Wednesday, 8 May 2013

The background

I started working on the background very early on, and kept tweaking it for what felt like an eternity. It went from looking like some kind of neon-coloured 80s northern lights rave to bland weirdness and finally to a decent, functional backdrop.

This story begins in Illustrator, where Andrea thought it would be a great idea to create a sky by going wild with the gradient mesh tool...
It makes a bit more sense with some snowy hills and trees:
So far this is all vectors, but I kept working in Photoshop to add some stars and textures.
See, I don't dislike this. It's quite pretty in its own, slightly mental right. I was going for this kind of super magical night sky kind of vibe, but it didn't work at all as a backdrop. I desaturated it a bit and tweaked the colours.
Better, but still not great. The stars and colours are just too much.
See? Yep. I tweaked it more...
 ...and more...
...and it just ended up a bit weird. The good thing about vectors is that you can tweak things as much as you want. The bad thing with vectors is that you can tweak things as much as you want. :(
This worked a bit better, though:
...but in the end I got rid of the different colours in the sky, most of the stars and made it all blueish. It's a bit less interesting but it works a LOT better as a background for text and images.
Phew! I got there in the end...

Edit: forgot to post my little reference image sheet/moodboard! Here we go:

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