I originally had some trouble with this project. I really wanted to do something related to Parks and Recreation (the best TV show in TV show history) and I actually sketched out a lot of very different ideas that I could turn into illustrations. The problem was, the more I researched, the more I realized that a lot of it had already been done. I lost motivation really fast and couldn’t decide what I actually wanted to do and what I was actually physically capable of.
Then I got food poisoning. It was horrible. I felt like death, I didn’t get anything done and I didn’t even turn in a draft of any kind for this project. But then I recovered, my brain reset and I decided I would do something that I loved even more than Parks and Rec.
Seattle. My home. I miss it and it inspired me. I wanted to illustrate the view that every Seattle-ite knows so well. I used reference photos to get the shape of Mt. Rainier right and to get each layer of the Space Needle accurate. I almost wanted to leave it at those two elements, but Seattle wouldn’t be Seattle without the tall buildings, so I threw those in there too.
I started by throwing some really basic sketches together. I already had an idea of what I wanted to do, the sketching process was pretty quick.
I jumped into Illustrator pretty fast. I knew that I wanted it to be a fairly simple image that depicted the main reasons people travel to Western Washington, so I started by tracing the outline of Mt. Rainier with the pencil tool. After that I used the pen too and lots of shapes to put together the Space Needle. It took quite a while to get the shapes just right to make it look accurate.
Since I missed draft week, I spent hours in one day busting this out and this is what I came up with. It’s simple and clean and shows exactly where you are. As I finished up I made sure that there weren’t any stray anchor points and that any tangents were cleaned up and separated. I’m fairly pleased with the final outcome.