After our second session, Emily and I went through ideas that we had thought about. After organising our time in the session we had to then think about the specific things that we were going to do, we thought about our colour scheme and the typefaces that we were going to use. We also decided on the messages that we want to have for the brief itself. After deciding each of our roles in this brief we thought that we would have to agree on the type of branding we would be using throughout the brief so that we are both on the same page, also so that when we bring together our type and image they look right, go well together and communicate the same message.
We started by talking about what kind of effects we were both thinking. For this brief, both mine and Emily's initial thoughts were to use some sort of watercolour effect with a limited colour pallet. So we started looking through behance, typing in, 'watercolour' and 'illustrations' this is so that we could do some research.
When designing the illustrations, me and Emily thought of some initial shapes and icons that's we could use for each of the messages, for example the time message will have a clock on it.the ideas that we have got so far are;
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When I started to look into designing the illustrations, or just how the illustrations would look, I decided to incorporate the idea of designing using simple shapes, and creating each of the shapes mostly using the same colour but a slightly different tone, rather than completely different colours, this is because we want to use a specific colour pallet.
I think that this will work well if I were to create a shape and mask it over this pattern to produce the illustrations because it will give them a 3D effect. It also allows the illustration to have dimension without going into too much detail or using too many colours.
Me and Emily decided that we were going to try and work with watercolour so I researched into how to try and create a watercolour effect digitally because it is something I don't know how to do. After going through tutorials online, I decided to apply this technique to all the different colours that we are using.
I started with blue, and found that I should not only create whites and lighter blue in the circle but I should also create a fade into the white on the circumference of the circle, this will allow the 'watercolour' to fade into the page more rather than just being so block.
I also decided that I would change the complexity of the wrinkle tool so that it would create a more wrinkled effect on the shape, but I think that it looks better and most like watercolour in the left shape, this shape has a complexity of 0 and I changed the settings so that the anchor points aren't effected by the wrinkle tool which limited the movement, and is why I think the left shape works better.
The colour red I think works really well using this effect, especially when it is on its own, although I don't know if it works well with the other three colours, this may be something that me and Emily need to look further into, as I think that many of the colours work well with the red, but not all four of them together, I don't know whether it's necessary to have four colours.