Thursday, November 8, 2012

Does your carpet match your Draper?

Okay, I know I have been negligent of my blog as of late. But for those of you who are fans of me and the show MadMen here is a little Don Draper tribute. Trying to draw more celebrities and build up a portfolio to send to potential editorial illustration jobs. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hello All,

Just wanted to show you a little brochure I've almost completed for the Monterey County Water Re-Use Council. Not only does his brochure explain the procedure by which to obtain re-usable water, it also exclaims the benefits of using said water and has graphics drawn by IsaacsInk! It is awesome and should be available soon to Monterey County Residents! If you or your company need any brochures for upcoming events or advertising give us a call.

Thanks for reading and we hope to hear from you!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Logo Design

Hello Readers!

So I was asked to do a logo with the following specs:

  • Theme of Connection
  • Letters S and B, in that order.
  • Clean

So informative, right? Now here is where I and you should ask all sorts of other questions like: Who is your audience? What does the S and B stand for? What kind of Connection, human, electrical, mechanical? And anything else that pops into your head. And based on these answers maybe even question them further.  The more understanding you have about your client the better and sometimes its not as easy as looking them up on the Internet. In this specific situation I was contracted through another company who dealt primarily with small local businesses. So I thought this must be a logo for them. So I forgot one of the first rules of design which is, "Do your research!" And now I will briefly and possibly unwillingly drag you down the path of what I actually did.

First idea:

I decided to go with a Lego inspired typeface, which definitely, at least in my head, addressed the theme of Connection and was surprisingly versatile in creating letters.

However I noticed 3 things almost immediately. It was definitely not clean. It as pretty hard to read and when I tried to do the two letters I had to incorporate it looked downright ugly.

This didn't however discourage me from the Lego theme. Maybe it is my love for the tiny imagination building toys or pure stubbornness but I continued with the Lego theme just at a 3/4 view.
So you might be thinking, "Yeesh! Really this guy designs stuff professionally?" And honestly looking back at this, I too am kind of wondering, 'what made me believe this could work?' But let me get on my high horse and say, design is an iterative process and so is creativity. Every idea or sketch can foster another idea or thought and if we don't 'put down' the crappy ones, the good ones, right behind them, may never come up. So back to the path I'm dragging you on. This one was okay, still connected, slightly more legible but again, clean, it was not. So with a little tweaking the next more amazing iteration was born!

Yeah, yeah, I know not much different, but if you've read this far, it got you to continue reading, right? Hello...? Anyway, with a little contrast in colors and the extrication of those now really annoying Lego bumps, we have a decent looking logo. I might have submitted this too had I not had a bit of an epiphany. I thought to myself, 'Self, it looks a little unbalanced as if the S will just fall right out,' and that was probably true. Without the Lego bumps holding everything together the piece would not work physically. Not to say that every Logo needs to respect the laws of physics but in this case I had a feeling it did. So this 'feeling' took me back to the sketchpad and I wound up changing the colors a bit, getting rid of the internal border and adding an offset external surrounding stroke and rotating the S, 90 degrees. With the following result:

Ta Dah! I liked it and I feel like I would have never come to this result without the trials and errors of the previous ones. I also felt like it addressed all the specs given to me by the client and I slapped a background on it and sent it off.

Turned out they went with another one of my ideas and not this one but hey, "thems is the breaks."

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Cake Central: Working with InDesign

Cake Central is a real magazine and it would be a thrill for me to work with them. Here is a layout I made with the hopes of securing an interview.

Thanks for reading and please Cake Central, think of me for the open position.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

7 of 40: One Direction

"What Makes You Beautiful" might be one of the worst songs I've ever been caught singing. With a Hansen Brother's kinda of tune this song just might epitomize what is wrong with pop music today. I told myself I would do these drawings no matter how much I enjoyed or disliked the band so here it is. Basically the producers of one direction have distinguished each of these cookie cutter boys with a fancy haircut so that is all that separates them in my image as well. Seeing if the graphic design works for these, I'm not convinced, but also not totally ashamed of it. Scheduling is hard as I am posting this a little before midnight but I am sure to get this schedule right soon.

Monday, June 25, 2012

6 of 40: Rhianna

Its getting harder and harder to get these done but even though I might have taken a bit of a short cut here, I think it turned out well.  Kind of a far cry from some of the others but I am pleased with the results.  Not a huge fan of the song this represents "Where Have you Been." It's pretty repetitive and my picture is apropos. Ha! I kill me.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

5 of 40: Katy Perry

Had to go to class today so this had to wait until I got home.  I will say I looked at one video of her performing "Wide Awake," which this is supposed to represent, at some musical awards show and got this idea from her performance. Doesn't look anything like her but I will say it pleasantly reminds me of vintage alcohol posters. To be on time I need to publish this by midnight so I will spend very little time on the post. Night!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

4 of 40: Fun. & Janelle Monae

"We are Young." I love this song and actually it has fallen one slot to Katy Perry's, "Wide Awake," since I drew this last night. Nate Ruess is the lead vocals for Fun. and Janelle Monae adds a beautiful etherial melody to this anthem for todays youth. I thought if I completely ignore the other members of Fun. for simplicity sake, Nate and Janelle are equally at the heart of why I enjoy this song. So they share center (1/2 and 1/2) stage in my drawing. The picture is a bit freakish together but if you cover one side of the screen then the other, you actually can get a good sense of their likenesses. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

3 of 40: Adam Levine and Wiz Khalifa

You can deny the catchiness of this song but why bother.  I know this is just another case of two musicians cashing in on the success of each other but does that really matter when I am singing their high falsetto hooks at the top of my lungs in the shower? Sadly, the answer is no. I am pretty happy with the two likenesses here, granted Levine kinda looks like an anime character, but the tattoos are pretty fun and I believe respectable facsimiles of the real things.  The song is called "Payphone" so I totally stretched my imagination an placed them in a phone booth, BRILLIANT! I gotta work on being more creative with my ideas and these solid-ish background although easy and speedy to do are gonna get old real fast. Thanks for reading!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

2 of 40: Gotye and Kimbra

It's only day two but I am already bored of the microphone pose so I think I will not do that for the next one or any after that (don't quote me on that).  I've set myself up with a little schedule for doing these.  It requires a little better time management in the morning and a dedication to not go to bed too late at night, which isn't working out too well yet.  "Somebody that I used to know" is number 2 on the US top 40 as of yesterday and it happens to me one of my favorite songs. Happy with the color on here, not super thrilled with her pose or their likenesses. Well I guess that is what practice is for.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

1st of 40: Carley Rae Jepsen

In an effort to keep my creative juices flowing after coming back from ICON7 in Providence, Rhode Island. I have decided to do a drawing a day for 40 days. Now as most of you know this can be very daunting task to keep up but I believe by setting this goal for myself I will keep my hand in the game and hopefully improve my "famous people" drawing skills. For this challenge I have decided to do the US Billboard top 40 which this day just happens to be a woman by the name of Carley Rae Jepsen who is blowing up the charts with her bubble gum pop song, "Call me Maybe"