3D ocean buoy asset model

OCEAN BUOY 3D MODEL

I created this 3D model of an ocean buoy for Discovery Channel, using the buoy from the movie The Shallows as a technical reference. Modeling was done in Modo, and I originally did the texturing in Modo as well, but decided to revisit the project recently to see what I could do with Substance Painter.…

robots infographic robotics

ROBOTS COMING TO BOSTON!

Here’s a robot infographic I completed recently for a presentation at Northeastern University. The lighthearted illustration was intended to highlight various potential robotic applications in the Boston area, including maintenance drones performing inspections and repairs on the Tobin Bridge; personal robots empowering residents of The Boston Home; surgical robots assisting surgeons at Mass General Hospital;…

HIERARCHY IN DESIGN

One of the fundamental tenets of graphic design is the idea of creating a visual hierarchy in your layout. You want the viewer’s eye to settle on an area of the page (using scale, color, white space etc.) and then be naturally drawn in a logical manner to supporting elements that make up the design. Otherwise, the viewer’s…

bulldozer tank

SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES

“Swords into Plowshares” is an initiative to help governments convert retired, decommissioned tanks into bulldozers, excavators, and agricultural tractors. The ultimate goal of the program is to promote economoic development, sustainability, and worldwide disarmament. To help raise money and awareness, they required a series of illustrations that illustrated the technical process by which the turret and…

wood waste byproducts reuse

THE WOOD BYPRODUCTS INDUSTRY

Here’s an illustration I recently created for Northern Woodlands magazine. It accompanies an article that describes the ways in which lumber mills are reusing wood byproducts. Various applications for the residual saw dust and wood shavings produced in these mills include biomass fuel, livestock bedding, paper mills, mulch, pellet mills, and heating fuel for the…

MARKETING THE PROCESS

I’ve previously written about my approach to creating infographics. I frequently get asked to design these technical diagrams that help explain a company’s production process. An image can often be the most concise and engaging way to communicate and market what is often a complicated set of industrial procedures. The drawing might require a simple…

green infrastructure water conservation

GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

I created this 3D illustration awhile back for h magazine (agency: Landesberg Design). It appeared in an article about the impact of storm water runoff in urban communities like Philadelphia. The drawing highlights various green initiatives, including permeable parking lots, bioswales, rainwater gardens, stream buffer restoration, rain barrels, and green roofs. Thanks to Kipp Madison…

Radar absorbent paint stealth aircraft 3d illustration

STEALTH

One of the nice aspects of being a technical illustrator is the constant variety of projects that I get to work on. Even if I’m rendering something relatively mundane like a radiator valve, I’m always learning new things about topics I might not have even considered. But it’s especially fun when I get to create…