Monday, August 31, 2009
This is (hopefully) the final version of the interior for the architecture firm (the first iteration can be seen in a post from several weeks ago). While the version you see here is a quantum leap ahead of the first version, I'm still unsure about the result of this one. I can't say yet whether I like it. Hopefully I'll be given the opportunity to work on other interiors so the lessons I've picked up on this project can be applied to another.
This project represented more hours and more struggle than I'm accustomed to. Theoretically, this is what fosters growth and character, but I think I'll have to be a little further removed from this project before I'm able to internalize its benefits.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Well, even if no one did, here's several more. This set is for the Programs and People feature. The commission involves a piece of feature art and four subsequent 2-page spreads. These are for the spreads. Each depicts a player involved in the perennial water rights controversy: a Native American, an Engineer (ostensibly for a hydroelectric company), a hatchery worker, a farmer, and a private citizen (the bather).
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
This sketch was commissioned by an architecture firm in Portland. They needed it very quickly (five-hour turnaround) and I'm not completely satisfied with the result. This can be attributed mostly to the time constraint. I rarely feel as if I've done my best work when I'm rushed. Fortunately, this is only the initial drawing and there's a good possibility I'll have the chance to make all the improvements needed to turn this project into something more in keeping with my standards (by the way, the firm liked the initial, so this is mostly my own complaints surfacing).
Monday, August 10, 2009
I was recently hired to produce some technical drawings for a company in Pullman, Washington called Decagon Devices. Decagon makes sensors that monitor a number of things including soil moisture and water activity. They have some pretty interesting products. I got to tour the labs and see how the sensors were assembled and used. At one point, I had the thought I was in an episode of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. In some episodes, Mr. Rogers used to have video montages of different kinds of processes (manufacturing and otherwise) like how crayons or musical instruments are made. I always loved them and seeing something similar first hand was even better.
So, here's the first set of concept drawings for one of the sensors. As with a previous commission for an organic debris manual, I find the attention to detail required in technical drawings of this nature to be very satisfying. There's something a bit nerdy about that, I suppose, but fun is fun so I'll cop to being a nerd.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Here, as the subject line might suggest, is the second illustration for "Lindy's". The story outlines the players, coaches, and teams since 2000 that Lindy's thinks are the best of the decade. The illustration will be a two-page spread taking up around 3.5 inches along the bottom of the pages.
I burned a little of the midnight oil to get this one in on time, but I'm satisfied with the result. 10 characters is quite a few for a single piece, so I'm naturally not as pleased with some of them as I am with others. Still, overall, I slept well last night knowing I'd produced something I wouldn't be ashamed of in the future.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
This is (hopefully) the final version of the first illustration for this round with "Lindy's" (I haven't actually received feedback from them on the final version just yet and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they don't need any modifications).
It's too soon to tell whether or not I like this one. While I enjoy the challenge of doing illustrations for Lindy's (the amount of time I have before deadline is always a factor), I rarely feel completely satisfied with the final product. This one was done in under 24 hours. With more time, I know I would have made some changes. Whether or not they would have been substantial changes or simply polishing the version you see here, I can't say. Like I said, it's too soon for me to know. I've been looking at it for too many consecutive hours and I can't really see it anymore. I think I like it, though.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Whew. You may or may not have noticed the previous posts have been comprised mainly of concept drawings. I've probably done more concept drawings in the past week than I ever have before. I have come to the conclusion that I love concept drawings. For me, they're the most exciting part of a project. I love sketching and I love the process of working on an idea until something solid emerges.
This particular set is for "Lindy's Sports Annual" (college basketball edition). I've illustrated for them in the past and it's always a kick in the head. Lindy's work is fast, furious, and challenging. Usually it involves losing some sleep in order to make deadline. And I love every minute of it.
The story deals with the NC/Duke rivalry, specifically coach Williams' apparent invincibility, even in the face of the legendary coaching abilities of Mike Krzyzewski. With that in mind, the concepts are as follows: A parody of the famous Muhammad Ali/Sonny Liston fight photo, Roy Williams as a 1950s high school bully, Roy Williams as Henry the 8th, and finally a reference to the Pied Piper.
Here are a few revised concept drawings for the water feature in the upcoming issue of "Programs and People". As you can see (if you take a look at the previous set, that is), these are different iterations of two of the previous concepts. The drawing featuring the well is, in my opinion, the strongest. I like the composition and I think the idea itself is the most fitting for the theme.