Sunday, 27 November 2011

Christmas Advent Doodle Calendar

Anyone who knows me, knows what a sucker I am for Christmas.

For me, it is the best time of the year bar none. I simply love the joy it generates and the way it can bring people together.

Last year I decided that I wanted to inject some Christmas spirit into the lives of the people who follow me on Twitter and so I created an Advent Doodle Calendar.

What is that I hear you cry?

Well, in a nutshell, I simply uploaded a new Christmas-based doodle everyday to my Twitter account from 1st December, up until Christmas Eve for people to see.

It isn’t much, but it is a small way of saying thank you to the amazing people (and spambots) who follow me, as well as spreading that little bit of Christmas cheer.

You can either follow me on Twitter to see the posts, or you can see them daily here.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

It's the simple things in life...

I have recently been working on a few different characters visuals for a client who was keen to explore the ways in which we could simplify my designs in order to give their finished project a cleaner look.

The first route I was requested to take was to work towards my new style I have been developing. This look gives the character a lot more emotion and can be more striking and impactful compared to my other style.

The other option was a much simpler feel, which was strictly black and white and with real minimal detail.

The results are below.


I'm still alive...I promise!

After what has seemed an eternity since I last posted anything on here, I have come prepared with a cluster of posts to make up for my negligence.

In my defence though, I wasn’t ignoring you all, I have just been kept very busy with my main occupation as a freelance designer. As well as that, I have also been working on some illustration projects which I didn’t want to publish until they had been signed off and launched.

One of the projects I have been working on was some character design for a fantastic guy in the US called Luke Knowles.

I first started working with Luke a few years ago when he saw my work on the stock site iStock and approached me about creating a character for one of his Coupon Discount websites that he runs. Since then we have worked together designing numerous characters for the sites, creating a whole family for his brand.

Last month Luke came to me asking for a new character to be designed for his new venture into the world of discounted printer ink. The brief was pretty open, as his only specifications was for the character to be a little bit nerdy looking, to have the printing process colours (CMYK) clearly visible on the character and for him to have a jetpack.

Below are the original sketches that I produced. I created 4 different designs to begin with and then once the character was selected, we then looked at developing him.

He did take on a costume change as we progressed with the project and you can see the final design at the bottom of the post.

All designs and concepts are strictly © Copyright Dan Bailey 2011.