The purpose of this exercise was to create a mockup of a book with an existing illustration or a new one. I chose a book which I really like, called "The Female Brain '', it's a very informative book that explains the development of the female brain since birth, through puberty, pregnancy and menopause. I found it to be really interesting and it showed me the whole world that exists inside our brain.
I created a drawing which is mainly a women's portrait with a focusing element which is a landscape of the sea and sunset. With this I wanted to represent the vast world inside of the female. Then I scanned the drawing and in Photoshop created a possible book cover. Finally I searched the internet for a professional book mockup and adapted my piece to that one, there I encountered some difficulties since the format of my original book cover wasn't the same as the one in the mockup.
I'm quite happy with the final result since I find it to be attractive from an aesthetic point of view but it also tells a bit of the story of the book through the look in the eyes of the character and her unique piece of clothing.
For this exercise we were asked to choose a pir of illustrations from our archives and reproduce them in a line drawing much bigger than the printed format. I chose two images, one from a fashion illustration book and another from an art magazine.
It was a fun exercise to do, I paid special attention to the proportion and distribution of elements on the page. To do so, I divided the whole area with horizontal reference lines. In the painting of the two men I divided the page in three horizontally and for the fashion illustration I just used one horizon line. I was also paying attention to the relationship in position and size of the elements.
Overall I’m pleased with the results, speciale with the most simplified version of the fashion illustration where I pushed myself to be further away from a sketch that’s going to be developed into a final piece, and focused on representing the composition in the way of a visual.
Most simplified visual
This exercise was about creating a composition of objects around a theme, in my case I chose “Summertime” and making pictures of it from different angles and in different formats. Then we were asked to sketch the same collection of objects in a different ratio than the one we were looking at, creating more thumbnails and a final visual of our favorite thumbnail.
Also, we were asked to answer the following questions:
• Which viewpoint best fitted the word your objects illustrated? Why was this?
• Which format best illustrated your words?
• Did changing viewpoints make you think differently about your choice of objects and arrangement of them?
My favorite viewpoints were those in which the hat and the sunscreen were closer to the camera. I also like very much looking at the objects directly from above. I think those two objects represented very well the term “summertime”. However, I don't think that changing the viewpoints made me think differently about the objects or arrangement, they did offer more interesting options to illustrate but all in all I felt that my chosen theme was pretty clear.
In my first sketches I decided to use a red crayon instead of a pen, just to invite more creativity to the exercise and to move away from the pressure that sometimes is linked to “paper and pencil”. I also tried to use “weird” formats like the irregular rectangle that the exercise suggested.
Finally, I chose to make my final visual in the landscape format and from a viewpoint where the sun crema and hat were closer to the viewer. This time I did use a pencil like the exercise suggested.
For this exercise the goal was to create an attractive but mainly informative illustration. For this purpose we were giving some options on which to base our illustration. I choose to create a piece explaining how to make a cup of tea, specifically a “detox tea”.
I searched for examples of this type of illustrations and also for references about tea (cups, herbs, kettles... ) Then I wrote down the necessary steps, made the first sketch to define them and show it to another person to see if it was clear. I found that it wasn’t 100% clear so I made two other versions. Then I made my final illustrations with pencil, pen and markers, I scanned them in the computer and developed it further with Photoshop.
It was a very fulfilling exercise to do, I enjoy using markers in my work and was pleasantly surprised to see that I work well when I scan it and it can develop into a final piece. I was also very interested in this exercise since I find that the main point of illustrating is to translate ideas into images. Creating an illustration that shares a message and serves another purpose than being decorative, one is where I find value.In comparison with the previous exercise where we created an abstract illustration, I’m more interested in developing this type of work.
I'm Astrid Badell-Suhr, designer and illustrator, specialist in communication