Shanghai | Skillshare Projects

YiRan Carroll

Art Director




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Oct. 15, 2013

This class grabbed my attention because I love the idea of depicting the future through the eyes of the past (Linda said it more eloquently in her video).

Because the past promised us...

Hoverboards! Flying cars! Time machines! 5-Functioning Robots! Transporters! Replicators! Warp drive!

Since I probably won't be beaming around or replicating a cup of hot Earl Grey anytime soon, I may as well do it in my imagination. Maybe scientists will see drawings from this class and reward us all with hoverboards - who knows?

For the first part of the assignment, I present a screenshot of my pinterest moodboard.

Here, I've sketched some shapes that I think are mid-century-like.

I don't know what city I'm going to do yet, but here's a sketch of a possible cityscape for Shanghai. It's a view of Pudong from across the river. There's a transporter buoy where people can beam in from other cities (or planets!) and bubbles where people can gently float to their destination before starting their hectic days, when they are surely busily inventing crazy awesome stuff that they will bring to us in present time via fancy time machines.

That's it for now. Stay tuned!

Oct. 18, 2013

I've decided to do more sketching to try to understand the elements of midcentury illustration better. I really like the shapes, and want to understand what makes them fit into the midcentury style. I've also found that for these tyoe of sketches, I do better with pen than pencil. With pencil, I tend to create a lot of sketchy lines, and I also try to put things into perspective rather than let them be flat. One thing that I struggle with the midcentury style of illustration is that you really just need to let things be flat, and that's how you get that awesome style.

Anyway, here are my sketches from looking at my moodboard.

I've still yet to decide on a city. I think I'll need to look into the kind of architecture I like and try to find a city that has a lot of it.

Dec. 1, 2013

I picked Shanghai!

Here's my sketch:

Color palette:

Here's my final:

Would love to hear what you think!


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