Little Scenes

One of my favorite things to do in the morning is to look through social media for design inspiration. I've noticed that when I don't do this, I get artist block quicker and have a less productive day. Lately, I've been loving the landscapes designers create with Adobe Illustrator and how meticulous and complicated they can be. 

For work, I was tasked to design a flyer for our upcoming community service project where we'll be heading to a creek to clean up trash. I knew that I wanted to try to create my own scene so I could try something new while also doing work. Many many YouTube videos later, I created my own mini scenes.


First is my beach scene! I created this a few days before the girls and I headed to Rehoboth so this is how I hoped the beach would look (I was so wrong). My first lesson while creating this was THESE THINGS ARE HARD. It takes a lot of time and you have to think in a way of how to create these shapes by manipulating simple ones (circles, triangles & rectangles). As you can see, it's basic as fuck but it could've been worse. In time, I hope to develop this one even more.


Second, is my mountain... forest... scene lol. Also pretty basic but I ended up really liking it because of the mountains. I think the gradients gave it a nice twilight feel. When I finished it I didn't like it very much but when I opened it later it grew on me. 

While falling down the rabbit hole of YouTube I noticed that mountains, hills and sand dunes are a really common theme in digital landscapes. I think it's because they're easier to create but are nice elements. Most landscapes are either flat designs or use gradients for a more realistic feel. I'm not sure which one I prefer but next, I'll be trying the flat designs.

Which one do you like better? Beach or Forest?