After starts and restarts…work and rework…changes and reverts, I have completed The Breakfast Machine illustration. (See a few more detailed pictures on my portfolio page.) I told myself I was not going to rush things because I wanted to explore different options…and I didn’t. It is funny how the final product is not that far off from my other work even though I expected to have more radical changes. I had resisted doing black outlines on many previous illustrations to give my work a different feel, but really…is there something wrong with black? It makes the illustration pop and the varied stroke lengths give it some interest. Also, I decided against using textures. (I only use a very light texture in the background.) The gradients with the exaggerated highlight gave it just the right feel. The texture made it too messy. Believe me…I wanted it to work, but it just seemed forced. Finally, I decided against using the multi-colored machines and stuck with a grayish-blue for all the machines. It just makes the piece more cohesive.
What’s next? First, I need to turn this into a calendar so I can send it out as a self-promotion. Then, I plan on spending more time sketching and putting together my next personal illustration…robot dodgeball.