Some random ideas I had for illustrating some of the elements in the periodic table that I felt grouped together nicely into certain themes. I’ve always really liked chemistry and admire the periodic table for its organization and rules. But I really only understand it on a basic level, and like many projects I’ve worked on (including almost an entire year of my painting studies in college) I like to make illustrations and diagrams based on my interpretation of the parts that makes sense, or seem to be connected, typically in very unscientific ways. Just for fun.
Just a few pics I got from a day hike in Kings Canyon this April. Nature is a pretty place. I love the tall trees, the red bark, the mossy rocks and tree trunks, the fungus that look like they belong in the shire, and upturned tree trunks whose scraggly roots are exposed, still housing the rocks and earth they once grew around. We also ventured into an area where a controlled burn had gotten out of hand a few years back, leaving the landscape a little surreal in its wake.
I did it! I’ve made a parallax site. For anyone who hasn’t noticed, parallax has exploded in the last year (or less?). It is such a wonderful way to create layers, animation, and add a sense of depth to a web experience. I have just barely touched the tip of the iceberg with what I’ve created here – the potential to add even more transitions and animations to a parallax site are boundless.
I was excited to experiment with this new technology with my long-standing client, that being the annual WooCamp invite. I’ve created 4 of them so far, alternating between print and web based invites. The event lends itself to themes of adventure, exploration, wilderness, and camaraderie, and this year, inspired also by my client’s recent trips to Antarctica, Patagonia, Everest, K2 (the list goes on), I settled on “Victorian Adventurer” for the invite’s theme. (Previous incarnations have been National Parks, Wild West, and something akin to Summer Camp).
I started with some fancy Victorian lettering, pulling inspiration from a Pinterest board I created that is full of Victorian/Explorer images. I also not-so-secretly admire Jessica Hische and all her beautiful lettering projects, and wanted to take a stab at one myself, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I also created a “ticket” that could be used for email, directing invitees to the website, which was another Victorian travel inspired piece.
In addition to some fun side graphics I created that illustrated the events of the weekend, I had to include in there somewhere an homage to the phrase, “Livingstone, I presume.” I mean, I had to.
My first iteration of the Livingstone portrait – I took my client’s face and photoshopped it into a portrait of Henry Morgan. I thought initially I might be able to make little Livingstone-esque portraits for all the attendees as part of their invitation, but realized I simply didn’t have enough time to do that.
Drawing inspiration once again from my Victorian source material, I wanted to include images or maps of the area. The beautiful botanical drawings that came from that era have such a wonderful tone and saturation about them that I wanted to emulate. Tempted initially to bust out water colors and paint up some background images, I instead came across a wealth of photos I had taken while I was at WooCamp one year. Taken when the sun was setting, the colors were ripe and with a few tweaks and filters I feel like I captured the essence of the place, while also playing along with the theme I had established, and created images that had a painted quality about them.
So the background parallax effect I borrowed the general look from this site tutorial. But I really wanted the background images to move slightly, so had to add that code in. Additionally, I wanted to include some more graphics that could tie into the “what to do/what to bring” section, so created another animation speed for those objects so they would appear to “fly up” the screen at a faster rate than the regular scroll. Kind of like how things scroll up the sides of a Pixar animations credits.
The potatoes are my favorite.
My latest concert poster is complete. This year, the college’s end of year concert will feature a group call the Jazz Garden Band. I was asked to design a poster that would be inspired by the artwork they use on their CDs. I loved the idea of a Garden full of musical instrument shaped plants, so I set to work on an illustration that used one of the CD covers for color and style inspiration.
This is not my typical color palette. I actually found it rather difficult to settle upon the colors I was going to use, as I’m much more comfortable in my earth-toned world. But I think it was a great exercise for me to break out of my norm and, dare I say, jazz it up a bit.
How many instruments can you see?