It being Creativity Boost Thursday, I thought I’d share with you the creative process for my latest invitation design. (BTW, have I mentioned how much I love the highlight feature? I’ll be using a lot of it until the novelty wears off. But back to business.)
My client is my favorite soon-to-be 7 year old, Kreeley! She’s having her first slumber party and, even though her birthday is this summer, she has been talking about the party since February. It’s really too cute and why we really have to make this one special. Kreeley knew she wanted puppies, flowers, candy, games, movies and, most importantly, no boys at the party. That kept it pretty open for me. Her mom and I thought of “Midsummer Birthday’s Dream,” but Kreeley wanted us to make sure we didn’t forget the puppies. (Are you sensing what’s at the top of Kreeley’s birthday wish list?) So with that in mind, I moved away from the fairy aspect of a true Midsummer Night’s Dream party and decided to create a dreamland for Kreeley – with the focal point being her own cartoon caricature. With that decided, I started sketching!
2. Then I start to refine the sketch to try different styles. Some (like the one pictured) are not winners, but are getting me closer to something great. I can almost start to feel it.
4. I then turn the pencil sketch into an ink drawing that I can scan.(Sometimes I paint or use colored pencil depending on the feel, but this time I wanted to create something I could turn into a digital illustration.)
6. Lastly, I can insert the character into different “dream world” settings. This drawing was screaming to be put in a black-and-white world where only some things are in color. And did you notice that Kreeley does indeed get her puppy, even if it is subtle!
That’s it for now, I can’t wait to see where else this little character takes me. I’ll be sure to follow up with the final invitation and all the fun stuff we design for the party!