DOODLE ART Connections

Illustration by Gary Crossey

Circle & Lines

I still don’t understand why my studio went without a scanner for any length of time. I am such a scanner fan. I love how I can capture different stages of a drawing. Often the steps toward the end images can create unusual patterns – that may not be as present in a later stage of the design process.

Digital Illustration

Repeating and position the copies in a circle motion. The overlapping design forms a large hexagon pattern.

By Gary Crossey

Circle and lines by Gary Crossey Graphic DesignerPattern created by Graphic Designer Gary Crossey (Asheville).

Hand Drawn Illustrations

Doodle Art – Ink Illustrations.

I always like drawing with ink. It was until discovering Aubrey Beardsley (1984) that I became a huge enthusiast. (2017) Many of my design inspirations still pull from Beardsley’s influence.The illustrations tend to work best for me when they have a resistance to color.

The starkness of the Black and White hand drawn illustrations always interests me. Hand-drawn ink illustrations reach into a moment. Long enough to create an interpretation. There are no redos. Each line is a commitment.

Doodle art by Graphic designer Gary Crossey

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Read my MINDFUL DOODLES Publication

ILLUSTRATION Story Book

Book Design by Irishguy Design Studio Asheville

Book Cover Design

The story of Vida and Murphy is an old one. I called on my friend Vivian to compose a short story

(without warning or time to work on the story).

COVER: The cover sets the tone for the book. Blue Watercolors with painful typesetting. The typesetting is so bad that I completely love it.

  • The scan of print-out does not capture the texture of the stage. The scene created with circular paper cut outs pieced together.
  • Both drawings of Vida were cut out of paper and wrapped with arrows. The background is watercolor with tulips.
  • The Vida portrait with single red tulip is to me the most important image of the story.

STORYBOOK MATERIALS

  • Watercolors.
  • Paper cutouts.
  • Character sketches.

Illustration By Gary Crossey

Illustration By Gary Crossey

Illustration By Gary Crossey

Illustration By Gary Crossey

Illustration By Gary Crossey

Illustration By Gary Crossey

Illustration By Gary Crossey

Illustration By Gary Crossey

Illustration By Gary Crossey

Illustration By Gary Crossey

Illustration By Gary Crossey

Illustration By Gary Crossey

Illustration By Gary Crossey

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ANIMATION: Sky GIF

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Sky../ Journey

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Photographs of leaving Ireland. The photos were later pieced together in Photoshop to create a short string of motion.

The idea of jumping on a plane, and heading off. All quite easy to do.

But sometimes those plane flights are different. Sometimes, they only go one way. The homeward bound flight when a home is away from home. That is this flight. The flight when I left Ireland. The animated GIF’s capture and repeat forever that moment – the moment I left.

Like most days in Ireland, the sky is low and heavy with clouds. The dense darkness engulfs a few of the frames.  Clouds so thick they block the light, leaving you in darkness.

Photography by Gary Crossey

Above the Clouds

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Plane Wing

Animation by Gary Crossey - Plane WIng

Plane On Roadway

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Above the cloud Stop-frame Animation

BLOG: How to create a logo

AI-Rough-Sketch-LogoWhen creating a logo – the process can be very different from one client to the next. Often the clients expectations and lack of experience can account for the varied design processes.

Designing a Logo for a Brand

Given my client pool, I am lucky to work with creative people. I surround myself with skillful and creative types that are seldom wrong when it comes to the principles of visual composition.

When clients come to me for graphic design services – they often have the design concept and brand philosophy developed. At which time – my role as the graphic designer is defined. I am there to ensure that the logo renders correctly and is aesthetically pleasing – while reaching the project design objective.

Designing the logo for a Brand. That’s the natural Logo Design approach. The conceptual developmental of the Brand is complete. The visual logo simply needs to acquire the right personality.

And the Rough Sketches can quickly move into refined ideas.

Designing a Logo without a Brand

Yes, I know – as a graphic designer we should never let this happen. But it does. Maybe you like the business idea or the client is refreshing, or you just feel like giving someone a break. Whatever the reason – you allow the client to move forward to the design process, without a brand. With the idea of working backward to establish the brand philosophy.

The difference between the old client and the newbie is that the experienced have structured their thoughts into a formatted project plan. The other client this has the ideas in their head. It isn’t that they don’t know – they just have never been asked before. And so the process begins.

From Logo to Brand

For most of the world, the role of Branding and Logo Design is confusing. The experienced graphic designer understands that the Brand is the business reputation – the business equity – built upon reliable products and reliable service.

The Logo Design – while the logo is the first visual component of the branding process. The logo does not stand alone to create or maintain the business values and customer loyalty.

For more information on how to build a strong, loyal brand – read my blog BUILDING A BRAND.

Creating a logo without a brand is not an ideal approach. But, as many graphic designers understand – especially those graphic designers that work with start-ups. You as the designer may be the first person in the world to ask your clients about their business goals.

Your Graphic Designer is the only person who cares to ask you branding questions

Be honest, no-one else is interested in our work ideas. People are not stopping me in the street and asked about my yearly business goals, or what I hope to achieve ten years from now. No one cares about my moral stands. I do however get stopped in the grocery store to answer computer tech and design questions. Which is typically fine, expect when selecting toilet rolls – that I like to do alone.

Building the Brand backward

The logo creating begins. In this case, the client was more visual that conceptual.

Early Logo Roughs

Get the design ball rolling with simple sketches.

