Today a small sneak peek of a project we’re currently working on (because we really need to be working on it right now rather than posting). This might seem a little cryptic for now but it will become quite clear once we share the finished design in March (or so).
In other news, though, be sure to enjoy the extra day! We always feel an extra day is a definite cause for celebration (even if we won’t necessarily manage to do anything special today ourselves).
We’re still working on these images of the book we promised last week and we will finish them some beautiful day but for now we’ll just keep proving we’re getting there, one image at a time. This one is from a title spread for chapter XII, Proportions and Scale and the page on the left shows Supergirl over Gdynia. Just because. We’ll tell you more once we’re ready with the full post.
Parenting and other kinds of duties slowed us down this week and instead of the full post we can only show you what it will be about: a pretty awesome book we had the pleasure of designing last year. It’s about modernist architecture, we got to illustrate it and cut a hole in the cover (we didn’t cut it personally but you get the idea). We’ll share the rest as soon as the baby learns to sleep some more.
As usual, we spent a large portion of the long weekend working but at least it was on a fun project: an illustrated simple board game for children.
We all-too-rarely get a chance to illustrate, particularly by hand, so we enjoyed this project, of which we’re showing you a few sneak peeks today. We’ll share the whole thing some time in June when it’s out.
As promised last week, we want to share a few photos of our Easter card for this year to prove that we make questionable decisions with our time (I mean, we did make all these plasticine eggs and rabbits but we didn’t exactly clean up all the kitchen cupboards for Easter).
This year we decided to honor one of our favorite holiday pastimes, which is boardgames. After designing the board itself we made a list of all the 3D elements we wanted to include and set down to modelling. In the background we played Kiki’s Delivery Service: this is off-topic but we’re always happy to recommend this charming movie.
A big part of the work was mixing the colors because we only had a very basic set. Luckily, since our work on the surrealist manifesto, we had a lot of white plasticine left and we used it to make prettier, pastel colors. This was a very painterly part of the design.
Carrots and eggs were fairly easy to make but the real challenge and fun came with shaping the animals. Of course, we’re particularly proud of the fox.
Once all the elements were ready we arranged them on the board so that there would be a bit of dramatic tension.
As we try not to be hoarders (which, we find, is a bit of an occupational hazard) we kept the board for a week as an Easter decoration in our living room but then we recycled the elements. This allowed for making this neat infographics illustrating which colors appeared in what amounts. All in all, working in this organic way was extremely refreshing and we only wish we had more opportunities to do this in everyday work.
Christmas, am I right? It’s such fun time but it really leaves time for little else than Christmas-related stuff. As we spent the weekend shopping (I know! A whole week before time! we’re so organized this year), we have to replace the planned post with this preview. Since this is a big packaging project we did and there is a lot of exciting technical stuff to talk about, we decided to only show you one image and release the rest once we can talk more – and that will, in all likelihood, be after Christmas.
The short explanation is that we designed a series of packaging for gluten-free vegan dumplings for our friends at Atelier of Taste. There was a number of technical restraints so the design process was quite complex but it all comes down to this: did you know gluten-free dumplings without animal-derived products (which, you know, includes dairy) are actually very tasty? They are.
Crazy deadlines force us to shorten this week’s post to a teaser-like size. We’ll expand with proper photos and the story of the project next week so see you then and have a great week.