This poster project was targeting another social awareness subject: Aids. The objective was to promote the Federal government initiative to fight against HIV / AIDS in Canada. This initiative provides funding for different prevention and support programs.
The first poster symbolizes all the support given by the population and AIDS programs. A group of red ribbons forming a balloon supports the AIDS victims. The hand-written words “Together we can support AIDS victims” ties with the poster’s visuals.
This poster is one of a series of three. Two hands holding in the shape of a heart with a mosaic of symbols in the background representing heterosexual and gay couples. The hand-written word “Together we can fight the prejudice of AIDS” ties again with the support given by the different AIDS programs and the population.
This poster was not submitted because it didn’t tie well with the government initiative. Nevertheless, I posted it because I liked the idea.
All the posters below were abandoned ideas and work-in-progress.
copyright Dany Pepin 2012
For this project we had to pick one of 4 classic tales (Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, Hansel & Gretel, the Three Little Pigs) and create a modern interpretation of the story. Since we didn’t have to stick to the original age group the story was written for, I decided to tell the tale of “Red Riding Hood” for an adult audience in the form of graphic novel. You’ll notice my inspiration from Frank Miller’s “Sin City” graphic novel where everything is in black and white with a touch of color. This color contrast created by the light and shadow offers a dramatic and mysterious setting, perfect for a tale with sexuality and explicit violence. My sketches were very explicit so since this was a school project, I had to tone down the illustrations by changing the viewing angles.
The story isn’t complete since we had a limited number of page to illustrate. But you’ll get the idea even if the text is in french.
For this project we had to create an editorial illustration based on a random magazine article provided by the teacher. We then had to include this illustration in a spread layout. My article, called “French Attraction”, depicts the recent popularity of French schools in the English community of Canada. French being the second official language in Canada, being bilingual open a lot of opportunities in the workplace. My illustration shows a fictional city (mix of Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver) in the distance with a see of people lined up and seeking a job opportunity. The bilingual people, having an advantage over the others, are carried by “French” blimps over the crowd and directly to good careers high up the skyscrapers. The addition of a magnet holding the characters is a simple reference to the title. The illustration was made with color crayon and the layout in Indesign.
For this project we had to pick a french idiom from a list and create a black and white illustration portraying the expression. We had to use dots and lines for shading. Colors, with the exception gray, were allowed but only to add some impact to the illustration. I picked the french idiom “Péter le feu” (farting fire) which basically mean “being full of energy”.
For this illustration project, we had to create a poster for a real client, The Latin American Film Festival in Ottawa (March 17-27 2011). My poster won the competition and will be posted all over the city.
My concept behind the poster was to feature Latin America and its culture. I chose a hot pepper as the focus of this piece because it symbolizes the strength and the warmth of it people and because its shape can resemble the South-American continent. From a good distance you only see a pepper with text wrapped around it, but those who will look closely will be able to see all the culture elements (art, history, entertainment, etc.) surrounding it. Since the Latin American culture is colorful and festive, I added some ribbons on a bright yellow background, which creates contrast. The left image below is the original illustration while the right image is the edited version has with the client modifications.
For this project, we had to design a pop-up christmas card. I decided to make it a Star Wars card since I’m a big fan. The card shows Yoda balancing gifts over is head with the Force. R2-D2 and C3P-O are looking at the Jedi Master from the side.
I must admit, I didn’t think this project would be as difficult as it was. I had to make numerous dummy card (blank) to have the different angles of the cutouts fold perfectly along with the card. This was also a fun project since I illustrated all the graphics of the card by hand with my Wacom tablet and Adobe Illustrator (see yoda below). I don’t know if I ever want to create another pop-up card again, but I have a lot more respect for the likes of Matthew Reinhart who are geniuses at this art.
If you are interested in doing this christmas card, I made the full resolution (300 dpi) PDFs available here and here. The PDFs don’t contain the die-cut lines (blue and pink), but the reference images below do. Follow the dotted lines to fold and the plain line to cut. You can also use the video above as a reference. The size of the card is 8×9 inches (closed) so you might want to scale it down if you want to use your home printer. If you want to recreate the full size card, I suggest you use a thicker paper stock than usual because the cutout are fairly big and will collapse under their weight. Your local “Staples” should be able the printout those 12×18 files. (Note: the cutout files fit on a 11×17″ sheet). Good luck.
For this illustration project we had to pick an existing board game and make it more interesting. We had the choice between, Clue, Monopoly, Pay Day, Risk, Snakes and Ladders, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit and Pictionary. I chose the latter, because the original board game had a very simple design.
My idea was to create a board full of doodles and illustrations that could be used in certain cases during gameplay or just to add some fun. I wanted the board to look like an actual game of pictionary, not a boring path of aligned squares on a dark background. I decided to make the path of squares as real post-it notes since you are always drawing on little pieces of paper. I even included a coffee stain to make the illusion more convincing, as if you were playing on a table make out of doodles. To create contrast, I kept the original letters (categories) on blank colored squares to make sure the path didn’t compete with the white doodle background. Each of the 104 illustrations have been numbered and the answer sheet is available for player. I’m sure you can guess most of them. Click on the image below for a closer look.