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GRAPHIC DESIGN: CD Cover Design

Pour Myself a Cup of Ambition

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CD Cover Design
CD Cover Design by Gary Crossey

Tech Choices

CD Cover Design created for a CoffeeTime Project. Now, back by popular request. With an updated Spotify playlist of 45 coffee related sounds. The CD cover is Low-Res webcam photography. The artwork images are tiny. I created the checkerboard design on the front because the photos couldn’t get much bigger without becoming entirely pixelated. There was something satisfying about working within the limitations of digital art.

Artwork Choices

The low-res quality of the image had personal appeal. Being blind in one eye, I connected. Tech was able to express my view of the world. The portrait of myself captures my visual field. With the dominant eye visible while the other not. The portrait photography mirrors from a prior painting with the same composition.

Pour Myself a Cup of Ambition

Created while at design school – engaging my future as a visual artist – with one eye.

Package Design – CD Cover

Pour yourself a Cup of Ambition 

The coffee inspired CD release. First created in 2001 with  coffee related songs. I designed the CD cover and arranged the music – each CD came with a small bag of coffee (enough to make one pot).

Fast Forward to 2015 – and Pour yourself a cup of ambition is now a Spotify playlist. Brew some coffee and enjoy.

ARTWORK: Asheville Building

Asheville Flatiron Building

I am a big fan of the Asheville Flatiron building. The buildings placement in downtown Asheville creates a strong presence.

Illustration - Asheville Flatiron Building

I drew the Asheville Flatiron Building illustration for a retail website. I created the graphic in vector, making the images fully scalable.

Graphic posted on the Native Ireland Website, Print Ads, and Publications.

Flatiron Building Asheville Illustration by Gary Crossey

MOTION GRAPHICS Frame-by-Frame

Frame-by-Frame Animation

Spinning Head GIF Animation

GIF Animation

Longer GIF Animation of Spinning Head

Animation created frame-by-frame using Photoshop.

Animation by Gary Crossey

Frame-by-Frame Special Effect

Creating special effects frame-by-frame is not the norm. Most graphic designers and video editors would turn to Adobe After Effects. And, yes, I too love working with Adobe After Effects. However, as an experienced After Effects user, I understand the limits. I know what I want a particular look I need to do it myself.

Animation frame-by-frame by Asheville IrishGUy

PACKAGE DESIGN: Box Design

Asheville Package Design Prototype

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Asheville Package Design Prototype

The fundamental concept for the Fruit Bytes Package Design prototype was to help the end user organize their digital media by color sorting. Each color represented a fruit of the same color. 

 

Asheville Package Design Prototype

 

The fundamental concept for the Fruit Bytes Package Design prototype was to help the end user organize their digital media by color sorting. Each color represented a fruit of the same color. 

GRAPHIC DESIGN: Organize with Colors 

  • Red - Strawberry.
  • Yellow - Lemon. 
  • Orange - Orange. 
  • Green - Cucumber. 

During testing end users reported that they enjoyed the bright cheerful graphics. The overall impression was that most computer related accessories were dull and uninspiring. 

The Fruit Bytes product line proved to be user friendly (and likes) as the discs that was easy to find, visual to organize, and something the the user could keep track of without losing.

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Page layout by IrishGuy Gary Crossey

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Asheville Package Design Prototype

 Package Design

Package Design

Package Design by Graphic Designer Gary Crossey

PHOTOGRAPHY Abstract

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Red by Gary Crossey

 

Checker

I am building a theme in the simple to follow naming of this collection of photography. With Checkered Floor, I photographed a public building in the center of Belfast. As a child, I stood outside this building a million times. Embarking on a bus to any direction of Belfast.

As an adult, I entered the building and discover Checkered Floors. After talking with my family and friends – none of them had ever gone inside the building. But, in their mind, they all had an idea of what they expected to see. It was not checkered floors. I then made “Checker” with fragments of different photos – each representing might think of the ground when they know it is just a checkered floor.

Abstract Photography by Gary Crossey

Every Day Art

Photography by Gary Crossey

Red Curves

Red with patterns – hard for me to resist photographing.

Abstract Photography by Gary Crossey

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WEB DESIGN: Early Website Design

It is crazy to think now that the internet arrived with limitations. I began building the business website when everyone connected to the internet via dial-up.

The early days of the web and web design presented a set of design considerations.  File size and page loading times were a huge dilemma. Bottle-necking was a thing – best avoided.

Early HTML Website Design

The Crosseyed Graphics Website Design launched 1998. The site was published a year before my University included on their marketing brochure that they had an internet connection.

A portal site at heart. The website includes photo galleries.

Here is the first gallery as an animated gif. Featuring some of my very early graphic design work for Tasty Tim and design ideas for Mark Moore.

Asheville website design example of early gallery

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ILLUSTRATION Early Digital Art

Early Digital Art by Gary Crossey

Spaceman

Spacement created with Photoshop.

There was something special about creating this piece of digital art. It was the first art piece that I created without having to think about the digital tools. During the process of drawing Spaceman – I felt that I had grasped Photoshop.

I knew then that I was embarking on a new journey of creativity.

TV Set

TV Set

TV Set began the process of combing my photography with digital images. My interest at the time was to create website interfaces – which in the late 90’s had a dull plastic texture. TV Set is the beginning of the plastic period.

My primary color selections have not changed much over the years. The blood red is typically an overwhelming aspect of my design work.

As an artist, I do like to think that I move in and out of visual trends. Letting my imagination and experience to provide me with new insight and visual expressions. And that my visual expressions reflect my values that have been matured rather than being innate.  The blood red is my inherent nature – it was there are the beginning.

Illustration – Windows & Arch

Early Graphic Design by Gary Crossey

Early digital art by designer Gary Crossey

Design by graphic designer Gary Crossey

Early Digital Art by Graphic Desinger Gary Crossey