Thursday, November 25, 2010
Another icon for a liquor label working with designer Chris Travers. The thing with these is that after drawing a dozen bears, I take the one that is working the best and start reducing the detail until it becomes a simple graphic icon. With this one I could have refined and simplified it even further, but in so doing it loses something of the original idea. The trick is knowing when to stop. So this still retains some of the angular line work of the original thumbnail sketch.
Illustration work on cans are a real challenge because the printing surface is unforgiving and the ink can bleed all over the place. This illustration for Yello, a design firm in Sydney, had to be very controlled in order to have a half decent chance of surviving the can print process. I listened closely to the production crew, because they will certainly tell me if I become too adventurous. No point in doing work that won't print. You may notice a white keyline separates the greens from the yellow and magenta. We didn't want these colours bleeding into one another. The various yellows and oranges didn't pose the same problem. The product is Nestea, which most people will be familiar with.
I thought I had better add this image seeing it is very current and I haven't posted anything for a while as I have been busy on other things. This is the CD art for Clea Crimson's album 'Home is where the art is'. A very cruisy collection of her own compositions that is currently on high rotation in my studio and home. I have posted a link to her website. Seeing the CD has just been released, why not check her music out. Supporting her on this album is a selection of some of Australia's gifted jazz musicians including Bill Risby, Ben Ackland, Steve Elphick, Toby Hall and Spike Mason.
Monday, March 29, 2010
The designer already had this concept fairly well finalised in the visual, but never the less, I had to redo the image from scratch for hi res printing. The final result was a coyright independent illustration with hi res detail for POS applications.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Using my father as a model. He has been a sailor since his youth in Holland and taught my brother, sister and I how to sail, a love we still have to this day despite the expense. Of course it helps to have Sydney Harbour as your playground.
Another one of those 50's style illustrations again. This time for a marketing promotion for Caltex and Coke that appeared in the gas stations around Australia. A gouache illustration and I think the last traditionally executed work I ever did in gouache.
This is an older illustration that I have had hanging around and it is of a corporate nature, I just can't remember the client or the brief. A generic concept that has been done to death. I can't remember how long ago I did it, but the glasses might be a clue.