10 years ago I created a series of fantasy vehicles inspired by old car ads and my fascination with mid 20th Century Futurism. I used the project as a way to teach myself Photoshop and never used them beyond portfolio pieces. They've brought in a few tangent projects over the years but up to now never saw print themselves. My friend Don Levy over at the Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown MA http://www.deluxetowndiner.com/ has always loved them and comissioned me to use them in a series of 6 small spot ads. you can visit http://drawger.com/fisher/?section=gallery&gallery_id=358 to see some of the other vehicles from the original series.
Back in April, Walter Vasconcelos and I started a project of drawn and digital collages. We decided on a 6.4 inch square format where one of us would do a character in b&w and e-mail it to the other, who would then add color; backgrounds, textures and words. We alternated this process between he in Brazil, and I in the U.S. for 199 days untill we concluded it with panel 100.
Some of the panels flow in sequence and others are lone wolves. Somewhere along the way we decided to concentrate on just faces, adding numbers to the mix. What I find very interesting is how blended some of the panels are, so much so I have trouble discerning who did what. We had so much fun with this project that we are in the midst of another. I have put together the whole batch here. Enjoy!
Last year I worked on a fun project with Martin Yeeles of Bob's Your Uncle, a gift and greeting card company in Boston. A-Z an Animal Alphabet Book. Each letter of the alphabet is
paired with a detail of the animal
along with the upper and lowercase
letters. The facing page shows
a silhouette of the full animal along
with an interesting fact about its
Martin and his wife Michele have a very clean graphic line of items and this collection of animals had to fit in with their distinctive style. Martin worked as Designer and I was Illustrator and co-designer.
In addition to the bound book they produced a boxed set of Flash Cards that received a BoNE (Best of New England) award at the Boston AIGA 2009 Show and recognition in this years Print Regional Design Annual 2009.
This summer they produced a large format coloring pad (11x15)based on the animals from the book and cards. Detail was added to the animals and backgrounds as well. Some of the pages were kept simple while others were crazy with shapes to add variety.