Historic Portsmouth | Skillshare Projects

Leanda Xavian

Illustrator & letterer

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Historic Portsmouth

I had three or four places in mind for my map, but I decided finally on Portsmouth Docks. I grew up in Portsmouth, hated it and couldn't wait to leave. I left for London at 19 and never returned (my parents moved!). Portsmouth Dockyard was a place I frequently visited as a child and it was completely regenerated for the millennium with the arrival of the Spinnaker Tower and Gunwharf Quays. I now hope to visit again soon and show my little boy some of the places I saw as a child!

I decided to make a slightly different format for Tom's class as I want to submit it to They Draw and Travel. Happily, this turned out to be the perfect proportions for the dockyard. All I had to do was turn it on its side.

 

S K E T C H E S

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My map had to be traced in two halves due to the wide format. 

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S W A T C H E S

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I started my colour scheme by looking at Portsmouth's flag, which is bright yellow and blue. I toned it down to more of an aqua to reflect the sea. The three main colours are aqua, orange and stone, with a couple of tones of each. And black!

 

L I N E W O R K  &  T E X T

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I N K Y  B I T S

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Had a ball messing around with different brushes and tools. My background texture was created with a wide brush and I loved Tom's use of a pencil rubber for the location dots. I made my own stipple brushes with a bookbinding glue brush and used them for all the shading and overall texture on the map.

 

D E T A I L S  O F  F I N A L  M A P

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I decided in the end to completely ditch roads, as my map s is all about the waterfront!

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This took AGES! I always tend to overwork things and can never decide when something is finished...

... but, this has been my most enjoyable class on Skillshare so far. I have to admit that I just couldn't get to grips with drawing shapes in Photoshop and had to resort to Illustrator for a lot of it. And much as I try I cannot get my head around channels!! So used a Quick Mask method that I am more comfortable with (otherwise this would have taken months!!) I will definitely be checking out Tom's Inky Illustration class to try and figure it out.

Thank you Tom for such a great class! I would love any feedback!

EDIT: You can see a large version on They Draw & Travel.

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