This festive village scene is inspired by the village Dore in Yorkshire, and the Village Christmas Lantern Parade. I envision separate small scenes, unique for each dinner plate, adorned with gold rims. This is an illustration to bring cheer to the Christmas dinner table. Ceramics, table linens and decorations.
Here our hero is connected to the city in the background. One of the skyscrapers is her iPhone, and her cord is attached to that. She's distracted by the busy city life and her digital environment.
When I drew the cityscape, I thought about Joan Holloway. I researched the streets and skyscrapers of her working life. Manhattan, Madison Avenue that's been synonymous with the American advertising industry since the 1920's and Madison Square with its landmark buildings. The building to the left in my illustration is the Metropolitan Life Tower, next you see her iPhone, then One Madison and to the right the Empire State Building.
When I'd finished twirling the cord for her headset round the skyscrapers, and attached it to her iPhone, I experimented with the colour for the background. Midnight blue, orange or light blue? Choices, choices... I went with the deep blue in the end, and signed my piece.
She's distracted. She can't concentrate on meditating and she's opened one eye... She's listening to something on her smartphone... The cord from the woman's earbuds form the words "but I don't like to meditate".
Here I've added hand lettering in the shape of the cord from the woman's earbuds. The type is done in one single stroke and I created the earbud and plug for the cord. I've also polished the illustration, the woman's face and added more detail and depth to her hair.
But the cord ends in midair, and that's just a temporary solution. I envision a the cord being connected to the woman's iPhone, and a cityscape in the background. To be continued...
The idea for this illustration is to create an editorial for the health/lifestyle market. The article is aimed towards someone who struggles with mediation, this is how they feel:
And who doesn't feel that way once in a while? With all the advice and ideas for how we should live our lives and be in control of every aspect at all times? It lead me to think about all the expectations that are placed on us today, the life puzzle that never adds up, as though there is a missing piece or a formula that would make it all fall into place. That's when I started to think about what would happen if Joan Holloway from Mad Men meditated? Or felt she had to do that too?
So here's the main focus of my illustration. Now I'm going to add more details and work on the background.
It's always fun to see how artwork evolves, and since I've just started a new creative project, I thought I'd share it with you as it emerges. I'm drawing a face for an editorial illustration, and I'll be sharing my work as it proceeds.