Ogerita Christmas Card

My Dad wanted a Christmas card based on the Ogerita trolley car I just finished.  So, I Christmased-up the trolley for him.  The card’s here on my Zazzle store, in case anyone else would like one.

Ogerita

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Ogerita

Here’s something completely different.

This is the Ogerita, a gas electric trolley car that ran on the Missouri and Kansas Interurban Railway, known as the Strang Line, from 1906-1908.  The railroad was owned by William B. Strang Jr., a land developer in Johnson County, KS.  The car was named after his niece.

This image was created in Adobe Illustrator using historic black and white photos as references.  (Thank you to the Overland Park Historical Society for those reference images.)  Period news clippings mention at the railroad painted their trolleys vermilion, so that’s the color I used.  I also consulted David Holland, an amateur railroad historian and my father, for additional references and explanations of how it all looked.  (Thanks, Dad.  I finally drew a train car like you’ve been wanting me to do for years.)

A print can be purchased here.

Ogerita
Edit:  I had previously stated the car was named after his wife.  It was actually named after his niece.

Katie’s Monkey

Here’s a work in progress for a personal project I’m working on. My daughter wanted a poster of a monkey swinging by its tail from a tree with a banana. I’ve just about got the monkey done, next to tackle the scenery.  I’m working in Illustrator because I’m not sure how big she’s going to want me to print it.  Vector graphics are infinitely scaleable, unlike raster art.  Monkey for Katie

Squishy, Stinky Pages

I’ve been kind of quiet on here because I’ve been working on finishing this Squishy, Stinky Diaper project.  Here are 5 recent spreads.  They differ from the original dummy mainly by the additional sound effects, smooth lines, and color.

Page 6 and 7

Page 6 and 7

Page 8 and 9

Page 8 and 9

Page 12 and 13

Page 12 and 13

Page 22 and 23

Page 22 and 23

page 24 and 25

page 24 and 25

Only 5 more to go!

Emergency Light

And one more artificial light source illustration for Hart McLeod’s Kazakh science textbook. 
534 - Emergency Light
This one was kind of fun because I used it to teach myself to use an Adobe Illustrator tool I hadn’t used before.  I can now use the gradient mesh!  Yeah, yeah, I know.  Most of you don’t know what that is and those who do are wondering why I hadn’t already mastered it.  Let’s just say it was a hole in my skill-set that I’m taking care of.  I still need to practice with it before I’ve really mastered it, but I now know what it is and how to use it.  

You can see it in use most obviously in the metal of the base.  Notice that the line of the reflection is not straight vertical, but at a slight angle to follow the slope of the base?  If it were straight, I could have used the regular gradient tool.  But with the slope, that wouldn’t work.  I also used a little on the reflection on the plastic lens, though you might not be able to tell.  I actually used it a bit more than that, but I was adding too many elements to what should be a pretty simple picture, so I pulled them back off again. 

I spent more time on it than the budget really called for, but I did it anyway because I needed to learn this.  So, the extra time spent was worthwhile.