This is my submission for the Courtyard’s competition to create an image for their A5 film guide. This was one of the first proper goes I’ve had at producing an illustration in Photoshop. In the past I’ve mostly just used Photoshop to clean up or edit prints that I have done, or have only really used it in workshops at college.
For a change, I’m actually kinda proud of this one. For someone who spends a lot of time on my computer I don’t actually have much confidence at all with Photoshop and tend to be a bit old fashioned in my methods, but these days I’ll only be helping myself a great deal by getting to grips with it. Ultimately I still prefer to do my original drawings traditionally, and I have thought about colouring them digitally for a while. Mostly because it is easier, and I can play about with colours endlessly, and it took a while before I figured out the right colour combination.
I’ve had the composition for this piece in my head for a while, just wanted to do something simple. At first my ideas were getting a bit too cluttered, so I just focused on the one item in the illustration. It is after-all for a guide cover and needs to have a simple and recognizable silhouette, something recognizable when its surrounded by other leaflets, and the top part especially needs to be noticeable since that’s the part you would see first if this leaflet was placed in a stand.
I think if there was one big thing I would change, it would be maybe moving the camera and everything further up on the page. I tired keeping rules of three in my mind but not sure if it all looks too far down the page. I was also keeping in mind the graphics Courtyard will overlay onto the image too. It’ll be interesting to see how it may possibly turn out as a final product (I hope).
Good luck to anyone else who entered it too! ❤