Our Spring semester has been our best yet. We’ve seen more high-quality development in this session than in any previous.
The first assignment in Class 1 is called, “Designing for a theme.” The goal is to take an abstract theme and develop a set of visuals that capture the essence of that theme.
It’s an opportunity to engage a detailed process, and pursue a visual style that is beautiful and unique. For our mentors it’s an opportunity to speak about design principles and creative problem solving.
Ben Buchanan is currently in one of our Class 1 groups, led by Handel Eugene of Royale.
His chosen theme was Summer.
To start, he created a mood board, word list and style reference. From there he went to his sketchbook to flesh out ideas and compositions. He created a refined versions of his initial sketches to present, then moved into a pass of color testing. His compositions are clear and tell a story. The color test went for a natural palette that really captures the vibrancy of a warm summer day.
His final art style turned out quite beautiful, with a blocky shading pattern and clean lines. The lighting effects in the final frames really add a dreamy quality that pulls you in to this world that Ben has created.
Ben’s work is a top notch example of working from an abstract concept to polished visual art.
Quote From The Artist
“Most of my favorite memories from childhood are summer related. Now I have two young kids of my own and I’m getting to do a lot of those same things with them, so I wanted to do something that tapped into that, as well as having a New Zealand feel to it. So I decided to try and show summer through the eyes of a child.
I found the hardest thing was getting the perspectives right, so for me taking a lot of references photos really helped.
My mentor Handel has been awesome. He’s got loads of amazing ideas, one of which was that I really try and push the lighting in each board, so that was a lot of fun as it’s not something I’ve done a ton of before.”
See his progression below.