Here is an Illustration I did to go with the new song I did with my old band Airgo. This was probably the most fun I’ve had on an illustration in a while because I got to play around with the color and text (without having to please a client). The actual song will probably go up in about 2 weeks.
If anybody is interested in seeing the pencils or black and white inks of this just leave a comment. Thanks.
This is a brochure mock up I did as a sample for my portfolio about 8 months ago. I learned an important illustrator function called envelope distort. It basically works a bit like the warp tool in Photoshop. The difference is that you take a shape (a rectangle in this case and you put it over the top of your image. You then select Object-Envelope distort-Make with top object. It allows you to manipulate that object with anchor points and it enabled me to give the object a wave. This helped to make it look somewhat more like paper. I’ll post the non-rendered graphics with crop marks and all soon and talk a bit about my process on the graphics.
This is the logo I created for the computer company I work for called Arnouse Digital Devices. I had a lot of fun with this logo. This was made this in Adobe Illustrator.
These are some perfume bottle I did concept art for. I did this all in vector using Illustrator. When I did this it was my first time doing such complicated vector graphics so, it was a big learning experience. I started this out by sketching it in pencil to figure out what I was going for. I even went so far as to digitally color the sketches to get closer to what I wanted. At the time I was reluctant to undertake this but, I knew it ultimately needed to be done in vector.
So, I ended up using the pen tool to draw out everything you see that isn’t round. Once I did that I joined the end points and used the gradient mesh tool. The gradient mesh tool is amazing in the amount of control you can get with complex gradients. Having said that I’ve found you can’t get(or at least I can’t) everything you need with one. So, the result is I’ll often stack opaque layers of different gradients.
A little trick I picked up while doing this project was that if you add some two point lighting from behind on objects it tends to make them look a little more photo-realistic than other types of lighting(when doing this kind of work).
BEN FOLDS JUST RE-POSTED THIS ON HIS FACEBOOK AND TWITTER PAGES!!!!
One of my favorite bands Ben Folds Five is getting back together and they are trying to promote their album without a record company. So I decided to make this fan art to send to them in hopes they might use it for their promotion. This uses the song title from the new album called Do it anyway.
I started this in pencil then went over it with a brush pen and Copic pens. After that I colored it in Photoshop by selecting and deleting the white space and coloring under the remaining line art. I also selected the line art and duplicated it in different colors and shifted the lines around to get the psychedelic effect. I then placed it into Illustrator to but in the text.
I did this piece a few months ago to show what I could do in terms of package design. I had done some package design at my last job but, it was largely collaborative work and nothing that I could really say was my “vision” or whatever.
So, I designed this on a mechanical first and then cut the sections out in Photoshop and used the transform/warp tool to put it together to make the 3-D effect. After that I added a drop shadow and called it a day.
All the actual artwork was done in vector using photos and the live trace function in Illustrator. I’ll post the mechanical of this piece next week sometime and talk a bit more about that.