This was a recent project done for my third year Information Illustration class. The basis for this project was to create an illustrated information broadsheet about something that is not visible to the eye. I created a dynamic broadsheet targeted toward a young audience, particularly children in grade school, which is why I decided on a comic book style for a fun and striking visual. Because I chose such a specific style, it required a very active, exciting illustration as comic book covers do, that spoke to the subject matter. The best way to do this I found was to make the Sun, Moon and Earth into characters. I chose to make it appear as though the Sun and Moon are fighting over the Earth’s tides using gravity or in this case their own special force.
The most difficult aspect of the design was incorporating the information in an organized manor and fitting it around and overlapping it with the illustration. Also, as I am not a comic buff or know much about their history, it was quite a challenge for me to develop a style that was consistent with a traditional comic book cover page and worked with my concept.
Looking at the final piece, I believe that children would find it engaging as well as informative. The information is laid out in a comprehensive way and creates enough visual interest to balance the illustration without being too cluttered.