Exercise: travel guides
my brief was to produce three illustrations for a series of book jackets, at the size of an existing travel guide. For the locations Istanbul, Helsinki and Milan.
First I looked on my shelves and pulled out a few different travel guides I have of different sizes.
These Luxe city guides are really awesome. They are so small and compact and they hold so much information. No photos but they tell you a few hotspots for hotels, food, activities, shopping etc and all in separate categories of cheap, budget, medium and expensive
And im sorry about my cat, I couldn’t take one photo if these books without my cat jumping all over them to get in the shot! At least he’s cute!
The other guide books have photography on the cover. When looking online, I found many more books with illustrated jackets. Below are some collected images for reference. All found through google images.
I started my usual doodling brainstorming. First was instanbul since that was the only city I have been to from the lis of choices. I have very clear memories of the lamps. I used gel pen and watercolor,.
Then Milan. I thought of fashion, churches and cathedrals.
When I went back to istanbul, I started drawing up more concrete ideas as well as writing down to spark up more inspiration. The most important thing was to make sure that each book look like it belong to the same publisher. I wanted it to be recognizable through content and style. I know that this was an open brief through the OCA so I decided to work towards making it about food. This came about when I started sketching the tea cup.
Once I had an idea for the tea cup I started brainstorming the ideas for the other cities. Helsinki was originally going to be a city illustration in a piece of salmon, but then i thought it would be good to continue the drinks themes.
Then I used watercolor on watercolour paper to start my final illustrations for the jacket.
Then I made a mock up for the Istanbul painting since that one stood out to me the most.
I messed up the spine of the book. It should be facing the other way. Over all I think this is a fun design based on eating and drinking in the cities. It shows food, culture as well as some sites that you can see in the city.
I used a website called PSDcover.com to create these mockups. Honestly, that is an amazing website that allows you to put your designs easily on objects of a range of sizes and shapes. This book is based off a regular novel with 300 pages. I was originally thinking that it would be thinner and narrower but you still get the idea. In fact, the spaces with florescent colours make it feel more modern and exciting so it worked out. The website allows you to download actions in which you load onto photoshop and use their template. Press play on the action and it turns it into a mock up.