ILLUSTRATOR TEXTURING

I have been attempting to add more techniques to my Adobe Illustrator portfolio. This one uses the some of the various Photoshop filters/effects available. I needed to keep the file as an .ai during production so any applied filters/effects would scale properly, and to keep the file from getting too large. The robot is for my grandaughter. She is into wild animals, dinosaurs and robots.

Describing Process

What do you do when the machinery and process you are trying to describe no longer exists? What if the machinery and the process were "invented" by a company and there were very few, if any, of the designers alive to fill you in on the details? These were the issues I faced when trying to illustrate a paper filter making machine. The client, author and I wanted it to be correct and believable. I researched the paper making business and soon realized there was plenty of reference online; but none of it matched the configuration and process I was trying to capture.

 I decided to focus on the process and use the illustration as only a reference. The three of us constructed more of a narrative than a technically perfect illustration. I broke the narrative down to make it easier for the reader digest. This is the state of things now. A long time ago I realized the creation of information graphics is an iterative process. I feel we are getting closer; but the final product will probably look quite a bit different. The important thing right now is we all feel we are on the right track

 

AIR FILTERs FOR INDUSTRY

I was asked to create a series of illustrations depicting the fabrication, installation and testing of HEPA paper filters used in nuclear processing and power plant facilities. The illustrations were meant to be used in a business/technology development case study. The client was Flanders, Inc. The company invented the filter product fabrication and developed all the installation processes involved deploying a successful solution. At first, I considered an infographic approach; but because technical innovations and details involved in describing the product, I chose a more realistic style. The illustrations had to appeal to both a technically savvy and an informed layman's audience. I worked with the writer and the client to help them decide what illustrations were necessary. We reviewed my progress together. The process helped us to clarify information and provide visual ques to effectively illuminate the text.

I will post the whole set when they are approved and complete.

Mechanations- Continued

Watched over by machines with loving care:

Recently, I have been experimenting with my previously rendered technical illustrations.
They are "reincarnations" and some are published under "Illustration" on this website.

It seems everything we do is manged by machines. We cannot underestimate their presence in our lives. As machines get smarter and more predictable they will play a bigger, and possibly more emotional part in our lives. I like to think of them as beautiful things with endless capabilities. Windmills, power plant turbines, electric motors, automation control devices, automobiles, electrical distribution systems all depend on machines. We live in the machine age. Every computer keyboard connects us to a machine. From engineers to artists the machine plays a role in our lives. When their "intelligence" supersedes our own; I hope that caring will be built into their programs.

Currently, there are some of my illustrations displayed at 10 Flavors Studios, 333 2nd Street NE. Please feel free to come by and take a look.

Angelicodium

Understanding Automation

I have had the great opportunity to work for one of America's largest and oldest companies - General Electric. Recently, (Probe Incorporated) upgraded the style of icons used in architectural diagrams. We are implementing a more contemporary infographic - like style. This makes for a lot less clutter in GE's diagrams and is much more colorful and stylized. I am using this style to represent major industry applications, as well, and so far we have all been very happy with the results:

Mechanations

Hundreds of old technical illustrations are sitting in file folders and moldering storage devices. I decided to try my hand at "reconfiguring" these illustrations into almost familiar other machines - An accordion composed from DCS factory control modules, a heavy truck with a magnesium casting machine and DIN-rail mounted terminal blocks, a steampunk-like submarine... CLICK THE IMAGE to see more machines

Ma.K. Fireball and Friends

I have been building and painting an old 1980's era science fiction kit. While I was at it I decided to make some figures and give the whole thing a bit of a setting. I started building the kit 15 years ago. Each time I picked up I thought "Nah, I am really not a SciFi guy". Then I needed a Guinea Pig to experiment on. I wanted to try some of the new scratchingtechniques that are quite popular; and to try using both paint and pastels to render flesh. The base is scratch built using polystyrene sheets and shapes. The numbering was scavenged from a Challenger 1 decal sheet. The dog is beautiful!

A logo by any other name.

