Well, it’s time for another portfolio! I’m looking for a new job opportunity, and I’m honestly very excited about it. I learned so much at my old job, and I’m looking forward to experiencing something new and even more challenging.
A new portfolio needs a new cover, so — here’s mine. This time I’m going with my favourite animal — BISON! And a whole herd of them, just to make things more complicated.
Here they are! I just love bison so much.
You may know that I’m an organic veg grower, and my biggest crop is GARLIC. This year I’m selling some of my extra bulbs, and I wanted a cute sticker to put on the bags of garlic that I’ll be packaging for sale. And so… happy garlic bulb was born! He cLOVES you so much.
Ok! I know I’ve posted these a few times already, but here is a full set of illustrations that I did for a western-themed personal project a while back. I know some of them (i.e.: curly-horned sheep) don’t exactly scream wild wild west, but… well, it was Chinese New Year at the time and it seemed like a good idea.
This July/August, I got the chance to volunteer with the 2015 Pan American and Para Pan Am games. It was a great experience, and I had the COOLEST job; I was on the medal ceremonies crew! It was our job to coordinate the medal ceremonies, raise flags, escort athletes and dignitaries to the podium, and bring out the medals and gifts!
For the Pan Am games, I worked the equestrian events (which I requested, of course), and during Para Pan Am I was stationed at the venue for wheelchair tennis (which was amazing).
I worked with some great people, and I wanted to give them a small but unique token by which to remember the experience. I decided on pinback buttons — one for each of my teams.
I whipped both of these (obviously comedic) designs up pretty quickly since I didn’t have a lot of time to spare… but I’m quite happy with them, and I think my teams enjoyed them as well!
More cowboys? Yeah, pretty much. There’s going to be a lot more of these coming this year, if my plans for them pan out. Anyway, lookit how cute they are.
My husband and I are starting up a blog about our love of games. It’s called dandy games, because I’m Andy and he’s Daniel and… well, you can read the rest of the story there.
Anyway, I made up little portraits of both of us to use on our About Us page — and as our avatars. Hee!
Well, after some crazy summer months, I finally finished this illustration off for my friend. It’ll be going on the front page of his Twitch profile here.
I’ve been enjoying my new job a lot — but also doing my best to set aside time for personal projects. This one in particular is a… semi-personal project, I suppose. I developed a logotype for the game store my husband is planning to open. We’ve had a name in mind for a while, and figured it was time to start thinking of a visual identity.
To go with the gaming theme, I picked the shape of a 20-sided die, which is used for certain games (notably, Dungeons & Dragons). It’s definitely a symbol that would be recognized by avid gamers. However, I wanted to avoid it looking too cheesy and ‘nerdy’, so I simplified it down to clean geometric lines.
I think it looks pretty good. There’s plenty of time to tweak it yet, but for now I’m happy with this direction.
Look at this little dude! He’s so boring! Only boring people are bored. And he is a bored student, an illustration I made for a written report. Because I like to make extra work for myself, to go with the assignments for my online Adult Learning classes. It’s like bonus learning!
Stephanie did me a huge favour in helping me publish my Captivate demo course (getting around the limited availability that Adobe imposes on materials published with the 30-day trial). In return I promised to create an illustrated character based on a photo of her. Here it is!