Finished versions of my Corgi experiment. I tried some new techniques this time – combining subtle gradients with the cell shading, adding colour to the line art, and more realistic backgrounds
When thinking of accessories for my characters, small dogs came to mind. They are common companions for the elderly, and can also be very beneficial for their health, which fits with my theme
I decided to test a GTA inspired art style to see if it would be appropriate for illustrating my info-graphic. I liked the potential for detail, but in a non-threatening, comic book style.
As I haven’t decided on a final style yet, for my test I just took a photo of a standard elderly couple , from which I could quickly and easily make line art to start me off. I used Photoshop for simplicity, though I may experiment with the cleaner line art in illustrator in the future
I experimented with different line thickness, which further stylizes the image, as well as GTA-style backgrounds, which are clear and simple but set a basic tone for the image. I changed the setting to a tree lined park to reflect places that the elderly typically enjoy.
I also tested different textures, which when overlayed onto the image can create an interesting effect, almost like it was drawn on rough paper, or aged with time..
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A small test card I created of a possible style for positive thinking inspirational note cards, I used one of the jokes from http://www.agelessfx.com for now.
When I found the jokes written by members of the public about getting older, I thought it would be a nice thing to have on a note card, an inspirational or funny message for someone to take home and look at when they’re feeling low.
While I like the idea of a large poster as my main project, I can’t imagine it being any use in an Elderly persons home. A large poster is impractical for several reasons –
- finding the wall space, which is often rare in elderly homes – available space is often covered with family pictures
- Putting up a poster could be difficult or dangerous – the recipient could be alone or frail, making it difficult to even put up a large poster with health risks
- All of the grandparents I have known rarely mount posers that come in the post – often they end up in piles or thrown out to avoid clutter
- Reminding people constantly of their health in their homes could be stressful – better to have a small easily stored booklet they can refer to when needed
It is for these reasons that I decided a large info-graphic poster would be best suited to a waiting room in a doctors office, small note-cards and booklets containing more detailed information about various point in the diagram could be available to take home for personal reference. Inspirational note-cards are cheap enough to be distributed, and they could even be an item for collecting.
One that I found particularly interesting was an appointment card template on Vistaprint. I thought this could be a really nice idea, little cards to take home that have a fun message on the front and spaces on the back for any return appointments or important medical information that needs remembering. They could even be used to take down everyday information, such as people calling or important dates.
- Vistaprint – Business Cards – Full Colour Printing – Digital Printing Company | Vistaprint. 2013. Vistaprint – Business Cards – Full Colour Printing – Digital Printing Company | Vistaprint. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.vistaprint.ie/appointment-cards.aspx?txi=15633&xnid=TopNav_Appointment+Cards+%28linked+item%29_Business+Cards&xnav=TopNav&GP=11%2f10%2f2013+12%3a17%3a13+PM&GPS=3004634532&GNF=1. [Accessed 10 November 2013].
Interesting video about puberty, I especially like the style of sketching – its cartoonish enough for the subject, but still anatomically accurate
I found much material for teenagers about puberty to be good examples of facts presented in a simple and visual way, and the emphasis on ‘this is normal’ is what I wanted to capture for an Elderly audience