Photoshop & Terragen
When I created this piece, I was following a trend in the digital art scene, called “planetscapes.” This was my second attempt at creating a planetscape, as my first attempt was spent on getting the hang of the tools. The mountains and clouds were created in a program called Terragen. Next, I created the planet and nebula in Photoshop. After creating all of the assets, I combined them all in Photoshop.
This piece was inspired by "Out of Obscurity," by Keith Kosmal and Magnus Kjall. When I first saw their image, I was blown away and I knew that I wanted to do something that paid homage to it by touching on very similar themes. I chose to keep the same visual style with multiple screens, but instead of having the focus being on television, I focused on computers and the Internet instead. I wanted to depict how connected we as a society across the globe, but at the same time, show how broken that connection is.
Note: Computer screen stock images used from Stock.XCHNG under their royalty free license.
Every year when December rolls around and the snow starts to fly, I start to get very excited. This photo manipulation was born out of that bottled up energy to strap two planks to my feet and go flying down a slope.
At the time that I was working on this piece, Eric Pollard was one of my favorite skiers (and he still is) and I wanted to use one of his pictures as the base of my work. I really wanted to capture that feeling of being weightless after going off of a jump and to do it in a very graphical way.
"Spring Release" marks my first collaboration on a digital piece of artwork. I was working with Keith Kosmal, who, up to this point, has been a big inspiration for me, and it was an incredible opportunity. It was spring when I created this piece, and I wanted to convey the sense of energy, color, and life that the season is so well known for. I started out working on the piece and then sent it over to Keith via email (we had to break it up in to multiple compressed files across several emails, I don't miss that about 2006 at all). Upon receiving the file he worked on it and sent it back to me. Toward the end, I made my own changes, and sent it back to Keith to make some final touches.
"Time" was my second collaboration in 2006, but this time it was with Joseph Zhou. I wanted to play into his art style since he already had a very strong signature style developed. He had a certain way with creating very bleak imagery with very sparing, but effective, use of color. Joseph started off the piece and we sent it back and forth a couple times until I made the finishing touches, like the text and the positioning for it.
This piece was my favorite out of a group of images that I created, which played on the idea of fusing nature and technology. The goal was to make a somewhat realistic keyboard out of hard and "immovable" materials. I created the work in Photoshop using some rock textures from Stock.XCHNG under their royalty free image license.
This piece was created based on an abstract video that I had made. In the video I tried to capture the feeling of the very early morning when most people are sleeping, but there is that spark of life and color still running. The base for the design was a still-frame from the video. I zoomed it in, cropped it so that it lost most of its detail, and started painting. I added a slight texture underneath the "energy" to give it something to glow off of and to give the piece a little bit more depth.
This is the first and probably the last time that I ever want to create something so photo-realistic in Illustrator. This piece was made for a college project where we had to take a picture of either a car or a building of our choice and recreate it using vectors. I choice Osaka Castle from Japan, as it was a place that I had visited a couple years prior and I loved how it looked visually. Recreating the building out of vectors was probably the most time consuming type of work I have ever worked on, but I was really happy with the end result. I still could have used to spend another 20 hours on it, though. The piece ended up winning a DailyDeviation award on DeviantArt.com.
Photography & Photoshop
This was done for a project in a college class. The premise was to use a self portrait using "sounds" to evoke the feeling of waking up in the morning. My usual morning at that point in time was waking up out a deep sleep by my alarm clock. I am a pretty heavy sleeper and it tends to take a while before the alarm really reaches me, so I wanted to show that with the sweeping and fading "sounds." The particles and distortion were meant to represent that partial dream world that I am slowly making my way out of.
Canon Camera and Photoshop
Nick Zoulek initially approached me for a photo shoot so that he could have some images to use for promoting his saxophone work. We went out and I shot some pictures of him and he was happy with the images I gave to him, but I didn't want to leave it at that. I wanted to give him one visual that would be really impressive if it was seen on a poster or on the Internet. It took me two times of coming back to this piece to get something I was really happy with. I think it was worth letting it sit for a little bit, as I was very happy with the end result (and so was Nick).
I created this piece for a contest Volkl Skis was having to create a computer wallpaper using the image of their sponsored athlete, Russ Henshaw. In the end, my wallpaper didn't end up being chosen, but I still really enjoyed what I created.
3D Studio Max and Photoshop
I was approached by Chris VenHaus, the owner of VH Audio, to create an exploded view of the new audio cables that his company was creating. While I had never worked in a 3D program before this and I knew that this project would really push me, I knew that if I set myself to it I could create what he was looking for. In the end I gave him 3 different renderings, each one depicting a cable with a different amount of wires running through them. I used Photoshop to pop in the detail view of the individual wire itself.
This piece was created to show a simplified view of the Region Sale Team's calendar for 2013. The goal was to have this as something that could be easily editable by someone who was not the designer and that could be used in PowerPoint. Because of that, I went with a fairly simple design. All of the images were saved individually and imported in to PowerPoint. Some of the areas like the text boxes on the calendar were changed slightly so that they could be easily edited in PowerPoint itself.
Side Note: the text areas containing placeholder text were edited in the PowerPoint version after the project had already left my realm of control.
InDesign, Acrobat, and Microsoft Word
This template was created to fill the need of having a specific look and feel for all of the communications that were coming out of the Planning The Northwestern Mutual Way campaign. Because it would be too much back and forth between myself and the people working with the document, we wanted to have something that would be more flexible than an InDesign document, so we chose to create a word template instead. While it wouldn't be as visually flexible, having something that the person writing the content for the document could pick up and use was of top priority.
This small piece was created to be emailed out to the entire department for the end of the summer staff party. The goal was to make something visually appealing that quickly and clearly showed everything that people needed to know. Obviously, the original address has been removed.
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