Around the same time I started designing Blades Away I was looking for something cool I could make as gifts for Christmas. Who knew this would be the beginning of my obsession with creating epoxy resin art.
About a year ago a close friend of mine showed me a proof of concept for a game he was developing. It was a simple physics based knife throwing mobile game. I remember thinking, this is really cool, but that knife in the demo is not. I decided to do him a favor and draw a blade that would be a little more presentable. That was the beginning of the first game I've worked on, Blades Away.
After lurking on several sub-reddits and after hours and hours of research I decided the time had come to pull the trigger and build an arcade cabinet I've always wanted. All the meticulous planning, sketching, building and testing really paid off and I couldn't be happier with the result!
I'm a huge fan of the online shooter Rainbow 6 Siege. I have not been as obsessed with a shooter like this since Unreal Tournament or Call of Duty 4 (the good one). Their online strategy planner is a horrible experience so I redesigned it using a much more intuitive touch interface.
I've recently been seeing quite a few vehicle illustrations in various places and felt inspired to do a little series myself. I'm taking some of my favorite classic cars and trucks and illustrating them just how I'd like it if I were to own them. This is mostly for fun but also to continue to hone my illustration techniques. Who knows, maybe I can turn these into some prints and hang them up somewhere. The garage might be the perfect place!
This is a series of illustrations I've been doing just for fun. After spending so much time working on UI design its sometimes nice to shift gears a bit and do something different. I also used this as an opportunity to refine my skill at the bezier pen tool in Illustrator. Its one thing to build iconography with sharp shapes but another to be a bit more organic with my illustration. I've also always been a huge fan of horror so I get to mix my morbid side with a bit of lightness. I really like how these have turned out! Read more to see more of the series!
For the longest time I wanted to build a magic mirror and I finally got around to it. This was particularly challenging since my Fiancee said it cant just be a "boring" rectangle and needs to match our decor. In order to get the cool oval shape I had to build a special jig I attached the router to in order to cut out the mirror and the wood frame. It worked surprisingly well. I also did not want the mirror on 24/7 so I connected a motion sensor to the Raspberry Pi that runs the mirror so when you walk up to it the monitor tursn on revealing our calendar, news, and to-do list. I recently added a crypocurency module so I can be dissapointed everytime I walk by. 😛 Read more
I wanted to make something to celebrate purchasing a new home with my favorite person. What better than a picture of the house in the house? This was a cool illustration that uses a lot of the Illustrator Patterns to give the solid colors a bit of texture and visual interest. This was certainly inspired by the work of Musketon who makes some really rad illustrations of houses. This is now proudly hanging in a frame in our hallway. It also doesn't hurt that its a badass house so makes for a cool illustration. We love it. The house and the drawing!
After working with Lucky's Puccias a friend of his and food truck owner was interested in working with me on his truck. The food truck serves interior mexican cuisine and they named it "Colobri" which means humming bird. I was happy to work with him to create a unique identity that represented his style of cooking with the speed in which he delivers his dishes. This project included a custom logo, some stationary and a tshirt. I know once he gets established this will be expanded to include much more.
A good friend of ours within Fjord helped our studio with some work and around that same time received a promotion. We have this tradition in our Fjord Austin studio where when we finish a project we make a custom skateboard deck to give to every team member on the project. We also like to make them as gifts for people we work with or clients as well. I designed this deck when I had a little free time between projects to give to our COO Owen. He's a super cool guy and we just wanted to show our appreciation. During the time I made this we were designing some studio swag that was in the rad 90's style so I went with it and just used that style for this deck. I'm really happy with how it turned out and always jump at the opportunity to do some illustration between UI work.