Cranes & Queens
A collaborative Digital Illustration project over a year in the making.
It started in November 2015 with the photoshoot at NAT Photography (just before I moved from Australia to Germany). I didn’t start concepts until March 2016 and didn’t finish all 5 pieces until December 2016. Life, work and travel continued to get in the way (plus my personal self-doubt and procrastination, as the majority of the work landed on my shoulders and I didn’t want to let the team down). In the end, the 5-piece set is beautiful, dynamic, dark and intricate, as we’d envisioned it to be. I would like to thank the wonderful, supportive and eternally patient ladies below for lending their talents and time to the shoot and months (+) of feedback! This wouldn’t have been possible without you!
I’ll take you through a short process of creating each piece,
starting with the original moodboard below:
While there’s an obvious colour palette, they have dominant colours depending on their location in the set. The end pieces (No. 1 and 5) are orange, the next ones in (No. 2 & 4) are pink with purple, and the middle piece (No. 3, the Queen) is red and purple. All 5 pieces fit together to make the large horizontal display (as above), with the background cranes matching up at the edges to tie them all together.