“Create a series of abstract designs in which you balance blocks of subordinate, dominant and accent colours”
I was given a list of 10 cities, to create book covers for. I did some basic research on each city, to get an idea of which colours and shapes to use.
I started with Madrid:
After looking at Madrid, brainstorming and collecting some images, I decided that I would base my book covers on landmarks and flags. It seemed like a consistent system with which to work through the exercise.
Using Illustrator, I designed my Madrid cover.
Although I had used the colours and overall shape I had set out to use, I wasn’t sure that I had achieved what I wanted. I asked someone for feedback, their response being that I had my subordinate and dominant colours mixed up. So I tried swapping them.
I wasn’t happy with this version. Red is definitely dominant here, so I swapped it back.
It this point, although I understood the concept of dominant, subordinate and accent colours, the example given in my folder and what I was trying to create was conflicting.
I decided to look at some other abstract artists and see if I could establish colour hierarchy in their work.
Below are my notes on the artists and what I feel is the colour order in each piece.
With this in mind, I felt a bit more confident in creating abstract work with a limited palette.
Madrid Book Cover
Malmo Book Cover
Managua Book Cover
Manchester Book Cover
Manhattan Book Cover
Marrakech Book Cover
Marseille Book Cover
Melbourne Book Cover
In the Melbourne cover, I decided to swap the dominant and subordinate colours around. Mostly for a change, as red has featured quite heavily in this exercise so far. I also wanted to see if I could make it work. I’m quite pleased with the outcome, I feel it’s one of the better of the series.
Montreal Book Cover
Mumbai Book Cover
This was the hardest exercise so far. I felt that what I understood of colour has been somewhat confused! Because of this, and my strong dislike for abstract art I’m not confident in my execution/final pieces.
Something else that I felt went by the wayside was my font choices. There was no set process to choosing them, I used trial and error, selecting each one as I went along. Looking back, I’m not sure that I could/would have done it differently, unless I had used the same font on each cover.
I think the strongest of the series are Melbourne, Marseille, Marrakech and Manchester, because I think they follow the colour hierarchy as I had intended.