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NEWS: The show was a complete success, it is currently decorating the main pedestrian boulevard in our capital city of San Jose. This page has all the participating illustrations:
The work was done for an oncoming Vintage Illustration show I will probably be a part of (still have to see what the curators decide on the entries, and choose which works will be in the show).
The style I chose is based loosely on the Art Nouveau artistic works of the grand master Alphonse Mucha, and the works I love from the great movie poster artist Drew Struzan. I don't pretend to be even remotely close to their skill, I just took inspiration from their work. From Mucha I took the framing and decoration. From Struzan the pyramid placing of characters, with a main central large close up at the top, medium sized secondary actors on the pyramid sides, and an action wide angle shot at the bottom.
The theme I went for was the classic posters Costa Rica always uses to promote Eco-tourism. Though I took it a notch higher with the Art Nouveau thing. I made sure (since this was supposed to be a vintage classic) to use the most stereotypical iconic animals and plants our country has represented over and over again, until it's almost in bad taste to use them in a promotional poster.
Here's the list:
Central/South American Jaguar
Squirrel Monkey (mono titi)
Green Iguana (in it's mature state it get's a lot more colorful it seems)
Sea Turtle (hatching)
Poisonous Orange frog
The National Flower the purple orchid (La Guaria Morada)
Monstera Deliciosa leafs, which is a kind of Philodendron.
Guanacaste Tree (which gives the name to our largest province)
Arenal Volcano erupting at night
A generic beach sunset (we have plenty of beautiful beaches)
This is a mixed media illustration (traditional and digital)
The leafy frame was made first with Illustrator, then colored and put together and Photoshop.
For the animals in the illustration I first I created the blue lead pen sketch you see under the darker black lead trace I filmed myself doing.
Then I worked with a very fine (0.3) hb lead pen comined with an 8B lead pencil.
The illustration original is actually smaller than the final result, which will be 90cm x 60cm. This will add grain to the pencil tracing, which works perfectly with the vintage feel the illustration must have.
After I scanned the pencil artwork, I colored it in Photoshop, added an old weathered paper background and some outline effects.
Sound like something quick to do, but at some point the image was weighing almost 2 GB, and I have a messy system, with lots of task crap running unnecessarily in the background (my puter really needs a format/reinstall, but I'm too lazy to do it). So all I could do was close everything down but PS, and still, I had to wait minutes at a time for just painting a bit, moving something or merging layers.
The final flattened image result weights almost 300MB, much more manageable that 2GB. All I have left to do (just noticed it) is add the Jaguar's whiskers which I left for the digital part of the job, since they're white and penciling them in would have been hell.
Hope you like it.
I appreciate constructive critique.
The chill-out song is from FREIL and it's called called MISSISSIPPI ROLLCALL. Found in the Cafe Del Mar - Chill house mix CD 1