Several different sketches that fall under the same general umbrella; ever since the pandemic hit, I’ve been wanting to focus on creating architectural sketches, specifically with a classical/traditional aesthetic. With a bit of reading, Pinterest research and a lot of alterations, this is my first one! Also attached are some unrelated classical details that I was practicing with last week. Suffice it to say, I’m quite proud.
Much as I love it, I decided to take a break from wrangling scanned lineart in Photoshop, and instead to experiment with a very popular style of vector illustration that I’ve been wanting to try for a while. The results? So clean! So mathematical and precise! And a message we can at least aspire to.
Cityscapes have been a long standing gap in my range of skills, partially because they take a lot more planning and references then just a quick character sketch. Perspective and scale has to be applied, windows have to align, and foreground, middle-ground, background, and all that good stuff has to be accounted for. Although it definitely taxed my patience at times, I feel my efforts paid off handsomely in this case, with the line-based, monotone style successfully evoking the midcentury look that I was going for. Next time around I’ll be adding higher contrast to the colored shadows, more detail, and maybe even some human figures. To be continued . . .
As some of you may know, I have ongoing volunteer engagement with our local (Portland) chapter of the Alzheimers Association. My first project so far; promotional illustrations for social media.
Logo practice: variations of my current dolphin logo, just for the heck of it. Bottom left is inspired by German police badges, bottom right by mid-century corporate logo design. Although I probably won’t use these particular ones, I’m planning on redesigning parts of my brand using the four-color palette shown.