Illia Strikhar

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Planets Talk (DONE!)

Mind Mapping was harder than I thought it would be. Getting all the randomness from your head, saying 'no' or 'see you later' to 99% of ideas – that's a challenge. Here's what I've come up with:

Favourite places...people & life...musicians...design & photography...animals...street signs...space. 

Space was my last, and I think, my best idea. I love space, I often have dreams about it, and I make songs inspired by it. Planets and Sun have common round shapes, different colors, textures, shadows. They could make a nice set, with each of them having its own charm. So I thought I'd kick off with 5 of my favourite planets: 

  • Earth (of course!)
  • Mars
  • Saturn
  • Moon (I know it's a satellite, but cmon!)
  • Sun (I know it's a star, but cmon!)

Sketching was done in several steps. First, I drew a round for each planet, with some very distinct elements inside, something that I associate it with and remember it by. Still, they looked dull and generic to me.

After some time thinking, I recollected of one of my favourites illustrators – Maira Kalman, whose style is just amazing and so pure. She illustrates her very personal life moments and combines them with a few words, that are really deep and touching and impossible to forget. She inspired me to do the same to my favourite planets – to enhance their characters (which I will hopefully be able to convey in my badges) with words, as if they could talk. Immediately 'the Mighty Boosh' show came into my mind, where the Moon episodically talks and tells random stories or facts. That's how the idea of 'Planets Talk' was born. Down you can see the rough sketches I made, the sentences and elements are just drafts, to give it all a tone and visualize some of the ideas. 

Building this set of icons, most of all I am inspired by mid-20th century library book & ads design. Modest, almost timid colors, special 'shy' shapes and textures.. 

My second inspiration is mixing colors, I feel that this style could fit planets well, as they are so dreamy and distant..

Here's my moodboard, in the upper row you can see library book & ads design, in the second row – mixing colors:

I started from the Sun badge, with red, light yellow and dark yellow in my color scheme. I wanted to make the Sun look just like I see it and think of it. Then I added the caption which is not abstract and think that's what can make the badges interesting. 

Drawing Sun badge, steps 1 and 2:

 

Sun badge, Moon badge (with craters and 'oceans') + color scheme. After some time I think I found the color scheme I'll be using in my badges. It's pretty universal among all the planets (except for green – it's only applicable to Earth). Things start looking better: 

What I have to do next:

  1. Right now it's hard to read the captures so I have to work on that
  2. Captures still look 'heavy' to me, they should be more in line with abstract planets
  3. I think that color scheme will change slightly
  4. I'll add some interesting elements to both of the badges and move on to other planets.

Update 27.04:

Hey everyone! Right now I'm stuck in the middle of my badges concept – what style they should be. I have 5 different options, please help me decide which is best:

You can just write the number of the pair you like the most. Thanks!

Update 28.04

After getting some feedback I chose to combine the geometric and the painterly style and to make captions more readable. This is what I got in the end:

It has been a really useful course and I'll continue to further advance my skills. Thanks for attention!

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