A while back I mentioned the little character which looked amazingly like Dave Britzius, especially to those who know him. Since then, Dave has expanded his business from building up high-end computers and producing 3D illustration, to designing flight simulators. Some pilots like to practise a little more than time in the air will allow, and that’s where Dave comes in. Here are the two characters side by side.
The new character is a slightly more intense blue to more closely match the electric blue in Dave’s logo which can be seen on his site; you will also be able to read more about the flight simulators which are fascinating. We’re hoping to see the new site up and running in about two weeks’ time so watch this space. Am sure to make a song and dance about it..
From time to time I work with clients who need their own designs translated into websites, and sometimes it’s the other way round: I’m needed to design the GUI and the client is more than capable of doing the back-end. Such a person is Dave Britzius, a multi-faceted man who does 3D illustration, web-design and supplies high-end computers to… well, other people like himself, basically. This is what his computer-supply website looked like, and Dave wanted it changed:
This is the ‘before’ pic
Click on the image to visit Dave’s site
And this, after much back-and-forwarding, some small but passionate arguments and digging in of heels on both sides, is what we came up with.
I, for one, will often be visiting this site to read up on technical and computer-related matters I wouldn’t otherwise know about. Having bought my last two computers from him and had lots of help many times, I can recommend Dave whole-heartedly to anyone needing something more than a run-of-the-mill computer.
Click on the image to view the clip – it comes at the perfect time for me – am about to work on a new animated short. Cool that New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts shared this with the rest of the script-assemblers out there. Thank you, also to the New York Times!
Here are some really, really cool brushes from many different sources at Vandelay Design’s blog – and they are downloadable for free! Brushes come in useful in more ways than is at first obvious. Just one massive sweep across an entire background using one of these babies at a ‘humungous’ setting will be so inspirational you’ll spend days studying the possibilities of the other variants. Not to mention actually drawing a picture with them….
I see comments are now closed on Vandelay Design’s blog. Well I’m sure he was deluged with such tsunamis of gratitude that he just couldn’t take it anymore. But – thank you so much, guys.
So far I’ve looked at those by Jay Hilgert of Bittbox who is responsible for the sample reproduced on the left and Blogspoon Graphics who does watercolour brushes and also spraypaint brushes as far as I can gather from the little I’ve breezed through so far. There seem to be around a hundred others, including birds, wings, leaves, grass, sparkly light effects – time doesn’t allow. It’ll take you … a long time. I’m retiring exhausted and going off to get a sustaining coffee.
I think my next job is going to be exceeding beautttttiful…. I feel massively inspired. Not sure why I’ve never gone looking on the net for new brushes, but I didn’t. It just hadn’t occurred to me.
You will be amazed. I found myself just giggling like a little kid… A normal little kid, not the little kid who got into a tomato box (as in – fully lined with splinters, yes) with not one but three bright red balloons to keep me company.
The outcome left me with a balloon phobia ever since. I hate blowing them up and I jump a foot in the air if one goes off near me. Call it post-traumatic syndrome. I call it logical.
Here’s the link – I found it quite therapeutic after my difficult experience all those years ago.
Inspired by Kristofer Strom’s videos and art, I developed a new style which has very little to do with either, but watching his animations somehow freed me up to do something new. Working through a bunch of pictures and often illustrating a situation like this one for the third or fourth time, one scrambles to come up with something new to maintain the interest of the end-users and also one’s own interest level.
Boredom so quickly shows in a picture, and that is fatal. So – thanks Kristofer, and all the hundreds of artworks that inspired me to come up with this one; I am going to thoroughly enjoy this. Back in the 80’s I was privileged to work for Neville Trickett who exposed me to comic art, much of it very avant-garde, from New York artists who were as obscure as they were talented. I remember saying, ‘I’m sorry, Nev, I can’t draw as ugly as that.’ Just didn’t understand at all…
More recently, I got a glimmer of what they were about when I worked on the children’s drawings for ‘My Children’s Act’ – there was a charm there I just couldn’t replicate… probably never will. But I can try. I do know the Grobby style will bring much fun to my work and I hope will be enjoyed by others.
Have a look at this amazing illustrator/animator!
(No not me – another one.)
Kristofer Strom – this style hugely influenced my grobby style
Kristofer Strom did a great video for ‘Sony Ericsson’s new magic headphones MH907’ and on investigating further, I discovered that he produces a drawing a day on Tumblr.com. Check it out. You’ll be so glad you did! Well…..I was glad. Come on… enjoy some eye-candy. Here’s another brilliant little animation called Baltimore Clap. I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry at the end.