“Drops of Jupiter” Calendar Illustrations – Composition, Colour & Lighting

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The first term of Uni this year has been geared toward a Thematic module, the theme I chose being “This is not a love song” – creating a visual piece using or based on song lyrics of our own choice.

I chose Train’s “Drops of Jupiter“- with the song being visually inspirational and including seasonal metaphores it seemed this would work well as an illustrative calendar.

Mozart in November

Mozart in November

"Drops of Jupiter"

“Drops of Jupiter”

Sail Accross the Sun

Sail Accross the Sun

Her Stay on the Moon

Her Stay on the Moon

The main goal was to expand my knowledge of colour, lighting, composition & dynamics (e.g. movement), with the help of Henning Ludvigsen‘s fantastic tutorials, as well as James Gurney‘s “Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter”. I also attempted to bring together methods that I have found successful into a consistent style. I believe that, of the four final pieces, one has been refined into a style I would like to continue working with:

Stay on the Moon

Stay on the Moon

Using a high contrast between warm and cool colours should draw the viewers eye to the focal point of this image, combined with the edge lighting of the figure against the fairly dark surroundings.

During previous projects I had never yet tried my hand at Colour Scripting, which is a way of storyboarding colour in sequence to see how the entire set of images works relatively to what is before, and after, each piece. Relativity can completely change how an image is seen and so must be considered.

Colour Scripting

Colour Scripting

Throughout the calendar’s design I have used the Golden Spiral, as a compositional link between each piece. However it is not in every one – having varience can break up the flow of a set 0f images into something more interesting and surprising, refreshing the viewers eyes each time there is something that breaks the pattern slightly. It also seemed sensible, the calendar being aimed toward art collecting rather than function, to include the dates with the illustration in some way. The thumbnails were put into a storyboard, some flipped and edited, to see how the flow of the calendar would work as a whole.

Thumbnails

The plan is to complete the whole calendar, editing the design so that each image is consistent with the chosen style that I feel works best. Upon completion, the calendar will be available for sale as a printed version, as well as a monthly changing wallpaper for phones and tablets.

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