Sunday, June 15, 2008

GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD


Remember those shiny gold and turquoise pylon signs at Northcross? The Wizard of Oz signs? Well, they're history. I designed these two replacements, and kept things on the subtle side in consideration of the flap from the neighborhood, and the need for WalMart to just quietly slide into place. God, I feel dirty...
I used the architect's palette and elements from the entry, along with thin-stroke reverse channel letters mounted at their baselines, to keep this on the down low. I also had to work around the chrome-blingy Veranda signs below.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

TESTING

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This is a wmv portfolio under construction. Probably about halfway done. I posted to view the progress...

EPIC FACE (theepicface.blogspot.com)



This is an 8 1/2" x 11" section from a drawing I've been working on over a period of years. The full size of the rendering is 4'-6" x 2'-0", so this is only a small section shown. Below is an inset of this one panel. Click on the full-size drawing to open a 400dpi 7MG file...as in, it takes a minute. There are scenes of battles, crucifictions, car shows, Roman architecture, a balloon show, jousting matches, hidden faces and bodies, and on. This is roughly 1/14th of the full drawing. When viewed from across the room, the image is of a hand covering a face with a single eye looking between the fingers. See the full shot at www.theepicface.blogspot.com

HOW SMALL IS SMALL?

While many of my creations are over 80 feet tall, my true forte' is drawing in near-microscopic dimensions. The pencil rendering above is only 5" in height, and the eye of the dragon measures 1/16". Floating around the dragon are hundreds of fairies, some of which are 1/64" tall. I don't need a magnifier to achieve these results. It's an eye-to-hand coordination thing, and I'm basically drawing blind.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

THEY NEED IT FOR ALL THEIR FREAKIN' AWARDS...

GoDaddy asked for a trophy cabinet for their plethora of awards. Say "plethora"? Plethora! We produced a chrome-finished structure with swinging glass doors, neon-plex shelves, interior LED lighting, and a push-thru backlit logo. This was a project made in Heaven: great client, great fun, and a final product that surpassed all our expectations. My shoulder hurts from patting myself on the back.

Monday, June 9, 2008

TRENDSETTING IN A CONSERVATIVE MODE...

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I think the trendsetting for this new shopping center is the clean lines and lack of foo-foo add-on architectural crap. The design by Noack-Little arcitects looks like a feature in Architecture Today, rather than Strip-Mall Roundup. They supplied a drawing I suspect came from the client's 10th-grade high school art student. Very colloquial execution, and a fairly simple design, as are the building designs. And simple is good.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Under wraps


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