Explainer Graphics

So I’m not entirely sure what to call this. It is related to Graphic Recording, but it isn’t done “live in front of the studio audience”. Until I have an industry name for it I’m just going to call it an Explainer Graphic.

For this piece (there are two others that go with it, but I’m just posting the one for now) I met with Volunteer Lethbridge and discussed what they do as an organization. I took notes and then came home and made a rough draft. Then discussed it again with Volunteer Lethbridge. This back and forth feedback allowed us to really refine the information contained in the graphic. When we were  happy with it I inked the image on regular 8.5×11 paper. After scanning it into the computer I added the dotted lines, the X and the additional text.

After delivery, the client had it printed onto those roll-up banners that you see at trade shows. They use it to help them illustrate/explain their processes to clients/partners/volunteers.

I think my favorite bit is the guy climbing over the wall.

J&M Business Card

Just finished this for a client. Both they and I are very happy with the design. J&M Designs is a husband/wife team. Like the card says: they make stone design crafts and metal artwork. I was also given the impression that they take groups out mineral hunting and gold panning. I learned to goldpan back in highschool and really enjoyed it. I may just have to book a day with them this summer.

For the image I started with two stock images. The bird and the sky/trees. I used Affinity Photo for image editing. I haven’t figured out how to embed a jpeg image (for non-destructive editing) so instead I save the stock images as Affinity files, and then embed those. I have a single layer of the sky image. Over that is an orange/blue gradient layer to get that sunset glow. I have two groups of layers over that. One with a high contrast (look at the top wing) fading out into a straight silhouette. (no feather details on the bottom wing) The second group is for the head, to give that area a bit better detailing. I have the sky and bird layers in a main group, and use another layer of the bird as a mask, to cut off all stuff outside the silhouette.

Fairy House Business Card

Finished this business card this morning. For this one I sketched the two characters separately. I scanned them and sized/positioned them in Affinity Photo. Then I added a few rough details. I printed them off and Traced them with a brush pen onto a clean page. Scanned them and added the colour in Affinity Photo. And last, I used Affinity Designer to put it all together.

Prism and Paper

I meant to show this last month. This is just part of the entire image, which is part of a book cover. I used a stock image for the wooden surface of the desk. I used a high resolution scan of a page from one of daVinci’s notebooks… (I bought a license of course) But the part I am most pleased with is the prism, which I built from scratch. I used many layers and morphed snips from the wood image to make it look like the light is bending inside the glass of the prism.


Justin over at MathFileFolderGames needed a banner designed for an education conference. This image is much smaller than the actual file I provided him. The original is 85 inches high at 300 dpi. We had to move things around a little to give the needed 6 inches at the bottom. The banner is sort of like those old projection screens on a stand. To unroll it you pull it out of the roll and hook it to the top of the stand. The extra space is the part that stays down in the roller at the bottom.Banner 05 preview