Illustration

TED-ed, When Plants Talk.

I’ll be the first to admit that I have a problem with addiction. I am addicted to TED Talks and TED-ed. Seriously, I can sit down on the couch, fire up the Apple TV and watch this stuff for hours. The content is always relevant, I always learn something, and in the case of the video below, I get to watch an animation that looks so wonderful, and lush.

Craeted by London animator/illustrator Yukai Du‘s and Jiaqi Wang, this This four and half-minute TED-ed lesson explains how plants can communicate with each other.

 

16 Cars and Vans

A couple of weeks back I was approached to do a set of 3 illustrations of classic sports cars at a fixed price. The direction was specific about the view being straight ahead from the front of the car. The end goal was that these were going to be used in a printed calendar, and after the first 3, I’d get 9 more to work on.

Unfortunately, I fell victim to the bait and switch tactic or would you rather do these on spec, or for free, for a ton of exposure, and a possible cut of the profits. The thing is I don’t work for free, and unfortunately, the client’s proposal left me flat. So, I decided to say thanks but no thanks, keep my files and go back to my office.

The thing is though, it got me all inspired, so I did 12 more over the course of a couple weeks, and shared a few on social media. Now, I’m releasing them to the world. I really don’t have any interest in making money off of these. It was a fun little exercise with Adobe Illustrator that I feel good about. Each image is sized for the iPhone 6 screen resolution.

All I ask is if you download them and use them, give credit where credit is due. Let people know I am the guy that made these. Don’t resell them to make money and don’t take my name off of them. Tell people where you got them, and ask them to respect the same request about selling and credit.

Enjoy.

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A Little Research Leads to a Little Inspiration.

One of the things my job requires is looking for inspiration, and doing research on styles, and trends, in graphic design, animation, illustration and motion graphics. A long time ago, a college professor told me, “If you stop looking, you stop seeing, and your work suffers.” He was referring to research, and looking for inspiration, and he was right. If you don’t spend time checking out what others are doing you stop learning, and your work becomes dated and stale. So, I was cruising through a number of sites this morning when I came across this piece on Vimeo that has a really nice look to it. Illustrated and animated by  . His two minute short for the “Alberta Family Wellness Initiative” knocked my socks off. It has a great style and approach, with nice timing, transitions, and a solid look that will hold up for quite some time. The portraits toward the end were produced by Felix Wong and blend seamlessly with Gervais style. Nice work guys.

HIAS: For the Refugee.

HIAS is the 130 year old American charity organization working to address the global refugee crisis. To get their message out, HIAS used London animation and illustration studio Moth Collective to create a compelling story about their history and how the organization has changed over the last 100 years. Written by Paul Wolfe, and illustrated and animated by Claudio Salas, Daniela Negrin Ochoa, Joe Bichard, and Jennifer Zheng, the two and a half minute video is moving and visually beautiful. Moth uses a limited color pallet with dark sweeping transitions to move you from the beginning of their story to the present day. Frames are highlighted with occasional accent colors that play off of the main red, white, blue and black color pallet. Its a really nice piece for a really wonderful organization.

New York, New York.

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Illustrator and designer Remko Heemskerk has created a series of prints dedicated to New York City. The style is reminiscent of 20th century travel posters and poster art created by the WPA in the 1930’s and 40’s. Flattened and stylized with just enough detail. Limited, but bright color pallets that keep the images vibrant and fun. The series shows the wide range of architectural style prevalent in the city, some iconic others commonplace, all of them making up the whole of the city. The prints are available for purchase in a variety of sizes at inPrint if you are so inclined.

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World Leading Hipsters.

Amit Shimoni has created a series of images reimagining famous world leaders as hipsters. The “Hipstory Collection”, curates a selection of famous politicians and revolutionaries viewed through the lens of hipster hair styles, fashion, and trends. The funny thing is, Abe Lincoln already looks like a hipster in most of the photos of him. 

In addition to Lincoln, Shimoni gives us Nelson Mandela with a Hawaiian print shirt and a retro fade haircut, Winston Churchill in suspenders, a striped shirt and hipster hat, Mahatma Gandhi in tie-dye with some John Lennon-style shades, Che Guevara with an Adidas beanie, JFK with a pencil mustache and signature hipster hair cut, Margaret Thatcher and more. 

The illustrations are available in everything from stretched canvasses to iPhone cases. 

Hedgehogs

The two-minute short for wildlifeaid.org.uk is about the declining population of hedgehogs in Great Britain. While the demise of the beloved hedgehog is concerning to me, especially since they have dropped from 30 million to 1 million since 1950, I really want to talk about the wonderful animation quality of the video. Directed by Kris Hofmann with Illustrations by Sandra Dieckmann, the animation is a really nice blend of 2D and 3D techniques that creates a really unique and memorable look for the short. Being memorable is exactly what a PSA needs to do, and Wildlife Aid with the talented crew they hired to produce this have done just that.