Personal project, Lara Lee.
My work office lost Internet for a week during the DC summer brown-outs. Since my job relies on Internet access, I found myself with a lot of free time and wanted to use it productively. I spent 17 hours over the course of the week creating a graphic illustration and family portrait of myself, my twin sister, and our fabulous cockatiels.
It’s hard for me to open a new Illustrator document and starting drawing with a mouse. Instead, I start sketching to determine basic shapes and layout for my graphic illustration.
Once I digitized the pencil drawing, I filled in details. Since I’m a twin, I copy-paste my sister to make me, then fill in different hair, smiles, and brows. The birds were more challenging. If I oversimplify the birds, viewers wouldn’t be identify species or that they are our birds. Capturing the avian personalities was vital. Ultimately, I started drawing over photos I took, stylizing them as I went for the graphic illustration.
Some grouping, some resizing, and some rotating later, I landed on a heart-shaped portrait for my graphic illustration family portrait. One last touch: a warm orange overlay to finish the tropical look.
Embedded heart shape for love.
Yellow roses symbolize love and friendship.
Soren passed away at only 9 years old. He’s flying “in heaven.”