Right so now I was on my way to develop what I have in mind for my final piece. It took a while to get there as again I wanted it to fit well with the brief thus making me have to get a lot of feedback and make a few changes from the first version, I also think that I’ve experimented a lot on this project for my front cover. The development will cover over two blogs as that I made two different versions.

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Here I grabbed an image online of an old article on the zoot suit riots.
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I then created with my pen tool a very basic illustration of a man in a suit and hat.
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I then went on to smudging the shapes to give a fading in style to it which kind of says that they’re coming back.

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Here I cut out a clipping mask to see what it looked like with the news article within the black areas.

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I didn’t really like the looks of it in this style because you couldn’t really see the article very clearly.
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I then thought to put the article behind and doing so did actually make it a little easier to see and also the figure was a lot more noticeable.
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I then experimented with the blending options to see if i could make it look even more mysterious.

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I thought to maybe add a bit of colour due to the fact it would look a little too black and white, but felt it came on too hard and would distract the audience from reading the article to find out who it was actually about.
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I then chose to change the filter affect on the newspaper making it look a little older and worn out again to give a revival feel to it.
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I also made the background for where the title is going to be placed the same colour.
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Making the words Zoot and Suit stand out in the news article I thickened up the font.

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Then I decided to add the colour here instead as it would come across more gentle.

Doing what i did in all my other assignments i decided to get some feedback from a few people on how it looked. I mostly got good feedback though some people could not see what the illustration was, saying that the smudging did not help. So then I took it back to the drawing boards and decided not to smudge the illustration at all and make the shadow less noticeable which I found it worked out perfectly.

I used the old article to reassure that people will know the subculture i’ll be reviving, I also used it as a sense of looking back at history and getting people to remember who they are and what they did wasn’t so bad. The reason why I done the smearing effect is because zoot suiters had rough edges under all that luxurious clothing. Though I thought it would work pretty well others unfortunately did not agree so therefore i changed it. I will be putting the smudge and non smudged version in my portfolio for future references.

Below is the finished version.

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