When first reading the project brief for the Children’s Book cover I passed judgment by thinking that this would be simple. After being told that you cannot illustrate based off of children being naïve I realized that there was going to be a lot more to this process than I had initially thought. Despite how tough it was to try the style of a professional, I still enjoyed learning the illustration processes overall.
Beginning my process for the Very Loud Zoo cover, I initially researched some of the loudest animals out there in addition to the illustrative style of Eric Carle. I then printed off several sheets of scrap, which allowed me to trace, sketch, and arrange various compositions. After seeing some of the loud zoo animals I decided to choose based off of aesthetic qualities. I ended up choosing a cockatoo, a wolf, and a tiger. Essentially I chose a small, medium, and large animal. I was really intrigued by some of my scrap pictures of tigers so I decided that I wanted that to be the focal point of my book cover. After taking these elements into account I chose the animal poses that I wanted to utilize. I then sketched and traced each animal individually on tracing paper.
This then allowed me to piece together my composition and take into account things like cropping and even making my composition larger than expected. Once my final composition was placed I then consulted professor Register on ways in which I could transfer my composition to the actual surface. After further discussion I learned how to transfer my image by rubbing graphite on the back and tracing over the top of the image. One my final image was on the illustration board I then prepared my colors and painted various colors, values, and patterns on separate paper. After drying, I was then able to cut out shape after shape and place it in the appropriate area. The only image that I painted on was the stripes of the tiger. Overall, I do enjoy how the cover turned out. If there were anything that I would do differently it would be to have painted better textures on my paper.
Later on I began the process of my next children’s book cover. Before starting anything official I began to research popular places that people typically visit. Not only popular places, but places that were visually pleasing as well. From the Louvre in Paris to Architecture in Singapore, many places were researched for their beauty. Eventually I stumbled upon Los Angeles as I was thinking about how I may wish to live there one day. After considering Los Angeles I realized that the memorable David Klein did a TWA poster for L.A. and Hollywood. This instantly inspired me and made me want to do my own rendition of a similar concept. After Hollywood was decided, I researched more and more ways in which David Klein executed his process, which was honestly hard for me to find. Oddly enough, I took a similar approach to that of Eric Carle with the addition of Klein-like elements.
From this point forward, I sketched and traced various popular landforms within Los Angeles and was really intrigued by the famous “Hollywood” sign. So at that point I somewhat made a scene by combining different elements. I combined the Hollywood sign with a mountain range and even palm trees as well. At this point I more so painted my colors first and then cut out the individual shapes. Afterwards, I added any additional values and details that were needed. All in all, I enjoyed the outcome of this poster as well. If there were anything that I would do differently for this it would be to give more depth to my mountain range.
A lot was learned from this project. I can now say I have a clear understanding of what illustration actually is, along with its various forms and approaches. Especially as a graphic designer I can see where the two crafts overlap.