Posts Tagged 'Process'

One Year Later—Back to the Beginning

One year ago today marked the very first post on our blog, Art Behind the Fridge. It is hard to believe that this fun side project, started as an alternative to just doing projects for school, has gone on for a full year now. With this new school quarter starting, and graduation approaching for both of us this summer, I realize that this “fun project” has become a huge part of the college experience for us. I have found, over the course of this year, the blog to be about fun, friendship and simply doing what it is that we love to do. Thanks to everyone we have connected to along the way so far.

Now, one year later it seems that we have revisited right where we started—a suiting way to kick off another year. The last week of school before the holiday break, we got the opportunity to do another environmental illustration on the large window area of the store at our school, The Art Institute of Jacksonville. Where the first time around I believe it took us a couple of weeks to complete, this time we did it in the span of six hours. Looking at if from the front, I did the left side and Nick did the right side.

Sara Basse was awesome enough to photo document the experience and compile it into this time lapsed video.
(sorry, for some reason I cannot embed the video.. but please click the link and check it out)

Following the video we came in and added some color to the scene. If you happen to be visiting the school, stop by the student store and check it out.



Process: Wolf Man Dan Handmade to Digital

Kicking off the month of July, shortly before making my way to Atlanta for 311 live on the 4th of July, I wanted to put out another “Process” post—the first being Sophisticated Jazz Monkey a few posts back. This time around is a little bit different. Where before I took something and worked digitally early on in the process, this time digital it the final process and the more traditional approach is the workup.


The final composition is one of the advantages to creating illustrated characters digitally: one can take different aspects, make adjustments, and change overall scale for a number of different applications.


The fully digital recreation was done using Adobe Illustrator CS3 with different layers making up the character, the clothes, and the color. Notice that the final digital version has had some tweaks and adjustments compared to the original drawing—the main benefit of this process. Characters such as this seem to work stronger in a clean digital format.


Going from the original to the digital, I first used a transparent overlay to trace out the line work I would need to then scan and trace over with the pen tool. Doing this gave complete control of line weight, depth, etc. where using a default stroke does not.


Here again is the original/starting point for this process post.

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