Today, people have access to more information and more resources than ever before in the history of mankind. For that reason, if you want to be heard among the sea of voices, it's not just about what you have to say, but how you choose to say it. Here's my story of process on various projects I've complete:.
Comic Book Art
Drawing comic book characters has been a hobby since junior high. I always start with some rough, small sketches before moving to full-size pieces of Strathmore Board. I've found this type of paper holds up well to eraser marks and absorbs ink better. I create a full-size rendering with blue line pencil, then use a thick Sharpie so I can transfer to my final board with a light table - where I start the process again with finer details. Blue pencil, light lead, then ink. I scan the piece and utilize Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to cleanup the lines, add color lighting effects, and text if it needs it.
A logo is the face of a company, so it needs to tell all the important things as quickly as it can. It needs to be recognizable and every aspect of it, from line weight to color choices, can subliminally express your company's values. I always start with pencil and paper. Like a smitten teenage girl, I write the company name a few dozen times to kickstart my imagination. I begin to draw images and symbols that express the values the company has expressed to me. Once I have one or two ideas that seem heavy, I head to the computer and begin to solidify the lines and refine the logos. I then send a few ideas to the client to choose from, we refine their favorite one and BOOM! We have an amazing logo that people can be proud of for years to come.
Instruction sheets may seem like a very mechanical and uncreative process, but it takes the abilities of foresight, problem-solving, and creative communication to deliver a solid instruction sheet for a product. As always, I start with pencil and paper. I discover the best perspective to showcase a product so we don't have to duplicate too much artwork. I then try and work on symbols and icons to cut down on the copy. Instructions that need no copy are best because they can be sent all over the world and it keeps from muddying the waters. After I finish the layout, I get a picture or 3D model of the product and start laying out the shot. I transfer the image into Adobe Illustrator, bring down the opacity, run my lines, add symbols, fuss with the spacing and then, just like that, we have a very simple instruction sheet!
Just as necessity is the mother of invention, content and purpose dictate illustration. I like to start with pencil and paper, and work out the lines and perspective in a quick medium. Then I move directly to a digital art tablet. I enjoy finalizing in Adobe Illustrator because the lines turn out incredibly crisp and clean. Illustrator also allows me to output the illustrations as vector files so I can use the same file for business cards to billboards without losing quality.
Construction and Room Design
There is a sacred connection we have with our surroundings that I believe most people do not understand, or are even aware of. We make thousands of calculations in our brain based off the input from our environment. The light, colors, sounds, textures, temperature, reverberations, and even the negative space can affect us in ways we may not be aware of. One of my hobbies is creating such spaces when I have the opportunity. Over the course of several months, through blood, sweat, and tears, I designed and built the youth room for Grace Chapel in Wilsonville, OR. I wanted a room everyone could fit in together, with pockets providing privacy people when needed. I handcrafted the tables and chairs for, and decorated the interior with specific colors, textures, and pictures of local schools to create a sense of community.