It is always interesting to me where each project leads me. At the beginning of this illustration, I focused on doing a smaller factory or machine. Since much of my work uses multiple elements, I wanted to see if I could do something with less elements yet still make it visually interesting. Plus, I wanted to continue to use symbols and create depth without using gradients. I decided to make a street vendor machine. I’ve been wanting to use a street vendor for many years and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I was pleased with the drawing but like so many of my previous illustrations, I was once again confronted with the color palette. I have really forced myself to learn color so it is not second nature to me at this point. I decided I wanted a reduced color palette, but I wanted to make sure the food still retained a color that we see every day. For example, the tomatoes needed to be red. In search of the right colors, I decided to try something a little different. I took my color inspiration from an already existing item and applied it to my illustration. Here is the inspiration for my color palette:
I had seen a great article about color inspiration and the author suggested comic books. After perusing some comic book images online, I liked the relatively limited palette of this Silver Surfer comic. Plus, it had all of the colors I was looking for. I plan on utilizing this technique in the future.
After believing the work was finished, I ran into some work that used textures and I started to rethink my final illustration. I’ve used textures in the past but I feel like it can seem like texture for the sake of texture. It can really create some amazing effects, but it needs to be used in the right way. I used it rather subtly so the colors still popped and the artwork didn’t get overpowered by the texture.
Now…I’m on to my ambitious Chicago cityscape…