I've been wanting to take lyrical inspiration from one of my favourite Texan DIY artists this semester, the incredibly talented Daniel Hunter of Analog Rebellion. Once of Illustration Friday's Word of the weeks was "Storm", so I used that chance to render a tamer image of what that word brings to mind.
This one started weeks ago, with countless sketches in my sketchbook trying to figure out what how I wanted to start this. I originally was going to transfer the idea to illustrator, however I recently decided to pick up black paper and a metallic marker from the local dollar store. I've been practicing with metallic hand lettering lately, so I decided to start this assignment with the same materials.
I then moved to photoshop, where I worked out the reference images for the second element of the illustration:
I made several paths for different shapes of this person, and temporarily filled it with different colours to get an idea of what the final image would look like.(Looks pretty cool with these colours, too!)
I then masked each shape with a selection from the cloud, and added a colour overlay of various shades of gray. I then masked the cloud selection into various lines to represent pouring rain. (and added a little icon for a signature at the bottom with my initials.)
I also made a path to add a small bit of type to the top of the cloud, the beginning to my favourite line in Analog Rebellion's "Rain Cloud".
Finally I worked with transforming characters of the last two words of lyrics to fit inside the cloud in a variety of shapes and sizes. I made a selection of the type and masked it into the cloud, and added the rain drops from outside the cloud to the mask inside the cloud.