I had decided that after many shape designs that a treasure chest shape would be the most appropriate for my map design. I really liked this idea because of its link to my pirate theme and I could also play with the shape of it and use different colours on it. The inside of the map is what I struggled to design. I noted down that there were 12 different “zones” or “areas” that I went through when I visited the Sea Life Centre and I would have to create 12 different icons for this but make the map look like a treasure map. This for me was not a problem however the layout of the icons on the page and also the obscurity of my chosen shape, meant that I would have to be very careful with sizing and placement as I also had to place text on map to help show which “zone” the visitor was in. I found Andrew Groves an artist whose style I immediately liked, and this influenced and inspired my map design. I loved his colour choice, not picking dark colours to make his work stand out. I also liked his use of lines to create waves and I thought that this could be very useful for my map.
I used gouache paint to paint my map and I adopted Rachel Wilson’s style for the creatures on the front of the map. I used acetate to put the answer boxes and the animals on so that it looked clean and tidy. I like the final outcome as the inside contrasts the outside in colour and it is the perfect size as when it opens it is not too big or too small.
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