For this set of icons, I wanted to do something over done and make it my own.
As I was sketching, I realized I was having the most fun with various types of weird sea creatures. Some of them looked rather uncomfortable, so I hit the ground running from there.
I decided, since each of these animals were so unique, I wanted my vector graphics to be a little odd as well. I decided to do fewer shapes and more drawing, which was a little frustrating since I like the shape builder way more than the pen tool. I thought, why not push myself and went to work. I wanted to make more of a subdued color scheme, with the same basic values for each creature.
Here’s my draft:
I really liked the idea, but wanted to improve. After a recommendation from my professor and classmates, I cleaned up a lot of my paths, added shadows, and did quite a bit of work on the narwhal.
Here’s my final result:
I really like it, and might continue working on it in the future. It’s fun and playful.