Tom's Style Class Project: 26 Days of Trail Running

Tom's Style Class Project: 26 Days of Trail Running - student project

Here are my exercises and daily project for The Style Class!

First, my inspiration case studies. I did 2, based on a couple of my favourite illustrated picture books!

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Tom's Style Class Project: 26 Days of Trail Running - image 2 - student project

 

 

This is my Creative Self-inventory, below. It's really just a summary of mostly recent work of mine that I've been into, including colours, lettering style, and the overall flat and textured look that is consistent here.

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26 days of Trail Running

So for my project, I wanted to do something based on my inspiration of Blexbolex, and explore a Printmaking-inspired illustration style that I already use. 

Here is a very cleaned up version of my project plan draft:

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It used to look like this

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The most important part of this messier plan sheet, above, is my brainstorm for my A-Z list. As you can see, there are a lot of ideas there that I had to pare back. My final selections are highlighted in red.

And below are the images I have so far for my 26 day project (It's been taking a little longer than that!). I'm not doing them in alphabetical order, but just doing the ones that feel most interesting to me in the moment. 

A is for Alpine

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D is for Downhill

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B is for Bear

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F is for Fuel

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H is for Headlamp

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L is for Lost

Tom's Style Class Project: 26 Days of Trail Running - image 11 - student projectP is for Poop (long story!)

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R is for Recovery (Beer is the official recovery drink of trail running)

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T is for Trucker (Hat) — a very common sight in trail running races!

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Update Dec 24/2020

This is what I have so far. Overall I have found that the first 3-4 images took the most effort, but once I had established my overall stylistic approach and some basic elements of my "world" — particularly the trees and ferns — I was able to apply these to subsequent illustrations.

My favourite so far is the Alpine scene, which is so lush and full! As you can see, I was able to reuse almost the whole thing in my Trucker Hat illustration.

 

Update Sep 24/2021

 

I added Downhill to the mix. I'm really happy with how that one turned out!

Tom Froese
Illustrator and Designer
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