Carrot on a stick

Maybe you know this feeling: you are working on a project that’s almost finished. You have already invested a lot of time and energy into it and now you’ve almost reached the finish line. You focus, looking forward to the satisfying sensation of finishing a task. And at the last moment your boss or client is calling – they had just thought of one or two more details that need to be done as well.

Anyone who has experienced this situation before might have felt similar to the donkey in this illustration chasing the proverbial carrot on a stick. Having your goal right in front of you, seemingly about to reach it – and yet not getting closer.

This is one of the first illustratoins that I drew on my iPad Pro. One of the goals was to become more familiar with the tools provided. It is impressive how realistic the brushes in software like SketchBook can look by now.


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What you can learn about color composition from old coat of arms

Die Wappen der Stände des Heiligen Römischen Reichs 1510

On of the roles of the composition of an image is to depict the most important elements of the picture in a clear, recognizable manner. For color pictures, not only the placement of the elements is playing a central role, but the color composition as well.

An obvious method is to separate diffrent elements or layers within the image like foreground and background by different color saturations of a difference in lightness.

There are many approaches for setting up a color composition. To acquire some helpful rules of thumb, it can be useful to look at some of the oldest works of visual design in history: Coat of arms and flags.