Dreaming of Choppers

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Worked on drawing up a little chopper graphic in Illustrator the other day. I felt it needed more than just some line art so I created a quick backdrop and voila!

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Splitting Cells

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I’m sitting at work and trying to create a logo for a school of Science & Health. This one has me stuck in a huge rut. I’m working on icons and elements to utilize and I happened to create a quick/simple/neat little graphic of some cells splitting. It doesn’t work for what I need but I found it nice enough to use play with and give my brain a break.

It’s got a bit of a scan-tron look going on. Takes me back to college and all the crappy tests we had to endure. It also screams America with all of that red, white and blue. GO USA!!!

Colors

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A bit of boredom this morning got me playing with gradients in Illustrator. Color is always something I’m working on getting better at and this just came out to be one of those random sessions where I try something new. I didn’t know what to make but this is what turned up. Kind of looks like an old hard-disk. Weird.

Flourishing

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Flourishing

It’s been a long few months for me. I started a new, full-time job on November 2 of last year. Couple that with the holidays and there hasn’t been much time to post to the blog or design fun things or photographing oddball shit. Hopefully that can change now that things are calming down.

Anyway, the above image was created during my first week at my job. I wasn’t really busy at the time and I had a really old sketchbook with me so I decided to vectorize some old designs I had laying around. I remember these being created during my internship at Todd T Designs in the summer of 2009. I was either on the train, sitting around the house or staring out the large windows of the office when making these weird ornamental things. I have a few pages filled up with different variations. All cool and flowing. When I saw them again in the sketchbook I decided there was no better time than the present to sit and actually draw them out digitally.

I took some photos with my phone, emailed them to myself and pulled them into Illustrator. It wasn’t an overly complicated process to create them, just kind of time consuming and I’m still not totally happy with the larger curves. Not quite perfect for me. Whatever though. I then grabbed some paper textures and a quick Wikipedia definition of “ornament” and slapped this little design together.

Quick and dirty. Just the way I like it. Ha! Hopefully some new small projects or photos will be coming your way soon. I’d also like to get back to doing the vinyl posts. Lots of newer goodies to share with the world. Keep checking back for more fun.

Daily Drivers: Part 1

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I’ve been hard at work on a new project lately. I decided I wanted to have a little fun with some digital illustration and I decided to take on the task of illustrating 10 “daily drivers.” These are your every day kinds of vehicles. Nothing too fancy, nothing too expensive. Just the kinds of things that you rely on to get you from point A to point B. When I think of a daily driver I think of a car from the 70’s or 80’s that has been through the ringer. The design of the vehicle will vary but usually it’s more utilitarian and chances are you’ve seen a whole bunch of these vehicles on the road.

The most difficult vehicle so far has been the Harley-Davidson. I knew it would be a test for me but I really didn’t think it would be as rough as it ended up being. Even though I simplified where I could for these illustrations it didn’t make it any quicker or easier. Hit the jump to see some larger versions of the above images and to see an alternate variety I started working on today.

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Now available: CTA

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I have a little treat for y’all this morning. I finished the CTA font that I had been working on last week and it is now available for download. It was a rough one at times but very fun and worth it when I see it typed out in a final form. It’s an all-caps typeface that is meant for display/headline settings and it has a kind of retro, 1920’s vibe about it. And look at that ampersand! I lusted after that glyph for too long. Sooo good. Click that image at the top or the link below to start the download. If you happen to notice anything weird then hit me back up and I can always tweak it until it’s perfect.

Download CTA here (includes .ttf and .otf)