Digital Illustration Flower Wreath. Illustration work often has a mind of it’s own. At the start there might be some sort of direction to go – but once the pen and ink make a true connection with the page. That’s when the story begins – and the parts of the illustration begin to appear. Just as the illustration can begin suddenly the end of an illustration can end as abruptly.
For my Floral design I did three different approaches to get the style I was after.
Doodles have been an active aspect of my design work for as long as I recall. I never talk on the phone without creating some detailed doodle. Often the doodle knows more about that phone conversation than I do.
Recently, my doodles are about creating patterns. Plants are a great example of replicating
2018 Reconnect with Paper
2018 is the year to step AWAY from the computer (yes I said that – doesn’t mean I will do it for long – but when I do I Ink & Pen). What I enjoy about drawing with ink is that I can not undo my mistakes. The ink mark is final.
Sometimes the lines are perfect, and other times they are not.
I learn more from the lines that are not correct.
The incorrect lines relate all the aspects of why one line on the paper is not as well-done as another line on the paper.
The Perfect Line
The perfect line transfers down your arm, you sense it.
You feel the correct order of the “world” when you draw the right line.
I’ve had the experience a few times, the rest of the time I try.
Who doesn’t enjoy creating fun comic strip illustrations?
Asheville Dental Care always has fresh ideas, and are interested in connecting with their patients. As their graphic designer and website developer, I get to immerse myself into their website content. And what is so fascinating, my idea of modern dentistry was completely off. Believe it, dentistry has evolved, and in many cases is now pain-free.
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.
Repeating and position the copies in a circle motion. The overlapping design forms a large hexagon pattern.
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.
I began by modeling of the icons. Once I had my 3D design together, I created the lighting system with silver and gold lights to heighten the metal texture.
I did experiment will rotating the icons – though settled for a front on view with the 3D displayed as the depth to the icon.
I began the design process by modeling the icons in 3D. Once I had my 3D design together, I created the lighting system with silver and gold lights to heighten the metal texture. I did experiment will rotating the icons – though settled for a front on view with the 3D displayed as the depth to the icon.
With the expectation of the Interface Icon, the artwork was simple outlines then extruded to 3D.
Icon – Disc
Icon – Eye
Icon – Mouse
Icon – Interface
For the interface icon, I extend the 3D style by including tall handles.
Doodle Art inspired by a phone call from a friend. The beginning sketch (below) centers on the brightest, fullest sunflower (you have to imagine your own yellow). What makes doodle art interesting is that often the patterns created take on an element of math.
The Phone Call doodle echoes the number 6.
The design elements either double to 12 items or reduce to 3 design elements.
The design has six main sections, which content central design elements of six dots, three on either side. With 3 dots leading out of each division, to be greeted with a 3 stack column. Most (but not all) of the shell-fanning are groups of 12.
The final part of the math is to divide the largest of the echoed numbers 12, by the lowest echoed number 3. 12 / 3 = 4. Creates the format that the design reaches out to four panels, while also growing out of groups of four shell-fans that bands around the Sunflower.
I designed the Red Hoop images for a manufacturing awards event. Included on this page are 4 or the 30 images created.
The cropped images express the close relationships that parts of the manufacturing community overlap and rely upon. The Full View of Red Hoops represents that local Asheville manufacturing community. Toward the center of the infographic - the overlapping is dense. The relationships are more engaged. The engagement level reduces as you move to the edges of the infographic.
Infographic for Asheville Award Presentation
RED Hoops series of infographics installation. EVENT: Asheville Chamber of Commerce Award Presentation.
The opening of Cheap Joes Art Supplies in Asheville has inspired me to get back to basics. My basics consist of two design tools.
The power of doodles.
The captivation of photography.
I created the design work for The Three Little Pigs for a Digital Storytelling Class. Not to waste a good doodle, I looked in my collection for a background image. Then quickly set about making my paper-cut-out house and a black sharpie.
The objective of the project is to demonstrate how easy and fast Adobe Slate is to publish content. The Three Little Pigs took an hour to create the scenes, edit the photos, and have published online.
Digitally Drawing by Gary Crossey. Created on the iPad 2 using Adobe Ideas.
Creating digital art with something other than the 'mouse' sounds ideal. However, after 15 years of learning how to draw with the mouse, I did find working with Adobe Ideas to be slow. It was fun. Somewhat steamless with Adobe Illustrator. For production work I would use Adobe Ideas for outline work. Complete the painting in Adobe Illustrator.
Was an AWESOME App - however, as of Fall 2014 Adobe have disconnected the support of Adobe Ideas.
Creating artwork on the iPad feels good. After 15 years of becoming a master of drawing with a mouse, I find myself back at the beginning. Drawing was my first desire.
Working within this 10 x 10 grid system - the outer blocks begin with nine strokes within each block, reducing down to one stroke by the center four blocks. The objective was not so much keeping within the lines, but rather how the hand to device was to translate. I like when the lines extend beyond the blocks. The spacing between the lines, changes. The light to dark, dark to light is easily controlled.
