Tag Archives: Technical Illustration

DBS Satellite Dish Technical Illustration

For people who know me or who have been following the blog for a while… you know my professional background is in Technical Writing and Illustration. I also have been a forum moderator at the DBSTalk Web site for many years now. As part of some recent logo redesign for that Web site I wanted to recreate the previous logo design as closely as I could to have a baseline for comparison purposes. I needed to do this because the original high-resolution source was lost and I did not create that previous design.

Long-story short, the previous Web site logo design for DBSTalk used a Dish Network Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) dish as a cornerstone around which the rest of the logo was created. Before working on any actual logo work, I first created this vector illustration of a Dish Network 1000.4 DBS rooftop dish assembly.

dbs-satellite-dish

Even though I didn’t end up using this in the new logo redesign, I was pretty proud at how this turned out. I may even upgrade the satellite dish on the ‘Sects cave-teepee at some point just to see if anyone notices! 🙂

Please let me know what you think and remember, if you are interested in requesting my services as a Technical Illustrator, please use the Contact page and provide me with as much information as you can about your request.

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BB-8: Return of the Droids!

I haven’t drawn a particularly complicated thing in a while… and while I keep meaning to draw a C-3P0 to go along with my R2-D2 illustration from last December, I at least was inspired again to draw a Star Wars droid! This time, I hunkered down and rendered BB-8, from the most recent Star Wars, The Force Awakens.

BB-8

There is an elegant simplicity in this particular droid and the primarily spherical design. It doesn’t have nearly the detail of some other characters, but it has just enough to make it interesting. I also like that it’s basically a two-color character (white and orange) with just a little bit of silver and a couple of red and blue splashes for effect.

While this actually only took me a few hours to complete, I made the classic mistake of deciding to start drawing it about 2 am the other day… so I ended up staying awake all night and finishing it before going to bed the next morning. I need to work on drawing at normal hours, but sometimes when an idea and motivation strikes I have to grab hold and take it where it leads me so I don’t lose it!

Different from some of my other illustrations of this type, I added a couple of shadows. For some reason, BB-8 just didn’t look right without shadowing under the head and on the floor. As I was finishing things up, I became aware that this is not to the same scale as my previous R2-D2 illustration. If I ever decide to composite these for something in the future, I’ll have to address that… maybe whenever I get around to C-3P0?

As always, please let me know what you think… and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

R2-D2: The Force Awakened Me to Draw You

So… I actually drew this back in December. I was inspired, admittedly, by the new Star Wars movie that came out to finally tackle R2-D2. This was every bit as difficult as the AT-AT I drew earlier last year and the Dalek I had drawn prior to that. In fact, I’ve always thought R2-D2 and Daleks might be distant cousins!

R2-D2Many of you have already seen a smaller version of this, because I already used it in a Fringe Kisses cartoon last year. That’s how I roll with these things. Once I have a nice clean vector rendering of a thing, I then try to find other cool or funny uses for them. One day I’ll probably have to draw a C-3P0 to go along with him, but that’s for another day!

Please let me know what you think and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

Where My Star Wars Fans AT-AT?

I’ve been a little lax lately about posting artwork besides my comic strips, but rest-assured I have been drawing lots of other things. I’m going to try and play catch-up, starting with this week’s Star Wars inspired illustration… The All-Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT) Walker, made famous by Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

AT-AT FinalI worked on this almost non-stop for a day, then a few hours the next. I lost track of time, but I expect I put at least ten hours into all the details for this one. It’s probably the most complicated illustration I’ve done this year since my Dalek drawing. This is in the Technical Illustration style, which suits the design of the AT-AT. I also hope to use this in some of my comic strips in the near future, as I have a couple of horrible puns and gags that formed in my mind while I drew this… so be on the lookout for some painful comedy coming soon!

Please let me know what you think, and remember, if you are interested in requesting my services as a Technical Illustrator, please use the Contact page and provide me with as much information as you can about your request.

Mad Hatteras: The Cape Crusader

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, is world-famous. It is not just the tallest brick lighthouse in the world… but years ago when it was relocated farther away from the coast to save it from beach erosion, it became the tallest brick structure of any kind in history to be moved! Visit the Outer Banks Web site to read more about this famous lighthouse.

Cape Hatteras LighthouseRegular followers of my blog might feel a sense of deja vu, because in some ways this resembles the bell tower that I posted earlier this week. It was, in fact, while I was drawing that illustration that I got the idea to draw this one. They really aren’t all that similar though, other than being tall slender buildings, but I had a sense of deja vu as well.

As always, please let me know what you think of this one. I’m quite happy with how it turned out, especially with the mostly grey tones and the splash of red in the base of the lighthouse. Remember, if you are interested in requesting my services as a Technical Illustrator, please use the Contact page and provide me with as much information as you can about your request.

For Whom the Bell Tower Was Drawn

This is an illustration of the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Memorial Bell Tower. It is located on campus in downtown Raleigh, NC. Click the link in the previous sentence if you want to read more about the history behind this tower.

NCSU Bell TowerI wish that I could have posted this on Memorial Day, but it took me longer to complete than I originally thought. I was still working on this yesterday into the evening. Please let me know what you think.

As to the question of “for whom the Bell Tower was drawn?” It was drawn by me, for me, and is now part of my blog. 🙂 My apologies to Ernest Hemingway. Remember, if you are interested in requesting my services as a Technical Illustrator, please use the Contact page and provide me with as much information as you can about your request.

Charlotte Hornets Arena Illustration

See if you can follow this…  Many years ago we had the Charlotte Hornets, who moved to New Orleans… played a year in Oklahoma City after Hurricane Katrina, then became the New Orleans Pelicans this past season. Meanwhile, some years back we got the Charlotte Bobcats who finally became the Hornets again!

Make sense?

So… I’m a basketball fan, NBA and college… and not being in the playoffs didn’t stop me from deciding to make an illustration of the inside of the Charlotte Hornets Arena.

Charlotte Hornets CourtAbout the only thing missing here is the honeycomb flooring, which I felt would have distracted from the rest of the illustration… oh, and the net. The net was going to be so small that I decided not to bother with it for this particular illustration. Let me know what you think!

Remember, if you are interested in requesting my services as a Technical Illustrator, please use the Contact page and provide me with as much information as you can about your request.

Dalek of the Draw

Over the past year I have been doing a lot of cartooning and doodling, and generally trying to stretch my skills while letting my creativity flow a little more than I typically have in the professional world. The cartooning is fun, but I’ve made more money with Technical Illustration over the years, and I decided it was time to add some of that to my blog.

I’m kicking things off with something that will appeal to a wider audience than your usual technical drawing… a Dalek! Doctor Who has been running more or less since the 1960s, and there are several variations of Daleks at this point. For no particular reason other than I generally liked it, this drawing is based on a Dalek from the new series.

DalekWhen I began this illustration, I intended to do a straight black and white (i.e. no shading or color) illustration. As I dove into it, however, I realized some parts were just not going to look as good without some shading… so I did a lot more shading and coloring than I originally intended. To balance what I originally envisioned with what I found myself doing, I decided to stick to grays for all the shading with the exception of that little dab of cyan in the eyestalk.

Please let me know what you think of this… and be on the lookout for more illustrations in this vein in the near future! Also, if you are interested in requesting my services as a Technical Illustrator, please use the Contact page and provide me with as much information as you can about your request.

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