Here are a few pieces of the process for the illustration I just wrapped for UArts. The brief was to re-interpret the university logo as a replaced icon, a new way to see something familiar, or as an icon of past present or future. I wanted to tie in a sense of exploration and a healthy dose of fun.
Below, a set of four loose sketches narrows down some concepts. Who doesn't love space aliens and sea monsters?
We narrowed to two ideas, which I sketched out a little further to work the compositions and overall feel.
Number 2 was picked to take to finish, so I started making elements. I used a brayer to roll some acrylic inks onto found paper. Texture was created, and then I added washes over them. For the background I used a foam brush and acrylic on dampened Arches aquarelle paper. A bit of gouache black and ink to create some linear elements, and then cutting shapes out of the papers.
Not pictured: Photoshop trickery, and some additional drawing Then, voila! A mysterious island discovery. Hooray for fun!