Thursday, December 17, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Hello Wacom readers! Below is the post that caught Wacom's attention and had them include me in their February eNews blast. About the book: it's not published yet but people can send an email to Britt (the creator and author) if you're interested in purchasing the book she'll put you on a list to send out information when she has it. She also said when the time comes she'd send out autographed copies! The StinkyKids website is HERE.
Also, if you missed the Wacom eNews blast and would like to look at it online, click HERE.
Below is the original blog post. I hope you enjoyed what you've seen and will visit the rest of my blog and website!
I illustrated three books in 2009, "Stinkykids and the Runaway Scissors" being the second one. "Stinkykids" is a new property created by Britt Menzies, and I think she's got a hit on her hands! She's already been featured on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, and from what I hear she's got some pretty big promotional plans for next year as well. As for the book, it looks like it's going to be in bookstores nationwide in January.
The book was written by Britt, drawn by me and colored by John Trent. Of note for me personally was that this is the first book I ever illustrated without pencil touching paper--I drew the entire thing on my Wacom Cintiq tablet! Below are a couple of finished spreads, with my original sketches above the final art.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Last year I did the character designs for a property called "ZBabies," and recently I designed the logo as well, seen above.
Below are some of the initial concepts for the main logo idea.
Once the main idea was chosen, I did some variations, and the final logo was chosen from these.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
This is a logo for a private catering company. The owner wanted a logo that represented his two sons, and the graphic designer gave me a quick sketch to work from, seen below.
I then did my version of that, and the final vector version followed this sketch closely.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
This was a fun little mini-children's book. The little blonde boy had a different emotion for each page, and they'd stick out like a tab on the right. I got to do this fun new style where I fully painted the backgrounds, but kept the characters vector so it all looked kind of like a piece of animation.
I had to leave as much room as I could at the bottom of the left and right sides of the spread for the typography to come later, though from the start the graphic designer was planning on "ghosting" some boxes of light color over those areas so the text would be legible. Below is a typical template I worked from.
And then the finished interior spreads are below.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
This project was a blast! Doing this in vector took a while, but I'm so happy with the result. I also had to do three little spot illustrations to complement the big scene...
...as well as one of a bee.
This is a title page spot illustration from the new book I did that will be in stores in January 2010. I'd put up more illustrations but I think usually you're supposed to wait until something is published before you can do that!
Monday, May 25, 2009
First up are some vector presents with subtle wrapping paper patterns so that type could be placed over top by the graphic designer and still be easily readable. Each individual present was created with the intent of filling a horizontally oriented 8.5 x 11" sheet of paper, and to be hung on the wall.
All of this art above and below is intended to be used in a classroom scenario.
Below is a vector Christmas tree that was specifically made to fit into a grid, which explains why it's so symmetrical and vertical. Also part of my goal was to make each sheet of paper in the grid interesting if I could, which explains some of the crazy branch shapes. Why did the Christmas tree need to fit in a rigid grid? So that each part of the tree could be printed on a sheet of 8.5 x 11" paper and then assembled on a wall into the whole tree. The garlands also needed to be fatter than I normally would make them and clean so that a teacher could write on them.