Animal Part 2
Part 2 of Animal — In class sketches
Since the biggest reason for the extinction of moon bears is because of deforestation, I wanted to use the idea of the lack of trees in the poster. I did this by adding a fallen tree with a few tree stumps in the forrest. To add some depth, I tried to play around with the background as well as adding distance between the bears.
3/16 Refining sketches
Refined sketches from class:
I decided to use the background on the bottom left sketch with the tree and the bears on the top left. I also decided to add a close up bear like the one on the bottom left. I copied that layer and changed the size as well as copying the background from the other sketch.
This is my final sketch that I composed.
I wanted to see what kind of colors I would use, so I started to play around with it. This is just a first trial of what kind of colors I am planning to use. I wanted cool colors to contrast with warm colors.
For the text, I tried out two rough different locations, but I am worried that the text won’t show for the one on the left because of the dark background, so I may have to lighten the colors on the background.
From my composition sketch, I made these three different color schemes. I personally like the second one the best because I thought it fit the atmosphere that I was going for. I struggled a lot with the highlighting and shading of the bears which made the front bear look kind of cartoonish.
For the next refinement, I think I’m going to make the bears look less illustrative. I also think the background is taking up a lot of the composition but has no purpose of it.
After getting feedback, I changed the front bear to have a 3/4 perspective. I also added more detail and made it look less illustrative. I also added a hunter in the back since my paragraph also talks about how they were hunted for traditional Asian medicine. I also changed the position of the two bears behind, so that the front bear leads a path all the way to the hunter for the viewers.
After the feedback, Q removed a lot of details from the bears in the back to show the depth more. The two bears in the back had the same amount of details as the bear in front, so it didn’t really show depth. I also had to change all the colors because the tree was too white and was similar to the chest mark. In order to make the fallen tree brown, I had to change the background because it was overlapping with each other. If I wanted to use three colors for the background, I had to get rid of a color, so I changed the sky color to be a yellowish white, so that it could be used for the bear’s eyes and chest mark.
This is the final piece that I made. I touched up a few things from last refinement such as changed the lines on the fallen tree. I also decided to keep it as the black text because Q suggested that it depends on whether I want the viewer to see the text before or after. I decided to keep it black because I felt that the white made the text stand out too much and it took away all the other details on the poster. I also simplified the tree branches that were furthest away, so that the second layer of trees look more in front with having more details.
Overall, I feel like I learned a lot about depth such as the amount of details and the color being used. I really enjoyed this project especially because I have fun using Illustrator.