Thursday, 7 November 2013

The Magic Door

Where does the time go?

Wow, it has been a long time since I have updated this blog! I have been learning (with the kind help of my good friend Olivia) some basic Illustrator skills. It is a whole new world of vector fun, and I am looking forward to mastering the program (with lots more practice!) 

Below are some of the pieces I have been working on. I started with a poster depicting the phases of the moon. I experimented with texture overlays, and started playing around with colour and typography. 

I then moved on to experimenting with the pen and shape tools to create some character designs for an animation project. I enjoyed recreating some old characters in illustrator, and using colour rather than line to define shapes. The colours are a bit crazy, but I like the way these guys look in vector form! 

I decided to have a play around with some ice-cream themed typography. I brought in some little ice creams from photoshop to see how the vector and pixels work together. This was a fun exercise, I tried to create a different style for each word. I am going to explore this further!

Below are some basic patterns put together in a grid, I used the pen tool to create some free flowing shapes, and the pen tool for the more controlled ones. 

I combined my typography experiments, with some shape and pattern tools to add the background for these girls, which I coloured in photoshop. It was interesting to use illustrator and photoshop together to see what effects I could create. 

Mmmm....I think I may go and have an ice cream...