Thought it might be nice to add a textured background behind of some simple 'key' shapes. I think next i might try to add some colour before I go into textures/shading etc...
Here is the first attempt at creating the shapes and patterns within them. The colour of his face looks slightly off when I uploaded it so please ignore this. Need to fiddle around with the lines so you can see his hat clearly and the curve of the bottom of his right foot but overall it's coming together.
Thanks to Tara Axford for leaving the comment about simplifying my design. I agree, this will make it much stronger visually.
Here are some images I will be using as inspiration.
Top left - I like how there are multiple shapes escaping from another shape.
Top right - Stephen Cheetham's illustration is my main inspiration for character design.
Bottom left - Again, I like how there is a shape in an existing image, in this case an ampersand.
Bottom right - I like how the fox appears within the vertical lines. I hope to develop something like this for the prison bars in my work.
I immediately felt that quiet was a more interesting word to explore. I wanted to portray someone trying to be quiet so decided on a burglar escaping from prison which felt like a fun direction to take.
I drew inspiration from the character design of Stephen Cheetham and looked into doing a bit of an optical illusion by having my character step out of a circular shape which has turned into the top of a key which ties nicely into my idea.
I also plan to explore adding some typography to the work such as THE GREAT ESCAPE. Will see how it goes!