Key Steps in Illustration: Museum Posters, Pt. 2

I then continued to look at different compositions and ideas which I thought might work well together as a series. I wanted to take elements or a similar style that I could repeat throughout the different posters.

The first page shows only one specimen per poster and a dotted line to represent e.g. a branch, or indicate the bee’s flight pattern.

The second page shoes an idea where I thought I could work with the same diagonal angle for each poster, then differentiate them by using different colours. I explored this further by adding more patterns to one page.

The last page shows some examples where I went away from the idea of having one common theme, but rather 3 independent posters. I did not quite like this, so I did not pursue it further.

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I continued to explore different ideas, materials and style, both for depicting the patterns and also for the animals. For instance, I tried some quite sketches with pastels, ink, gouache, and pencils.


I then created some very basic line viuals for the composings I liked best and that I felt work best together. My iea to have one common pattern is to have the multiple lines somewhere, e.g. representing the tree, or the cactus, and then to have a similar style for painting the animals.

I added some colour on the PC to get a first idea of the colour scheme I was planing on using. Overall I want to have a similar look-and-feel for all of the posters, so I aim to have the same colour scheme.

I decided to do a mixed-media poster by using painted elements (the animals) photographs (e.g. the leaves), and digital elements to create the poster series.

I started painting all animals based on my earlier sketches with ink. I aimed for only showing the basic shapes, not showing to much detail or shading, because I wanted to create this kind of “flat” vector, yet not quite as perfect look. Also, I added some quick drawings with pastels, because I enjoyed the texture of it in my sketchbook a lot, and I felt it would be a nice touch to have this element reoccur in every visual.

Butterflies painted in ink, and pastels

Bees painted in ink and pastels

Birds painted in ink and pastels

My kids character is painted in pastels, because I like the texture, and because I found that it is a material that kids can relate to because they would also paint similarly with this material. After all, the idea was to address children.


I decided to also include other elements (leaves, patterns), which are painted in ink, scanned or photographed to include in the digital version later, either distorted, or as a simple layer to create a certain effect.

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