GRAPHIC DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION PORTFOLIO
PROMOTIONAL POSTER: CHOCOLATIÈRE
The concept for this poster was to just showcase the beautiful chocolates. I wanted a particular look for these chocolates, so I created them in my kitchen, choosing appropriate colors and toppings. Next I styled and photographed them, edited the photo in Photoshop, re-created the logo in Illustrator (the client needed a vector plus a hi-res jpg) and composited everything using InDesign. It was printed as an 18" x 24" poster.
INSTAGRAM & FACEBOOK: QUILT SHOW
This promotional suite, for a fictitious quilt show, was designed to showcase traditional quilting patterns, materials, and techniques. The logotype was created from an existing font which was altered in Illustrator. The fabrics, styled after some in my own collection, were also created in Illustrator, as was the custom brush to emulate zig-zag outline stitching around the logotype fabric. In the suite: Instagram ad, Facebook header, black & white newspaper ad and stickers.
SPOT COLORS: SPRING
The concept for this in-store spring poster was to relate to the park and garden feel of the store displays and the soft, feminine, floral clothing for purchase. I used these images of spring-flowing bulbs on a clean white background to give a botanical feel to the project.
The flowers were drawn in Illustrator using two spot colors for printing purposes. The project was assembled in InDesign and was printed at 18" x 24".
Separations for spot Colors: Pantone Medium Blue C1 and 7548C (yellow).
PACKAGING FOR GREETING CARDS
To create this packaging and greeting cards based upon paintings by Lillian Heins, I first photographed the artwork and designed cards using InDesign. After printing the cards, Illustrator was used to create a compatible background for the first card in the pack. I used InDesign to composite the exterior photo and background onto the top half of the box. And I engineered a resting area for the color-matched pens within the interior of the box.
Card size: 4½" x 6¼" (A6 Envelope)
Box size: 6½" x 6½"
ORANGE COUNTY YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
I've been designing for OCYSO since 2011. Together we've created concert posters, audition posters, promotional postcards, web assets, email banners and promotions, and more. Below are a few of the projects we've done together.
BEETHOVEN SURFS CONCERT POSTER
OCYSO is an orchestra of young people, so with this poster they wanted to portray OCYSO (and Beethoven) as accessible, young, and fresh. Beethoven's image was given a refresh by showing him with one of the surfboards – making him more relatable to a youth audience.
For this project, and others upcoming, OCYSO commissioned a photoshoot from L.A. photographer Mark Fellman, so I had access to many beautiful, professional photos. I chose this one of the surfboards because it is so unexpected, yet gives a nod to the orchestra with the formal dress and to our Southern California culture as well. Using Photoshop, Beethoven was incorporated into the image, and I completed the top of the yellow surfboard and added more sky. (Apologies to the young man I edited out!) I scuffed up the OCYSO logo, and placed it onto Beethoven's surfboard. You can see the two source photos here, as well as the finished product.
These were printed as 8½" x 11" flyers, 17" x 22" posters and a 24" x 36" mounted lobby poster.
Original photo, without Beethoven. Top of yellow surfboard missing.
PROMOTIONAL SUITE: BEETHOVEN'S NINTH SYMPHONY CONCERT
This set of designs was made to promote the OCYSO's Beethoven's 9th Symphony concert Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa, CA. I began by creating a replica of the actual concert ticket, including fonts and machine-generated kerning, then changing the wording as needed for each specific application. These included a save-the-date postcard, invitation postcard for special guests, and a seasonal gift-giving email promotion graphic. I photographed my daughter's old Italian violin and reproduced the ticket-machine typography in InDesign. For some versions, I used a bar-code generator to capture the information on the new ticket, and placed that using InDesign as well.
For this email graphic, below, to be sent out in a Christmastime email newsletter, I used the buy-your-ticket-now version of the concert ticket. The gift bow was drawn in Illustrator, and the background is a stock photo of Beethoven's sheet music.
These printed postcards are the Save-The-Date version. For the reverse of the postcard I re-created the group's Chapman University mail code and postage paid permit in Illustrator, and ghosted in an image of Beethoven using In-Design.
The mailed postcards were printed at 4 x 9 inches.
OCYSO AUDITIONS 2015
I chose this photo from those supplied by OCYSO to highlight the connection to Old Town Orange, near Chapman University, the orchestra's home base. I used additional photos from the same photoshoot to expand the wall area, replace the "not-ready" face, and to replace the bricks above. I added a shadow on the right to allow the brightly colored text to be more visible. The photos were manipulated in Photoshop, the logo was altered in Illustrator, and the remaining text was added using InDesign.
The poster was printed at 17 x 22 inches and as a flyer at 8½ x 11 inches.
SCHEHERAZADE CONCERT POSTER
The concept for these designs was to bring the feeling and the setting of the story Scheherazade to life. I created two versions of the poster - the evening to evoke the heat of the desert and the end of the story-telling time, and the night-time version to evoke the mystery and uncertainty that awaited the storyteller. In Illustrator, I drew borders using Persian motifs and outlines of Middle-eastern architecture. The backgrounds were created in Photoshop - the first version using photo manipulation to streak the sunset sky and to add a large setting sun, and in the nighttime version, to paint the moon and sky.
The evening version was printed at 13 x 19 inches and at 8½ x 11 inches.
CANVAS VENUE POSTER: OCYSO
OCYSO uses this promotional poster, printed on canvas, for display at various concert venues. The original photo was supplied by OCYSO. I adjusted colors and expanded the sky area to make room for text. I especially wanted to bring out the beautiful green colors in the waves, warm up the skin tones, and make sure the black clothing was really black without losing the detail in the white shirts. I worked closely with the printer to make sure we got the colors just right.
This canvas-mounted print measures 24" x 36".
WALL ART: CITYSCAPE
This personal artwork is my idea of what types of buildings and houses might actually appear along the streets and sidewalks of a Monopoly board game.
It is intricately detailed with a few surprises if you look closely enough. For instance, there is real artwork (by artist Jon Measures) in the art gallery alongside Connecticut Avenue.
Cityscape is drawn in Illustrator using isometric perspective, and is currently being displayed at Orange Coast College.
It is printed at 16" x 39".
Illustrator version: Tiger Swallowtail and Foxglove.
GREETING CARDS & NOTEBOOK COVER ART: BUTTERFLIES AND BLOOMS
These two illustrations were inspired by my personal photos and drawn in Illustrator . My purpose was to experiment with different tools and techniques in Illustrator. The images have since found their way onto greeting cards and notebook covers. My original source photos and wireframe views of the Illustrator files are also shown here.
Illustrator version: Painted Lady and Cosmos.
ORANGE CRATE LABEL RECREATION
As a lover of both roosters and old orange crate labels from California, I wanted this orange crate label for my kitchen. Unable to find an original, I recreated it using Illustrator and Photoshop. I used Illustrator to make most of the shapes, and Photoshop to fingerpaint the feathers, add textures, and create the "hand-written" text.
It is printed at 12" x 12".
LOGO DESIGN: BIG BEAR CHOCOLATE
Originating with a client sketch, this logo for an online chocolate and old-fashioned candy company was created in Illustrator and included various alternatives of color and extremities.
LOGO DESIGN: KEY OF WHISKEY
This Irish Rock Band from Southern California had a logo that they wanted improved upon. I used more appropriate typography for the name and replaced the border with designs found in Celtic Knots. I used Illustrator to draw the logo, and also to draw the letters on the outer circle.
LOGO DESIGN: BLOOMS
This logo was created for a fictitious floral business using Illustrator. Some of the original sketches have been used elsewhere, but this is one of my favorites, so I finished it just for fun.
ILLUSTRATIONS FOR CHILDREN'S BOOK
Created in Illustrator as concept artwork for the classic children's book "Blueberries for Sal." I chose a look and feel similar to the mountains of Idaho where I picked Huckleberries with my family as a child. I designed brushes in Illustrator for the trees, blueberries, and textures on the hills and mountains.