Karlsborg Fastning

Another Perspective and Proportion project. We were to illustrate a castle with strict perspective. This image is based on a photograph of Karlsborg Fortress in… Sweden, I think it was. I am not sure what part of the fortress the photograph shows. I suspect it's looking down the exterior of the Eastern Land Front wall at the corner tower, but I can't be certain.

The image is intended to accompany a map created by an acquantaince of mine with the screenname Hoel on the Cartographers' Guild. The map can be viewed here.

This one is all graphite pencils on cold-press illustration board.

Karlsborg Fastning
Karlsborg Fastning

Art Nouveau Poster — The Base of Natural Logarithms

In Digital Typography, we were to design a poster showcasing a single letter of the alphabet in either an Art Nouveau or Art Deco style. I dislike Deco, so I went with the former. Referencing a famous poster by Alphonse Mucha and borrowing copy from the blog Better Explained (highly recommended; the guy has a real gift for making difficult topics comprehensible), I created a poster that illustrates how e, the base of natural logarithms, describes growth rates. The Nouveau style, which typically uses naturalist imagery, was a good fit for the concept. The headline typeface is called Boecklin.

Based on a poster by Alphonse Mucha
Based on a poster by Alphonse Mucha.

Military Rover — Vehicle Design

In my Perspective & Proportion class, we were given the task of designing and rendering a vehicle using a particular technique of perspective. I'd had this notion of a vehicle hinged in the middle since I was a kid, so I drew that. I laid it out on several layers of tracing vellum in pencil, then transferred it to illustration board, inked it, and did the shading in Prismacolor grey markers. In the future, I need to get reference for suspension on construction vehicles and do more detailing. This looks more like a toy than a large machine.

Vehicle Design

Color Vibration

There is an optical illusion that can occur when highly saturated complementary colors are placed next to one another, particularly if the lines are thin, where it appears as though there is a line between the colors, even though no such line exists. This effect is called color vibration, and it is demonstrated in this representation of an orrery. A secondary purpose of the images is to show how changing around the colors can affect the perception of an image. The two orreries are identical in form and use the same color palette. Only the arrangement of colors has been changed, but the orrery on the left appears to stand out from its background, while the one on the right almost looks punched out of the background. To me, at any rate.

Color Vibration

Photoshop Colorization

Mike Fraley, Great Plains Renaissance Festival, July 2007
Mike Fraley, Great Plains Renaissance Festival, July 2007

I liked the composition of this photograph, but the camera's autofocus liked the girls in the background more than Mike. I colorized the image and put a big blur on the background to try to make Mike the focal point. Obviously, taking the picture right in the first place is better than fixing it in Photoshop.

Mike Fraley, Colorized
Mike Fraley, Colorized