Reaching back to my youth, it would have to be Metal gear Solid that had some of the most significant impact on me growing up. It’s in part what fueled my interest in science fiction, history and storytelling...
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I can say without much doubt that I’m a Game of Thrones fanboy! Admittedly I still need to read the novels, but with the dazzling success of the HBO series taking a prime and present location in the my binge watching television schedule; I couldn’t help but design my own Westeros map.
So this map really started its journey back in 2016. Back then I was designing this map for my girlfriend at the time, as a Christmas gift. This was my first real stab at creating a map and it was a semi successful venture in hindsight.
Now, a bit over a year later I returned with new skill sets and new paint brushes. The entire map was designed in adobe illustrator, which allowed for a lot of freedom by designing first through line art to nail down the important details. Next, I moved in with the cosmetic makeup if you will and began adding things like the paper texture, line design and was able to more clearly define the fonts I would use.
Full size map of Westeros on display
Work on the map continued by referencing as much canon material as I could. This involved looking at other maps and certainly the Wikipedia, which helped a considerable amount. Especially when it came to understanding what each of these locations was and it’s purpose.
Ultimately this was a really fun map to work on, and the detailing was really challenging but allowed me to stretch my mental skills to come up with creative solutions.
Hopefully you’ll find this Game of Thrones map as interesting as I have!
It's been a short while since I've gotten a chance to update the blog, so happy (late) New Year to everyone, hopefully everyone's resolutions are still holding strong.
It may not seem like much progress was made since yesterday's update. But in fact I managed to replace the black panels, correcting the issues I was facing previously. They look pretty sharp now!
When I was tasked to create videos for Speedy Equipment Rental's I was honestly a little uneasy about the whole thing.
No, it wasn't simply against rental companies. It was because our designer put together the logo and general 'feel' of the brand rather quickly. Many of the design elements were meant to only exist in the 'meantime' until something better could be organized. But that's how design life goes at times, especially when you're managing other, more important brands under the same umbrella.
I have a photoshoot this evening so I figure I won't be able to work on this tonight. However, I did manage to finish the panels and continue the work on the central section.
It's finally starting to take some shape. It's been pretty interesting working with all these geometric shapes- which has really helped with the speed of this build. I unfortunately didn't get to work on this project much tonight, but I still got a change to flesh out some of the smaller details as you may note.
Recently I was contacted to work on a number of website banners for an extremely awesome Etsy store; Gaia Crafting. I was asked to keep the design fairly simple, as the website banners printed on her receipts as well. Additionally, the designs should utilize some of her products in the design.
When I was tasked with creating a brand identity for Lettering on the Cheap, my employer Shane Willems spoke loud and clear; give our audience a do-it-yourself home for their projects. There is real logic behind his statement and it provided the basis for all designs moving forward. But how could a Custom Vinyl company become a DIY hub?