Friday, February 18, 2011

What's Your Sign?

My latest project for Advanced Illustration somehow morphed from cosmetics into Horoscope icons to be used in a teen girl magazine (ie: Seventeen, teenVOGUE...) I just wanted to show you all. I actually did a mock layout in Adobe InDesign as well, but I don't think it's the correct format to post from my home computer, so that might have to wait for another time.

But anyway, here they are. I like some of them more than others, and trust me, it's nothing personal.
I redid this one only once and trust me, it looks a lot better than the original. The original was just too generic and didn't have the spunky, fiery attitude that is associated with this sign.

I also redid this one, for the same reason as Aries. I think this one is a little bit sweeter and earthly, like I imagine most Taurus girls are. She reminds me of the Mona Lisa.
This one was not redone. Of course, I drew and erased it a few times, but once it was inked and the watercolor added, it was finished and I was happy with it. I like getting to use not normal hair colors every so often, especially with a spot illustration for a teen magazine! Things need to pop! I think the pink is perfect for bubbly Geminis.

Sorry about the variations in size. They all scanned differently. But anyway, Cancer was what one might call "the problem child" of the bunch--not in personality, but as I was drawing them. I redrew her three times before I was pleased. I did this one I think on a Monday night when I got home from school and it looked world's better than the ones I had spent class periods on. This one is actually one of my favorites.


This one was adorable from the get-go. After just penning it in, it looked great. Then I added the paint and it became my favorite. She embodies everything I think a Leo should: in your face personality, warmth, and fun. Another favorite.
I'm not sure how I feel about this one. I redid it once and it probably could have stood to be redone again. She has this glazed over expression that I don't like. I've known a few Virgos in my time and none of them were glazed over. Though she does look earthy and peaceful which I guess is good.

Another that could have been redone more than once. But take my word, it is an improvement from the original. My instructor said she looked like Wednesday from the Adam's Family. I have to agree with him a little, though all the Libras I've known are very theatrical with bright personalities.

Could stand to be redone again. I know that Scorpios aren't all tough, punk-looking people, but that's what I think of when I think of Scorpio. They are supposedly secretive, though. I don't like how I did the necklace, it looks awful and the unicorn horn hair doesn't help either.

I was born under the sign of Sagittarius, so I knew I had to just nail this one. I actually really like how it turned out. This is the first one I did and I think she embodies the spirit of adventure and fun that we Sagittarians are known for.

I like how this one turned out. It was another that was not redone. I took a bit of a risk using green for her hair and skin, but if you use it on both, she doesn't look like an alien, she looks like she's bathing in green light. Since Capricorn is an earth sign I think that works. 

Never mind how silly the water pitcher might look on top of her head and this one looks alright to me. I maybe should have approached the pitcher a different way, but it didn't bother me until my teacher mentioned it in the critique. I like the monochromatic color scheme. Very watery, like Aquarius should be.
I always think of Pisces as dreamy and imaginative. That was the inspiration for this icon. Notice her head is in the clouds. Not sure how I feel about the fish earrings, but I don't think it's awful.
Anyway, feel free to let me know what you guys think! Please comment.


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