The last few days have been a full plate for us. I will post what Eric has been up to later this week or over the weekend. My schedule is a little tight and I don’t want to promise something I cannot deliver! (which I know happens often!)
However, I have a few minutes to share one of the projects I’ve been working on today. I have a client who has his own rum label and I have been creating his new packaging. In addition, he needed “characters” for each of his rum flavors.
So this week, I have been working on illustrating a few female characters. Actually, pirate women. And I’m illustrating them based off of the models from one of his recent photo shoots. They need to resemble the model but not be too photo realistic (if that makes sense). And, not be too “cartoony” as well. But needs to be simplified as much as possible since she will be on small-sized labels and cannot be too detailed. Yet, she does need some important character details. I know, a tall order! Especially since that’s just about all the direction I got.
So below is one of the models “Jess.” Image on the left is the original I had to work with and the right is her illustrated character that I created.
Her stance is not exact since she has to fit into the “space” allotted on the label I already designed. But I think she’s turning out pretty good. That red skirt drove me crazy but I think I got it (after pulling out a few clumps of hair, drinking two cans of Coke and eating two ice cream bars). She needs a little more tweaking and then some color shadings here and there to give her some dimension and she will be ready to go! Or should I say “set sail?” (Ah, yes, corny… I know.)