Monday, September 26, 2016

•DESIGN PROCESS - CREATING A LOGO •
•DESIGN PROCESS - CREATING A LOGO •
This is an unusually long post for me. I've not posted for a few weeks as I'm awaiting clearance to reveal details one of my favourite jobs of this year. It was the creation of a cute little character, but for the moment it still remains under publicity wraps. So here's a tidy graphic design job. More notes following the images ....











 The brief - to design a new logo for a packaging company. 
I've shown all the pre-final design ideas plus, following this text, you can see the chosen design in 3 formats.
Although most of my work these days is pure illustration I really do get a hell of a lot of satisfaction from graphic design work.
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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

• PHOTOSHOPPED TEXT - DISNEY PIXAR • 
• PHOTOSHOPPED TEXT - DISNEY PIXAR • 
Earlier this year I was commissioned by Forest Pruzan in the States to illustrate some elements of a new game for the innovative toy creators - Wonder Forge. 
Amongst their other exciting new releases were a couple of pre-school science based activity games. This one explored slime, ice, heat, bubbles etc and so the name of the game box needed to reflect this in the eye catching typography title.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

• FINDING DORY •


• FINDING DORY •
Last month I had the pleasure of working on a spin-off of one of my favouritist films ever. 
Wouldn't it be great to post how I'd actually worked on the new Disney Finding Dory?!!? 
But I'm afraid this is as near as I'll ever get to that dream, but it's still very satisfying to be illustrating such well loved characters.
The commission came from Forrest Pruzan once again - they DO get some fantastic jobs - and called for some colouring skills to create a science-based boxed game spin off to the new film. I was supplied with the raw 3D renders and some cmyk breakdowns, and of course there was plenty of excellent reference on the internet.


Having coloured up Dory using paths for the various patterns and shapes, and added some nicely realistic CG eyes and bubble, I illustrated a seabed background of my own (using Photoshop brushes for the seaweeds).


Here's how the busy full box cover looked at the final stage. The other plastic elements in the science kit all needed cleaning and smartening up.
I thought all was well until the AD got back to me to say that a new, slightly different pose was favoured, so could I re-illustrate Dory! So I had to go through the whole process again to illustrate Dory at this new angle. 


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Monday, April 18, 2016

•MOUTHWATERING CARAMEL SWIRL•

•MOUTHWATERING CARAMEL SWIRL•
A quick and satisfying job last month for TAG in Leeds. To create a delicious caramel swirl with photo-realistic illustration. This small vignette would be dropped into the bottom corner of a cereal pack so wasn't even taking centre stage as the hero shot of the product. Nonetheless it needed to convey all the sticky lusciousness that we associate with melted caramel.
From my own photographs (of honey, chocolate and golden syrup) and reference images from online sources, I distorted and then re-coloured melted chocolate to look like gooey toffee. Using the twirl filter and one or two other distortion filters in Photoshop and then judicious masking and trimming, I managed matched the flowing swirls of the brief.
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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

• DISNEY ANIMATION GAME SET •


• DISNEY ANIMATION GAME SET •
Another fun game that I worked on recently was this animation kit from Disney. It featured around a dozen or so Disney film-themed characters and game boards. Hopefully youngsters would have enough patience (or enough rainy days), to start the process of modelling the characters in air drying dough. This was greatly helped by super accurate snap together moulds.
Once the characters are ready they become the game playing pieces and can be place on the boards.
The game above shows Donald and Mickey's Hedge Maze. Created by judicious use of Photoshop custom brushes.



 This Mickey Merry go Round (above) whilst being fun to play helps with Maths too. It was quite a challenge for me as it required realistic rendering of a playground merry-go-round, with all it's associated highlights and shadows.
My 3D software of choice is Form Z. It resides on an older Mac which was in for repair.
So what to do!? I decided that I would have to make an actual scale model of the ride and found some nicely pliant plastic coated wire in my workshop. By printing off the base artwork and mounting it on foamecore I was then able to attach the 9 shaped rails in position and take reference photographs with real shadows. Then it was a matter of simply taking the resulting photograph into Photoshop and lifting the shadows. In the end the shadows had to be downplayed quite a bit anyway, but I'm still happy with the result.


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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

• More Miles from Tomorrowland •







• More Miles from Tomorrowland •
More samples of the games I'd helped produce arrived just before christmas.
Here's another from the Miles' series. There was an incredible amount of detail (and therefore time) invested in this artwork. The biosphere 'egg-shaped room, for example, took 2 or 3 days to illustrate. I had loads of fun experimenting with foliage brushes in Photoshop though and learnt quite a bit.
You can read and learn more about customising Photoshop brushes in these two articles in Words and Pictures magazine ...


Forrest Pruzan in Seattle commissioned half a dozen spin-off games and when I get around to photographing them all I shall be featuring them here.
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Friday, January 15, 2016

• NEW BREWERY WORK •






• NEW BREWERY WORK •
I feel very fortunate to be able to work in an industry that I care a great deal about. My graphic design and illustration has been associated with quite a few breweries over the years and Grafters Craft Brewery in Lincolnshire is one of my newer clients. 
They have some great brews and I was very pleased to be able to give them a new breath of life with some fresh branding. So from designing the new logo and then implementing that across all the brand new clips was most satisfying.
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

• MORE COCO POPS - MIT MILCH •


• MORE COCO POPS - MIT MILCH •
Spotted this new Coco Pops box whilst over in Hamburg. It's one of the 5 that I was working on earlier this year. I'm not so sure that the German text fills the spaces as well as it ought. The central part of the illustration was helped by modelling in Form Z and then the whole image was finished in Photoshop.
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Friday, November 13, 2015

• MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND •


• MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND •

 I'm very pleased and proud to have worked on a few exciting toy spin-offs from this super new space character series. 
Space adventurer Miles Callisto is always ready for action, traveling through the universe with his family and his best friend, a robo-ostrich named Merc. The family includes mom Phoebe, the ship's captain who sets a good example and encourages her family on every mission; dad Leo, a laid-back pilot and inventor who isn't afraid to try new things; and big sister Loretta, who is a brilliant computer coder and always has her brother's back. Together, they use teamwork and problem solving as they encounter obstacles while completing missions throughout outer space for the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. The Callistos' home base is a floating space station called the Stellosphere, and the StarJetter is the vehicle they use to go to other planets and galaxies. Each episode features a fact related to space or science that inspires the storyline.
Here's the first product - finally out in time for christmas.
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Monday, October 12, 2015

• COCO POPS PUZZLES SET •





• COCO POPS PUZZLES SET •
I can now post and finally show off this fun series of cereal packs illustrated for Kellogs and Coco Pops.
Commissioned earlier this year by brand giants TAG Worldwide, here are the first 3 of 6 boxes that I helped liven up with an exciting set of puzzles and games.
The size of some of the finished puzzles belie the sheer amount of work that went into creating them. See the detailed 'spot-the-difference' for example.
Although hero character Coco the monkey already existed I had to create the remaining characters from a collection of TV ad stills and other screengrabs.
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