So, a most unexpected request landed in my inbox today – a LinkedIn connection of mine, who works in the financial services sector, is working on an exciting new book.
Unfortunately, at the eleventh hour, she’d been informed that all of the images within the publication couldn’t be used!
So after a brief discussion, I set to work on some ideas for the illustrations – the bulk of which were financial services diagrams.
Now here’s the downside… I only had about a week to complete these illustrations, so between us we decided that the best, and quickest course of action would be to have a illustration/avatar of the client stood in front of a blackboard.
The blackboard would then have chalk drawings of the diagrams upon them. The advantage to this would be that the avatar and chalkboard would remain static and only the diagrams would change.
Initial sketches and ideas
So setting myself a deadline of the evening, I set about sketching an avatar of the client, dressed to impress in a smart suit and with an outstretched arm, that could be altered depending on the height it may need to be.
Once the sketch was completed and approved, I went about fully digitising the outlines. This is advantageous as a vector illustration, as it allows me to iron out any parts of the pencil sketch that may need improving or re-sizing.
Lastly, I went about adding in the base colours, and in this case I chose a nice mauve colour to contrast against the clients blonde hair and also the dark green of the chalkboard.