Dug through some old drives and found some of my student projects. This was for my Adobe Illustrator class. The assignment was to redraw a photographic image using only vectors, while trying to make it as realistic as possible.

Of course I knew the result wasn’t realistic, but it was the best I could do at the time, and I was pretty proud of it. Ten years later, thought it’d be fun to recreate it.

The image on the left was made over the course of about 2-3 weeks. The one on the right was made in a little under two hours. Still not quite photorealistic, but everybody’s gotta start somewhere.

Maybe I’ll give it another go in another ten.

The college I went to, wrote and printed their own textbooks for many of their courses. I was hired by them before I even graduated to be the illustrator for all their books. These images are a few samples of the work I was doing.

Come a long way since. Bizarre looking back and thinking I was content with it for a time. Met some great people, but I didn’t belong there. Co-workers told me I didn’t belong there. The person who hired me told me I didn’t belong there. Sure enough, I got a call one day, and put in my 2 weeks the next.

Glad I had the opportunity, more glad I didn’t settle.

Made this in college. Its a total Sylvain Chomet rip-off.

Dan is one of my best friends. He’s a good guy, through and through.

This was his reply to our very dainty friend Michelle, when she was in pain from bumping her knee into I can’t remember what. I thought it was quite classy though.

Easily, one of the most exhausting and unpleasant experiences of my young life. Makes for a decent story though.

Shaking your hand is the closest I’ve ever come to meeting the wind.

Graduated college with a Bachelor of Science in Digital Arts & Design. Was even asked to speak at my graduation. More importantly though, schools out for life.

Looking back, I think it was only me at the time.

My first car. My close friend Michelle’s Grandmother’s car. A brand new, used 1992 Ford Torus with 3 hubcaps, no AC, and a half broken tape deck. But she runs.

That weight could be heavier. I’m grateful.