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HERB LESTER

LIVERPOOL


Herb Lester is know for their very stylized travel guides of locations around the World.  I was asked to design one such guide for the city of Liverpool, England.  I began by heavily researching maps and other artwork that have been done on Liverpool.  Once I gathered enough inspiration, I started sketching ideas.

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A small look at all the inspiration Herb Lester provides designers.  A perfect place to get color inspiration.

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I’ll admit the drawings are not much to look at.  That’s not really the point of sketching.  It’s meant to get your ideas from your mind to something physical.  I knew I wanted to add curves to my front cover illustration- something that was sort of,  out of my comfort zone.  Everytime I drew- I tried to improve the concept.  I would take pieces I liked and add them to the new drawing.



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From this point I took the drawings into Illustrator and just blocked out shapes.   At this point it was very crude, but I was sure I wanted to use curvy shapes and fill them with brick textures.  I landed on the color scheme pretty early.  I guess I based it off the Union Jack flag.

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Crude shapes, textures and colors.




























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Once I got approval on the sketches I started drawing more key elements found in the city and went through a few more color and textures experiments. 

I kept experimenting until I landed on what I felt was the right balance of colors and textures.   I also drew supporting illustrations and a map to show attractions.

The map is available now from Herb Lester.  Pick up a copy here!

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