I’ve been drawing a few character avatars recently, and it left me wondering what my own might look like… so, here it is!
My first ever self portrait, complete with adorable moogle sidekick :)
Phew! It’s fair to say 2011 has been an exciting one – not only did I have a great time illustrating A Bear Ate all the Brussels Sprouts for the iPad back in the summer, but I’ve also had the huge privilege of working with the guys at Realmac Software on yet another large scale drawing project…
Hint: Click the fireplace to extinguish and relight it!
The model below is the result of little self-initiated project, designed to help me get to grips with realtime hardware rendering in the Maya viewport. I also wanted to establish a complete workflow from design concept all the way through to modelling, texture mapping and CGFX shader rendering (which led to so some unexpected and rather confusing shader coding efforts!) and produce something that maintained a strong illustrative style throughout. The whole thing turned out to be much more interesting and enjoyable than I expected, so I decided to write a bit about my process below and include a few of my progress shots.
Below are a few screenshots and process images from my latest project – an interactive children’s book for the iPad. You can download it here, or read on for more details.
Realmac Software are a team of app developers based in Brighton with a keen eye for design and slick UI interfaces – they’re the guys responsible for the excellent RapidWeaver, LittleSnapper and Courier. So I was hugely excited when they got in touch and asked me to produce one of seven illustrated Tshirt designs for the team to wear on their upcoming trip to Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) in San Francisco. The brief was simple – to illustrate the company logo and reinterpret it in my own style. There’s nothing quite like an open brief to whet my appetite! I had a really great time working on the designs, and I wish the guys all the best in California!
This was the final selected design: