Digital Illustrator 

Stuart Flynn – Bachelor of design – Illustration

With a BA in illustration from the University of South Australia plus 25 years as a working graphic designer, you can be confident of finding a solution to your illustration needs.

Mixed media illustration

I don’t have a particular bias in illustration style but see myself more as a technical chameleon. I have a diverse set of Photoshop, traditional and Adobe skills, and I can advise the best approach to suit your needs and budget.

Some of the more common styles I use are vector illustration in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop masking, airbrush, inking, traditional sketching & tracing and even some 3D rendering.

Illustrating just about anything you want

When combined with stock imagery and traditional painting, the only limitation is time and budget. See below for samples of my illustration work.

Photoshop Illustrator Australia - From the 'Flower Empath' - written by Mary Lyons macro Photographer Canberra

Photoshop and Photography

Music album artwork. Concept and design.

Photoshop illustration based on an image of the artist’s face. The idea is based on a butterfly painting that 2 ideas become one in a collaboration of music. View website

stufly – music album 2 artwork.

Concept and design of graphics using Photoshop. Website design and social marketing including Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud. Based on the vibrant colours of the first album and artwork. The idea is to convey the fresh and modern sound of the music with a loose representation of digital eq. View website

Acrylics

A pair of acrylics – 1m each. ‘Itchy Bear’ and ‘Whirly Pool’.

The first painting was based on a canvas photocopy that I found in a gallery. I tweaked the last stages to make it more dynamic with random splashes of paint. The second painting replicates the style of the first painting, but the composition and colours are entirely original.

Millfest - Illustration - Advert ideas

3D rendering and Photoshop poster design

Milfest 2000 poster design

New Years Eve Poster for Millicent’s year 2000 party – Based on the Millennium bug theme – I was given an open brief for this country event.

With a $2,000 budget, I made this idea from scratch in 3D and then finessed the detail of the facial details and background in Photoshop.

Replica - Illustration - Advert ideas

Mixed Media acrylics and pastels

Wall painting – replica

This is a personal piece of art that was loosely copied from an artwork we liked. I’m not sure how the original artist did it but I used a mixture of acrylics and chalk crayons.

Chunky Custard - Illustration - Advert ideas

Mixed Media 3D and Photoshop CD design

You’re soaking in it – CD design – bathtub idea

Chunky Custard CD – My second project after graduating. A cover band wanted a CD cover design using a custom illustration of the band to go with their album titled ‘You’re Soaking in it’. The was made in a 3D program and then Photoshop. The bathtub idea was mine once I heard the album name.

Doggy Day Tripz facebook banner idea

Inking versus hand-drawn illustrations

Above you can see a practical application for the inking style on a Facebook banner, and below you can see an image that has been hand-drawn, scanned and vectorised in Adobe Illustrator.

Resizing, colourising and exporting advantages of vector images

By applying both of these methods within the Adobe Illustrator application, images can be resized without loss of resolution, plus they can be more easily edited in various applications like Photoshop.

Pencil sketches

This pencil drawn illustration style is a looser style and still editable like inking but to a lesser degree.

Drawing and tracing on a lightbox

I draw in pencil, build up the image on a lightbox with multiple traces and then scan and trace with a brush tool within Adobe Illustrator. On a separate layer, I use the blob tool to do loose fills below the linework. This keeps the style of the illustration loose, plus it’s fairly easy to fill large blocks of space with little effort on the underlying colour layer.

inking illustration in illustrator - Sunshine-Coast-illustrator

Adobe Illustrator Inking technique

Showing the two-step process of this illustration using Adobe Illustrator. Beginning with the tracing of a photograph by using a Wacom tablet. Following this, the rough edges are removed and then the paint bucket tool is used to drop in flat colour.

Before and after retouching a portrait

Retouching experiment with face  – A personal project using opposite techniques and effects. Left and right I generate an older and a younger version of this wedding photo of myself. The project took about 3 hours.

Mixing Photography with illustration

Dairy Farmer’s brochure – This brochure composite image was a combination of studio product shots with a supplied illustration provided by the client. Grass and shadows were manually added using separate layers within Adobe Photoshop.

