Create a series of 10 digital illustrations. The topic will be of your choosing (business cards, icons, comic panels, logos, etc), but you will be using design thinking to ideate, get feedback, try versions, vectorize/digitize, manipulate, color (or not), add unifying elements, repeat. In doing this you will learn the basics of not only the design thinking process but Adobe Illustrator particularly Image Trace, Live Painting, Recoloring, Drawing, Shape Building, tools, panels, colors, and generally working with vector files.
Mind Maps & Initial Sketches
When I first started this project I was pretty open-minded with my ideas. Through mind maps and preliminary sketches the primary three I settled on were road signs with different meanings, penguins being anthropomorphized, and candy with accurate labeling. My initial goal was to take something that was familiar and to give it a twist.
Initial Digital Sketches
I settled on sketching the road signs with different meanings. I did this because the idea gave me leeway to be creative, but also allowed me to find some uniformity within my work. Signs are completely interwoven in daily life, and I thought it would be fun to shake it up with slogans and warnings that one would not expect.
Manipulating Digital Sketches
Manipulating the sketches in black and white using illustrator allowed me to make my initial sketches crisp and craft an individual personality that each sign would embody. This time in illustrator also helped educate me on the basics of the software.
Adding Color To Digital Sketches
When adding color in the first four sketches I tried to unify them by using the color purple in different color palettes. The four I used were monochromatic, analog, triad, and complementary. It was very interesting to play with the different colors in terms of balancing them with each other in a way that looked the most pleasing to the eye. I found I was never satisfied with the first combination I would try and I would switch them around until the balance of colors felt unique.
The Final Product
With the final product, I feel that I improved with my design and color choices as I completed each art board. In fact, I believe my favorite was one I did not include in my initial four products. However, when I went back to my sketches to find inspiration in completing the project I found quite a few more gems than I was expecting.