What image for tourists?

What image for tourists?

A good illustration coupled with the text caption provides more choices and more control to what we want to communicate

When visiting a city for the first time, it is nice to be faced with a sign briefly explaining the main places to visit. That's right: briefly. While for a descriptive text to combine conciseness and completeness is very difficult, with animage we have more choices and more control. If an illustration is well crafted, it is possible to give a lot of information in a short time, choosing what to highlight, not burdening it with details, and at the same time listing as much as possible of the features we want to communicate. The technique of making it is the first thing we have to decide for our intent, and this decision depends on what we want to highlight, how the image will be used in the future, and how much time we have to make it.

Here are examples of various fabrication techniques for a hypothetical sign to be placed in the street to illustrate the Malaspina Castle of Massa and the hillside streets leading to it. The castle is interesting, but so are the narrow streets that wind under it and around the hill; therefore, they need to be enhanced by showing visitors what they can expect as they walk through them. The choice therefore falls on a bird's eye perspective view to best render the three-dimensionality of the whole complex. Starting with a single black-and-white drawing , it is colored according to various techniques. Free-use Open Source programs such as Gimp, Inkscape and Krita were used for the realization of this example

malaspina castle pen

An early version is the black and white shaded version. The technique used for this process is simple black biro pen, with light strokes given with the computer after it has been scanned. It can be used for simple illustration alongside the descriptive text without special intervention

castle malaspnia pencil

A visually pleasing version can be the colored pencil version, which is rather time-consuming but sure to have an effect. Once digitized on the computer it can be processed by identifying parts and highlighting paths

malaspnia castle inkscape

Coloring can be done directly on the computer, using vector graphics. This is the technique currently used for the most in the creation of signs for tourist use (for example, for amusement parks) because in addition to giving immediate clarity of what you want to represent, it is "intelligent": each element is in fact "stored" by the computer is can be modified, recolored, resized at any time and is the most suitable way to insert descriptions, highlight parts and define access routes, etc. However, it is also the slowest and quite challenging method.

malaspina castle krita

A "middle ground" is computer coloring but through specialized painting programs (the "Krita" program was used in the example). The flexibility and possibility of editing is less than in the vector technique, it does not memorize elements and is less precise, but the execution time is very reduced . This technique gives the illustration a rather soft and delicate look

Finally, all that remains is to overlay the illustration with the desired elements, such as access/exit paths, prominence of interesting parts, placeholders, etc. But by any chance are you interested such an illustration? Take your time to decide--Studio ARX can best cover your needs and is always available to talk about it together anyway. Without obligation you can request a free quote now by clicking here or by writing to info@studioarx.it