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Painting in Designer - Series of illustrations for Hunting in Canada web Field Guide

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Hi all, here's something very different from my usual and a bit of a personal challenge on a recent illustration project. Denman Digital in Vancouver hired me to create a series of images for a project they were doing for their client the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) here in Canada. The Hunting in Canada Field Guide lays out the traditional methods, tools and prey Indigenous people used and continue to use to survive and thrive in Canada's northern frontiers. This project is a web companion piece to their Moosemeat and Marmalade adventure cooking show on APTN.  https://aptn.ca/moosemeatandmarmalade/

Almost every aspect of these illustrations utilized the pixel persona in Designer. I could've use Photo exclusively for this but I am much more comfortable and familiar with Designer and the process is basically the same. I created a bunch of new custom brushes as well as used many of Designers default and user-contributed brushes for this. I was rather pleased with the final outcomes and have since started adding more of this pixel painting workflow to my usual work.

Rather than upload a bunch of images here I'll point you to a few links on my Behance site below and leave just a few images here.

The project was broken down into 3 areas: Prey, Hunting Tools and Hunting Strategies.

https://www.behance.net/gallery/77640277/Hunting-in-Canada-Field-Guide-for-APTN-Prey

https://www.behance.net/gallery/77647417/Hunting-in-Canada-Field-Guide-for-APTN-Tools

https://www.behance.net/gallery/77647933/Hunting-in-Canada-Field-Guide-for-APTN-Strategies

Much thanks to Denman Digital and APTN. :-)

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Bloody hell!


Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.

These are not my own words but I sure like this quote.

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Cheers everyone!

Yes, it's not my usual kind of style, but I thought I'd give it a shot and Designer was more than up for the challenge. The brushes really came through and were surprisingly easy to create and save, allowing for a lot of expression possibilities. 

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16 hours ago, johnnT said:

Wow, Love this stuff, I'm going to go cry in the corner now.

What he said.


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