For this piece I created the image below using Illustrator. I started from a picture I took of my keys and created a two dimensional artwork and used the 3d Extrude and Bevel Effect to render a three dimensional representation. I used Map Art to cover the three dimensional objects with artwork that I had created and turned into symbols. I would say that the hardest part of this undertaking would have been creating the clasp. My computer seem to freeze up every time I tried to apply the map art in a realistic fashion. I really enjoyed creating the key chain. As an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, I felt I had to represent!
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So I am working on a self-portrait for illustration. I used a collaboration of mediums including pencil drawing, water-color, colored pencils and oil pastels. I feel the mix media captures the nature of my exuberant personality. Naturally I am quite … Continue reading
I thought I would share a glimpse into the book cover project. I decided to go with The Migratory Patterns of Flying Pigs as my book title. For the imagery, I felt that not actually showing the flying pig would be the way to go. With this direction, it alludes to the existence of flying pigs. You must read the book to actually find the flying pigs. However when you open the book and it is blank it is clear that flying pigs do not actually exist. I liked the idea of flying pigs because they are a metaphor to define something impossible. So the book itself could be a metaphor for chasing the impossible. You cannot attain the impossible and that is why the book is blank.
This is just a rough but overall I think the final layout will be the same. I still need to design the back of the cover. I will be using Lulu.com to print the final version of the book. Lulu allows for quality book publishing at low cost. It has several different ways to design covers but I chose use their advanced one-piece cover designer so that I could also design the spine into my artwork.
What you don’t know could fill a book.
My next adventure will be designing a concept to fit a book cover that will grace a book with no content.
Some ideas that I have been kicking around currently:
- The Clinical Anatomy and Physiology of Lock Ness Monsters
- The Complete Guide to Migratory Patterns of Flying Pigs
- Operational Handbook for the Universal Shark Laser Beam Head Gear
- Chronicles of an Underwater Basket Weaver
- Farmer’s Almanac: Complete Seasonal Guide for Tending your Money Trees