Ciircus Street

CIIRCUS STREET

"Everyone loved the picture! It created a real buzz to our social media pages once we uploaded them.

We had a few messages, and some people wanting to contact Gethin to get their's done as well, the artwork is infectious!" - Sam Brett

Introduction

The goal for this project was to create a bespoke digital illustration to promote Ciircus Street on social media.

The content for the illustration was created from the source photography that was provided by the band.  Drawing influence from a number of photographs, the illustration was to show the duo stood up against a wall which had a large robot graffiti mural on it.  Although a source image of the graffiti was provided in the source photography, the goal was to draw a bespoke robot in the same style. This robot graffiti character features a ringmaster hat and coat as well as a stereotypical mustache.

Process of Illustration

The first stage of the design process was to sketch out a number of compositional drawings to fit a standard square profile or post photo on social media.  The challenge to this was to keep the main focus of the illustration on the Ciircus Street duo while still fitting in the graffiti on the wall behind them.  In the source photography this works in the opposite manner with the graffiti looming over the characters and dominating the picture space.

Ultimately, the best composition design would feature a mid-shot of the Ciircus Street duo stood against the wall.  This allows the focus characters to dominate the canvas while still leaving the robot graffiti to feature at a legible scale.  The visible poses of the musicians also add to the overall feel of the illustration.

Cover Photo

The same composition decision had to be made for the Facebook Cover photo illustration too. This would feature the same content as the square illustration however, it would need to fit within a wide rectangle canvas. While considering the positions of the main characters I also had to take into consideration the placement of the profile picture in the bottom left-hand corner.

The best composition balance would show a zoomed in version of the Ciircus Street duo with the robot graffiti at a slightly smaller scale behind them. The addition of the ‘Ciircus Street’ text in the top-left corner was included to not only balance the composition but promote the band name when people arrive on the the Facebook page. This is a convention used often for cover photos.

Creating Balance and Clarity

After deciding on the compositions I began drawing out the foundations of the illustration first with line work, then building in the base colour values. As you requested I featured the striking bold colours of the robot graffiti by sampling directly from the source photography but soon found that this brought more attention to the graffiti and diverted the focus from the musicians in the foreground.

Although this worked as a powerful character it didn’t serve it’s purpose as a graffiti mural. After building in the colour tones, patterns and detailing of the Ciircus Street duo I decided to revisit the graffiti to tone it back and make it look more like it had been painted on the wall. Still at this point it had a quite striking appearance and clashed with the pinker skin tones.

The colours that were finally applied to the piece were chosen for their meaning and symbolism within colour theory. The jumper colours were also tweaked to have relevance in the piece.

After listening through a selection of Ciircus Street tracks while laying out the foundations for the illustration I got feelings of calm, warmth and energy. The blue jumper colour reflects the aura of the music this with its calming properties and also provokes thoughts of wisdom and trust to the viewer. The earthy brown tone of the jumper similarly provokes feelings of reliability, warmth and honesty.

As for the background the alarming and aggressive tones of red and orange are replaced with harmonious and fresh green as well as yellow, which symbolises joy, happiness and energy. These are emotions I found while listening to the music and what will relate to other listeners amongst the Ciircus Street audience.

Final amendments were made to the outline of the robot graffiti to give it a worn in look. I then revisited each and every line, angle and curve again and again, paying careful consideration to capturing the natural forms in the illustration and creating symmetrical balance. You will also notice the addition of the Ciircus Street logo on the hat of the robot and on the necklace design.

Cover Photo

The same composition decision had to be made for the Facebook Cover photo illustration too. This would feature the same content as the square illustration however, it would need to fit within a wide rectangle canvas. While considering the positions of the main characters I also had to take into consideration the placement of the profile picture in the bottom left-hand corner.

The best composition balance would show a zoomed in version of the Ciircus Street duo with the robot graffiti at a slightly smaller scale behind them. The addition of the ‘Ciircus Street’ text in the top-left corner was included to not only balance the composition but promote the band name when people arrive on the the Facebook page. This is a convention used often for cover photos.

"The design process was very simple. It was well explained by Gethin, and felt like a walk in the park." - Sam Brett

Illustration Process Images

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