Assignment One: Part Two

Read Part One

MERIT BADGE

I started brainstorming and collected some more reference material in both my sketchbook and this Pinterest board. I don’t intend to strictly make merit badges, they could just be regular clothes badges (patches to us in the UK).

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I decided to test out materials. I go back to the Adobe Illustrator tutorial I found. I’m impressed with the results. It’s quite simple and I’m not quite sure yet if I would know how to do the layer of stitching on top. Also, and I think it’s the illustrator in me, but I’m not enjoying the computer generated look to it…I will experiment with painting and drawing, also.

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I started roughing out some potential layouts.

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I tested how some of these might work in illustrator and settle on the 5 badges I’m definite on making.

I’m pleased with the results. However, I am now having a major rethink. Although it was fun to figure out how to make these badges, I feel like they don’t represent my current interests, influences or tastes in terms of design. I’m going to figure out how I can best represent my badge designs in a more minimalist style.

I did some quick sketches, and some more visual research, but quickly took this process into illustrator.

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The results of my simplified badges are below. As you can see, this is a very different style to the first postcard, however, I know if I wanted to make them similar I could (paint them all, for instance), but at this stage it feels like I would be learning less. There are elements I would like to change (see sketchbook for details), but I’m fairly pleased with them. I need to think about colour.

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I have now edited the trees, the ghost and starting to play with colour. I’m pretty certain it’s going to be two colours only and if I have time I will look at textures.

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Here is a link to the Pinterest board I created for colours I’d quite like to use. For those who have no access to Pinterest, here is a screenshot. There are two colour palettes that I am interested in for this postcard. One is a retro palette of muted pinks, greens, yellows and browns. The other has neon pinks, greens, purples and blacks. I don’t particularly want to mix these different palettes together:

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I used the Recolour Art function in Illustrator using swatches from colours in my mood board. There are some pretty hideous results, but it did show me things that I would not have tried that I actually did like, and I quite like having a third colour.

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I will continue to try different colour combinations.

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BACKPACK ESSENTIALS

I ordered some sample paper from Moo. My favourite paper is the Soft Touch Super with the rounded corners. I thought they would send me some recycled paper sample, but this was not included in the set. For the purpose of this assignment, I am going to work as if I’m sending the postcards to Moo, to be printed on their soft touch 350 gsm paper. The merit badge postcard would have rounded corners.

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I started drawing some more elements for what I’m calling the backpack essentials postcard – things I always have on me. I wanted to hand paint these, but I wasn’t sure how I would digitise them. I have done some research and done some experiments with photoshop. I was able to scan the images below and vectorise them. They are quite low quality, but I think with more work they have potential.

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Because I think my line work leaves much to be desired, I have decided to just paint them with watercolours.

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These are the final elements I have decide to use. I think they say a lot about the things I enjoy. I like the fact that they are hand-painted, because I like to do things with my hands if possible and I’d like to learn how to incorporate them into design work. The colours are quite subtle. I tend to be drawn to these sorts of colours, along with very shocking pinks and purples, and black and white.

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Below are the elements after taking them into photoshop, punching out the white and adjusting levels. I then took them into Illustrator, vectorised them and scaled them down. I’m not sure exactly if this whole process was necessary, as I painted them quite large and the postcard is quite small. However, I’m very glad I learned how to do this, as I am sure it will come in handy. Some of the detail was lost when they were vectorised. I quite like this effect.

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I wanted to add my handwriting to the piece to annotate it. I thought this would look better done by hand. I very recently improved my cursive, (it was pretty bad) so that I could improve my hand-lettering. It’s not the greatest but it’s legible and goes the watercolour style. I digitised them and brought them into Illustrator and started to play around with layouts. The text was originally too dark and the arrows were too big. I redrew them with the blob brush and changed everything to a dark grey/navy.  I also found the elements looked better together in landscape.

This postcard is pretty much done. Only thing I would like to change is the title. It looks a bit clunky. I shall rescan and digitise.

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MAP

I have left the 3rd postcard until the end because I really liked the map ideas I first drew, so I knew it wouldn’t take me long to execute. I was wrong of course, as I had to learn how to use photoshop to colour line work, but design wise, I feel I did most of it in the preliminary stages.

I came across a map by a comic artist in a similar vein to what I was going for. I’m a little disheartened as I really don’t want it to look like a straight copy, but I also don’t want to change my idea. The main reason it looks similar is because they are both drawn with black pen, but it’s also the reason I like my initial sketches.  Below is this artists work and some quick sketches I tested in photoshop.

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Gemma Correll’s illustration. Page 42

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I’m happy with the results I can achieve using photoshop. I tried some various shapes and then drew some rough sketches and then started to refine one of them.  I drew the final sketch on bleedproof paper with a black micron pen. There were a couple of mistakes and some smudges but I can clean this up in Photoshop.

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After isolating the line work and playing with some colour, here is the result:

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This is where I am at so far. I’d like to now amend the details in the lake, and experiment with colour.

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Continue to Part Three

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