This weekend we're celebrating my cousin's college graduation! The event inspired me to create a congratulatory card.
I had this doodle design which had the right celebratory sensibility. It also had a frivolous feeling which I didn't want, but straightening up the linework and font gave it some gravitas.
Monochromatic linework felt a little perfunctory, so I experimented with a bit of color
The final version utilized strong color and value contrast and retains the celebratory, yet dignified look I was going for. These photos are completely unedited, and you can see that my traditional paint work is not the neatest. I am satisfied with the design, so I'm planning a digital (and definitely cleaner) version.