SAR 02.1: Submarine, Raven and Butterfly?

Article July 11, 2018 Blake Stevenson
Takes on each project armed with healthy balance of sugary cereals and Saturday morning cartoons

Back with another edition of Some Assembly Required* illustration exercise/series. If you missed the first Some Assembly Required post go and check it out followed by the process post.

*TL:DR on Some Assembly Required:  A creative exercise where 3 objects/ideas are selected at random, mashed up and illustrated into a final art piece.

On Episode 310 of the Master of One Podcast the guys selected my new objects at random. The results were Submarine, Raven and Butterfly. Here is where I landed.

Submarine, Butterly, Butterfly - Some Assembly Required 02 - Jetpacks and Rollerskates (aka Blake Stevenson)

If you are interested in purchasing this print it will be available for a limited time (2 – 3 weeks) on my shop JNRSHOP.COM.

Where my head was at:
When I heard what objects were selected my immediate reaction was “aw S&!T”. Mainly because it was such a wild combination but more so because I am not entirely sure I have ever drawn any of those objects. After my initial reaction of panic I put pen to paper (Apple Pencil to iPad) and set out roughing in the objects.

When I start these illustrations I don’t think of the objects details but more the rudimentary shapes. Then I begin placing those shapes throughout the canvas. At this point it’s really more about the layout for me than anything. Making sure things are balanced and going to flow properly in the piece.

What’s Next:
I won’t go too much into detail about this process because I will be following this post up with a process video accompanied by some things I learned in my follow up process post: Some Assembly Required 02.2.

If anyone wants to try out this edition of Some Assembly Required, I would love to see what you come up with. The objects are Submarine, Raven and Butterfly. If you take the challenge tag me or message me on instagram, twitter, facebook or in the Master of One discord channel.



Blake Stevenson

Jetpacks and Rollerskates

Blake Stevenson is the guy behind Jetpacks and Rollerskates and creator of such weekly web comics as CNET's Low Latency and Domestic Yeti and Friends. A pop culture addicted Designer/Illustrator from southern Ontario, Canada, he takes on each project armed with healthy balance of sugary cereals and Saturday morning cartoons.

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