Out of my recently completed 3 sketches, I decided to start with the breakfast machine. Since it was the first one I drew, it seemed natural to work on it first. Since I wanted to experiment with different treatments with this work, I decided to focus on one piece first. I also wanted to figure out the best way to attack it. I knew I would be using clipping masks and textures, so I figured I needed to organize the illustration a little differently. Other than the structure of the illustration (it’s boring to talk about anyway), here is how I decided to go in the above direction in terms of style:
Texture It was a must for this illustration. The pictures I took of textures over the weekend were put to good use. Instead of merely using it all over the illustration, I will probably use it just for the larger metal pieces. For instance, I used texture on the outside of the Porker 3000, but not on the bolts or dial. It makes the most sense because I don’t want to overdo the texture. For now, I’m going to use the texture I originally chose, but I will probably experiment with others while working on other portions of the illustration.
All Black Lines In the past, I created outlines that were a different shade of the color of the object. This time, I decided to use just black. I want the overall design to be much bolder.
Brush Strokes Or, actually, no brush strokes. I’ve seen many illustrations where the strokes in Illustrator are created with a more organic brush stroke. The goal is to achieve a non-computerized or natural look. I tried it out…and I just didn’t like it. Maybe I was using the wrong brush or I should experiment more with creating a brush, but nothing even seemed close. So, I went back to the default brush and decided to just experiment with line weight more. I’m not ready to abandon it just yet, but I need to figure out the best way to use it.
What’s next? I’m tempted to just outline the entire sketch, but I will probably work on a larger section to make sure this is exactly what I want. I need to remind myself…take it slow…