I think I finally have this part of the bottle figured out. Still not sure what goes in place of the ship / octopus shapes; I'm loathe to take on a woodcut illustration project just for a minor detail, but I haven't found a good alternative yet.
All of the text (except for the year) is required by law to be on the bottle, and they have strict rules about punctuation and type size. I learned that last time around with the VCBW bottle.
3 months ago
Also, metallic silk-screening is not an option so the yellow will be a printed colour instead. A bit annoyed by that, but life goes on.
At least the specs (ml, % etc) aren't at the bottom of the bottle (like every other product) and are clearly labelled. Did you choose to hide the product name? or does the ship/octopus shapes identify the product?
This is just a detail shot, there's more to the bottle than this. 400x300 isn't a great format for bottle art.
@Dave Shea Ah k, very true.
You almost don't need other icons there. If anything, I would stick with mystical sea creatures -or- old diving helmet/rope/harpoon+whale/captain's hat/pipe
I defnitely like the idea of using mythical sea creatures @Alan Houser mentioned.
This looks great. I'm a fan of the Russell labels—like Blood Alley—and this looks like a great addition. Look forward to seeing the rest of the label.
I'm into everything here except for the ship. The tridents and octopus feel iconic, but the ship looks a bit too much like a silhouette, probably because of the angle/perspective. Feels out of place. Have you considered a profile of a ship instead?
Wow, very nice palette man.
by Dave Shea
There, finally resolved it with more suitable imagery and a tighter lockup.
I wanted a squid all along, I just couldn't find the right source, so I ended up (mostly) doing the work myself. Derrick Pelletier's comment about iconic elements proved helpful, I was thinking in terms of woodcut illustration style, but I think flat shapes ended up working out better.
And if I could rebound a second shot, it would be this one from Jason Williams which provided a healthy dose of inspiration: http://dribbble.com/shots/396461-Atlantic-Shipwreck-on-old-canvas
3 months ago
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