Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Vis Com: Finishing up Transit Mapping

The second of my postcards, which I subsequently cropped down a bit, was a bit of a wally and didn't check I was working with an A5 sized canvas when I started off, just relied on the dimensions of my scan.

Based on Camel's Head crossing between St. Budeaux and North Prospect, where I often focus on a rail bridge and the trees in the Autumn, which usually turn a golden yellow and stay like it for a few weeks, we seem to have skipped Autumn this year though and they're going straight from green to falling off.

Again I wanted to stick to primarily different shades of one colour, but couldn't resist the bridges blue and figured it would produce a nice contrast. I also became a lot more technical with this drawing, utilising marquee and fill tools to produce shapes, rather than drawing free-hand with the tablet. I also had a greater range of play with the layers, using opacity and clipping masks, as well as experimenting with brush settings to get various textures.

My final image is of a sculpture of a dove which is sat in Milehouse. My focus for this image was playing with shape and shadow.
The dove is sat on a very long and thin central reservation which gradually widens out into a small grassy area. The shape reminds me of the city of Minas Tirith in the lord of the rings, so as I had been playing with scale with the other images, I imagine the sculpture was a large monument of some sort on a raised platform.

When it came to thinking about how to introduce the road, I immediately thought of it being like a river, as there's a sense that the road has a current, in that travelling in to the city can be a smooth and fluid journey one way, but is often a bit of a stop-start slog heading out.
I added little bus-boats with paddles and oars to try and illustrate this idea of flowing traffic and congestion, but they're a bit rough and I'm not sure I like them.

That concludes Vis Com pretty much, there have been a few photoshop workshops with Ben that I think I'll probably refer to in a bumper post later this week when reviewing techniques I've learnt.

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