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Douglas Fraser
December 2010
Hardware
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Popular Science - Jan.2011
Couple of recent illustrations about hardware. First is for Popular Science about the way of comparing BluRay players. Seems it can be quite difficult even for a techie. One area is in the detail of human hair. Not sure as to how close you have to be to the screen? Art Director; Ashley Smestad.
Motor Trend - Dec.2010

Another for Motor Trend about the release of two very different cars, the Ferrari 458, and Chevy Volt. The article describes the attributes of both. In my opinion the Ferrari ironically is more of going down the same trail. Expensive, fast, and flashy it's effect on the automotive world will be limited. Where as the aspirational implications of the Volt are much larger. Article was is titled, "Bolt & Volt". Art Director; Andy Foster.
While in New York back in early November, I was honoured to be asked to be on one of the Society of Illustrators juries for the annual exhibitions of the best of the year. Sorry, I'm not about to post any inside info about the process of the judging. It was a small thing that Edel Rodriguez did as an aside. While taking a break I noticed Edel opening a number of small packages, one of which contained I believe was a memory stick for his camera. He looked at the package, smiled, and pointed the logo out to me. I saw a blast from the past. My first reaction was that of some self effacing humour, followed by recollection. After arriving back home out west, and about a month later, I was pulling apart the morning paper, when what slides out?… another sale flyer from a local electronics store. There is was again, and now that I'm a little more aware, it's been popping-up more lately. It was sometime back in the early nineties that I painted the original. The assignment was to illustrate a human head sans the top. There were to be computer chips going into the head. I developed a background treatment based on the imagery of the technology of the time. I painted in oils on a gel base on heavy stock paper. It was an odd approach as it made reproducing the art a real challenge. I remember the term, "specular highlights", and frustration. A transparency was usually a necessary step in reproduction. Having access to a good photographer was a must. The texture evolved out of an approach going back a decade.
Kingston - Early 90's - oils on heavy stock

gel textured base

updated logo application. kingston changed the brow, and vectorized it.

In the logo on packaging today the texture is gone, but there's that red head with no top. It's been in use for a while now.

Dog
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Dog is a noun, and can be a descriptor. Recently I did an illustration of a dog. It's a subject I've dealt with over the years. It's funny I've always had a picture in my mind's eye of the dog symbol. I'm not a big fan of small dogs, sorry Cesar. In my most recent dog themed assignment the art director, Jennifer Bumgardener was quite specific in her concept for the cover. Instead of chasing my tail, and her concept was fine with me. The issue is the December 2010 which covers the ninth-annual Industry Recognition Awards. So a magazine with the title of Pet Business, wanted a dog with a trophy. Oh yeah Jennifer asked for a coat on the pooch. Now it's not world politics, but people love their pets, and it's a cover. Covers can be a mixed honour, as area for type can really squeeze the art. The two sketches show a dog with a different attitude. Sketch number one was of a dog with an aloof presentation of the awarded trophy. Number two sketch is of a more triumphant K9. I actually liked the deadpan tone in number one, but the celebratory tone of number two was waved through. I've also attached several dogs from the past for some reference. Yes, I've painted a few dogs.

Vector art
New York Times - Sports - betting on underdogs. Brush & Ink. 2007

Warner Books Publishing - sometime back in 90's. Oils on canvas.

Financial Times - Dog Eat Dog. Oils on heavy stock. 1992

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