Illustration

Making Information Pretty.

When art delivers more than ambiance, emotion, or lyric, it's probably illustration. Conveying information through art requires visual organization, prioritization of what's essential, and aesthetics that welcome.

Visual organization can be chronological—for procedures or stories, spatial for maps, categorical, semantic, or symmetrical—whatever fits the project at hand.

Once a framework is determined, the artist needs to stay on task. Unless the project is a Medieval manuscript, function should preempt decoration.

That said, presentation must catch a viewer's eye and keep it happy to the end. For that, a well-planned color scheme, compositional balance, and meaningful visual variety are essential.

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Virtually Guided RSW Weldability Prediction Infographic
Virtually Guided RSW Weldability Prediction Infographic
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Semantic Design Rule Management Infographic
Semantic Design Rule Management Infographic
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Design Evaluation for Reusable Medical Equipment Infographic
Design Evaluation for Reusable Medical Equipment Infographic
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Formal Model-based Design Knowledge Management Infographic
Formal Model-based Design Knowledge Management Infographic
Creating infographics for engineers took courage. But with plenty of feedback and a good dose of intuition, I pulled together this set of graphics for the team at CInDI (Computational Intelligence & Design Informatics) Laboratory.
Rendering of New CInDI (Computational Intelligence & Design Informatics) Laboratory
Rendering of New CInDI (Computational Intelligence & Design Informatics) Laboratory
The director of the CInDI (Computational Intelligence & Design Informatics) Laboratory asked me to create an illustration for a proposed engineering lab of the future. I was provided with a map covered with almost indecipherable handwriting, most of which was crossed out, and crisscrossed with arrows pointing to various geometric shapes that were supposed to represent powerful, industrial machines. Frequent Skype meetings and Googling made this illustration possible.
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How to Draw a Mean Rectangle Instructional Booklet: Front Cover
How to Draw a Mean Rectangle Instructional Booklet: Front Cover
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How to Draw a Mean Rectangle Instructional Booklet: Page 1
How to Draw a Mean Rectangle Instructional Booklet: Page 1
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How to Draw a Mean Rectangle Instuctional Booklet: Page 2
How to Draw a Mean Rectangle Instuctional Booklet: Page 2
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How to Draw a Mean Rectangle Instuctional Booklet: Page 3
How to Draw a Mean Rectangle Instuctional Booklet: Page 3
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How to Draw a Mean Rectangle Instructional Booklet: Page 4
How to Draw a Mean Rectangle Instructional Booklet: Page 4
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How to Draw a Mean Rectangle Instructional Booklet: Page 5
How to Draw a Mean Rectangle Instructional Booklet: Page 5
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How to Draw a Mean Rectangle Instructional Booklet: Page 6
How to Draw a Mean Rectangle Instructional Booklet: Page 6
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How to Draw a Mean Rectangle Instructional Booklet: Back Cover
How to Draw a Mean Rectangle Instructional Booklet: Back Cover
Student WorkThe pages from this booklet sum up my instructional concept for teaching the Golden Mean to elementary students—a thing I used to do. Creating entertaining characters and stories not only made for a smoother art class, it also made the lessons more memorable.
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Dostoyevsky Bookmark Series: Crime & Punishment: Front Dostoyevsky Bookmark Series: Crime & Punishment: Back
Dostoyevsky Bookmark Series: Crime & Punishment
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Dostoyevsky Bookmark Series: The Idiot: Front Dostoyevsky Bookmark Series: The Idiot: Back
Dostoyevsky Bookmark Series: The Idiot
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Dostoyevsky Bookmark Series: The Brothers Karamazov: Front Dostoyevsky Bookmark Series: The Brothers Karamazov: Back
Dostoyevsky Bookmark Series: The Brothers Karamazov
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Dostoyevsky Bookmark Series: Notes From Underground: Front Dostoyevsky Bookmark Series: Notes From Underground: Back
Dostoyevsky Bookmark Series: Notes From Underground
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Dostoyevsky Bookmark Series: The Possessed: Front Dostoyevsky Bookmark Series: The Possessed: Back
Dostoyevsky Bookmark Series: The Possessed
Student WorkI used color and imagery to distinguish the bookmarks in this collection while keeping the layout, typography, and image treatments consistent.
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Child Abuse Prevention Website Banner
Child Abuse Prevention Website Banner
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Child Abuse Prevention Social Media Banner
Child Abuse Prevention Social Media Banner
For Child Abuse Prevention month, a caseworker at Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County wrote an article about how to identify and stop child abuse. To promote the article, I created artwork that incorporated a blue pinwheel, the national symbol for child abuse prevention.
Invisible boy in a vampire cape, sitting at a table outside, reading a book about the vegan diet.
Invisible Vampire Boy
Student WorkI contorted approximately twenty photos to make this collage.
An imagined Facebook profile page set in the early nineteenth century.
Book of Fellowship
Student WorkFor this project, I first restored a heavily damaged antique photo. Then I collaged that image into a Facebook spoof. This design was based on the Facebook layout in use at the time of the project.
Digital painting of Mister Rogers with a hand puppet and a Superman 's' on his shirt.
Superman
Student WorkI wanted to show Mister Rogers's true colors in this digital painting.
Tiger shark in a coral reef with an F-20 Tigershark plane flying above it.
Tiger Sharks
Student WorkThis Photoshop assignment required the blurring of a propeller on a motionless model plane. I took things a step further by placing the vantage point underwater.
A cartoon version of Cerberus as a not-so-friendly puppy.
Portrait of a Young Cerberus
Student WorkFor this Illustrator assignment, students could only use the shape tools to construct a character of their choosing. I was inspired by the idea of Cerberus as a puppy.
On a floating and disintegrating chessboard, a one-armed toy knight confronts a roaring T-Rex from behind.
Playthings
Student WorkFor this Illustrator assignment, I photographed old toys in the heat of battle as models for this piece.