Toady I played with some textures. I usually do textures in Photoshop, so it was interesting to do in Illustrator. I was missing being able to spot erase & feather (have yet to find work arounds in illustrator). But I do like that vector form allows for some nice flexibility/scaling options. I need to figure out how to switch the illustrator key commands.
I love the texture in the sky- but I'm worried it is grabbing too much focus. I might try to offset that better in the future, maybe with some better texturing or details to the buildings/street (been avoiding it now that I know how much time they take!). I still feel like it is lacking that something extra, some umph. hopefully i'll scrounge some more time tomorrow to work on it again.
Thank you all for your comments last time. It was a good motivator!
So despite being familiar with Illustrator, I've never made a full composition in it. Indesign is my usual bread and butter, and so I found myself constantly trying to click the W button (preview mode).
I couldn't find a palette I liked for my original early morning idea...so at first I went for a color palette based on a Kandinsky painting I love: http://www.wassilykandinsky.net/work-86.php
It had a lots of beautiful purple tones to it with some surprise bursts of orange and yellow, and I was excited to apply it. Only once I did, it was a hot mess. I played with the the colors and have (at least for the moment) settled on a much more muted palette and turned it nto a winter night scene. I haven't added all of the details to the buildings yet, but here is the current state:
I'm thinking about putting something into the lit window to give the painting a focus and some more life. I was thinking about a coulple holding hands, looking outside- but the idea of trying to draw stylized, vectorized humans is daunting! Maybe I'll move the cat inside instead.
I originally started dwelling on the thought of my morning commute. Believe it or not- it was actually in reference to the word 'quiet'. I live in beautiful San Francisco- and I drive into a glorious cloud of fog on Golden Gate bridge each morning to get to work. There is a quiet, calming beauty about watching the fog drift infront of you.
I did some quick thumbnail sized skethes:
This chain of thought led me to think about a city street in the early morning before everyone starts their day. The city streets are still. A soft golden light reflects onto the buildings. There is a sense of calm that enlives you. It's quite peaceful.
(unless it is garbage day...)
I took my initial small sketch (above, bottom left corner) and make a larger, rough sketch (below). An empty, narrow cobblestone street, handmade signs sticking out from cute old shops, topsy-turby shaped windows/doors/buildings, and maybe a small cat lurking around.
I'm hoping to mess more with the shapes. Making them identifiable- but more abstract and stylized.