Saturday, February 18, 2017

Logo Design Client: Shabab El-Bourj Sporting Club, Lebanon

This logo design was created for the Shabab El-Bourj Sporting Club, a Lebanese club. the logo brief asked for a design that would show that the club is for young and other ages, for different people regardless of their believes and political orientation, that all would work as a team, with a 3D effect. I created some example shapes and text treatments to begin as sketches on paper, then laid them out in Adobe Illustrator for review by the client.

The option of using the Lebanese Cedar iconography was then requested. The previous logo concept had two figures holding a victory cup, and this was updated to have the two holding the Cedar tree instead of the cup. In addition, the client asked that the heads of the people be somewhat humanized, so I reshaped the heads so they were not circles, and positioned them so they looked like they were looking toward the tree. We removed the stars, because although they liked them, they were thinking when they have a performance or win a cup, they could add them in the future to signify the achievement.

The client settled on the shield shape for simplicity; with the two people holding the cedar tree in the middle, and color treatments were begun.

The logo text was in both English and Arabic; Arabic text in vector art was provided by the client. The colors requested were yellow and black, with red and white for the Lebanese flag and the green for cedar in the middle. Blue was selected as the color to accent the black areas and make them look more dimensional.

The shield shape was given a 3D edge that looks like it is beveled, the text was also given highlights and shadows, and shadows added to parts to make the different areas look like they are separated. Adjustments to the shapes and arrangement of elements were tried, as well as a different blue palette. The Cedar tree broke the border of the text to further add to the dimensional appearance.

Final changes included the human figures to be two colors - red and white, with the inner two colors inside to evoke the Lebanese flag. With a few more variations of color arrangement, the final version was selected with a grouping of hues that were more generally concentric.

 Final Logo.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Some 3D Models Made for Second Life

This head model was made to work with the existing Second Life avatar body, replacing the head with a rigged Bat inspired furry head. The rigged components are the head, neck and eyes. Custom texturing by Rob Sword. Textures made to client specifications to match reference artwork.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Creating 3D avatars for the upcoming film "Ready Player One"

A recent project called for avatars to be created for the upcoming Steven Spielberg film, "Ready Player One". I had a few that were in various states of completion from previous clients and other projects. I created two original avatars, ElectroNaga and Exosius Mistwalker.

ElectroNaga is the avatar of a grad student who loves gardening and animals. She also wears a patterned hoodie and a backpack. ElectroNaga is 5.5 meters, or 18 feet, from nose to tip of tail, and 1.9 meters, or 6.25 feet, fingertip to fingertip in her relaxed pose.

Exosius Mistwalker is a half dark elf, half dragon. He's a powerful techno-mage and is a renowned teacher and crafter of arcane objects. In the Oasis, he makes avatars and custom virtual items for select clients. Exosius stands 7.5 feet tall, or about 2.3 meters, from his feet to the top of his scaled head crests.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sketch to Design to Product

A sketch I drew a while ago finally got traced into vector format and now is available on several new items!

Products with this can now be obtained from my Zazzle online store! 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Project: Book Cover Art for 'The Servant' by Robert Gonko.

Author Robert Gonko commissioned cover art for his new novel. We first went through several very rough layout ideas. 

The author selected a version with the gun and a Bible on the cover. 

Next, I created the text in Adobe Illustrator and assembled some different ideas in color. The gun is a 9mm Beretta, specifically referenced and used in the book. I used a public domain image from Wikimedia for the gun. The sketch called for a Bible and the gun to be on the front cover, but the layout was awkward with both elements. I decided instead to make the entire cover reminiscent of a bible, and use the gun as a solitary element.

The author chose the black cover with gold and silver text effects.

A few spacing, lighting and alignment corrections later, and we had the final version.

And here is the electronic book cover version.

You can purchase this book from

Monday, January 6, 2014

Alien Monster Head for Second Life

This alien was commissioned by a client in Second Life. This head, once complete and textured, will be added to a avatar body and space suit, and sold in the Marketplace. 3D modeling in 3D Studio Max. The first version's head was too small, and the client wanted it much larger. The second alien head was too large. The third alien head was just right!


Friday, November 8, 2013

3D StereoLithographic Print Model

A client in Australia needed a 3D head model similar to an Asaro head, except symmetrical (the Asaro has a 'young' side and an 'old' side). It will be used to teach facial proportions, as well as lighting on the planes of the face. I created a low-poly head model using standard proportions and androgynous reference images. I also chose a five-pointed base shape, so that an artist can line themselves up with ten points of view around the sculpt, and arrange lights easily as well.

To show lighting, I rendered this video for the client.


The final output will be printed in multiple sizes.