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Scientist Character Design - Empiribox Logo and Illustrated Cartoon Scientist

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Scientist Character Design - Empiribox Logo and Illustrated Cartoon Scientist

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Mad Scientist - character design

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If I asked you to picture a cartoon scientist you would undoubtedly imagine the white coat, big glasses/goggles and some crazy hair of some kind. Add in some bubbling, smoky liquid in a test tube and you've got your typical scientist (mad scientist) character.

This is exactly what the client needed, so who am I to argue with tradition?! I did create a choice of other scientist sketches following the similar theme, and a favourite was chosen and vectored up to final artwork. Let me know what you think or if you'd have preferred a different scientist from my sketches.

Empiribox Logo - design, animate and icon amends

Following the scientist character design, I also helped work on the company logo a little by developing the icons used amongst the text. As you can see the logo incorporates a rocket ship, a test tube and a bug. I designed a few variations of each icon and tried several colour schemes.

We also tried to get a bit of extra fun into the logo and decided to have a little play with animating the logo for the website. You can see the simple animated logo below.

 

If you have any thoughts, comments, suggestions or questions then please feel free to comment below or contact me in whatever way is best for you. Enjoy :)

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Caveboy - Caveman Character Design and Illustration

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Caveboy - Caveman Character Design and Illustration

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A client needed a caveman, or to be more specific a caveboy character created. The character needed to appeal to kids and was to be used for learning and informational purposes in an environment that specifically deals with heritage and historical education.

Things to consider were that the character looked fun and friendly but not too cartoony. Also needed to be considered was that the character could have the potential to be dressed in different period costume to show the same boy in different outfits and therefore periods of time.

You can see my first stage of sketches, and following feedback from the client the final vector artwork for the caveboy is shown with and without a background. Any feedback is appreciated as always. Cheers and enjoy!

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Leicester Tigers - Welford character design - He's Grrreat!

If any of you good people are Leicester Tigers fans you might recognise this grrreat guy. It's Welford the official mascot for Leicester Tigers - the English rugby union team based in Leicester (obviously).

I've been illustrating the Tigers Family (#Tigersfamily) cartoon strip for the past two seasons, and you can see every single cartoon strip as well as sketches and even video on their very own blog.

This project however is all about Welford. Welford has been the offical Leicester Tigers mascot for some time now, but until recently he has only been seen in his physical form. He can usaully be seen on the pitch and in and around the Welford Road ground, meeting the fans and interacting with the kids. Now however he is also famous in his 2D, fully illustrated version!

He appears in many forms of promotional and marketing material both online and in print. You can see him in several places around the ground, on matchday promotional and fun (JTC - Junior Tigers Club) items and across the Tigers external marketing range.

Below you can see Welford in his claws out 'Thriller' pose :) You can also see him in several other classic poses as well as some early sketches of Welford before he was created in his final glorious full colour vector version.

Let me know if you're a fan of Welford and be sure to take a pic and send it to me if you see him around. Feel free to leave some comments below, but please keep them clean if you're not a Tigers fan ;) Cheers and enjoy!


If you'd like to see more of my character creations then click here and give your eyes a treat :)

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West Lodge Rural Centre cartoons and illustrations

I've been creating artwork for West Lodge Rural Centre for quite a while now. West Lodge is a great farm park for all the family, based in Northamptonshire. Working in partnership with PJD, we've created a whole range of characters that appear all over the company website and various promotional literature. The illustrations also appear on signage, helping visitors navigate their way around the farm park.

The latest characters are needed to promote the rabbit enclosure. You can see the final artwork below and the early sketches I created for the illustration. I've also created a gallery showing all the characters I've created over the years and you can see it here. If you get a chance to go then it's worth a visit, the kids love it there! Cheers and enjoy! 

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Check out my new sketches portfolio page

I've added a new sketches page to the 'portfolio' section of my website. It doesn't matter what you're designing, usually the first stages of any project are the initial sketches. It matters not whether they are doodles or scribbles or even how good they are, it's always good to let your brain run free and let the ideas flow.

Personally I start all my projects with a good old fashion pencil and paper. I love the freedom and feel of a sharp 2B on some crisp white sheets! You'll find some random examples of my sketches and early stages of designs. Many ideas never actually make it to a final piece of finished artwork so it's a shame to keep them hidden away.

Here they are in all their glory, rough around the edges but also containing that all important 'spark' of an idea. Enjoy!

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