Elevators: The Process

This project was originally hatched in August 2010. The original concepts revolved around the types of elevators you see in older buildings, where a gate has to be shut with the old half dials showing the location on the floors. The idea was obviously ‘meh’, as the project sat on the back burner until I recently did the Thank You type. After sketching a few new ideas, I went to work on the next step – composition.

At this stage, I actually tried a new approach – tracing. I traced each piece individually and began assembling the pieces until I was satisfied with the layout (admittedly, this took a few tries to get it right, as I had initially had tried to trace the entire composition before I figured out that if I didn’t like what I had, I had to retrace it again!). From there, I scanned the pieces and again laid them out in Photoshop.

The final step was taking this scan into Illustrator and pen-tooling and nudging to my heart’s content. Once everything was tediously fit together, I clipped the extra lines, joined broken ends, and called it a day.

I did try some things like filling in the strokes, but the added weight changed the overall feel of the piece. Before too long, I hope to do a three color silk screen out of it. Thanks for watching.



1 Response to “Elevators: The Process”

  1. 1 Sugar May 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I was going to say WHAT FONT IS THAT?! I want it. Great work!!! 🙂

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Hi, I’m Eric and I created this site to document and share my design process and finished products. If there’s anything you like (or dislike), leave me a comment or send me an email at designby31216 at gmail dot com. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the show!

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