Our daughter came home yesterday with the purchase of a 16 GB iPod Nano. This little thing is so cool with its built-in video camera, FM radio and a Pedometer. With all of its bells and whistles, you almost forget that it is a music player. Gone are the days of parents mortgaging the house to fund their young, would-be filmmakers. Todays technology brings affordable and powerful filmmaking tools into the hands of a widening audience.
This DVD cover illustration created for Lynda.com portrays Apple's Compressor 3.5. Compressor is part of Apple's Final Cut Studio that allows users to encode video files for delivery on iPod, Apple TV, the web, mobile phones, a Blu-ray disc, or a DVD. Now, if I could only get our teenage daughter to tune her Nano to NPR 90.9.
Here are some new DVD covers for Lynda.com.Luckily for me, I enjoy reading about and creating art relating to technology so these assignments are a treat. Although, I use technology in my work I must admit that I use very little technology in my lifestyle and I can barely operate my cell phone. When I create these covers art director Heather Stallings gives me a bit of technology direction with links to Wikipedia and the developer websites and off I go!. The new iPhone SDK technology seems amazing, giving consumers the ability to create iPhone applications that can then, be published through Apple's App Store. That sounds like fun but maybe I should first, figure out how to use my LG phone.
Flash Player 10 This version didn't make it out of the legal department, too close to the Flash logo.
Flash Player 10 Approved by legal, bill legal 180 minutes Photoshop time.
Here is a cover Illustration for Strategic Finance magazine. Art Director, Mary Zisk requested my rendered style and an image that didn't require a big concept but something with a folk art and Latin American feel to it. Mary suggested the tortilla making scenario, one of the case studies about a woman in Nicaragua who makes tortillas for a living. This fascinating article about microbusinesses in developing countries was written by Business Administration Professors from Harvard, Rice and Portland Universities. Simple accounting, microcredit and microfinance has become one of the most promising approaches yet developed to address the seemingly intractable problem of global poverty.
So, without the security of a big concept I jumped into designing a woman making tortillas. The tortillas ended up being the most challenging part of the assignment. The tortilla itself is graphic enough, but the color and texture required some extra problem solving. If you don't believe my tortilla challenge, try and draw a cool tortilla.