I was approached by Matthew Harvey from Future Publishing who had been let down by another illustrator. He desperately needed someone to step into the gap, and I was fortunately able to do so at short notice.
He required 8 illustrations, all running on from each other up to the final 8th tutorial which is the finished magazine. The 8 sections were:
1. Tutorial overview and part one: planning the layout and design
2. Creating a style and adding colour
3. Making your pictures work
4. Work faster – and get organized
5. Type: which font where and how
6. Designing the cover
7. The printing process
8. Preparing for print ‘finished magazine’
He required 8 construction images, building a magazine or something else, needing to look like each image is following on to the next and that all 8 section are indeed part of the same tutorial. He liked the style of the building images that are on my site and asked me to use that. It reminded him of Lego land sets, but left it to me to decide.
The whole idea needed to include some elements that tied in with the parts, e.g. type, colour, pictures, etc., this needed to be quite obvious. I thought that I could have buildings shaped as different objects, with other things going on around them. e.g a building shaped like a letter for the type section, a cinema / art gallery for the ‘making your pictures work’ section… the final part could be a whole industrial village landscape made up of the buildings used in all the other images (almost a cut and paste job with some added extras) to tie in the illustrations. A red lorry used in the images on my website could be going into / unloading at each building on it’s journey to section 8, when it’s finally leaving the village to deliver the finished magazine.
It was BIG task and in a limited time frame. Well, I gave it my best effort and made the deadline. I was very proud to see it published!