Animikii Thunderbirds

Animikii Thunderbirds

I was awarded the honour of designing the 2020 Impact Report for Animikii, the company I recently joined. Animikii’s company values are rooted in Indigenous Knowledges, specifically the seven sacred teachings. The headquarters, located in the Songhees Wellness Centre, is on the traditional territory of the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Lkwungen, Songhees and Esquimalt) Peoples of the Coast Salish Nation.

For this image, I captured the Songhees Wellness Centre and background landscape in a series of 4 photographs that I stitched together in Photoshop. I then replaced the parking lot with a grass field fringed with Camas. The two Thunderbirds were then sketched out and built as a layered vector file in Adobe Illustrator. Back in PhotoShop, I used these layers as masks to then go in and airbrush highlights and shadows into the sky to create this 3D semi-translucent look.

The Thunderbird is present in many cultures across Turtle Island (North America). But in every story I have seen, It is considered a supernatural being of power and strength.

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