Security guard logo

Hitman Security Services wanted their logo to incorporated a stylised image of a Dutch Sheperd dog. My idea was to replace the letter M with the shape of a Dutch Shepard head. A grungy texture that is similar to that of the font is added to blend in the text with the image. This logo illustration technique was done in Adobe Illustrator with help of clipping masks and the trace tool.

Traditional airbrush

Using the old fashioned airbrush, this is a project from my University days, just to show a bit of diversity and more organic style. I started with a super unit shape and just worked in detail from the outside in. The focus is on the eye. I used random bits of torn paper and some acetate for masking. The colour pallet was red, blue, yellow, white and black. Building these colours up over time allowed nice skin tones and glued the whole thing together.

Using colour hues to create depth

During the time of this project, we were learning about hot and cold colours in the illustration to enhance a sense of distance. You may notice the subtle changes in the hue between the foreground and background parts of the face.

Tracing a hand-drawn sketch using markers

Handdrawn using traditional marker pens. Scanned and traced in Illustrator. Fills are dropped in on the computer. This idea for done for an Award School print ad concept.

Cartooning

Concreting Logo and Website – A sketch based on combining an existing illustration and the owner’s face. The sketch was then made into a vector image using Adobe Illustrator and colourised into the brand colours of the business. Two additional versions of the logo were made to incorporate the trucks in the business. https://lizardsconcretepumping.com.au/

Mixed media digital illustration using Adobe Applications

A blend of Illustration techniques using Adobe and Poser

Complex images and gradients were drawn and combined in Adobe Illustrator. The hand was rendered using another application called 3d Poser and then the whole composite image was integrated into Photoshop. The animation was also done in AdobePhotoshop using layers. For the full website and explanation of this product visit. Extremenouns.com

Unique Illustration technique using Photoshop on existing images.
Unique Illustration technique using Photoshop on existing images.
Researching premium fonts to suit the design project
Researching premium fonts to suit the design project
Flower Empath – Book Design including Photoshop Illustration
Flower Empath – Book Design including Photoshop Illustration
Picnic Place
Picnic Place
Abstract Paintings
Abstract Paintings
50 Shades of Stu
50 Shades of Stu
Johnny Jukebox – Logo and Pull up banner
Johnny Jukebox – Logo and Pull up banner
Jack and Knife postcard
Jack and Knife postcard
Logo design development – Security Company
Logo design development – Security Company
Logo Design folio
Logo Design folio
Buderim Pizza Company
Buderim Pizza Company
Mad Scientist – Photoshoot
Mad Scientist – Photoshoot
Photoshop Sunshine Coast – Paint colour selection
Photoshop Sunshine Coast – Paint colour selection
Placing images on 3D objects – Adobe Dimension
Placing images on 3D objects – Adobe Dimension
Logo and illustration work
Logo and illustration work
Book design – Mary Lyons  – A Beautiful Unfolding
Book design – Mary Lyons – A Beautiful Unfolding
Back to Earth Mulching
Back to Earth Mulching
Armchair Property Investments
Armchair Property Investments
Logo design method – Jack and Knife
Logo design method – Jack and Knife
Logo design – Slight Edge
Logo design – Slight Edge
Valentines Poster
Valentines Poster
Flower retouching
Flower retouching
Unique DJs
Unique DJs
Extreme nouns – Brainstorming ebook
Extreme nouns – Brainstorming ebook
Promotion DL brochure
Promotion DL brochure
Retouching staff photo
Retouching staff photo
T-shirt design – Chemo patient
T-shirt design – Chemo patient
Poster design – party
Poster design – party
Competition poster
Competition poster
Cancer – Book cover
Cancer – Book cover
Cartoon sketch
Cartoon sketch
Retouching for Dairy Farmers
Retouching for Dairy Farmers
Inking style illustration
Inking style illustration
Teaching kids – logo
Teaching kids – logo
Facebook banner
Facebook banner
Lamb brochure holder
Lamb brochure holder
Stufly – website
Stufly – website
Face retouching
Face retouching
XXXX Gold
XXXX Gold
Novel – Book cover
Novel – Book cover

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