When we were first told of this project I knew exactly what I wanted to do, Dragon Ball Z. As a kid it was my favorite show, and in a odd way, a very iconic part of my life (no pun intended). I knew it would be difficult to make them more personal and unique because they are already so unique and noticeable and this was the most difficult part for me. So I took each character and I made them into the form that was most unique to me as well as some items and weapons that are iconic to the show, such as the dragon radar, Flying Nimbus, the dragon ball, scouter, and the Power Pole. Almost none of those were part of my original plan.
As you can see from my sketches, I originally wanted to do almost all characters and maybe a few iconic items. I figured the show is all about the characters, but as I began to think about everything, those who are true Dragon Ball Z fans are going to think that every character is iconic in one way or another, it would be impossible to choose. Throughout my sketches I kept thinking about characters, their different forms, the dragon and dragon balls, I knew my drawing skills were not amazing but I had to at least get my ideas out like Brother Kerr said and then take the time in illustrator to bring them to life.
My first six icons came out fairly well. But after Brother Kerr said I needed to make them more unique I struggled, I felt I had made them and displayed them in a way that was unique with their auras, and each of them in a form that was personally iconic to me. So I decided to try and personalize them a little more towards them back end of the project while working on my last six.
On my last six you can see that I tried to focus on iconic items. The dragon was the most difficult having to do loops because the brush tool, though thick enough, was not doing what I wanted it to do because it ended up making blobs when giving it a fill. Then having to go in and do the scales was difficult and did not come out as nice as I wanted to. I put some shading on Gohan, Piccolo, and Krillin. They did add more detail but I need to work on my shading skills. The dragon radar was also a lot of fun because it shows how you can make something unique with very basic shapes and lines. Overall I am very proud of my icons, I believe as I improve on my illustrator skills I will return to these and personalize them more or even recreate them.