Thursday, July 22, 2010
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Monday, July 5, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
This is the third in a series of self-promotional postcards I did for V66. I've utilized vintage clip art along with some retro fonts and design elements for an eye catching promotional piece. This style would be a great solution for any small business on a tight budget. Since I don't have to draw the characters from scratch, it saves time and money for everyone concerned, without having to sacrifice quality.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Got a hankerin’ for some of the tastiest retro graphics and design services on the range? Vintage 66 Graphics is serving up flavorful graphics for any size appetite from petite to hearty. You can choose a basic customized design featuring authentic vintage art or go with a unique and completely original cartoon, illustration or design. Get ‘em while they’re hot!
This is the second in a series of self-promotional postcards I did for V66. I've utilized vintage clip art along with some retro fonts and design elements for an eye catching promotional piece. This style would be a great solution for any small business on a tight budget. Since I don't have to draw the characters from scratch, it saves time and money for everyone concerned, without having to sacrifice quality.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Vintage 66 Graphics is now serving up some of the most delectable retro graphics and design services around. You’ll find a menu with a wide range of tasty graphics for virtually any sized appetite, from basic customized designs featuring authentic vintage art to completely original cartoons, illustrations and designs, and all with a spectacular vintage flavor.
This is the first in a series of self-promotional postcards I did for V66. I've utilized vintage clip art along with some retro fonts and design elements for an eye catching promotional piece. This style would be a great solution for any small business on a tight budget. Since I don't have to draw the characters from scratch, it saves time and money for everyone concerned, without having to sacrifice quality.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Now, you can be the first on your block to own one of these beauties, the design is available in three color choices: black, cream or brown. But that's not all, because you can customize it to fit your taste. You can put your name on the back, resize the design, or change the shirt color. Go ahead and play around and see what you can come up with. Make it your own!
Black Design on a White Shirt
Cream Design on a Brown Shirt
Brown Design on a Natural Colored Shirt
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
First Rough Sketch:
The project started when I was contacted by John, one of my Flickr friends. John does public relations and copywriting etc. and he was interested in having me do an illustration/design he could use on his web site and other collateral business items for his business Hot PR Shop . Now, John already had a really cool concept in mind, a hot rod with a brain for the engine, but if he hadn't I would have brain stormed and sketched out three concepts for him to choose from. But since he already had one, I did this first sketch based on a photo of a hot rod that he had taken at a hot rod show. At this point I wasn't too concerned with perfection, I just wanted to get all of the elements out there.
Second Rough Sketch:
Oh, I should probably mention that John and I are about 2,500 miles away, so this project was done entirely via emails and a couple of phone calls. Anyway, after I sent John the above sketch he told me what parts he liked and what parts he wanted changed. Notice that while the elements are the same at this point, yet this one is quite a different looking design. Everything is still fairly loose, I was just making sure we were on the same page.
First Digital Sketch:
In case you're keeping score at home, there were many sketches between this version and the previous one, although I didn't bother to count them, so I don't have an exact number. At this point I went from traditional media to digital and did this version based on earlier sketches. Actually, the process involved tracing parts of a couple of different sketches in Adobe Illustrator and then re-sizing the pieces to fit together. Of course, the best part about digital art is quick editing and the ability to save multiple versions.
Early Layout Version:
This version is an early layout featuring type. While we knew what text was going to be included, John hadn't decided on the final fonts at this point, so I put these placeholder fonts in to give him an idea of how the finished product would look. While this version is a lot tighter than previous versions, I was still experimenting with certain elements, specifically the grill/engine compartment area. Somewhere along the line, the pencil had been changed to a pen, which implies a writer more than the artist feel of the pencil. I also played around with some colors, such as the green brain, and I tried a simplified version of the flames (saving a copy of the original version just in case). I used the little squares of color on the left edge to make sure all the colors were the same throughout the illustration. It's surprisingly easy get get two shades of the same color going, which can cause problems further down the line.
And here is the final version: the red is just slightly darker, and it's a good thing I kept a copy of the original flames because those are the ones I used. The brain is a more healthy pink color, and the grill has been brought back up in height to about the size of the original reference photo. The text is set in the fonts John chose, and I've got myself a happy client, which is a really great feeling.
Well kids, I reckon that's about it for now, thanks for stopping by.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
And now without further ado, my first happy client testimonial. Woo-Hoo!
"Robert did a logo and some related design work for me. I got great work from him that was done in the most professional manner. Robert strove to make sure I got what I wanted (and I did), along with making changes quickly. In addition to being talented, Robert is something many designers are not - dependable. I couldn't be happier!"
For those of you keeping score at home, yes, I have mentioned doing another post on the process of the project I did for John, and I will indeed be doing that post, I'm just getting a few other things taken care of first, but it will be coming soon.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
I used shirtmockup.com to show them how this design might look on a T-shirt when they get them printed up. Okay, I'm done boasting . . . for now at least.
Be sure and check out the next V66 post, I plan to go a little more in depth on another recent design I did featuring a tricked out hot rod with a brain for an engine.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
Anyway, as you can see below, it features a hot rod featuring a brain for an engine. I was all set to do a post about how the project came about, although not entirely step-by-step, just a few things along the way. Sadly, I just realized that many the files (including the final T-shirt version) are way too big to be posting here, so I'll have to do that post a little later, after I have trimmed down some of the files to a more manageable size. So I guess you can think of this one as the appetizer.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, have a great weekend.
Monday, February 1, 2010
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