This was a cover contest submission for the Georgia Straight, a free Canadian weekly news and entertainment newspaper published in Vancouver, BC. 
Contest Specifications
The winner will see their cover in Georgia Straight boxes across Vancouver plus a $500 prize pack with cash and local gift certificates. The runners-up will be featured in an online gallery on their website. The theme of the cover is summer in Vancouver. 
Goals
 Capture the energy, arts and festivals that will be taking place during the summer in Vancouver. Show what beauty and diversity the city has to offer. Create a sense of community and examples of people just having fun together.
The Georgia Straight is a free newsletter released every Thursday in Vancouver and distributed throughout the city.
The creative process of beginning with a mood board and key phrases for primary inspiration, trying to connect the theme and style with the subject matter.
Multiple thumbnails of different ideas and directions are necessary for me to work out the best layout and design for the project.  
2019 Spring/Summer colour palette.  I really love the warm and earthy colours and it was an easy choice to pair with an outdoor summer scene.  
The final sketch before moving it into Illustrator.  Finding symmetry with the characters and their activity along with the directions they were headed took adjusting until it had the right balance.
The final digital file of my full-colour Georgia Straight cover artwork.
Created with Adobe Illustrator
Contest hosted by Georgia Straight
June 2019
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