CIMA CONSULTING

Recently I had the opportunity to work with a colleague to develop a logo for his consulting firm. The logo process for me is very collaborative and Dan and I spent several meetings batting around ideas and looking at sketches. I made three presentations to Dan (numbered appropriately in the graphic below). Here is a summary of the comments that drove us through the process:

Presentation 1:
Dan: "I like it. What other ideas do you have?
Mike: "uhhhhh...."

Presentation 2:
Dan:  "I like them. Could we simplify things and make the mountains more stylized?"
Mike: "No!" (We were finally getting somewhere.)

Presentation 3:
Dan: "Nice!."
Mike: " I am glad you like it."

If you are interested to hear what Dan has to say about CIMA CONSULTING:

"I founded CIMA Consulting after beginning my career in the nonprofit sector. Through CIMA, I am proud to work with mission driven businesses and nonprofit organizations to develop and implement their strategic goals." - Dan Katz

or visit him at: http://www.cima.consulting/

Information Science

I did an illustration of a scientific laboratory facility. It was meant to demonstrate the capabilities of the lab. The various structures and equipment are not necessarily to perfect scale. We adjusted things to make sure equipment stood out. Walls and doors were lowered to provide better visibility in the rooms. Below is a detail of one of the laboratories.

In order to render the pieces of laboratory equipment, the client gave me a PDF with pictures of all of them. Many were of very poor quality. I went to various manufactures, distributors and resellers websites to find better reference. I downloaded User Manuals and in one case contacted a manufacture to resolve an issue with the accuracy of one of the product photos the client provided. (the rep was nice enough to tell me that the client had provided a photo of an older model. He then directed me to some images on their website and I was able to render the image more accurately.)

Where does our water come from?

Turn on the tap. Out runs cool clear water. Where does the water come from? What are the resources that provide for our Urban Water Supply? Reservoirs, water treatment plants, pipelines and streams all have a role to play. The graphic is designed to give Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority website visitors an overview of those resources. This graphic will be supported by a table describing the size and output of the various reservoirs and water treatment facilities.. Eventually we would like to create an interactive piece for the website. Viewers will be able to rollover elements and get detailed information about the resource via a pop-up window.

Family Crests

I belong to a group called Drink and Draw. We do not draw while drinking. Instead we meet once a month and decide on an assignment. We then have a month to complete it and bring it to the next meeting. Our projects have included things as specific as "Mural" and as abstract as "Cold". We are a varied group. 1 Illustrator, 3 designers and a neurologist. Our current project is to develop family crests or marks for each of the other 4 members. Here are some I have been working on.

Charles Peale
Peeler: A member of her majesty's constabulary: a police officer; especially in the United Kingdom and Australia. Derived from the name of Sir Robert Peel who developed the Metropolitan Police Act in 1928 which proved to be the foundation for the modern police force in Britain.

Mark Quigg
A year ago my Sainted sister Mary traveled to County Down in Ireland. While exploring a local estuary in wetsuit and scuba gear she came across this ancient shield. Exited by her find she headed in to Downpatrick and asked around about its origins. Kathleen Kelly knew good and well the value of the find. “why that's an ancient tribal shield of the Wild Hares of Lough Neagh, of whom Mark Ó Craig was their Chieftan." You can imagine how exited I was! Also the Ó Cuaigs were good friends with the Hills… There are traitors among us.

Mark Quigg:
You may find this one to be interesting. It was found in the English Midlands painted on the backside of an old toilet seat cover. The wood that the cover was made from was salvaged from an ancient farm house said to be the home of the Quigley family during the 1300s.

Jeff Hill I found this mark, well something like it, on a gravestone in Northern Ireland. The name below it was HILL (possibly HELL as it was pretty worn). I think some ancestors of yours' were tough customers.I have embellished it. I really hope your relatives were not killing my relatives.

Jeff Hill
I found this mark, well something like it, on a gravestone in Northern Ireland. The name below it was HILL (possibly HELL as it was pretty worn). I think some ancestors of yours' were tough customers.I have embellished it. I really hope your relatives were not killing my relatives.