Illustration development

I’ve been doing some more sketches for the illustrative part of the brand identity. I feel pretty sure that I want to use the banana motif to tie in with the name so that’s what I’ve been developing. I have mainly been doing little drawings with a 0.25mm fine liner because I quite like the way it looks. I don’t want the drawings to be too realistic because I want to have the illustrations be simple enough to print and stamp. While I’ve been drawing, I have been particularly liking the use of bright colours for the bananas although I wonder if this stops them looking like bananas?

Looking back at the sketches I’ve done I’m thinking that perhaps the bright coloured illustrations might not fit in with the ‘organic, natural and sustainable’ aesthetic that I wanted to portray. I think that as long as I use the colours in moderation then I’ll probably be okay but I must make sure that when I am doing the final designs for the menu etc. that I am striking a balance between bright, fun and contemporary and natural and simple. IMG_7878

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^ Some sketches of both the illustrations and some more logo development. For the logo, I like the design in the bottom right hand corner. I will test this out on the computer with different fonts.

IMG_7881 I like this pattern made with simple banana illustrations – it is similar to some of my early ideas about illustrations. I think that this could work well with screen printing as the banana shapes could be printed easily with block colour using the paper stencil method and then the detail could be put in using the UV method. This would allow me to do prints easily in different colours.

One of the problems with screen printing is that i’ve not done it before and so I would need to have a tutor with me while I set up so that I know what i’m doing. I tried to book a workshop with Elaine to try it out but she said that unless I was definitely using a screen print as my final piece or I was a fashion/textiles student then I would have to pay and since it is an expensive process I thought I would give that a miss. Instead, I spoke to some of my peers who have done it before and got them to show me some of the results so I could see the outcome. I also asked Elaine to talk me through the process so I feel like I have a basic understanding of the steps involved.

If at all possible I would really like to pursue the idea of doing a screen print- either on a poster series or a t-shirt, or both.



One thought on “Illustration development

  1. They look like bananas! It’s an interesting idea with a brand and how something really strong stands out even if the ‘wrong’ colour is used. It’s something that’s happened recently with the UK Union Flag – it’s been used in all sorts of colours and it takes on a new meaning – shows how diverse the country is, yet we still recognise it immediately as the Union Flag. I like your banana brand – it stands out regardless of the colour and perhaps says something more than the obvious… 🙂


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