In 2013, my wife encouraged me to take on Freelance Art projects. This would help supplement our income and build a client portfolio.
For two years I accepted small projects. I was lucky enough to have four clients repeatedly come back for various projects.
One of my first clients was Knoble Comics, a small independent comic publisher. Over the course of 2013-2014, I illustrated and lettered four issues for Knoble Comics. To the right are two of the comics.
Working from the Writers script. I would consult with him, to understand his overall goal for each issue. He often would provide photographs of family and friends. He really enjoyed using them as characters in his stories.
I would take these photos and using Adobe Illustrator incorporate the characters. I did the entire creative process. I illustrated, did the layouts and lettered each page.
This was the first time I had used Adobe Illustrator, I was really impressed with the tools and how intuitive the program was to use.
The issues are still available on a website called Comic Flea Market.
Catherine and I include a testimonial from the Creator of Knoble Comics, when we published my first Graphic Novel.
You can read that testimonial on our Reviews Page.
Over a period spanning approximately two years, I had the privilege of illustrating seven issues of a digital Children's Book. Cad McGhee & The Nasty Three, is available on Amazon.com
I remember the first concept sketch for the lead character, was very realistic and detailed. My client wanted to go for a more simple caricature of a raccoon. Owing to the fact this was to be a children's book.
Each page was to have a single image relaying the events.
I hand illustrated the first book. The author liked the samples I gave, using Adobe Illustrator for the first time.
I enjoyed this series of books.
I have included this next series of samples to show a project progression. The client was under a deadline. He was making a PowerPoint presentation and had a direction to make it more unique. Being a time sensitive project I offered a line illustrated character from my portfolio. I quickly adjusted to the color theme and logo.
The client wanted to have his corporate hero in a series of slides for his presentation. Using several stock images supplied, over the course of a short time I came up with some sample ideas. The client just wanted to run with them, without further polishing.
I would have liked to continue the development.
Even now looking back, I would have liked to add shading and depth to the character.