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Family Sign Language Website by NotTheRedBaron Family Sign Language Website by NotTheRedBaron
The Family Sign Language Website is a project for families that have deaf children. It's a resource site for parents to learn and discover how to help their child's development and how to improve communication within the family environment. The site includes diary video footage of parents showing how they involve their children in communication on a day-to-day basis. There are also activities and games to engage the children with the website also, but mostly this is a resource tool for adults.

This was a massive project that I began in 2009 and was completed early 2010. The project was brought to me by a good friend of mine who I work with often who had been approached to build this website for the client NDCS. What he needed from me was an illustration of an environment that would appeal to adults and children alike. The client had suggested a town of some sort where different locations could be utilized for different activities within the site.

I suggested that a seaside town may be a good image to use. As a child I loved my trips to the seaside and still do as an adult, I figured that it could appeal to both adults and children as an image. I then submitted a series of drawings and ideas for how the illustration could take shape. This was the most involved development process I have ever experienced. I am used to running with an idea and handing it over, but the clients were very keen to control the shaping of the site and its contents so the discussions went on for weeks.

Eventually after many months the project was completed and this is the final image that is used in the website. I'm very proud of this work. Not only was it for a very worthy and interesting website, but because so much care and attention went into the level of detail in the illustration.

The whole image was drawn in vectors so that the illustration could be zoomed in and out of without losing clarity. To see the illustration and the website in action please go here and take a look at it: [link]


Time: 9 months
Medium: Photoshop Vectors
Reference: The main layout of the town is loosely based on the british seaside town of Broadstairs which is an extremely picturesque place.
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Family Sign Language Website by ~NotTheRedBaron is a Summery scene of a costal village filled with delicate details and a vibrant palette. Check out the little details in the sandcastle and even the shop signs. Now where do I get my ice cream cone from... ( Featured by ChewedKandi )
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dotsweare Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
oh my gosh, this is so beautiful!!!
lovely work (:
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NotTheRedBaron Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!
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dhulteen Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, really beautiful!
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NotTheRedBaron Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you my friend!
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Colly-Strings Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
This is a very detailed and lovely piece!
Not to mention this was for a wonderful cause!
Totally totally awesome! : )
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NotTheRedBaron Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much!

It was a work of love...
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P-isfor-Plushes Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This website is just amazing! So easy to navagate, fun, and pleasing to the eyes. Great work all around! I only wish it were for ASL, though I guess everything can't be american ;P though it was fun to compare the two
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NotTheRedBaron Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah that is a shame. I guess it would be easy enough to reshoot the signed sections to have a ASL version...

Thanks for your comments, really appreciate it.
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RA-Meenan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Out of curiosity (I can't see the website due to a slow computer) does the organization deal with just hearing parents who have deaf children or with deaf children born to deaf parents as well?

This art is amazing, by the way. It's soft and friendly, and reminds me of good times. =)
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NotTheRedBaron Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Cheers. Really kind of you to comment.

I think the site is mostly aimed at hearing parents with deaf children, but perhaps the principals about enhancing communication within the family unit could be employed no matter which family member is deaf.
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RA-Meenan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice. ^^ I'm from America and I took classes on ASL. It'd be interesting to see how BSL is different!
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NotTheRedBaron Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah - perhaps you should watch some of the videos and see what it's like. ;)
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jlta Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Student Artist
awesome view. looks very peaceful
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NotTheRedBaron Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks... I'd like to hang out on the beach too.
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ArdeMobile Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011   Artist
very beautiful!
this caught me cuz it said sign language
my brothers deaf (and he's a downie OTL) so maybe i can show my family this website!
we really need to practice our sign language OTL
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NotTheRedBaron Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
That would be fantastic. There is a lot on the site to do and see, including videos and a game. Would love to know what your family makes of it.
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ArdeMobile Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011   Artist
alright! thank you for this site! It will really help!
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NotTheRedBaron Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
That's so great to know!
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snarff Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
very pretty illustration - really captured my imagination
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NotTheRedBaron Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks. Glad you like it. :)
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Cloverdeer Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Student General Artist
amazing.....it looks very promising! good luck with the work then~ :D
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NotTheRedBaron Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :D
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Cloverdeer Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Student General Artist
no problem~ ^_^ :D
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taho Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'd love to play a video game that had this kind of graphics. The town looks so quaint and cute! First thing I'd do is run to the beach and swim! Not a lot of great weather here lately, so can't really whip out the bathing suit. Why would ice cream be the first thing on one's mind? :lmao:
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NotTheRedBaron Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
:giggle:

I'd love to design graphics for games. Something I haven't ever been approached to do.

Your work is fantastic btw.
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taho Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
So far I've been approached by and worked for two game developers here on deviantART. Just keep posting your work and soon enough someone will find you. Lucky for you, you seem like a natural with environments. I've had to make game environments and it felt like hammering a square peg into a round hole, but you gotta make things work. Best of luck to you and congratulations on your DD. :)
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NotTheRedBaron Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Really? That's awesome. Good for you. I can see why though, you have a really beautiful style.

I don't think I have ever been approached for work on here. Yet...

Thanks so much for your kind words. :hug:
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Junkerlchen Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011   Writer
I fav it if you allow Baron
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NotTheRedBaron Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
:D Of course!
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SinistaBG Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
spmehow reminds me of one piece
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NotTheRedBaron Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
What does it remind you of?
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SinistaBG Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
this >> [link]
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NotTheRedBaron Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ah - I see... cheers!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Great work. Congratulations to the DD. :iconflowerheartplz:
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NotTheRedBaron Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :D
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SweetAppleTea Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
I love the details and colors in this! It really makes me want to go on vacation. Beautiful work!
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NotTheRedBaron Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you. The colour palette was based on the old UK holiday posters.
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Marx-Wraith7 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OH!! I LOVE THIS!!! I REALLY REALLY DO!!! :D
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NotTheRedBaron Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
:D

Thank you!
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Marx-Wraith7 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! ^^
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Photo-11 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
This is fanastic.
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NotTheRedBaron Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much. :D
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Bluemutantfreak Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is gorgeous, and it works so well on the sight. ~
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NotTheRedBaron Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you. The web designer I worked with did a great job with the navigation around the image.
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somesoul Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
very nice. very nice indeed. i really like your style, esp how each shape generally has only one hilight and one shadow colour.. Simplistic, yet enough details to catch your eye!
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NotTheRedBaron Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks. Love the way you have picked up on the light and shade of the piece which is key to the way I drew it.
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somesoul Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
cool! I generally try to use the same idea for my vexels - except I end up going waaay overboard with the layers. I'm toying with the idea of doing some landscapes or architectural structures and your piece is great inspiration! btw, did you work in illustrator or PS?
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NotTheRedBaron Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
I lost count how many layers were in this piece... I know it was a lot! Maybe I should go count... :D

I work in Photoshop, need to learn illustrator one day, but I love working with PS (when it's not crashing on me)...
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PolygonWrangler Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
i love this scene and very educational website!
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