As part of my ongoing studies in Event Management, I’ve produced a few simple design pieces for assessments requiring event concepts and ideas. Above is a cover design for a midwinter arts initiative, and below are an identity and promotional display stand design for a sand sculpture competition. Both concepts feature some of my hand lettering and were completed in Adobe Illustrator.
Those few that have survived an encounter with an Alvaiser claim to have been generously granted a second chance at life, and speak earnestly of the tremendous awe and humility they felt during what is now commonly described as the ‘spirit judgement’ – a personal trial of the soul.
Alvaiser are supernatural woodland spirits, keenly watching all who venture into their forests. They are guardians and protectors of the natural world, seeking without compunction to redress the actions of human weakness and violence. They are primarily found in areas where trauma and death has affected the natural balance of the environment, and therefore take what is necessary to achieve the required equilibrium within their individual location.
Appearing in human form as beautiful semi-transparent goddesses, they float amongst the treetops, glowing majestically in flowing white gowns that separate into ribbons below their waist, where no further human form remains. Their long hair radiates a warm and enveloping heat, and their hands emit a vaporous blue energy that silently flashes with arcane potential.
All who gaze upon the Alvaiser find themselves stupefyingly transfixed and unable to turn away. Reaching down to touch the head of their target, they communicate solely through direct thoughts and images into the mind, prompting powerful sensations of extreme loss, confusion, and submission, and decisively searching the soul to determine a suitable sacrifice for their needs.
Victims of an encounter with an Alvaiser are never seen again – they magically cease to exist and no remains are ever found. Those who pass judgement however, continue on to live with a new appreciation for the world they share, and believe that their personal destiny is favourably altered forevermore.
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A potentially fatal encounter for travellers in my ongoing fantasy project Tales of Quahnarren. The Alvaiser are equally feared and respected, and feature heavily in the folklore and historic fables told across Quahnarren.
This illustration was created in both Painter and Photoshop, and is one of the enjoyable quicker pieces I’ve completed recently using a palette knife style. This image was initially produced in Painter, only in black & white, and then coloured and altered within Photoshop. This technique allows me to firstly concentrate solely on the complete composition, values, and contrast, before progressing on to determine a final colour palette, add/delete/alter any details and textures, and to fully develop the atmosphere I wish the subject and overall image to convey.
Below are a few small sections of the illustration showing the differences between an unfinished early black & white version, and the final coloured piece. The advantage for this particular image of using individual programs for separate stages of production, was the ability to work with a specific brush style within Painter, and then import that base art into Photoshop (a program I have considerably more experience in using), where I could easily add the required highlighting effects onto my existing art.
As part of this personal project I’ve been compiling various notes and descriptions of the people, creatures, historical events, customs, and spiritual beliefs of all those that play a significant role within this fantasy world, and will continue to produce new illustrations of a diverse selection of these elements as I move onwards in the creation of this world.
This is a very old illustration that I had left unfinished for many years – now finally completed, and still retaining the original pencil sketch that I rather liked way back then. The manga influence is obvious in both the character design and the final colouring, something that I was keen to explore as I developed my style and approach, specifically regarding digital illustration, during that period of time.
Propulsion started life simply as a musical composition project for me to experiment with in GarageBand, but then grew to include a supporting video clip and poster design. The song itself triggered a lot of imagery in my mind, particularly about motion, force and energy, so I felt quite compelled to go beyond just the tune itself and to make this a much larger venture than originally intended.
All of the space imagery and audio files are from NASA via the DVIDS (Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System) website, which allows anyone to create an account and freely download content for use.
The clip was produced in iMovie, with all of the various typographical elements created in Illustrator, and the images edited, altered and prepared in Photoshop. The poster and icon design captures all the impressive power and spectacle of a space launch, and is another Illustrator/Photoshop piece.
Have always had a genuine love for period graphics relating to the branding, promotion and advertising for rail transportation, and all the fascinating print paraphernalia that was produced during the major eras of rail travel. Above are the first few baggage labels I’ve finished from an ongoing series of designs that I intend to produce, each referencing the style of graphics seen during the 1900′s throughout the world’s railways.
These are all vector designs, originally created in Adobe Illustrator, then adjusted, realistically aged and weathered in Photoshop.
The latest addition for my Tales of Quahnarren illustrated series of stories. This piece has had a very long gestation period – effectively lost in development hell for quite some time as I remained undecided regarding the final tone and structure of the content.
My original intention was for the two characters to be the only focus in the illustration, but along the way I queried both the narrow vertical format and if I should add more detail (background and foreground) to broaden the visual appeal. Finally, after working on the guard over a couple of sessions, it was confirmed to me that the facial expressions, postures and the overall unspoken relationship between the two was the only real point of interest, and to add any further detailing was completely unnecessary to convey the story visually.
Illustrating Seeanthar naked is impactful as a storytelling device as it creates a strong visual tension and portrays her total exposure within the rules of her confinement. Also, by turning the guard’s head slightly, and leaving it open to interpretation as to whether he was stealing a look or not, I could capture the nature of her imprisonment and their particular personal situations.
Completed in Painter 12 and Photoshop Cs5.
Two new electronic instrumental songs, experimenting again with loops in GarageBand. See Between Stars for my previous first effort.
I sat on a park bench in the Adelaide Botanical Gardens yesterday morning, and produced a 2B pencil sketch of the wonderfully green and pleasant view. In the foreground is the pond of Nelumbo genus aquatic plants; N. nucifera – the sacred lotus. These lily-like plants produce very attractive pink and yellow flowers (see below) and feature highly distinctive seed pods. The leaves are also superhydrophobic, which means that they have high water repellence due to the architecture of their surface. This is also known as the lotus effect.
My pencil sketch was later scanned into Adobe Photoshop, and coloured using a custom watercolour brush.
A very quick brush pen sketch on Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper, scanned into Photoshop and digitally coloured with a watercolour brush. I’m thinking that she may be a paranormal investigator, clairvoyant or something similar; dealing with the mystery and unknowns of unexplained and spiritual matters.
My retro video games inspired Player Won designs are now available to purchase as t-shirts from my store at Society6. You’re guaranteed* to look stylish and cool wearing one of these!
*actual guarantee based on your own ‘cool’ factor. My powers are somewhat limited.