Leveling Up My Skillset: Play Family 2.0
Since the beginning of quarantine, I've been giving myself monthly challenges as a way to not only stay motivated but to constantly be pursuing growth. So far, I've been alternating between acquiring soft and hard skills. April was dedicated to meditating for 30 consecutive days. (My longest streak is now 38 days within the Calm app. Ayyyyyeeee!) In May, I focused on increasing my efficiency in Adobe Illustrator using Skillshare videos. And June has been geared towards proactive adaptability + flexibility, which for me means saying yes more often than no and allowing space for more spontaneity and less rigidity.
The illustrations below are a result of my last week in May.
Personally, it didn't feel like enough to simply watch a million Skillshare videos and apply the tips when necessary. I needed a project that would show what I've learned, but also feel complete. Sooo...I chose to refresh an old passion project of mine! The perfect way for me to show an evolution in my skillset and just a good place to start.
Tyler the Creator 2.0
Original Illustration from 2018
My intent was to refine and edit the original illustrations into simple, pleasing shapes that could be easily reflected and repeated. This direction allowed me to create virtually symmetrical portraits in less than a few hours each. If you're a Skillshare subscriber, I'd recommend starting with any Hayden Aube course, specifically "Give the Pen Tool a Day Off".
During this project, I also got to experiment with pattern-making and gradients. DKNG's "Mastering Illustrator: 10 Tips & Tricks to Speed Up Your Workflow" is pretty clutch for improving these two skills.
Tracee Ellis Ross
Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino
The additional illustrations below were just pure color play. Fidgeting with overlays and dabbling in blending modes. It's amazing how much color can change the mood and feel of your work! Which colorway is your favorite??? Honestly, I'm drawn to the first and third options. They're so rich in tone!