For my project, I knew that I wanted to create something that represented who I am and what I do. It took me forever to decide the most effective way to put only twelve icons together, since there are so many things I love. I decided that I was going to represent the things that are usually in my backpack. I started to sketch out different ideas; a lot of my sketches were used and a lot weren’t. When I started my sketches, I started to feel discouraged because I know I’m not the best artist. Once I got twenty-five sketches down, I figured I was ready to begin designing them on the computer.
I realized that it was very hard to come up with ideas on how I wanted everything to fit together. I had no idea what I wanted to do with colors, strokes, and I didn’t know how to make my icons look more realistic. Here is my first draft.
All of my icons had different strokes, and I had many thin black lines going on. I began to get discouraged with how they were turning out. After going and talking to my professor, he gave me many tips on making my icons look more realistic and different. This is what my second draft looked like. At this point, I had all twelve of my icons made; I just had to fix any tangents and align them in an aesthetically pleasing way.
I lined them up in the way I wanted and desaturated a lot of the colors. This came out to be a somewhat vintage/rustic icon set, which I really liked. I’m very proud of how they turned out, and now I know that I can, in fact, do hard things. These icons truly represent what a creative photographer or designer would have in his or her backpack. I believe the audience would see this set and agree that it looked like a college student’s essentials.