Thursday, February 24, 2011

Seattle Met Illustration

TOM - Last month I created an illustration for Seattle Met Magazine about a new line of streetcars that might be installed in the city. The art director, Benjamen Purvis, had a vintage train poster idea in mind as a fun way to approach this article. After he briefed me on what he had in mind, I went ahead and...
...did this sketch. I looked at a bunch of vintage train/travel posters and tried to capture that quality as best I could. Some of my favorite illustrations happen to be old advertisment illustrations from the 50's and 60's, so I tried to keep that vibe in mind while drawing this.

After the sketch was approved, I tightened up the drawing and threw some ink on it. I knew Benjamen was going to add the tag line in at the end, so I threw this mock text in, just to see how the composition would work with text. Then it was on to Photoshop where I colored the piece and then...

...Benjamen did a great job with the text, I think it really works much better running along the bottom like that. The overall design of it came out really well and I'm very happy with it.
If you're in Seattle, be sure to pick up Seattle Met, it's a cool mag. This particular issue was last months, but I have another illustration in this months issue too, which I shall post about shortly. Take care and thanks for reading!