Topher Edwards

Graphic Designer at Lovesocial

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Into the Wild

Introduction:

Looks I'll be going solo as this class is over! Big fan of Brad Woodward so I'm taking it anyways.

Moving on...

Since I'm a much bigger fan of QUIET - that'll be my theme.

Living in Vancouver, I look very much forward to the summer, an ideal time to camp and hit the road. My favourite thing in the world is sitting in front of a campfire and I'd love for this illustration to capture that so I can look to it in the winter for warth and comfort.

That said, I want to keep the illustration itself minimal so I can give strength to the colour and texture to, again, give it that warmth I am looking for.

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Sketch 1:

Simple. Tree's to left and right and in the middle, a glowing fire. Let's put the moon in there as it always makes for a great conversation piece.

Some things I am considering to add are:
• Food items?
• Human silhoutte?
• Some animals hidden in the background?
• Nothern lights?

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Inspiration:

Brad, I absolutely love the texture on this piece. I'd really love to learn how to give my work that handdrawn feel without looking overly sketchy. Is it a brush? A texture? A technique? Can I learn the secret? I've seen other illustrators do it but you seem to do it best. 

Here is another example of that handdrawn look that I want to go for. Also, the woods theme might go in a more haunted direction. From Lab Partners!

This is a Frank Chimero piece. Again, that fuzzy edged texture that I want to bring in to this.

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Mindmap:

Getting started on the word list to give me idea's for what I should include... I like that the word 'quiet' has two branches which I'd like to explore more, peaceful and haunting.

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Sketch 2:

Decided to add more to my illustration to give it more umph. Wanted to illustrate a human into the scene and also a place for him to sit. I thought I'd add a car cause ya gotta get there somehow and I love being in the country, laying on my hood listening to music. So that's where it's gonna go. Still want the fire to be crackling in the background though.

Movng on to the computer tonight for this! Can't wait to try out the new colour and texture techniques I've picked up from the video.

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Round 1:

Adding in the element reall quick so I can pick away at what I want to better illustrate.

Getting there but needs a lot of filling in.

Notes:
• I want to make the firewood skinny and the fire itself taller and more narrow.
• More trees.
• Needs background. Probably some mountains.
• Want to apply some texture or detail to car and tent.
• Need some more rocks on the ground and maybe an animal.
• Clouds need character.

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Round 2:

Started playing with texture inside Illustrator and changed my colours around a bit. Not completely sold on them yet but I like how basic the pallette is at this point.

Illustrated a new fire, new moon, new clouds and added in a guitar to fill in that open area. Thinking I should add some grass patches and more rocks to get rid of the blank space that draws the eye into nothingness. Overall I am happy with where the elements are as I think it's pretty close to blanaced.

I will be adding the ground details and details to the guidar like a wood texture and some more depth.

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Round 3:

 

Added some halftone texture in - probably will take most of it out as it's not really adding anything. I want to find a way to reflect the fire off the car but not sure on that yet. Discovered a great way to avoid using opacity settings on the headlight while still having the same effect only making use of the current colour palette. Really glad that happened.

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Round 4:

Lots of updates and getting much closer to a finish product that is ready for some light Photoshop texturing.

Mostly worked on balancing the whole composition. I made the fire more mosterous, made my own wood pattern texture for the guitar and firewood. The bottom right was too open and boring so I added a blanket and may add another human in there. Or an animal? I gave the sky a little more life and may even work on that some more.

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Round 5:

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