Thursday, April 27, 2006

Insect Behaviour - Fungus Gnat Larvae

This ugly critter looks like something out of star wars, but they are actually from New Zealand. This larvae of a type of fungus gnat is usually found in deep dark volcanic caves. They can also be found in trees that are generally in the dark. This is for protection against predators, but mainly for hunting. They catch thier food in the dark by making long silk threads and hanging them down with drops of sticky mucus. The waste the larvae produces has a chemical reaction with air and produces a bright blue light which attracts prey. These "cave glow worms" usually eat mayflies and other small flies, but they also eat snails, gnats (themselves as adults) and roaches. This finished copy took around 8 hours to complete using entirely PhotoShop CS2. Including the research, roughs, linears and colour studies it took about a month (well working on it like 2 hours a week)

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Digital Clouds

This was a very successful rendering of clouds I had done experimenting in Photoshop CS2 with my Wacom Tablet. I did it strait digitally with no prior sketches; I used a reference picture from the web. It took me a total of 1 1/2 hrs.

Architectural Rendering - Church Detail

A late Victorian church in Streetsville, Mississauga was the subject matter for this architectural detail. I had taken a few reference photos and then drew a pencil sketch. I transfered the sketch to watercolour paper and painted the piece with gouache. Due to the small details (and lack of experience with gouache) this painting took aprox 12 hrs or more.

Package Design - Toy Box

This is a toy box I constructed for an old toy from the film independence day. It was a reconstruction that I designed using Photoshop and Illustrator CS2. Using online references of the film, I recreated the logo in Illustrator and all the graphics were drawn using Photoshop. The illustrated Alien Exoskeleton Suit on the back was rendered using marker and Pencil crayon. The box itself was printed on glossy laser paper then spray mounted to double-ply card stock. I cut out the segments of the circular mothership to see through and glued acetate behind it.