Sunday, 11 March 2012

Illustration Friday - Yield

After a break I'm back to Illustration Friday; this week's word is Yield. On that note, I'll be taking my artistic inspiration form Lynd Ward this week. I this first image I love the dark intensity to it, but I don't like the amount of solid blocks of black. That is where the second image comes in. This image uses simple textures and colour washes, but has an energetic, childlike air to it. I'll take the deep emotion in the first image and generate it using the technique of the second. If this doesn't make sense, it will as we go along!

My initial definition of 'yield' was in the context of yielding fruit or other crops (second row, left-most image). Though I liked the idea of doing an illustration to pay homage to my rural roots I figured this meaning of the word was too common and didn't evoke a very deep emotion for me. As I researched and thumbnailed ideas in my head I took the context of yielding to something -- surrendering.

I think everyone has or will have to surrender something in their lives and this act of sacrifice is always one of great difficulty, but it can either be freeing or painful to our core (first images).

Okay, lets get started -- step 1, print off my template and create a sketch. I know it's a little tough to see, but bear with me!

Now I started applying ink to the CD cover using a rough hatching technique. 

Here's how it looked when I was almost done adding the ink to the cover.

Once that element was done I moved on to the CD portion. I applied similar, but varied hatching to the CD.

Wa La, the ink is down and I've scanned my image onto my computer.

 From here I added small washes of colour in photoshop.

In InDesign I clean up my edges and add text. 
And there you have it! Until next week; cheers!