A Big Illustration Project
A vendor of ours had an odd request; someone needed help with illustrating the flooding deck and surrounding water of the Titanic. Not a simple illustration on a sketchpad-sized piece of paper. The client requires a scene printed across eight 24″ x 36″ posters for installation behind eight faux window frames. Huge.
The project is for an upcoming Escape Room at The Resort at Glade Springs. Themed as the wheel room of the sinking Titanic, this exciting and thoroughly engineered Escape Room is set to premiere in April 2017. Complete with realistic ship props and a floor designed to be unlevel to give participants the feeling of being on a sinking ship, the front of the Wheel Room has seven windows, with one to the left of the navigation wheel.
Designing Something that Isn’t An Advertisement?
Varying from our usual workload, our job with this project was to illustrate “the views” for the windows. The first step was to research the Titanic. We scoured the Internet for replicas and simulated views. What would someone in the Wheel Room see, looking out of the windows? We wanted realism and an accurate sense of perspective. After sketching and planning, we fired up Adobe Illustrator to plot out all of the hard lines, converging on a vanishing point.
The next step was to add realism and chiaroscuro in Adobe Photoshop. The slight challenge posed by this project’s requirements was that the final files would be printed. Naturally, this meant the illustrations would need to be of a high resolution to avoid pixelation. Additionally, we needed to have the illustration broken up into eight individual illustrations for each window view, accounting for the spacing between each window. After about fifteen hours and a lot of using the Brush and Mixer Brush tools in Photoshop, we had a massive 1+GB .psb file.
Next, after finishing the design of this project, we handed off the files to the printer in Beckley, WV. The pros there produced the prints and coated them. The final image of the Escape Room is truly breathtaking. The real beauty of the room is held within the careful and calculated craftsmanship of Special Project Coordinator John Christian.
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