Compilation Oil Rig with Orthographics

Oil Rig Model

Oil Rig Model, 2010.

Created for Sheridan College

Exterior Oil Rig

 

 

This Project was created to test some exterior elements using bonzai3D and the rendering capabilities of Strata Cx5 at the time.

It was later compiled together in PhotoshopCS5.

 

More Images from this project, can be found in the portfolio section.  Portfolio

 

MIR Homepage Launch

MakeitRight® Responsive Website

Makeitright.ca Responsive website, 2014

Newly added To Portfolio, MakeitRight® Responsive website, Created for The Holmes Group. Web Design

This is a project that I’ve been working on for a fairly long time and one which is still ongoing.  I had the opportunity to completely overhaul the previous version of makeitright.ca.  A website that  was created in the days of the now defunct flash.  It was a daunting task at first glance.  The site is fairly large with many sections – resources, current productions, services, photos, videos, news  a webstore and a non-profit foundation section.  Not to mention trying to retro-fit old tv-show pages to work within the new responsive template.  Working with the communications team here at the Holmes Group, we were able to categories and map out the sections accordingly, a task that took probably just as long as the design process itself.

MIR Webstore

MIR Webstore

 

 

 

 

The site is fairly large with many sections – resources, current productions, services, photos, videos, news  a webstore and a non-profit foundation section.

 

 

 

 

 

The design process started with the Webstore.  A Section which exists independently of the main site Using OS Commerce.  This was a good starting point for the redesign as it allowed us to narrow down the design elements needed for the new site.  Everything started with the Global Navigation menus for both desktop and mobile versions.  Once this was decided we began testing in-house to see how things would work and flow together.

After the webstore was completed which was about 5 months beforehand, we moved onto the homepage and main navigational pages.  (We held off on the webstore launch in the meantime, due to issues regarding member login accounts and the confusion around christmas time.)

 

MIR Photo Gallery Comp Desktop

MIR Photo Gallery Comp Desktop

 

One of the more interesting bits in the design process was coming up with the flow of photogallery section.  Photographers like photos to be displayed at their best resolution possible which is not only hard to do for web but even harder to do while creating a responsive website.  I came up with the concept below to try and create that balance between print ready and web friendly quality photos.  The Technical line drawing below was given to a team of developers at trademark5150 to help them better understand the flow of the photo pages. It also helped me to design the page so it would work for this format.  (Form vs Function!)  In MIR photo gallery comp desktop you can see the working stages vs the final stage of both the photogallery index page and the gallery itself.

The way the photo gallery pages worked on the tablet and mobile versions also had to be consider. Here you can see that process.

 

MIR Photo Gallery Comp Tablet

MIR Photo Gallery Comp Tablet

 

Photographers like photos to be displayed at their best resolution possible which is not only hard to do for web but even harder to do while creating a responsive website.

 

MIR Photo Gallery Comp Mobile

MIR Photo Gallery Comp Mobile

 

More images for this project can be found in my portfolio under, MakeitRight® Responsive Web Design. 

Mike Holmes Official Bobblehead

Mike Holmes Official Bobblehead Packaging

Mike Holmes Official Bobblehead Packaging, 2013

Newly added To Portfolio, Mike Holmes Official Bobblehead Packaging, Created for The Holmes Group. Product Design

Earlier this year I was asked to come up with packaging for a brand new Mike Holmes bobblehead doll/toy.  I was more than happy to have a project like this to work on.  It started with the modeling of mike’s head and body that was done by www.bobbleheadscanada.ca.  (He worked from two reference shots of Mike’s head, both front & side profiles to create a successful likeliness of mike’s face).   Once that was completed I was given the model to take dimensions from and test out packaging ideas.  I knew from the get go that I wanted to have a large visible window to showcase Mike’s bobblehead, so I tested out some designs in photoshop and then printed them out. I took the printed pieces and assembled them together to get an actual view of the box. Once I had a better understanding of that I went ahead and came up with a theme and colour that would suit the project but also the company behind it. The colour theme I chose to go with was a nice middle tone blue that I thought would match the look of the Holmes Group’s current products but still have a little more colour.  The reason for this was because I wanted a more cartoony look as it would better match the fact that it was a bobblehead and not some cold tool.

