First of a set

Trucking away here… I’ve had a go at doing some more art for the board game, Dive.

The Flip Flop is actually the first set card that I’ve drawn up.  Each set card will have a little bit more information on it and will have an easily recognisable border.  The Beach Beauty Set currently has four items in it  –  all with cream and pink stripes.

The questions I asked as I drew this were around what to do when an item isn’t all that exciting in itself.  There’s not too much interesting about a flip flop!  I gave it more space on the card and drew it on light sand as it is quite a shallow item.

What started as simple scribbled pencil crayons becomes a lot more involved when ‘painted’.  The hand drawn cards have a bit of charm to them, but if you opened up a brand new board game to see them, you might not be too impressed!

The original prototype flip flop

The new card design is a lot more grown up looking.  Even over drawing three cards, my style has slightly shifted since the Bucket.  The edges are less crisp and the colours slightly more subdued.  I wonder if I will need to revisit the Bucket by the end of drawing 52 cards!

The new Flip Flop

Once again, don’t think too much into the font/writing colours.  They’re just placeholders at the moment.

It may just be because there’s always more tweaking to do, but I feel like the base of the seaweed needs looking at and that the picture could do with a little more depth.  This is something that I am becoming more aware of working with layers.  Each part of the image (flip flop, seaweed, rocks, fish, sand etc.) are separate layers on the canvas.  Imagine a pile of separate acetates on top of each other.

Whilst this means I can work on one part of the image at a time, this also can leave it looking slightly disjointed.  If I was using a single layer with real paint, the different components would affect each other and potentially even get a little muddied.  To improve this, I would add a little shadow.

In fact, I’ll have a quick go at that now and you can let me know what you think of the difference!

And changed font colours!
Flip Flop with more depth

Perhaps the sand is a little messy!  If you zoom in, you might be able to see that I diffused the seaweed into the sand a little more.  It stops the layers looking too separate.  I had a quick mess around with the font colours too.

What do you think?  Thanks for letting me know!

4 thoughts on “First of a set

  1. Good idea adding shadow it ‘grounds’ the seaweed and it makes the flipflop look as if it is floating down. Love the fish.

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