I recently completed this illustration. My challenge to myself was to recreate this image based off of a picture I found using only shape layers and layer effects. I wanted to see if I could do it, and the end result is an (almost) infinitely scaleable image. 44 shape layers, no pixel layers, no smart objects.
A little while back I was working on some portfolio stuff that I still haven’t put on my site. I made a few devices so that I could show my work, because I hate how everyone just uses Apple products that they ripped off the site, and they don’t get the gloss look right, and I think it’s stupid. So I remade some devices to be a little more cartoon-like, and set up all the screens as smart objects so that I can switch content out easily.
I kept the Apple on the devices because they’re obviously Apple products, but this little project is neither licensed by or endorsed by Apple. I hope they achieve the balance of cute and cool that I was striving for. I only made them for specific projects, but perhaps at some point I’ll expand the lineup.
In my last post about beer titled “Beer. Wonderful Beer.” I promised a process animation to show a little bit of how I make these things. I know it’s not super in depth, but it’s at least a peek at what goes into making an icon. And also proves that I’m not just posting pictures of beer. Perhaps I’ll get better at creating process things as I go along.
I think this is the first time I’ve ever put something in the portfolio section of my site before I blogged about it. I probably should have posted this a while ago, but I forgot. So here it is! It’s an iOS style icon, that features some wood texture from scratch, and a watercolor of San Francisco that Katie painted for me a while back!
I don’t drink beer a lot, but it’s a nice thing to have every now and then. This beer isn’t very refreshing, but it was fun and challenging to make. Glass is never easy to pull off. I actually took some process shots as I went along, so I’ll put that together into an animated gif soon (hopefully).
Based on a photograph by Jake. With critique and recommendations by Katie and Sterling! Happy Friday!
Finally finished up all the last touches on this icon. Special thanks to Katie for supplying the handwriting for this piece! Everything is done from scratch, I’m especially pleased with how the wings and the wood grain turned out.
I’ve been working on a side project and I figured I’d share a little bit. This is a plant I made, from scratch. It’s all vectors and handmade textures. Katie says it reminds her of the plant from Wall-e, which makes me like it that much more!