Penguin Family Birth Announcement

Posted 12 January 2011 at 11:01 AM | Comments (4)

The Hawns* had a cute idea. For their daughter’s birth announcement, they wanted to represent their growing family with penguins. A web search led them to illustrator Jessi Miller, whose “Penguin Family” painting was perfectly suited for their project. Naturally, they contacted her for permission to use it (always the right thing to do!).

With an ordinary Photoshop brush, I colored the bottom half of the announcement to look fluffy and almost snow-like. Then, by mimicking the brightest colors in Miller’s illustration, the design becomes joyful, whereas on the upper half, I toned the color down with a solid pastel to give it a sense of girlish sweetness.

Penguin Family Birth Announcement

*Names and details have been changed.

4 Responses to Penguin Family Birth Announcement

  1. Brenton says:

    The one thing that stands out is the green on the big one’s chest. If you were designing this from scratch, I don’t think you would use a green. What do you think?

  2. Mojan says:

    I love the illustration as it is, so I really don’t want this to sound like criticism, but I do think the big penguins and little penguins look like they came from different color stories. The big penguins have a warmer, softer glow and the little penguins a cooler, brighter one. I probably would have stuck to one or the other — but perhaps that would have been too predictable (which may be why the artist didn’t do it?).

  3. negeen says:

    ahhh the penguins. very nicely done! and i think you’re right, the cooler, more saturated penguins gives the image a nice pop.

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