If you’ve read my latest news post ‘Why you should own a sketchbook’ you will understand that I appreciate putting pen to paper every now and then. And that’s exactly where this collaboration project with the mighty Craig Minchington aka Adora Attack was born, from ‘pen and paper’. I tend to use my sketchbook for getting ideas down quickly, practising my drawing skills and lately having a bit of fun with bespoke typefaces.
After repainting our blackboard wall in the Fiasco studio I was a little intrigued to see what some of my sketchbook work might look like a tad bigger, perhaps as a wall piece. We use the black board wall for creative thinking and organising, so what better way to have some fun with it than to fill it up with some simple motivational words.
After compiling these choice words I started sketching on A3 sheets to help build a composition. I had already created the words individually within my sketchbook and now I had to make them work together. As I had never really drawn up ideas for a large scale piece before it was good to have an image of the space for reference from the start.
Over a nice pint on a dreary Sunday afternoon chatting to Craig, I explained about the playful piece I had been planning. As all good ideas stem from a pint, 5 minutes later Craig was on board. He not only wanted to help draw the piece up on the wall but to create a version of it in Cinema 4D to help give the piece a digital ending. We both agreed it would be lovely way to show the journey from sketchbook to screen using various mediums in between.
After I had finished sketching up the final composition I scanned the hand rendered version and vectorised it in Illustrator using the pen tool (not the live trace tool!). Paying careful attention to the smoothness of the characters and the sharpness of certain words. I didn’t want to lose the hand drawn feel to the piece too much. Once the vector was created we projected the piece onto the chalkboard wall. The projector merely gave us an understanding of composition, detail was added with pencil from initial sketches. We then progressed with the chalk pens, trying very hard not to get on top of each other. After the piece was completed on the wall, Craig worked his magic in Cinema 4D adding yet another stage to the original sketches.
It was great working alongside Craig throughout this self-initiated project. We both realised it wasn’t necessarily all about the final piece but more about how we got there and the process we undertook. We both tried new things and learnt new techniques and most importantly had a bit of fun along the way.
If you’ve tried something new recently, send us some links or images. We’d love to hear about it.