PROJECT SCOPE: Create a large poster to cover the windows of the art gallery.
Commissioned by AIU to hang the Gradation Art Show. I begin the project by designing the large window posters.
I drew the picture hook to emphasize the process of hanging the show. The show was coming – at that point much of the art was still in creation. There were only the hook and the walls.
The posters were printed on a large format plotter (think floorplans).
While the plotter could do an excellent job at printing large format – the color saturation is low. Ink costs were also a consideration. To offset printing costs, and to achieve the highest possible saturation I choose to use muted colors. The muted colors tended to have less printer banning (horizontal lines from too much ink that causes clogging).
The strange thing about a Gradation Art Show – there is often no work completed for the show – until the moment before the show opens. During the period of marketing the Art Show opening and Gallery Space – no-one quite knew what their last and final project would be. I managed the computer lab at the University – I had created a Portfolio Club – the work of which was featured in the Gradation show in the main Unversity Gallery.
Half the joke about the Laser Records illustrations is that when they were created records were surely disappearing. The larger record stored had all but closed. Record players were not selling, not alone “being the top bought Christmas gift for 2015”.
What song do you think would be best listened to on a laser record player?
Creating 3D art is special. Unable 2D art, you can’t doodle in 3D (and I do love to doodle).
In 3D you build. You begin with a blank screen and you begin to build. However, knowing how to build in 3D is where the art and creativity is most present.
3D requires careful planning and consideration. Similar to the process of a conceptual artist – all the ideas, questions, and concerns are answered prior to building.
The wonderful reward from 3D creations are the many views that one art piece can generate.
All 3D projects begin with a blank screen and an idea. For this project, I started with the sofa design. Modern, clean design, shape lines, and pointed metal feet. The metal carries to the tables, lighting fixtures, and mirror. Balancing the room with a red accent from the lamp and flower vase.
The only rendering of the room with the glass on the table. The glass was later removed to help balance the content on both tables to two items each.
I love the look of the glass top table. I did use Raytrace filter on the glass and metal surfaces. Which provides the surfaces with a reflectiveness. In the case of the glass top table, you can see how the light travels differently through the glass depending on the viewers angle.
The website design for Visual Propaganda changes with the user interaction. Animations load and respond to the user mouse movement. The site was developed with Flash (that is no longer supported by Apple) – here is a video sample of the animated interface.
The 3D character commissioned for a series of posters.
Much of my early design work is 3D – from personal projects to the design solutions I provided in art school. I often transferred 2D design projects into 3D renderings – with a sharp knife and a hot glue gun.
I can not recall when I started working with 3D software. I just remember the environment as being engaging. The X, Y, & Z makes perfect sense to me. Texture maps and masking – second nature. Also, the ability to light a 3D scene (I adapted my Photography Studio skills to create powerful lighting combinations).
Unlike, the photo studio, I feel like I have complete control over a 3D scene and character. I can fine tune every muscle. Adjust lighting. Make the unreal, real. While on the reverse – the 3D models may often render with that aspect of the artists steer visual control. 3D is not by chance; there are no accidents.
Hexagon Panels for an Annual Report Graphic Design Project.
Created vector graphics and 3D Studio Max, I assembled the panels.
3D TEXTURE The Hexagon covered with a metal blue texture map (that I created in Photoshop).
3D LIGHTING I illuminated the 3D scene with an array of soft to bright lights.
The mental texture and lighting made for an attractive graphic design element that had a significant influence on the design project. The Hexagon Panels appeared in an array of early 2000 graphic design projects. From annual reports, websites, posters, and banners – my 3D hexagons was there.
Prototype for Graphic Design Element
Animated User Interface panels from the early design process. The idea of having the hexagon expand out to create user experiences was the first active design decision. Tests for the animated prototypes were inadequate – which resulted in a more refined user-friendly navigation system.
Graphic Design Projects that the Hexagons are Featured:
Some 3D projects can be engulfing. The 3D Dice were everything I could think about for a few weeks. Inspired by the song “I’ve Never Been to Memphis” by Billie Ray Martin. With these two lines directing the look of the 3D Dice.
"So what's the use in rolling the dice when you already know how it's gonna fall"
"I wanna see Las Vegas lights, yeah laughing at the dark"
The dice have quite a bit of detail. Textured with a reflective glass, with glass tubes in the center. When animated, lights shone out of the holes in the numbers.
3D Render Farm
Rendering reflective glass in 3D takes forever – unless you know what you are doing. Props create render farms. For the dice, I built a community render farm by connecting over 100 computers to deal with rendering. Each computer would process one frame from the render queue. Even the slowest of computers could handle one frame – making the overall rendering tasks much faster and efficient. With the help of the render farm I was able to make tests runs on sections of footage without too much downtime.
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 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.