Sunday, April 25, 2010

Pollutopia VS Steamship - Acrylic on Board

As promised long ago, I have painted a Pollutopian image over this old steamship print I found at the Salvation Army. I have promised it to my youngest nephew in exchange for a picture by him. His name is Jack and he thinks the one he does for me might be 'of a twirly nature'.

Originally, I was going to have the creature attack the ship and tear it to pieces but these particular Pollutopian creatures are very gentle so it is more kind of just saying Hi to the steamship and the people who might seem to be fleeing are actually just getting a closer look.

*note: I only painted the creature, everything else was printed on the board originally.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

SDAM - Suzuki Long Distance Bike Exhibit (PS,AI)

We have this great bike at the Museum that broke the Guinness World record for gas mileage and it doesn't have the best exhibit set-up right now so i put this together. It basically just gona have a nice sunset blurry background behind it with a box facade that continues the theme of the paintjob on the bike.

SDAM - Coloing Book Illustrations - (AI)

A long time ago the director of the Auto Museum mentioned she would really like to have me create a Kid's Coloring Book for the Museum. Now that I am finished with the Indian Exhibit I wanted to knock these out really quickly to get things started with that so I drew these up last weekend. I drew one really simple design for the younger kids and a more complicated design for the older ones. Each illustration will feature either one of our cars from the permanent collection or one of our feature exhibits like the Barnfind.

The idea is to get kids more involved and familiar with the exhibits and the cars we have and to also provide a SDAM product for our up and coming web-store. Hopefully I will get to create a bunch of products for the web-store along these lines and we might do some variations of the coloring book illustrations as t-shirts.

SDAM - Indian Exhibit Left Side (AI)

Finally, here is the 3rd and last illustration for the Indian Exhibit at the Auto Museum. It will be printed on a large scale banner and mounted on the wall behind the Indian Motorcycle collection.

*Before you think badly of me for spelling the word 'Motorcycle' wrong on the illustration I should explain. Back in the day Indian decided to switch from 'Indian Motorcycles' to 'Indian Motocycles' because they thought that the European market was going to define the term 'Motocycles' but they were wrong so they brought the 'r' in 'motorcycles' back later on. I based this illustration on an early Indian Motocycles ad so I wanted to stay true to the original advert for my personal version. We did put the R back in for the actual banner just because we didn't want to have people pointing out the typo over and over again.

This was originally going to be a hand painted image on a large canvas so I was just going to paint it as a silhouette and have some of the background (like the horizon) continue onto the actual wall but we decided to print the images on canvas so I had to make it into a color illustration that suited the other two designs. The advert I was working off was too small to get much detail out of so I had to piece the image together using various pictures of actual V-twin motorcycles from this era. As a result, the bike itself represents a variety of features from varying years of production. Overall the idea was to take a piece of the actual history of the bike (i.e the advertisement) and recreate it for a contemporary audience.

I'm happy with the artwork although I wish I could have had them printed on canvas and painted as originally intended (there is a chance I could get to do this in the future). I did learn a lot working on this project though and looking forward to using those skills on other projects now. I will post pictures of the finished banner once they are all up.