Mail Duck delivers a package.
I've been developing some of the characters in my sketchbooks lately. This is Mail Duck.
I've been pretty quiet over the last month or so because I've been working to develop Quilliam, a favorite character of mine, into a picture book concept! Here are a couple peeks at his new design.
I've also added a new section to the site focusing on images from my sketchbooks. Here's two pages of Quilliam character exploration and visual development. I'll be adding more to this page as time goes on, so keep an eye out!
When I have a bit of time in between freelance gigs I try to focus on projects that will help grow my children's and character development portfolio. I've done quite a few character projects for clients--often these come in the form of corporate or web mascot projects--but haven't spent too much time really developing characters of my own. Last week I carved out some time to do that, and the result was this little gal. She calls herself Abaline. See more of her here.
Late last year I had the opportunity to work with Wufoo on a series of images that will be used in future advertising campaigns. Each illustrates a key feature of the software using simple dinosaur characters. This project was so fun; Wufoo gave me lots of freedom to come up with quirky interpretations of each feature; my only limitations were to keep them fairly simple and to draw from the existing Wufoo brand color palette. Unlike much of my work, these guys were created wholly within Illustrator (from ink drawings of course), which was challenging at first; I always want to move back into Photoshop and add textures and other embellishing details, but I like the simplicity that resulted from this process.
Here's a selection of the finished characters alongside their original concept sketches. You can see the rest of them here.