Friday, 25 April 2014

Book - Illustrations

Following the completion of the designs for the postcard I needed to start work on the book as this would take the longest as I needed to illustrate each point. 

When thinking about how the book would work I realised that I would need to split some of the points up as I wanted the illustrations to switch from print based to digital based. So I took the points I finalised in a previous post and ordered for each page whilst coming up with ideas for the illustrations that would go with these. 


PAGE 1
Don't forget about print because ... wouldn't you rather receive a birthday card...
(inside of a birthday card - handwriting)

PAGE 2
than a birthday text?
(i-phone screen with happy bday text)

PAGE 3
Don't forget about print because... imagine a home with no photographs.
(photo frame)

PAGE 4
Don't forget about print because... it's battery will never run out.
(low battery sign)

PAGE 5
Don't forget about print because... isn't it nice to personally own something ...
(book shelf with books on)

PAGE 6
that the whole word doesn't have free access to. 
(internet explorer sign)

PAGE 7
Don't forget about print because... imagine christmas day with no wrapping paper. 
(christmas present)

PAGE 8
Don't forget about print because... if you drop a book it wont smash and cost hundreds to replace. 

(smashed i-phone)

PAGE 8
Don't forget about print because... isn't it nice to turn a real page ...

(turning page in a book)

PAGE 7

rather than click an e-book. 

(holding/swiping e-book)



Using the above list I began to produce the illustrations. I wanted these to be very simple and almost icon like. 

I firstly drew the hand holding a kindle, I worried about this as I had no idea how to communicate the turning of a page but I feel it is enough to show the holding of an e-book as they are recognisable, and a friend told me you actually just press a button to turn the page. 

So I sourced an online image but I made the hand a very simple representation rather than including all details, wrinkles, etc. 



For my first illustration I was really pleased with this and I wanted to continue this level of simplicity. 


I thought it was best to do the turning the page illustration next as this would also feature a hand. I aimed to do the same giving a simple representation of the hand. 


I was pleased with this but didn't like the knuckle shape, this needed to be removed to maintain the simplicity. 


I smoothed this out and added the inside finger line as it didn't look realistic without this. 


I was really pleased with this so moved on to the i-phone. 

I firstly drew a simple vector of an i-phone as I knew I could use this for two of the illustrations. 


I added some basic screen details to represent this being a text message screen and then added the text itself. 


And for the cracked screen image I simply drew jagged lines to represent the smash, concentrating it on one area as I know from experience that this is how the smashes form. 


I then moved on to the low battery sign which I again modelled on an i-phone as I thought this would be more relatable for the audience. 


As this is made up of simple shapes this was easy enough to recreate as a vector. 


The photo frame was equally as straight forward with no real detail to consider. 



The books on the bookshelf to represent personally owning something was a little more difficult so I sourced an online image for reference. 


This made creating the illustration much easier. 



The christmas present was simple enough to draw from my head. I worried that this looked like any old present but then I felt if I added anything like a xmas tree it would be too much detail. 


The birthday card image for the 'wouldn't you rather receive a birthday card' page was actually one of the more tricky illustrations as I struggled trying to get a hand rendered looking font to fit with the simple, clean aesthetic. 

After drawing a card shape and adding the printed text I firstly tried to just draw the handwriting with the pencil tool, but this looked too messy. 


I then looked for a hand rendered font on dafont. I used this as a reference to guide the pencil tool. 




This looked much better and more realistic, without taking away from the simple design. 


I gave this a varied width line to add to the hand rendered look, although as this illustration will be quite small I am not sure this will be that noticeable. 

The internet explorer sign was the final illustration and was straightforward as I used the image as a reference. This is a very recognisable symbol for 'the internet', especially to the audience of digital natives. 



Final Illustrations 


Here are the final outlined illustrations. 












But I had planned for these illustrations to feature one of the two colours and for these to represent whether they are print or digital. I had to think about where was the best place to apply the colour and I aimed to colour the element/elements that were most relevant to the point I was making. 

I decided to make the digital images feature orange and the print the blue. 


Final Illustrations With Colour










This illustration will be a bit different to the rest to print as I plan to print the happy birthday text after I have printed the outline and then the orange as I don't want to print the orange over the text incase this affects the reading. 


As I have now finalised a running order for the book and completed all the illustrations I just need to work on the design of the book now before working on the packaging, and then I can start printing. 


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