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.

sarahkbarrett

Student at Brigham Young University - Idaho
Web Design student and BYU-Idaho.

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