Illustration

The Star Trek Star Fleet Technical Manual 2

In 1975, Franz Joseph’s Technical Manual was the perfect companion to his Enterprise blueprints. While there are more accurate sources now, these were two of the best items to have during the time after The Original Series went off the air and before the movies began.

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Catspaw Dynamics Comics

Comic Book Art Production Services

Your original comic book art collectibles are an investment, but that doesn't mean you don't want to display them at their best with restored logos and colouring – while leaving your valuable originals untouched. With over 20 years of experience in design, illustration and production, we have the skills to do it right.

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Doctor Strange (1978) DVD Cover

You have to feel for the folks over at Shout Factory. They got the rights to re-release the 1978 Doctor Strange TV movie to tie in with the release of the new feature film starring Benedict Cumberbatch. And they went to the effort to remaster it from the original film elements. That's dedication, and one of the reasons genre film and TV lovers love Shout like cinephiles love Criterion and Kino Lorber. They do things right.

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SVG Thumbnail Previews in Adobe Bridge

While MacOS has the capability to preview SVG files with Quick Look in the Finder, current versions of Adobe Bridge show the generic file icon only. That is, unless SVGs are saved out with XMP compatibility. With SVG increasing in popularity, here's how to make image selection quicker and easier with thumbnails.

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Dr. Syn – The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh

Russell Thorndike's Doctor Syn first appeared in the novel of the same name in 1915, with six more novels following in the 1930s and 40s. The general public knows Syn from the 1964 Disney episodes starring Patrick McGoohan, but that's only one version of the story. The rest is worth looking at.

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AssignmentEarth.ca Relaunched

The web's most complete site on this back-door pilot from Star Trek gets its seventh major update, with new design and content.

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Forever Love Cover

A friend of the happy couple approached me to create a romance comic book cover of them surrounded by some of their favourite comic book characters. Fun piece. I understand they liked it.

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The Starlost Compendium

The Starlost was a television series that aired primarily on NBC in the U.S. and CTV in Canada during 1973. Created by Harlan Ellison – with technical details on the ship by Ben Bova – it was an early foray into Canadian-American co-production and syndication release.

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When the Sky Fell

When the Sky Fell details a scientific theory about Earth crust displacement first put forth by Charles Hapgood, and expanded on by Rand and Rose Flem-Ath. Albert Einstein supported Hapgood's work. The theory also dovetails with Plato's description of the end of Atlantis, and the many flood myths in ancient literature. When the Sky Fell was first published in the 1990s, and I was at one point working on the updated version to be published as an ebook.

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The Exploration of Space by Arthur C. Clarke

A few years ago, I approached a publisher of space books with the idea of producing a series of volumes that would reprint the most important texts of the space age. The publisher passed, citing it being outside their business model, and they weren't set up to work with outside designers. I still think it's a good idea.

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Philip K Dick Bio

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

My favourite novel was written by Philip K. Dick and first published in 1962. The Man in the High Castle won the 1962 Hugo award, the Oscars of science fiction, for best novel of the year.

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Craftint and Duoshade Tones in Photoshop

Craftint doubletone paper (DuoShade is another brand) is one of those things an ink illustrator had in their toolbox before the advent of the digital toolset or even rubdown tone systems like Zip-a-Tone. It wasn't cheap and it gradually fell out of use.

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Digital Learning Logos

While we developed the Digital Learning master brand and the two sub-brands of eTrain and eVersity, development began with the eTrain concept. Not the iron locomotive of the frontier, but the art deco streamlined version that is one of the symbols of progress. As previously stated, this symbolises technology and strength without being stereotypical in the computer-based market.

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Suwala Logo Design

Paula Suwala, interior designer, needed an identity for her business.

It was interesting to think about the creation of interior spaces, and how that could be portrayed simply and stylishly.

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Leak Posters

Sometimes you get to have a little fun. These internal posters for The City of Calgary were aimed at water maintenance workers to get on fixing water leaks immediately.

They supplied the headlines and said a photo of a steak on a grill would be good for the first one. I went, "Hmm," and came back with sketches.

They went, "Oh, sure. Looks good."

We put up the posters and they were promptly stolen. We put up more, and I think those got stolen, too.

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Environmental Footprint

A simple illustration for The City of Calgary showing Alberta's land-use footprint.

It reminded me of those shoebox dioramas we created in elementary school.

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View-Master Tribute Poster

Introduced at the 1939 World's Fair in New York, the View-Master came into its own during the stereo photography (or 3D to you movie and comics fans) craze of the 1950s. It is easy to forget that the View-Master was once a successful mass-market product akin to today's VCR and DVD player. It was family entertainment. Millions of reels have been sold and a collectors' community thrives today.

View-Master is now owned by Mattel. While the original viewers and reels are still available, they have moved the brand into the modern technology of smartphone apps.

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John Steinbeck Illustration

A gift for my father who is a very big John Steinbeck fan. I've only read a few of Steinbeck's books myself, but The Grapes of Wrath should be required reading by anyone who aspires to have a social justice conscience.

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