Hindsight is 2020

Trump/Anti-Trump poster for 2020

Trump/Anti-Trump poster for 2020

I guess we’ll see…

This is just a little fun with Illustrator and some Photoshop. If you’re interested in a large vector copy; you know, as an art lover, give me a shout.

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[Monitor] Stand by Me

Monitor stand with Lady Mechanika comic decoupage

I made this monitor stand for my day job so that I could hide my Wacom tablet underneath until needed. My first attempt was on pine and so of course it warped. [duh]. This one is plywood with rounded corners and more decoupage with my current  fav’  –  ‘Lady Mechanica’ by Joe Benitez

I always buy several extra copies so I could do stuff like this. Some would say sacrilege! but having read and owned literally thousands of comics over the decades, I hate hiding them in boxes. This stuff is meant to be  appreciated and my admired.

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L’il boxes, tiny boxes

Decoupage

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I’ve found making comic art boxes to be quite relaxing lately, but I’ve become a little obsessed . I’ve actually made a dozen or so, but end up giving them away. People like them, but producing one box is rather expensive, so not sure how long this additional hobby is going to last or where I’m going to put them all.

I tried varnish, but actually have had some reasonable results with “Mod Podge”. The secret seems to be pre-treating the surface and lots of light sanding between coats followed by quick application on the wooden surface. I do all the surfaces so the boxes can be displayed from any direction.

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The plumber’s house always has leaky pipes

my logo

I’ve tried scatchin’ my initials into work for years, but only recently came up with this mashup that I can, at least temporarily, be at peace with. Roughly styled on the Greek ‘Phi’. Now onto new biz cards.

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A Holiday Gif to All

Happy Holidays from CREA Café

See the animated gif at https://giphy.com/gifs/cafe2015xmas-26tP2k7YRIkxsGD0k

Happy holidays to all and the best wishes for a prosperous 2016.

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An oldie but a goodie

Garbage In Garbage Out

See the animated gif at https://giphy.com/gifs/gigo-garbage-in-out-26tP3zezL570S46qs

This animated gif was made several years ago for a client for a PowerPoint slideshow. When I put it on my old web site I actually got several hits and people from the US and England asked if they could use it. Well by all means, please do. And if anybody out there is looking to use it, go ahead and get the link from the giphy address, just drop me an email and mention your country. I’d kind of like to map its progress.

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Happy Anniversary

25th anniversary script

An old friend had a big anniversary and wanted a crest for a silver jewellery box and this is what we settled on to have engraved. It’s an Illustrator calligraphy brush tip for their initials and the years in a simple sans typeface (Benton).

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A collection of some of my Infographics

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The last couple of years, infographics have captured the attention of marketers and designers alike. This has been quite the learning curve. I’ve tried to include some form of graphic action into mine, whether from image, texture or text, it is simply directing of the eye to convey the message.
It’s a tricky thing and I sometimes wish I could go back and readdress the scale of the images or weight of the text, but really, you have one shot. The numbers have changed the moment you publish and it’s time to completely start again.
Sometimes it’s faster to convey an idea by image. People don’t always read the message as much as get the feeling of the message’s importance. The colours have to be carefully chosen to blend with or avoid politics.
The quick impression and the visual adhesion of the concept to the viewer are fleeting. You have a fraction of a second to grab the attention of the viewer, if they even come across your message aside the thousands of images we see every day.
The infographic is a summation of ideas and numbers into a quick sale to a fickle and fleeting public.

[click image to view gallery]

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Illustrating Housing for Fun and Profile

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On the marketing site, CREA.ca, is my montage of various houses from across Canada. It was an interesting exercise. Besides the vectored houses and buildings, I even pushed the trees into vector, then back to Photoshop to crisp the edges and colours. The trees reflecting in the windows added to the realism.The diminishing colour contrast gives the depth. I’m hoping I can work on the next version for the next update, with a little more time for composition. It was a mad rush to get this one done.

[as always, click on the image to see a larger version]

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The Real Estate of Things

I do work for The Canadian Real Estate Association doing web and sometimes I get to do my illustrator thing.

Mostly Illustrator vectoring buildings the with some Photoshop to fade and blend, I work the pieces into shape and then into place. The maps were all redrawn in vector to allow for easy perspective adjustments as smart objects in Photoshop assembly. This one is no longer used, but was on the footer of the realtor.ca site for a couple of years. It repeated along the bottom edge to allow for larger screens. It was dropped with the new 6.0 version of REALTOR.ca, but had over 2 years of exposure.

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It was re-purposed for a blog on the NEWS2Me newsletter, entitled “Let it Shine”, with glowing pushpins.

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