The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up | Skillshare Projects

John English

Graphic Designer



The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up

[ Fri. Dec. 6 – 1:53 AM EST ]

Hook or me this time.

After much fussing I've reached a point where I'm satisfied calling my drop cap complete. I set out to capture the whimsy of a child's imagination and of Peter Pan himself and I think I did a reasonable job of that with this letterform. There are a few things going on here. The leafy vines represent the Lost Boys' foresty Neverland dwelling with one leaf for each of the six Lost Boys and the three Darling children. The stem of the P is a subtle allusion to the daggers the boys use to fight pirates and the whole form is surrounded in a cloud of pixie dust. The midnight blue background color corresponds to the time of night Peter appears in the dreams and nurseries of young children. I had a lot of fun working on this project. Hope you like it.

[ Fri. Nov. 29 – 4:47 PM EST ]

I began adding some anchor points to my skeetch today. Obviously it still needs a lot of work but it's nice to see it coming together on screen.

[ Wed. Nov. 20 – 10:21 PM EST ]

To die will be an awfully big adventure.

After some more sketching and some helpful comments (thanks, folks!) I've begun some more refined sketches in the direction seen below. I feel the weight and curves of this form convey the whimsy I was aiming for and it has a certain spry feeling that makes up a good part of Peter Pan's character. There are ten leaves to represent Peter and the six other lost boys and the three Darling children.

I'm still not sure I have the balance quite right. The viney curves may need to be finessed a bit more before I'm satisfied. I don't want it to look too planted, however, because I want it to maintain a certain feeling of nimbleness. And perhaps symmetry should be a thing to avoid if I'm trying to capture a sense of a child's imagination.

I also made a B for Barrie while I was at it. This one I think is a little more balanced without being too symmetrical. But I committed to doing a P at the start so I intend to stick with it.

[ Sat. Nov. 9 – 2:20 PM EST ]

He was a lovely boy, clad in skeleton leaves and the juices that ooze out of trees but the most entrancing thing about him was that he had all his first teeth.

For this project I chose to work with the letter "P". I began sketching out some initial concepts today trying to convey the simple yet whimsical nature of a child's imagination as it is that which allows Neverland to exist in the first place. I have quite a bit more thinking and sketching to do but here are some of my first offerings.

[ Wed. Nov. 6 – 10:00 PM EST ]

Unit 1 complete. I took notes and everything. This is kind of like being back in school. Or maybe that's exactly what this is...

[ Initial Post ]

For this project I chose Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. I have long admired this story and the world within it due in no small part to my own refusal to abandon childhood. Plus, you couldn't ask for any more whimsy in a subject.


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