Customer Service Cartoons

I just finished a series of 12 illustrations for Positive Promotions. These were not children’s illustrations, as is my typical genre, but very corporate-targeted cartoons for a customer service department. I think they may go with an established training program or something, but I didn’t get any details on their exact purpose.

If you’ve followed me at all, you’ll notice that these pieces are not anything close to my typical art style. Instead, these were meant to match some previous artwork that the company had been using for years. I can typically match other art styles, as long as they’re cartoonish rather than realistic.

I didn’t even draw these in my trusty Adobe Photoshop, but instead used Adobe Illustrator. The project wasn’t very technical. Just simple shapes and paths with fixed-width lines. Still, it was a good opportunity to brush up on my Illustrator skills which I haven’t had much call to use lately.

I’m sharing these samples to show that I can match other cartoon art styles, and that I can work in Adobe Illustrator. Just in case that’s something you’re looking for. As always, I am accepting commissions. Contact me for more information.

3 Voodoo Dolls

Here’s a commission I finished this week. It was drawn for Isaiah Vest with the group Stileto. It’s a cover for a song titled Coffee and Drugs. The album will drop on April 22nd.

Because of the song title, the image contains drug themes. Nothing egregious, just some pills spilled on a table. But since I’m primarily a children’s illustrator, I’ll hide it behind a link. Click here to view final image.

Here’s a safe version:

An illustration of three voodoo dolls slumped together in front of a spilled, cracked coffee cup.  Copyright © 2022 Isaiah Vest.

Boy Leaning on Windowsill

Here’s a recent commission for rap artist, David Smith, who goes by the stage name Dave 3X3. This image is to be used for an upcoming album cover. He was wonderful to work with.

Good luck to you, Dave!

A cartoon illustration of a lovesick boy leaning on a windowsill.

This image (above) was based on an earlier image (below) from 2013 with the same character. You’ll notice these aren’t drawn in my typical style. The first was one of my experiments, playing with different ideas. Then I matched the style (and refined it just a little) for the new commission. I like playing with different ideas, and sometimes they even lead to new opportunities.

An illustration of a boy leaning back against a wall with arms crossed.

And always, I am accepting commissions!

Recycling Book – Random Objects

Here’s a collection of random objects and an owl that appear on various pages in a coloring book about recycling commissioned by Positive Promotions for Earth Day.  I’m particularly proud of that compact florescent light bulb in the corner there.  The twisty coil was tricky.

This is the last sample I have for this project.  Next up will be a coloring book on neighborhood safety, also for Positive Promotions.

Random Objects

 

Recycling Book – Paper Recycling

Here’s a page for a coloring book about recycling commissioned by Positive Promotions for Earth Day.  Text explaining the illustration is to be added in production.  This one is a simplified version of the steps to recycle paper.  Sorting, Shredding, Soaking, Screening, Pressing into Sheets, Drying, and Rolling.

Paper Recycling Process

Recycling Book – Plastic Recycling

Here’s a page for a coloring book about recycling commissioned by Positive Promotions for Earth Day.  Text explaining the illustration is to be added in production.

There were four pages in this project meant to explain the recycling processes for different materials to young children.  Initially I was to copy the original illustration, but in my style.  Unfortunately, the original illustrations were quite fanciful.  For example, the image below is about how plastics are recycled.  The second step in the original had a worker chopping the plastic up with an ax, like a lumberjack.  Very easy to understand, but not at all how it works.  That fit well with the silly cartoon characters from the original design, but not with my more realistic cartoon characters.

So, for my versions of the recycling process illustrations, I had to find a balance between the silly original concepts and what actually happens in a recycling plant.  I couldn’t make it completely realistic because the function of much of the equipment actually used is not obvious to an outside observer, and particularly not to young kids.  But I couldn’t make it too silly or it wouldn’t fit the style.

So, for this image, my version of step two has whole plastic items coming down a conveyor belt into a machine and shredded plastic coming out the other end.  Still not exactly how it looks in a recycling center, but close enough to be clearly understood without being too silly.

So, the simplified steps for plastic recycling for this page are:  Sorting, Chopping, Melting, Forming into Pellets, and Making New Products.

Plastic Recycling Process