Several weeks ago, I was asked by Decagon Devices to do a drawing of one of their new instruments: The True Dry.
The True Dry is an instrument that measures the moisture content of various samples (soil, food products, plastics, etc.) using controlled contact drying. In a nutshell (at least, according to my illustrator's understanding), that means the True Dry instrument uses heated and dessicated air to dry samples in a controlled environment. It allows for faster, more accurate sample measurements. It can also measure pretty much any kind of sample. Like all Decagon products, it's fast, accurate, and easy to use.
Here's the layout sketch:
I've worked with Decagon for a number of years (I think since around 2005). I've drawn a plethora of instruments and devices for them over that period of time. This one is by far the most complex (in terms of the illustration itself; I can't speak to whether or not it's the most complex instrument they make, though I suspect it would be high on the list).
There are a number of relatively complex physical features to the True Dry: The sample tray, the hinges, the curves of the casing, multiple screen options, the layered metal rings of the lid, multiple surface materials. The list goes on. Now, take all of those complex elements and draw them in multiple point perspective. Also, make it interesting.
Here's the craziest part: This was so much fun. I love this kind of illustration. But I also love a challenge, and this one challenged just about every ability I have as an illustrator. This was a project I could really sink my teeth into.
Here's the final version:
I'm proud of this one. It was hard work and challenging on a number of levels. I think this turned out to be one of the best illustrations I've done for Decagon. This one's going in the portfolio.