2017 was a big year for both myself and my wife, both of us working towards our careers, trying to assess our place in this town and how we can possibly make extra money doing what we want to do. With that being said, this year of 2018 is looking to be even better, us both having multiple clients in our respective fields – expanding our experiences and knowledge – and we are determined to keep up the momentum we have created. Even though both of our projected careers are a bit different from one another, we are compelled to help one another succeed!
What you see above was my attempt at helping my wife, yet again. She was tasked by one of her clients to write a white research paper to summarize the history of artificial intelligence, and to weigh the pros and cons of implementing such an amazing technology into other mediums and uses. Like with most papers of that kind, she also had to have some custom graphics donning some of the pages (like bar graphs and other images), so she came to me hoping I would be able to come up with something simple and impactful for the front page of her report. I did some menial research into how AI is perceived through the lens of us humans, and decided to go through with recreating a consistent design I kept seeing through my searches: an artificial brain, of sorts.
Once I created several different styles, I stuck with one of them, and then decided to create different variations of what I, and my wife, had deemed to be appropriate. The three different iterations you see above are the best of the best I had created, and we eventually decided upon the graphic farthest to the right (the one with the pinky, squishy brain, compared to the more mechanical and/or colorful versions). I love helping clients create magic, but I cherish helping my love even more so; we are in this together, and we shall pierce the heavens with our endeavors!
For the second task from my KFTC-brand client, I was to take an old image he had of a character from a 1980’s show created in Chili, South America – a picture that was not in great shape, mind you – and bring it back to life through Illustrator After a couple of tries and techniques (since this was a somewhat new job for me to do), and a couple of meetings with him, we decided upon this version, trying to preserve the character’s style and “power,” but also keeping a consistent sense of crass punk and impact through simplicity.
I assume he will be putting this image on stickers, maybe even mugs or whatnot, which should show up nicely on any backdrop (considering the transparent version seen here also seems to stand out well with any tone of color behind it).
Further venturing into freelancing (of at least the graphic design variety), I was tasked by an old friend to draw some mock-ups of a character he was wanting to streamline into a clothing and sticker brand. Sticking to the demographic of the counter-culture people – or even those who like a little naughty in their nice, occasionally – he wanted “Trippy the Hippie” to encompass the lifestyle of a revolutionary pot-smoker, in which I feel I did just that.
I ended up taking some already drawn pictures of Calvin off of the internet, slapped them in Photoshop, and for the first time I grasped my drawing tablet pen, and began to trace over what I had. I eventually found myself editing them in two slightly different ways; with different head hair, facial hair, and other small details – and the end results came out way better than I had expected (considering I don’t tend to do too well with “traditional” drawing methods, hence why I love Photoshop and Illustrator!).