"Powerful Women" - Empowering Females via Electrical Work

"Powerful Women" - Empowering Females via Electrical Work - student project

Many of my female friends feel like they can't accomplish house projects on their own. Electrical work can seem daunting, but once you understand the basics, it's very do-able! My goal is to illustrate an approachable, educational look at electrical work for the amazing women in my life. No more waiting around to be taken advantage of by electricians or overcharged for complicated solutions.

My objects will include:

-Wire strippers

-Wire nuts

-Screwdrivers

-An electrical switch

 

My abstract spots will include:

-The explanation of circuits and an electrical panel 

-Physically protecting yourself (eyewear, calluses, etc)

-The meaning of wire colors and gauges

-Turning off the power and electrical testers

-GFCI outlets near water sources

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The following sketches are from reading technical articles about how electrical wiring functions (in the US).

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These sketches were attempt 1 at some object sketches before refining my concept:"Powerful Women" - Empowering Females via Electrical Work - image 3 - student project

After focusing my audience and thinking about writing an actual article for these spots to accompany, here are some refined sketches. I always get ahead of myself wanting to add color and get to the finals before I let myself really explore the concept and sketch... Anyone else struggle with that?

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A few objects thumbnails from before refining my concept:

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5/20/21 UPDATE! Finally finished the first 4: Wire nuts, wire strippers, flat and Philips head screwdrivers, and an uninstalled one way-switch.

I attempted to add all the color in Photoshop, but I couldn't get my mouse to create the linework/texture I wanted. Soooo... I ended up using my go-to Bardot Brushes from Lisa Bardot (Texture Press Rough and Gritty Tilt Liner)

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5/27/21 UPDATE! Changed the Flat / Philips head screwdrivers, and the one way-switch to be a little more clear. I think with the small scale, it really made a difference!

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6/16/21 UPDATE! Finally finished the final 4: 

-The meaning of wire colors

-The importance of turning off the power at the electrical panel

-Physically protecting yourself (eyewear, calluses, etc)

-The explanation of circuits (feat: power on the exterior to an electrical panel to a switch)

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Meredith Ann
@meredithannillustration