Glass House

Recently i was asked to design a logo for a real estate company. One of the versions I did was trying to go with a shiny, Web 2.0 kind of look. Here’s the icon portion of the logo.

I did this entirely in Illustrator CS3.

Ultimately the design went a slightly different direction. Still shiny, but not as 3D.

I was pretty pleased with the way this turned out so I thought I’d post it here.

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Dragon Bookworm

I was in a meeting this morning and doodled this:

I’m probably going to be experimenting with different kinds of dragons in the near future because I’m building a site/blog for my oldest daughter (10 yrs) to use to make up stories about her dragon hunting adventures, so I’m going to be working on the illustrations for it. It should be fun!

I think what I’ll do is draw a random dragon and have her make up a story around it and post it. I’ve registered two domains, but just have them pointing to my own site right now. They are and I’m not sure which domain will be used as the main one. Her character’s name is to be Hannah (not her real name).

Here’s a picture of her character. She’s on the right. Her younger sister’s character, Emma, is on the left.

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Illustration Friday: Worry

It’s been a while since I participated in Illustration Friday, but I thought I’d use this as a chance to also start up my illustration blog.

About the Illustration: In all of literature, who had more reason to worry than Hamlet? With his murdered father’s ghost, his murderous uncle, and his adulterous mother, it’s no wonder that the question weighing heavy on his mind was “to be, or not to be?”

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Book Review: Caught Creatures and Klawberry

>In this day and age of desktop publishing, it’s a rare thing to see something published outside of a standard book publishing company that doesn’t reek of amateurism. How refreshing it is, then, to see the work of Daniel Davis, an independent illustrator/author who has just self published his third graphically-intense book, After Halloween—an alphabet primer about what monsters do after their holiday, Halloween, is over.

Daniel has a great imagination and an ability to create fantastic creatures that are unlike anything you may already be familiar with.

In his first book, Caught Creatures, Daniel wrote haikus about various creatures his alter ego Duke Davis has caught. It was fun seeing how much could be done with the syllabic limitations of haikus, and the illustrations are very engaging and could each function as a separate piece of art in itself.

Caught Creatures being Daniel’s first undertaking, it was bound to contain elements that would serve as lessons for him in future books, and I can see a definite refining and improvement in his second book, Klawberry.

Klawberry is a tale of a girl who makes a remarkable journey of self-discovery. As in Secret Creatures, the story telling is done mostly in pictures, but unlike Caught Creatures, Klawberry is a complete narrative, whereas Caught Creatures has no over arching story, but is a mosaic made up of the haikus about each of the monsters.

I haven’t been able to pick up After Halloween yet, but it’s definitely on my list of things to get. Daniel Davis is a very talented artist, but more importantly, he has a uniquely creative artistic vision that has the refreshing potential to give us many things that we’ve never imagined before. I’m looking forward to seeing what he comes up with next!

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