For this assignment I acted as if I were commissioned by Nike to design a line of sneakers that were colorful, stylish and that also came with a matching hat. The designs would be turned into actual sneakers and hats for sale to the general public.
I did not do any sketches for this assignment because I felt it would not benefit me when it came to my design. I did however use real sneakers and hats set up in various positions witch I then photographed to come up with my final design, each position was done to showcase the best angle of the sneaker and the hat with minimal distortion once transferred into 2D. These basically acted as my sketches as I played with different positions for each item. Once the final position was chosen I printed the photo and used a projector to enlarge the image to about 2.5x the original size. I then drew the enlarged image on a piece of marker paper (this became drawing one) and was also my template to trace the remaining three drawings from through the use of a light table.
Drawing one-is a mix of marker and color pencil on a marker paper. I wanted the black of the hat and the yellow NY symbol to have a fade effect this same effect can be seen in the matching colors on the sneaker.
Drawing two-was done with watercolors on watercolor paper. I liked the deep color of this ultramarine blue so several coats were built up to achieve the final color and the same goes for the black. For the gray a dark grey was first laid down then a lighter watery wash was laid on top of that to give it some contrast and texture.
Drawing three-was done using acrylic paint on 115lb canvas paper. This was the most difficult one of the group. Two main reasons were the paper and color red I choose. The paper had a deeper tooth than expected witch made it hard to get crisp fine lines with the brush the paint would fill some areas then skip a few then fill again, I had to go back and fill in those blank spots with a smaller brush while trying not to get paint in areas I didnít want it. The Crimson red I used looked red on the palate but dried to a darker pinkish hue once on the paper, this was not what I wanted so several layers had to be applied to get the correct shade of red that I was after. The final product came out crisp and clean but it took some work.
Drawing four-Is done with color pencil on a marker paper. It was originally draw on a pastel paper but the rougher texture made it hard to fill the tooth and crated more pencil dust witch quickly dirtied the surrounding white area I was trying to keep clean. The switch was made to the marker paper in the early stages so not much time was lost. I like how smooth the pencil went on to this paper and it gave the green color a nice over all texture.