This is the result of a 3rd Thursday (Svslearn.com) project idea to illustrate a fortune cookie. The first quote I found was 'a beauty surrounds you because you create it.'
3rd Thursdays are great as they give you 'real world' assignments to help build your portfolio and you also have the potential to have your work picked for critique by the awesome teachers on the Svs site: Will Terry Jake Parker and Lee White.
The forum is is also a great way to get feedback from your peers and is really useful to get feedback, support and encouragement.
I tend to visualise my work first, before I even sketch anything. I like to be confident that I am happy with the concept first and then I start working on basic shapes and placement.
I wanted to work on my lettering and so I decided to learn a bit more about the process. I watched a tutorial on Skillshare and found it really enlightening how the conception process for designing lettering is as involved as working on images. Lettering is actually fascinating and now I'm a little hooked!
I wanted the words to be curving around so that it echoed the idea contained in the word 'surround' and to look pretty and sweet.
The image itself I wanted to look as though pretty things were all coming from the play in the puddle.
This was a different style for me but I really enjoyed it and now want to work on a series of fortune cookie pictures! Stay tuned for more!