How did you initially find Lifeology?
Lifeology found me! Elaine Algarra was my art teacher from high school and was the one who contacted me and asked if I would be interested in illustrating a Lifeology course.
Have you illustrated a Lifeology card deck before?
No, actually this is my first time doing anything like this!
Would you consider yourself a SciArtist?
Not at all, this is my first time ever getting involved in a SciArt project. I have completed a lot of work digitally but not in the science realm, my work tends to be two-dimensional design with strong graphic principles. I use line, texture and color to create emphasis in my work.
The course you illustrated was on Brain Power and Visualization. When looking at the course script, what were your initial impressions?
The first thing I noticed was the visual notes. While reading the script, the visual notes immediately made me start brainstorming different ideas for the storyboard. They were a great place to start, especially being new to illustrating for Lifeology.
Visual Notes Document for collaboration between illustrator Melissa Ordonez Gonzalez and the Lifeology Team.
Are visual notes a useful starting point? Did you make any decisions to develop ideas further?
The visual notes were extremely helpful and gave me something concrete to start with. I was able to brainstorm different ideas and sketch quick concepts.
Do you use storyboarding in other work?
Normally storyboarding isn’t part of my process. However, it proved to be very useful as it was a lot easier to piece things together. I’m used to planning concepts and sketches, working in a sketchbook whether it be digital or traditional as a way to develop ideas. This was a different way of working as it was more focused but I enjoyed it.
Storyboard drawings are rough thumbnail sketches that give a quick visual idea and overall flow of the course. Storyboard images are then reviewed, modified and refined.