Giant Illustrations

I was recently tasked with creating some illustrations of giants based on drawings put together by primary school children.

Inspired by the upcoming BFG movie, the project asked the children to imagine and draw themselves as giants. The winning entries selected by The Book People were then developed further by myself whilst working with Epiphany.

There were some brilliantly creative entries from the kids and it’s great to see such an unconstrained level of creativity.

Kids Drawings of Giants

A great development challenge

One of the main challenges for this project was working within the confines of the initial drawings. You’re forced to work with compositions, colours and various other things that take you out of your comfort zone. It’s actually a nice little challenge for anyone looking to try something new.

Giant Comparison Illustration

Giant Comparison Illustration

Illustration style

In terms of the illustration style I was keen to get away from my usual flat vector approach so I went all in with Photoshop. Following a very quick pen sketch which I then scanned in and painted up, mostly with the airbrush in Photoshop but there were a few of Kyle Webster’s brushes thrown in too.

I figured it might be a nice idea to show the process behind these illustrations so I set up my mac to take a screen grab at regular intervals throughout the day. These were then put together as short supporting videos…

Here’s the terminal command that I used to take the screenshots:

while [ 1 ];do vardate=$(date +%d\-%m\-%Y\_%H.%M.%S); screencapture -t jpg -x ~/Desktop/foldername/$vardate.jpg; sleep 60; done

Giant Sketch

Giant Illustration

Giant Sketch

Giant Illustration

All in all a really enjoyable illustration project – it was also nice to see it make an appearance in Design Week!

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