feeling pretty good with where it's at, but I need to go through and watch Brad's videos that he just posted, which I'm sure will spark some other ideas. Love to hear your feedback!

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Idea Generation


Following Brad's lead I made up a few word lists. I originally thought for sure that I wanted to do "quiet", but I wanted to make sure that I also explored and challenged myself as much as possible, so I made up one for both. Word listing is always a fun process and I tend to end up in some crazy directions, all of which I have included below


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Examples of strange directions for loud include John Goodman, Morgan Freeman and a Punch in the Balls. Leave no stone unturned!



After the word lists I generated a few sketches in different directions. I was still gravitating mostly toward quiet, but did one for loud as well.

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1. A cross section of a house at night. Mostly an empty house with nothing going on but one person up late watching TV. 

2. The loud one, a rocket taking off. 

3. A mouse in his house in the kitchen being totally quiet. 

4. Idea 3 led me to the idea of a quiet and calm atmosphere. Just the perfect setting at home with nothing going on at all.

Mood Board & Refinements


I was really liking the fourth idea and decided to investigate it a little further. Nothing makes me happier than working at home in my office and the idea of a perfect quiet setting just is really attractive to me. So I built a mood board:

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I'm a huge fan of mid-century modern design and illustration (one of the many reasons I enjoy Brad's work) so I gravitated towards some mid-century interior work and furniture. I then did a few more sketches:

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I'm liking the last one, just a nice, centered illustration of my ideal mid-century environment, perfect for working in. I thought I might interject myself into it at first, but then maybe just a computer or some evidence that it is also a modern day setting and I could be there working if I wanted to be. 

I really didn't intend to go in this direction, but this actually lines up with some exploration I've been doing already and I'm thinking I'll work in a style similar to the below illustrations that I've made just to post on Dribbble (here and here).

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That's the direction my head is going in, but I would really love to hear feedback from all of you here, let me know what you think.

Dominic Flask

Independent Designer and Illustrator