Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Well, as in the fable, the tortoise defeated the hare. I inked the figure and "shellmet", then I ran it through Streamline. Now Illustrator comes with a feature called Live Trace, which replaced Adobe's stand-alone app. known as Streamline.
I built the bike in Illustrator and left out a lot of details so that the eye would stay on that head after making the rounds.
The background is from a sandstone wall on Gooseberry Mesa, just East of my home in Southern Utah. I torqued the color in Photoshop.
The tortoise seemed to be the best choice since there is a regional tortoise preserve nearby that is well-known among outdoor enthusiasts and couch potatoes alike. It's beautiful country.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Character Sketch

This is a reject for an initial character-driven logo concept intended for a startup cyclery shop. We ended up going with something a little more aggressive and definitely more masculine. Not a bad initial design, just not as effective for the core demographic the store was/is targeting.

I like the S-rhythms I developed in the character. Had she made it into the final running, I would have developed some more dynamic costuming. You can't have Thumper's triathlete girlfriend competing in shabby spandex.