 

Mike Holmes Official Bobblehead

Mike Holmes Official Bobblehead

 

 

“I tested out some designs in photoshop and then printed them out. I took the printed pieces and assembled them together to get an actual view of the box. Once I had a better understanding of that I went ahead and came up with a theme and colour that would suit the project but also the company behind it”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was also tasked to come up with the tattoos that the bobblehead has featured on both arms.  They were created using reference images of Mike’s actual tattoos, dumb down a little bit as I knew there would be scaling issues with the decals.  Creating the tattoos really helped make the bobblehead feel more like the real & “current” Mike Holmes so I’m happy they turned out, better than expected. I used Illustrator to create the tattoos as well as the rest of the packaging.  I highly recommend any illustrators just starting out to try their hand at the slice tool as it works really great in creating cartoony imagery.

Packaging

Packaging

 “Creating the tattoos really helped make the bobblehead feel more like the real & “current” Mike Holmes so I’m happy they turned out, better than expected”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More images for this project can be found in my portfolio under, Mike Holmes Official Bobblehead Packaging 

Brute War Video Game Cover

Brute War – Video Game Concept Cover

Brute War Cover

Brute War Cover

Brute War – Video Game Concept Cover, 2011

Newly added To Portfolio, Brute War – Video Game Concept Cover, Created for Sheridan College. Product Illustration

This project was created for Sheridan College in 2011 while I was still developing my portfolio.  I was in my final year and was trying to round out my portfolio and I realized I didn’t have any good character Illustrations.  A project came up to create a video game cover and I decided to go with something a little more current and not necessarily technically based.  A project like this was fun but also daunting as I’m not to good with skin painting so I went a little more comic book with the tones.  The character featured in this illustration is based on an image of myself.  I wanted something that made the character look big but also displayed the atmosphere in which the character would exist in.  I chose to go with an “up” angle to achieve that.  Helicopters and buildings were added to fill the sky and create a much grander looking scene. The gun was modelled after the Heckler & Koch MK 23 along with a lot of modification. After some peer review it was noted that the weapon looked a little small in the characters hands.  To fix this problem a large piece was added to the top of the Socom. This created more visual balance in the weight of the weapon compared to the character.

 

 

 

“The gun was modelled after the Heckler & Koch MK 23 along with a lot of modification. After some peer review it was noted that the weapon looked a little small in the characters hands.  To fix this problem a large piece was added to the top of the Socom. This created more visual balance in the weight of the weapon compared to the character”.

 

Here is a process video showing how the leg armour evolved during the creation of this illustration.  I start off pretty rough and then later fine tune it once i’m happy with it.  I take a different approach with every illustration, sometimes I draw the whole character out and other times I draw parts and then go from there.  Since I wanted to make sure I was happy with the skin – I did that first and then completed the other areas last.

More images for this project can be found in my portfolio under, Brute War – Video Game Concept Cover

 

 

Technical Illustrator

CVS Trade Show Booth

CVS Tradeshow Booth I created back in 2010

Newly added To Portfolio, CVS Trade Show Booth, Created for Sheridan College & Creative Visual Solutions.  Technical Illustration. Architectural Construction.  3D.

 

Technical Illustrator

The idea behind this project was to design a booth that was unique enough to stand out – but also one that could fit within the strict dimensions and guidelines of most trade show events whilst still being modular.

The size dimensions of the booth needed to fit within a 10x20ft space with about an 8ft ceiling, which is pretty common for most trade show spaces. In the original design, the roof stretched overtop of the monitor and floated just inches above the floor.  As the concept grew, changes needed to be made.  More thought was put into the construction and stability benefiting the overall design.

 

 

The size dimensions of the booth needed to fit within a 10x20ft space with about an 8ft ceiling, which is pretty common for most trade show spaces.

 

Technical IllustratorThe earlier design to the left came from a side profile sketch that didn’t include the front glass barrier and brochure stand.  As other elements were added the design became less organic and front heavy like it would topple over.  Changes were made to make it more open and inviting to guest.  In the final design the Monitor on the right was given some walls to keep sound isolated to guest seated at the small box seats which also doubled as storage bins.