Well, just in case it wasn’t clear from the post title: Happy New Year 2015! 2014 was full of new realizations and challenges, and I’m hoping that 2015 blows that out of the water. I’m going to have to remind myself that big plans require big actions. Good luck to everyone this year!
I really love process videos because everybody has a different way of getting the same kind of work done. Kris Anka, a comic book artist and (maybe?) writer draws a warm-up sketch of Marvel’s X-Man Emma Frost and it turns out pretty fine.
A multi-angled project I’ve been working on between jobs has been the identity and establishment of Croskey Manufacturing Corporation. It’s, in short, a provider of custom wrought ironwork and hardware manufacturer that’s been around since the early 20th century. I’m proud of it on many levels: not only was it an opportunity to cut loose and just do some basic logo designing, it was a chance to do some research and exercise some skills. The good news is that I’m getting to some points where I can start showing off the work, which is exciting.
Working on this project built a world that turned out to be much bigger and detailed than I’d planned, and thankfully keeps my skills up. Remember this post? It’s a map of the fictional world Croskey resides in, built in Illustrator. That portrait of Mr. Croskey was a quick sketch in Manga Studio 5. The company will have a basic identity built in InDesign and, I’m very happy to report, some CG interpretations of the logo constructed in Blender. Motion graphics are definitely a plan for the future, but I’m keeping things simple for now.
I’m hoping to roll out much of the work on this before 2014 is over, so here’s hoping.