Throughout the summer, I tried to keep my mind open and seek inspiration through informal investigations. I spend time in the Parsons library as well as book stores and museums (primarily the Met) to find visual inspiration.
I came across a book of catalog images, which I thought were very intriguing as a source of character design reference. In the book, I want to use dress as a way to express the personality of the characters. This specific group of images was key in developing the time period and dress for my thesis project--
Other fashion illustrations from the New York Public Library digital archives also influenced the design of the characters:
During the summer, I frequented the Met and drew sculptures from the Greek wing-
This method of working purely with graphite comes very naturally to me, so I tried combining this with a more stylized character explorations-
At this time, I was also working on risograph prints for fun.
Inspired by traditionally printed children's books that utilize spot colors, I combined by graphite drawings with a single yellow-
I really enjoyed the results, as well as the aesthetic of a "vignette" through the loose graphite. This has been the guiding visual as I imagine the final artwork for my thesis project.