Sierra DeVuyst standing in front of a stairwell with the sides of the stairwell displaying her art, full of frozen treats that represent the icons of San Antonio

I was talking to Alex Collier about websites and projects (she’s amazing, btw) and she mentioned how she would like to know how projects get to where they are when finished or printed. It’s something I try to go over in case studies, but for fear of being repetitive or redundant, I usually keep them brief. I will be attempting to breakdown projects on here to explain my process in a more in-depth way. It’s important to note that each client and project is going to have different parameters and numbers of revisions.

For the SATX Summer Takeover, there were a few directions I felt it could go, the Creative Director at KGB Texas wanted something bright and summer-y and said they liked the style of this piece- with the strong lines and highlight/lowlight balance.

I drew a few different pieces with different styles. After ruling out the watercolor icons, I made the chocolate look “thicker” and added in low opacity light blue, to create ‘frozen’ looking highlights, as well as some darker lowlights which gives the final look a sophistication while remaining very playful.

This refining process happened to all of the icons. Some of them were spot on right from the get-go and some needed more work to get the right frozen treat look.

The roller coaster was one of those that took some fine tuning, as well as the river floater

It took about five days to get through all of the icons and then we began arranging the pattern. We wanted a complex repeat (meaning it repeats in a way that isn’t immediately obvious) and different color variations. Adding in the drips after was important to make sure that they would follow where ‘gravity’ would take them.

The final result below. Because the background had different colors, and we wanted to be sure the sprinkles stood out, I created two sest of ‘floating’ sprinkles that would change color based on the background color to make sure it wouldn’t blend in and every colorway had the same aesthetic.