For this final project, I had to create a new work of digital art that demonstrates the technical, aesthetic and conceptual skills that I have been developing and refining throughout this course. I could use what I have learned and apply it to a new medium by doing something like making a video or circling back to a previous assignment and re imagining it as a more ambitious piece.
I was required to spend at least 16 hours working on this assignment and visually document my progress as I planned and worked. My original idea for a project did not work out in my favor, so of course I spent a small portion, about an hour or so, of my time coming up with an entirely new concept for this project.
I chose to work with Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop for this assignment. I was inspired by my surrealist collage and my “One Tool” projects for the concept of this piece. I wanted to combine two of my favorite things: ice cream and retro vibes by recreating my own version of Carl’s in downtown Fredericksburg, where I currently reside. Many sweet memories (pun intended) have been made here, so this location has sentimental value.
I wanted to have two different images of Carl’s, one during the day and one at night. I felt as though both versions should be represented to reflect how neon lights at night completely change the atmosphere. The outline took about 5 hours (because I tend to be a perfectionist) and the coloring and shading for both images took about 7 hours, simply because I am not familiar with light and shading. The remainder of my time was either spent researching tutorial and references or making the images into a gif.
As for the neon sign that says “Creme Shakes Sundaes,” I used the text tool to create the neon effect, the rest of the signs were hand drawn. I have included my process videos from Illustrator below, one for An Afternoon at Carl’s and one for Closing Time.
After making the images, I used my remaining time creating a gif to compare the images back-to-back, day and night. I am really pleased with how the images turned out. If there was one thing I could change about my project and the process, I would definitely have invested in a drawing pad to make drawing a much easier task. I hope to keep creating pictures like these to continue practicing drawing and shading in my own style!