In thinking about my posts about various illustration projects, I realize I often begin with something like, "Client fill in the blank asked me to do an illustration...". That's always true. Jobs always begin with a client asking me to work on one thing or another. But the subtext there, and what I hear in my head the entire time I work on the project is: "SWEET! I get to draw for this project!" It's an enthusiasm akin to that of a dog when shown a tennis ball or leash. Fun is about to be had, and I am going to make the most of it.
With that in mind, recently the good folks over at Decagon Devices, Inc. asked me to work on some illustrations for a video about the history of food innovations. The style is modeled after "Monty Python". The characters include: John Harris, the inventor of bacon, Momofuku Ando, the inventor of Cup O Noodles, Louis Pasteur and John Twining (Pasteurization and refrigeration, respectively), Escoffier and Careme (the menu and designer cakes), and more.
Along with being intensely fun, this project was also a bit of a departure for me stylistically. I guess you could argue that my style changes depending on the projects' requirements, but I can't really remember drawing in this way before now. It was great good fun. I even managed to learn a few things.
My favorite is probably John Harris, mostly because of his expression.
Here's the link to the video: