I used simple lines and geometry to create flat designs, along with a limited colour palette. I then added textures and shading to add depth to the design.
A trick I do to test colour is changing the illustration to grayscale. Does it preserve the integrity of the image? Are the contrasts balanced and suitable?
I then experimented with adding a background, to add context to the illustration. Depending on how and where the illustration is used, the background (or lack thereof) may be more suitable.
In this case, since this illustration stands on its own (and is not used in a particular article or website), I had some creative freedom. I had been missing the February Minnesotan snow, I created a subtle snow-ground (which could also be taken as sand, so the illustration didn’t have to be winter-specific).
The full-colour version of the illustrated couple with the background.
I realize the title “Love is Love” is misleading, as my illustration shows a heterosexual looking couple, even if their genders are ambiguous. Either way, I hope to create more art that is intentionally inclusive of non-heteronormative types of relationships.