Monthly Archives: December 2011

4 surfaces, 4 principles – Learning Activity 1.1

“Illustrate the expression of the following four principles: Balance, contrast, lines and rhythm.

  • Create four separate surfaces.
  • Name the separate surfaces with the four principles mentioned above.
  • Make an outline (digital or analogue) using one of your simple sketches used in previous learning activities. (It’s only important to have an element, and not which element you pick.)
  • Place one or more of the same outline of the element you picked on each surface. Visualize the four principles by placing the element(s) in different ways.”

I did this learning activity digitally, using Adobe Photoshop.
My pick was the bell pepper made in academic week 4, ‘Sketch technique and color’.

This was no stress really, as I used the grid and rulers to align the elements.
Here’s the result:

Only one more post to go before the Christmas holiday (:



My Illustration – Final Result (Oblig 3)

I actually forgot to post the main sketch I used for my Illustration yesterday.
Well anyways, the poster was built on these sketches:

And after struggling with Illustrator (again), and enjoying Photoshop (again), I ended up with this:

Finally, the hand-in has been handed in!

I’ve got just a few more things to do, before stuffing my face with x-mas chocolate and yummy food 🙂



Idea development, Sketches and such – Illustration (Oblig.3)

In the beginning of this mandatory hand-in, I was super stoked and inspired. However, it has proven to be more difficult than I imagined at the beginning.

I’ve thought I had some good ideas, I’ve been stuck, frustrated, I’ve thought I was on to something, then really insecure about the whole poster.

However, I did have a certain idea from the beginning that I’ve built on for the past weeks.

Idea development:
As the song I’ve chosen doesn’t really contain a whole lot of different words and meanings, I started out by writing down the main things in the lyrics that I think of when listening to it.
* Flame
* Hands
* Heart
* Dark
* Crimson red
* Desperation

As this song, and the rest of the album is directed at dedicated fans, this became my target group.
By this, I mean dedicated fans that knows this album, and WASP by heart, such as myself.
The target group doesn’t really have any set age, as people of all age is easily into
different types of music.
Also, the objects in my illustration is something that anyone can recognize.

From the very start, I had an idea of a poster with two hands holding a heart with a flame inside. Pretty much a direct illustration of the song.
I was stuck on this thought, and on the idea that the illustration style was going to be more tattoo inspired, as tattoo and rock goes hand in hand.

I created a moodboard for inspiration:

The moodboard contains some album art, tattoos of the objects I wanted to illustrate, tattoo stencils, and a similar color range that I already had in my mind.

So, I started sketching:

I scanned the sketches, and started working on the different elements that I had drawn up.
I also used Google images for inspiration, searching for images such as ‘hands’, ‘hand sketches’, ‘human heart’, ‘flames’ and ‘hands holding’.

The hand-in is due tomorrow, and I am pretty much done with it. Just need to add some finishing touches in Illustrator and finish my report.
Result will be uploaded here tomorrow as well.