The Works and Creations of Brittany Riboldi

Blog Posts and Projects from my College and Professional Experiences


Vector Graphics

Breakfast with Parks and Rec

One thing you should know about me, is that I love the TV show Parks and Recreation. I think it is the funniest show ever and I have rewatched the show about 12 times and so I am very emotionally connected the each of the characters. With that said, when this project of a T-Shirt design came up, I knew exactly what I wanted my design to be about.

This design is based off a quote that a character Leslie Knope from the show. Leslie loves breakfast, she and another character (Ron Swanson) share that feeling. This quote is from season 2 episode 20 when Ron and Leslie are having breakfast and Leslie says “Why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast foods?” and Ron says “People are idiots Leslie.” Later on, in the show (Season 7, episode 4), the same thing is said, except the roles are switched. So it is a pretty well known and recognizable phrase from the show, which makes it a great concept for a T-shirt design.


Sketching: To start out, I went to paper and pencil and started sketching out some ideas of what I thought might work for a t-shirt. I looked up my favorite quotes, and from there, took concepts from them and created some ideas. For this project, we were only supposed to use 4 colors for the design, so I had to keep that in mind while sketching. Here is how I started with my sketches: (click to see larger versions)


First Drafts: After feeling pretty good about my sketches and what I wanted to do, I went to my laptop and started creating my design. I chose to do the breakfast quote and put some waffles and whipped cream next to it because Leslie Knope LOVE waffles and whipped cream. With my first draft (shown below on the left) I had all my elements: The text in a “Leslie Knope” type font, the waffles on a plate, and the whipped cream. But I was not that happy with it. I knew that this was not all that it could be, and it looked pretty lame for a t-shirt design, so I went back at it and created my second draft (shown below on the right). I was much more pleased with this design, but I knew that it still needed something to make it a nice, cohesive t-shirt design. So, I took it to my peers and asked what they thought.


More Drafts: I received some really helpful feedback from my peers, and I also learned a few things about what makes good t-shirt designs. With my feedback in mind and my new knowledge, I went back to my project, and created my third draft (see below). I order to make my design flow better and be more cohesive, I put everything onto a plate, and had the plate be the background of everything. I was really happy with this change because I feel like it really brings all the elements together. I also added an egg, to fill the space at the bottom and to fit in with the “breakfast” theme.


Even More Drafts: Having made all those changes, I wanted to see what my peers thought of them. So I asked for some feedback and got some helpful stuff! Mu husband suggested add another yolk, because “nobody ever eats just one egg,” I also added a little bit of a highlight to the yolks to make them look shiny. Here is my 4th draft and the changes I made circled:


Final(ly): After I added the yolks and the highlight, I spent a day away from it, just taking a break from staring at it for hours at a time. Then, I came back and decided that I did not like the polka-dot highlight on the eggs, and created a much simpler highlight. In my opinion, that small change, made the whole design much better and flow just the way that I wanted it to. Below, is my final, and beautiful draft.


I am so very happy with how this turned out. I think the waffles are awesome, the eggs look great, the text flows very nicely, and having everything on the plate is just right. I am really excited to have this as a t-shirt of my own, and because my sister also loves Parks and Rec (possibly even more), I got one for her and we are going to have our own Parks and Rec marathons wearing our awesome t-shirts designed by me.

Thanks for reading!


Oh, Look at the Time!

Wow, what a couple of weeks it has been! This project has been a real stressor for me! It has caused me to really think and look at things (I mean everything) differently. This project was really difficult, but it has taught me SO MUCH and I am so grateful for that. Let me take you through the process of how I got my final product!

First I started sketching. It is actually pretty difficult to sketch for a watch. I mean we all know what a watch looks like, so what is there to really brainstorm? But then I realized that there is going to be a lot more that needs to go into actually making the watch, so I started getting more specific/creative with my sketches. Here they are:


Then I created my first Draft. After feeling pretty good about my sketches, I decided to get something down in illustrator. This was A LOT more difficult than I thought it would be. I had no idea how complex the gradients and shadows were on a real watch until I tried making one. After several hours of trial and error, I was able to create a pretty decent watch body. Here is what I came up with:


Then came a few more drafts. Knowing that I still had a long way to go, I kept working. Below is my second draft. I was able to get a lot more objects in, but I knew that I still needed to do a lot of work on it. I went with a pink band because I am girly and I thought it would be cute.


With this second draft, I went to my peers. I wanted some feedback on how to make it look more realistic. Below you can see my revised, and third draft. I circled the things that I changed from the second one.

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I am really grateful for the feedback I received! I think it really helped me to keep moving forward and working on it. (because I will be honest, at this point of my process, I was pretty fed up.)

The Finished Product. After several more hours of editing (and frustration), I ended up with my final draft. To be honest, I am not totally in love with it. I feel like I could tinker with it for several more days and still not be satisfied. But because I do not have time for that, this is what we ended up with. I think that it turned out pretty good for a beginners work! It is hard to tell it really looks realistic because I have been staring at it for a couple weeks, but I did what I could to make it look as real as possible. Below the final image is everything I changed from the 3rd draft. Take a look:


In words: I added a little shadow on each of the lugs to make it looks like it was under the face of the watch, made the hour marks looks more realistic by adding a gradient and drop shadow on each, added a gradient on top to make it look like there is class on the watch, adjusted the way the knob looks, added a realistic drop shadow to the hands, added a couple more rims for definition inside the face, and lastly, I adjusted the way my bands look to make them look like rubber.

Below is the screenshot of all of my shapes selected, and also the reference photos and workspace that I used to create my watch.

everything-selected workspace

Succulents for Days

Hey, guys! I want to share with you the process of how I started from simple sketches, to a beautiful final product. The whole idea behind doing succulents was that I just really love succulents (though I can’t keep one alive to save my life). I think they are super cute and fun, and I thought that I would be able to make the icons look awesome.

I started out by sketching some “succulent like” plants and shapes. I felt pretty confident about where I was going with this idea so I actually didn’t feel the need to do a thousand sketches for a thousand different ideas. Here are the sketches I did:


After sketching and feeling good about what I had, I started with the actual icon design. I just pulled the images of my sketches into Illustrator and traced my drawings with the pencil and shape tools. Doing this worked really well for me and it made creating my icons pretty simple. Once I outlined the shape of the icon, I copied and pasted that shape into a new document and added shadows and adjusted anything that needed to be adjusted. Here is what my workspace of my sketch outlining looked like:


After a couple of hours and head scratching, I ended up with a draft of 6 succulent icons. Here is what they looked like:


With this draft, I shared it with some classmates and received some feedback. The changes that I made were: I thickened the lines of the icons, I added shadows to the bottom of the pots, I took away a little leaf on one of the plants, and I put all the icons on a shelf. I also created 6 more icons in the same style. After all that, I ended up with this draft (I pointed out the changes I made so you can see them better):

icons-final-draft icon-draft-arrow

After creating that draft and feeling pretty good about it, I shared it with my classmates again and received some positive feedback and a few suggestions on what to change. For my final product, all I changed was one plant and made some minor finishing touches. I circled what I changed so you can see:


Here is my final product!:


I am really happy with how this turned out. I think these little succulent icons are super cute and fun and I am excited to be sharing them with you. I thought about added some color, but I was worried that it would take away from the icons and ruin them, so I kept them grayscale. I think the hardest part of this project was just getting everything looking right and turning out the way I wanted it to. It was also pretty tedious to go back into my layers and name everything…that took me a long time (but it felt really satisfying to have done). I think these icons are really fun and I might even submit them to a stock agency or something to hopefully make some money off them!

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