Project Overview: 
Working with a therapist client, I had the opportunity to create a visually captivating piece of artwork using Procreate, Cinema 4D, and Adobe Illustrator. The client's request was to design a unique tree with fruit, while the tree's trunk was to resemble profile faces. Originally, the tree was intended to grow from a brain, but we chose to incorporate Celtic styling to hint at a complex root system, all within a paper cutout style.
High detail process renders
High detail process renders
Initial ideation renders
Initial ideation renders
In context flat B&W
In context flat B&W
The project began with brainstorming and sketching various concepts, aiming to seamlessly blend the tree, brain, profile faces, and Celtic design into a coherent artwork. Our goal was to create a piece that conveyed the therapist's message of growth, complexity, and interconnectedness in an elegant paper cutout style.
Design Elements:
The Tree: A central, stylized tree with a paper cutout appearance, adorned with colorful fruit.
Profile Faces: The tree's trunk transformed into profile faces, representing the therapist's clients and their interconnectedness.
Celtic Styling: Intricate Celtic patterns were added to the root system, hinting at the complexity of human thoughts and relationships.
Tools and Techniques:
Procreate: Procreate served as the initial platform for sketching and digital drafts, allowing for creative exploration in the paper cutout style.
Cinema 4D (for Depth and Layering): Cinema 4D was employed not for realism but to add depth and layering to the artwork. It provided the means to create a 3D appearance within the paper cutout style, enhancing the visual appeal.
Adobe Illustrator: Adobe Illustrator was used to fine-tune and refine the intricate Celtic patterns within the root system, ensuring precision and clarity while maintaining the paper cutout look.
The final deliverable is a visually striking piece of artwork that effectively conveys the therapist's message of growth, complexity, and interconnectedness. It embodies the paper cutout style, with each element intricately layered to create depth and visual interest.
Work in Progress Renders: The portfolio includes a selection of work-in-progress renders that illustrate the evolution of the artwork. These images provide insight into the creative process, showcasing the attention to detail required to craft the final masterpiece in the unique paper cutout style.
This project is a testament to the power of visual storytelling, demonstrating how a paper cutout aesthetic can convey complex emotions and messages while incorporating depth and layering for added visual impact. It stands as a compelling addition to any therapist's practice, offering a thoughtful and engaging representation of their work.
Retrospective Section:
While I'm proud of the final artwork created for the therapist client, it's essential to acknowledge areas where improvement could have been made and share insights gained from this creative journey.
1. Anthropomorphic Roots: One aspect of the artwork that I've grappled with is the unintended anthropomorphic appearance of the roots in some areas. Upon reflection, it's clear that certain sections of the root system bear an unintentional resemblance to the heads of animals, particularly cats or ants. This unintentional resemblance can be distracting and potentially take away from the intended message of the artwork.
What I Could Have Done Better:
Thorough Sketching and Concept Exploration: In hindsight, I could have invested more time in the initial sketching and concept exploration phase. This might have allowed me to identify and address potential anthropomorphic elements before they became prominent in the artwork.
Iterative Design: I could have taken a more iterative approach to design, where I periodically stepped back and critically evaluated the evolving artwork. This would have provided opportunities to notice and rectify any unintended resemblances.
Lessons Learned:
Attention to Detail: This experience reinforced the importance of meticulous attention to detail in complex artworks. It's crucial to scrutinize every element, especially in a piece with intricate components like the Celtic root patterns.
Feedback and Collaboration: Seeking feedback from peers or collaborators during the design process can help identify potential issues early on. Collaborative input can provide fresh perspectives and reveal unintended resemblances or distractions.
Conclusion: In art and design, the journey doesn't end with the finished piece; it continues with reflection and a commitment to continuous improvement. While the anthropomorphic resemblance in the root system is an issue I've identified, it's also an opportunity for growth and refinement in future projects. This retrospective has reinforced the importance of self-critique and the value of learning from every creative endeavor.