Floating Alien & Almost Mario Landscape

October 21, 2012 6:26 pm Published by 1 Comment

The second to last assignment I had in the second Illustrator class I took actually ended up being far more difficult for me than the final assignment was. Creating the magazine cover was largely a matter of instant inspiration and manipulation. This assignment, which was about achieving the appearance of depth using scale and blur, was much more difficult largely because I wanted to create a cool scene with some abstract shapes representing the landscape in much the same way that Super Mario had. I had to have some foreground, background and mid-ground items, utilizing at least one character.


The scene itself I was and am very happy with overall, but I just couldn’t figure out how to do the character(s) and the foreground items. So I stopped for awhile and eventually came up with the alien scene. What I ended up finishing is considerably different from what I had in mind, though, as I wanted to have an alien with a wicked look on his face in a spaceship flying away from the stranded alien in the space suit in the foreground. Unfortunately I had too much blur and too many textures on too many layers, so Illustrator started to choke. I gave up and left it where you see it now. I may revisit this project, but that’s doubtful at this point.

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  • Sean says:

    I like the laser printer looking lines on the clouds. And it’s definitely reminiscent of Mario but with a more “realistic” landscape.

    I’d like to see a sketch at least of your original design for the floating alien. The original is fun on it’s own but that would complete the story.

    You do get a good sense of depth showing how far he is away from Earth. Any way you slice it that alien is screwed.

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