I spent a lot of time thinking of what I wanted to do for this project. I originally wanted to do something pop culture based, but when I couldn’t find any substantial ideas I went for something more personal.
My mom is from Puerto Rico, and I love getting to visit my grandparents there. Therefore, I felt it would be a good idea to theme my stickers after the “Island of Enchantment”… Puerto Rico!
This is my original draft. I originally wanted to go with a basic “flat” style, and then giving it dimension with shadows. I was really proud of this, and honestly didn’t think it needed much else. I was considering throwing some halftones or a texture on there near the end.
Everyone seemed to really like what I had so far– especially the frog. One suggestion I received was to make the far left sticker fit in more by making the shades contrast more and maybe desaturating the colors a bit. I was stuck on this for a while, because I was really happy with how I had it before but still wanted to improve it. After some heavy editing, this is what I came out with:
I did a few things here. First, instead of adding shadows to the far left sticker, I added highlights using some blending modes. This kept it looking bright while also adding more contrast. At one point, I accidentally added a stroke but was shocked to find how good it looked! I added a thick stroke to the other two to make it look more “stickery.”
I also fixed the base of the cylinder in the middle by making it round on the edges. I tweaked a few of the shadows too. Overall, I’m very happy with how this came out! In fact, I was so happy, that I decided to take it a step further:
I figured most people wouldn’t be too familiar with what these are! So I also printed off some sticker sheets that you could peel the stickers off of. They include the names of the stickers and what they are! This took a while, but I think it was worth the effort.
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