As a painter, I spent a lot of time working out ideas that were not only interesting for their color, composition,etc., but that also suggested a symbolic meaning. As I continue to develop my technical reptoire in Photoshop and Painter, I like to continue that exploration.
I had an idea to express movement and a sense of timelessness, nostalgia. Memory is full of symbolic representations.
Forest from the Trees
Much of the work I do for my clients is deductive design - a specific and necessary solution to a known problem. When I get time to work out my own ideas, I like to do that inductively, intuitively. This means playing around with images and textures, color and composition. It helps balance my creative side and keeps the ideas flowing.
I was watching the news one day when an idea for an illustration hit me. I don't know if it was the image I had in front of me or the issues being discussed, but the layout stood out in my mind.
Moroland Poster Illustration
This banner is a copy of a very famous emblem in the Philippine Culture. Typically hand made out of wood and aluminum, with smaller versions of each of the weapons, these are quite popular in Martial Arts schools that teach the Filipino Martial Arts. I decided it would be challenging to create a Tromp l'oeil version for a poster. This poster is available here.
Moroland Poster, detail
I started with some reference photos from a couple of different actual banners that I had access to, then researched to make sure the information was acurate. I started with an outline of each of the shapes, the background and their shadows. Gradually I introduced basic fills, gradients and texturing to create the illusion. The only image included in this illustration is the central image of Chief Lapu Lapu, taken from a friend's vacation photo. The rest of the image is composed entirely in Photoshop and Illustrator, using selections and fills. This poster is available here.
Toyshop - Vector Conversion
I was hired by a company on the East Coast to vectorize some film stills from a famous animated holiday feature. It was a challenge using gradient meshes and texture overlays to make something that looked very close to the original. The bottom is the original source, my version is on top.
I was hired by the Seattle Police Department to creat a design for their team patch and other printed material. Part of the project involved vectorizing a Glock 23, which was included in the image.