Doing freelance work in Oregon, I shifted my workflow almost entirely to vectors. A "business card" design for a local business would often become a "window signage" design. Window graphics can be 30 feet long! I still use vector graphics almost exclusively, since it's much faster to make changes, and I can provide app mockups, final icons, and large print files out of the same Photoshop document.
Bike icons for the Tire Pressure App I'm finishing up with Edison-Gauss. Raleigh Superbe utility bike, Rene Herse randonneur, Speedvagen race bike, Pereira longtail custom. One of the E.g. programmers owns the Pereira longtail. I think the Randonneur could have wider tires, but I'm happy the cargo bike's tires look like Schwalbe Big Apples. As they should.
DTS Overland is a backcountry tour company in Bend, OR. DTS Overland Tours and Adventures, LLC.
I drew each element on a separate sheet of paper for ease of layout in the computer. It's all vectorized in Illustrator and laid out in Photoshop. The door graphic will go on coyote tan Land Cruisers, and the main logo (with the FJ80) will go on everything else: tee shirts, flyers, and children (if they stand still long enough).
Working out an idea for a Backcountry Tour company logo.
Sketchbook Pro is pretty cool, and I like the Targus stylus I bought to replace the Griffin. I didn't like the short barrel of the Griffin, and it only lasted three days with an 11 year old playing Fruit Ninja before the tip tore badly.
This woman was modeled from scratch, starting with a single triangle. I followed a semi-famous tutorial, using my own drawings as the basis. She was roughly rigged for animation as a test for a branded pinball game for the PSP.
Logo and business card for James Minarck, woodworker. (971) 241-6006
I drew the bit brace, and cleaned it up in Photoshop. The wood and metal echo Jim's work turning recycled metal and reclaimed wood into striking contemporary furniture. Red is his signature color. The M is an architectural confection made from two different Ms, and the pronunciation guide is just for fun. His name is easy to pronounce if you know how.
I love Jim's work. He made some small end tables out of sections of cedar telephone poles painted red. The tops are beautifully finished, and he left the aluminum tags and telephone markings nailed to the side.
These are SolidWorks models of the actual hinged brace, that I imported into 3DS Max and cleaned up. I set up about 15 shots with different braces and wires animating the teeth into position, and illustrating the tools and brackets. I built a reusable lighting rig with fill lights, catchlights, and cameras to ensure consistency between shots.
The braces are really high tech and cool. They're nickel-titanium ("NiTi") wires that want to return to their perfect arc shape, so they pull gently but constantly, fixing your teeth more quickly and with less pain.
Yes, I watched the video about 900 times, so I'm a total convert.
January 2, 2011 - Comments Off on Zeiss Jena Biotar 58/2.0 – Exakta lens drawing
A pencil study (with digital rectification) for a poster of old Zeiss lenses one can use with Olympus PEN Sony Nex cameras.
I've had this lens for a long time, and exposed a lot of film with it. It feels really natural to use it on a digital camera, and it made me realize that the lens makes the image. A camera is just a light-tight box.
Old manual prime lenses are great choices for newer large sensor LED digital cameras like micro four-thirds (m4/3) and the Sony Nex. Adapters are available for many lens mount standards, and most cost about $30 on eBay.
Legacy lenses act like longer lenses on digital cameras, because the sensors are smaller than a 35mm negative and cut a smaller rectangle out of the lens image. A micro 4/3 sensor is 1/4 the area of a 35mm negative, half as tall and half as wide, and effectively doubling the length of the lens. The Nex is about 1/2 the area of a 35mm frame, so its apparent magnification is 1.5, and a lens is equivalent to one half again as long, instead of double the length.
Because of that effect, 58mm Zeiss Biotar acts like a 116mm lens on the PEN, and like an 87mm lens on the Nex, which is a nice portrait length. The 75mm Biotar is a legendary lens, and goes for ~$800 on eBay. This little guy can usually be had for ~$50. The only lens I like better than this one on the Sony is the Angenieux 135.
Watercolor over pencil. I like this technique for the control I have, and the speed I can work at. Dirt Rag magazine commissioned it to promote their 20th anniversary in 2008. Twenty year old magazine, twenty year old bottom bracket, both legendary and long-lasting!
At LifeLike, we put together a demo of an interactive comic book for the PlayStation2. I designed the characters and the plot, and drew the storyboards. The scenes were built in 3D to match my layouts.
Motion comp for one of the last PlayStation2 game demo Kiosks. You may have seen it, or a variant, on a PS2 kiosk. I designed it to feel like you were flying over towers, and they would reach up toward you. When you stopped flying, the demo on top of the chosen tower would fill the screen.
3DS Max, Photoshop, AfterEffects, PlayStation2 dev gear, proprietary 3D export plugins.