The Animal Pt2

Illustrating the story of the Whooping Crane

Day 1

March 11, 2021

Habitat/whooping crane references
Wetland habitat research
More detailed thumbnails
Color Mock-ups

Moving forward:

Day 2

March 18, 2021

Notes from feedback

Grass and extra color issue:

Last iteration
Trying to merge colors
Trying to solve the 8 color issue by merging the grass color
More iterations of grass and ground relationship
Rock in front of grass background
Simplified Grass

Foreground detailing:

Process of adding detail to the head and fish

Overall Process:

Overall Progress (spot the difference? haha)
Different color iterations
Color changes

Day 3

March 22, 2021

Notes from feedback and sketches
Miro Board

The Angle

Process of adjusting the angle
Grass experiments

Moving to illustrator:

Altering body
Making the body larger
Altering the grass
Iteration 2
Trying new colors

Day 4

March 24, 2021


Before (left) and after (right)
Before (left) and after (right)
Color palettes and their iterations (bottom — most recent)


Cityscape alterations (centered->moved right->removed crane->all green->lighter green)


Trying out highlights on the grass
Grass before changing city (left), grass after changing city (middle), trying new grass (right)


Outline of rocks reduced


Previous text iteration (left), cleaned up right aligned text (middle), trying Shannon’s text idea (right)
Iteration 4

Day 5

March 27, 2021

Notes from Dani critique
Feedback notes

Adding detail:

Added detail to head and fish
Rendering the feet/rocks more and adding highlights


Tightening up the form of the body


Detailed grass


Lighter version, no grass (left); original darker, with grass(right)
Darker, without grass (left); lighter, without grass (right)
With grass (left), without grass (right)


Text alterations

Color Evolution:

Color evolution from start to finish


Final Illustration

Design and CS student at Carnegie Mellon University