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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Latest work: CTA

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Since I moved to this city in 2012 I have seen this typeface in the train stations across the city and I have wanted it badly. It’s not at every station and it seems that it’s being taken away more and more as the years go by because of construction and refurbishing the platforms. Finally, last December I finally set out to photograph all the examples of it that I could find and then create the thing myself (see here). So I went to all the stations that would have it, I took all the photos I could and then what? I sat on my ass and didn’t create the thing, that’s what.

Well, I finally got the time and motivation necessary to whip this bad boy into shape so I’ve been spending the better portion of the last two days creating letters, numbers and punctuation and now I’m onto the actual typeface creation part of it. It’s probably my least favorite part of the process because it’s essentially just coding the damn thing up but it’s a necessary step and it’s going smooth so far.

I’ll provide more details soon but for now you can hit the jump and check out two more images of the letters.

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Buscemi Progress

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Here is a little update on the Steve Buscemi illustration I’m working on. It’s still not done but I thought I’d give a little update on it’s progress. I just have a little more tweaking with the eyes and then adding some final details. It should be completed next weekend. Possibly this week if I feel up to a few extra hours of work.

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I started working on a portrait of Steve Buscemi over the weekend. It began
as a simple black & white but I decided to try adding color for the first time. Above is a printout I made today to check some lines and details. You can sort of see the color version peeking out in the background.

As I finish more of it I’ll be sure to post it here.

Logging Hours with Lincoln

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I took some time tonight to get started on a shirt graphic for my cousin’s trip to Washington D.C. this summer. I’m thinking about doing something with him and the Lincoln Memorial so I threw together a quick illustration of the memorial to get me going. I’ll be doing some more tweaks later this week or this weekend.

Hit the jump to see some detail shots.

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