Monday, May 21, 2012

Parrot Island

I meant to post these and then got swept up in the next client driven project.
I was asked to flush out the look for a social game by a small start-up called Pixiee Games.

The theme was Desert Island w/ Pirates and monkeys, and Parrots. What's no to love right?!! the initial sketch got things going in the right direction but needed some redesign
The theme was Desert Island w/ Pirates and monkeys, and Parrots. What's no to love right?!! the initial sketch got things going in the right direction but needed some redesign



Once the design and layout were in place, refining the painting was the next challenge. They wanted something that had a "Disney" feel. 


My early paintings were getting to bogged down in details and were starting to get a little painterly. Not the flat, vibrant geometric quality they were looking for.


Brighter and simpler at this phase but still a little to much going on with texture . The quality of the tone and saturation was starting to come together though.


Finally got to a place where both tone and textural elements were coming together and the levels were starting to feel right. 


The huts start taking on the kind of 'flat' look that the client is after. There excited and I'm happy I can cross one more thing of the list of needs that I'll  want to address


The Details on the huts and the rigging in the boat are the last items to embellish.


Push the levels, contrast and saturation and call it a day. A happy desert island 
any pirate would love to pillage!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Designing w/ a grid adds order to the chaos that the creative process often brings. Using a grid is easy in Illustrator or InDesign. Both apps allow the user to save and import a grid as a template. Photoshop doesn't have the same function. The best alternative is to create paths/convert to lines using brush tool/ then save and place that grid as a template into a new doc.

1. Blank PSD doc


2. Grid



3. Path tool converted to stroke ( 2 pt width)


4. grid placed in PSD doc with images 


5. images layout using grid




A grid can be the calm that the creative storm needs. Adding structure and stability making a page feel clean and easy to read.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

















Posting unfinished work, or works in progress tends to give me the willies! As an old school illustrator I'm accustomed to finishing things before I make them public. Letting go is a big deal for me. Glad for any feedback.


Received some excellent feedback on the layout for my sketchbook from a great designer. Reworking the layout is a big task but in the end it'll improve the reception the project deserves.

Monday, May 14, 2012