I've been developing a sci-fi saga for a few years now. I started drawing this character that I've really enjoyed developing and it's taken a life of its own.Read More
He's your friendly woodland larval pal. Insight, yes. Brute honesty? Check. Bedside manners? Eh. What he lacks in kindness, he makes up with in rectitude.Read More
I designed a logo for the motorcycle tour service, Pathfinder Moto Tours. Here's my process for creating a logo.
BRAINSTORMING: it's important to get to know who you're designing for. Pathfinders is a adventure agency in India, so there was more than enough to work with. Motorcycles was obviously a focus, so I wanted to include a simplified version of one, and not a clip-art looking image like a lot of the other tour agency logos in the area.
SKETCH REFINEMENT: After spitting out some bad ideas, I move on to narrow down options. I talked to Vivek and Ganesh, the proprietors of the business, to extract opinions and ideas. Sometimes this can be like pulling teeth but they seemed to know what they wanted. After going back with colors and the shape we collectively agreed a circle with a bike inside it would work well. So i took a crappy pen and drafted some options and went from there.
VECTOR: Now I take the sketch and drop it into illustrator to mess with the shape and feel of the design. I had some problems to solve with negative space and line weight and proportions to make it not look like a crotch-rocket.
BRANDING: One of the final steps was to create a cohesive brand with the finished vector work. Finding type, secondary optional colors if needed, and different layouts of the logo. It's all about versatilely: does the logo work vertically? Can it be black and white? Can it be shrunk or enlarged? I made sure to check these boxes.
SPREAD IT LIKE THE PLAUGE: That means putting it on stickers, social media, banners, photos, whatever it takes to market the logo and make it distinguishable. Which, of course takes time.
I've now been in India for 2 months. In these 2 months, I've managed to design 2 web sites helping a small business owner and his sons with design and marketing of his 2 businesses: A yoga retreat and a motorcycle touring agency.Read More
This piece was created as a tribute to the hit sci-fi-fi show, Rick and Morty on Adult Swim. Season 3 starts this Sunday and since Im india I won't get to see it on its premiere night. Ill just have to rip if off the internet later.. 1st world problems, amiright??
Anyway, heres the process and steps to my fan art featuring my creation, Wendell.
Step 1: Pencil sketch. I had a few iterations before this but this one was the most dynamic. As you can see I had already dragged it into Adobe Illustrator and started the Line work.
Step 2: Line work and color in Illustrator . Like my last piece, Thieves of Himachal, I used this method and it works great. But unlike the last piece I used my old ways of coloring it all in Illustrator for that cartoon look. It fits.
Step 3: Background. In the show, the portals are pretty 2 dimensional and I wanted to render them in a more "realistic" way so turned to Photoshop. This was where I brought in the finished main component from Illustrator as a PNG file and placed it in Photoshop, added a layer behind it, and painted the black space and portal background.
After some nitpicking with colors and brushes (still getting used to photoshop) and putting in the final touches like text. There you have it. This one took a bit longer than expected but was fun as hell. I wanted to take my time. My patients is definitely getting better.
A side note: The image on the left is from another version of R&M fan art from 2015 and this right, well this one. Vast improvement, more patience, and more of my style.
Here is a simple breakdown of my process. Im mostly recording this for my own benefit to track how my techniques change over time so I apologize if it's not too thorough.Read More
I've been featured in Graphic Design USA!!!! This is a huge honor. Thank you to the Communication Design staff, friends, family and peers who support what I love to do. Couldn't be happier to represent a great design program.
Here is the online article. I'll be receiving a print version soon.
preview and in progress work of my senior thesis project at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.
Here's some more progress shots of my packaging design project.