As a Technical Illustrator many of my time developed skills have been transferred into my work as a commercial visualizer, undertaking this MA in Design has given me a chance to unpick some of these embedded skills and reflect on how important my past directed and disciplined constructed imagery has been to my development in the industry.
While undertaking the MA I have continued in my full time role as head of Technical Illustration and Animation at the RAF College where my day job is producing visual training aids for all aspects of military flying and fighting within the RAF, along side this I am a Director and Illustrator/ Animator in my LTD company, where I do consultancy work for various companies. The work I have produced during the MA has been live commercial work, which has had the direction and constraints of a commercial clients.
I work mainly in 3d and finish in Photoshop or After Effects for animation. I started working with digital 3d construction and airbrush technologies in 1997 and haven’t really looked back until starting my MA. Now I am interested in revisiting formal technical illustration skills and conventions as I feel some of this has been misplaced or lost in a wholesale transition to new image making technologies in my field.
This Masters has given me the chance to look at where and how my understanding of my artwork has developed to where I am today. The Technical Drawing System I use has an exact structure and very transparent outcomes. In this system everything has an order, a standard and an expected quality along with a universal narrative. However it seems this advancing automated technology has hidden its foundations from the next generation.
All my constructed work is based on the Sphere, cone, cube and cylinder, the images are always illuminated from the direction that best displays their form or point of interest and the main subject is pushed out of the background by lines of contrasting perspective and tonal changes in complimentary colours, It allows the image to standout visually but blend in compositionally.