My old friend Dave Philhower owns a hot rod garage in Simi Valley, CA. Back when Dave and I were working together in Pasadena, he was building race car chassis and setting up cars for a variety of customers. Most weekends when he wasn’t fabricating props for the movie industry where we worked, he had some car in the driveway. We are now collaborating on some marketing materials for his business, starting with t-shirt designs and some other unique projects to be announced. Dave’s shop truck is a ’66 Chevy Suburban that he is currently painting. We chose to immortalize the ’66 and some other vehicles Dave either owns or has worked on. Fun stuff! I am creating them with vector illustrations from photo reference. I like the process of reducing color photos to a very minimalist black and white illustration. They will look great on t-shirts!
Dave’s site is http://davesgarage-hotrodshop.com/
After 4 visits to Farmers’ Markets and one local fruit/veggie stand (thanks Mark’s NW Fresh Produce!), I got enough images to satisfy my client. My original concept for a clean, simple look was overwritten after I posted my entire photo collection from 3 different Farmers’ Markets. The client liked all of them, so we shuffled things around until we had a nice composition with room for some text in the middle and a place for attaching a map to the closest Farmers’ Market. A fun project! It’s currently at the printer. Looking forward to seeing the image at full 48×72 size!
Did you get your 5 a day?
Today’s task is a quick turnaround poster for Farmers’ Markets in So Cal. I clicked through all of the images I have on hand to see if anything ignited a spark. My neighbor has a fruit stand nearby, so I ran over and picked up a good representation of things I know will grow in southern California. Then I grabbed a small basket from the kitchen shelf and threw it all together on the railing of our deck. The weather is not southern California-like right now, but the grey sky makes better lighting. The rain water on the railing + the uber-green grass and foliage behind may have to go. This one is still in process. I’ll post the finished product after some further direction from my client.
Did you get your Five today?
I have a good excuse for not posting anything since April. The need to connect this blog to my website and portfolio meant some changes to the website design. I was getting tired of the blacked out look of the old design. In the spirit of the Weeping Ticonderoga, I have placed the Dixon Ticonderoga #2 in a prominent place in the header of my site design. I also weeded through the artwork and updated with some more recent projects, leaving my perennial favorites intact. The redesign went well until upload time where Dreamweaver did not want to cooperate with the ftp blah blah blah… But it all worked out in the end and it’s up and live. So, if for some reason you stumbled across this blog without accessing it through my website, here is the link to a good cache of my artwork: www.tcheney.com