What has illustration got to do with Experiential Design?

My passion is live events where performance meets digital meets exhibition and I am a firm believer in sharing knowledge with a visitor in its most effective form.

Experiential design is all about feeling.
Moving people.

In my view, there are a large number of tools available to me as a 3D Designer to feed that aim.
The architecture of a space allows a structured timeline for an immersive journey, and an opportunity to tell a sequential story.
The story is at the heart of any convincing human interaction, which can be enhanced by a multitude of traditional media - lighting, sound, live actors - and more advanced media - projection mapping, VR, AR, digital and social media.

In order to properly describe the feeling of an experience in a visual, I build the space in a 3D package then add the human connection to the design with illustration.

Often, there are new ideas in the designs, so the illustrations attempt to describe how a human being interacts with the new idea.
If the visual needs it, I add drama to the scene in Photoshop.

I also use illustration away from experiential design in its more traditional, storytelling form.

Boat in the water setting off a flare. Made with a Wacom Cintiq in Photoshop 

#Boat #Drawing #KidLit #Flare #Sea #Sailing #Illustration

Boat in the water setting off a flare. Made with a Wacom Cintiq in Photoshop

#Boat #Drawing #KidLit #Flare #Sea #Sailing #Illustration
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INT. Ship 2 NIGHT
Skehan: “I think I’m going to lose consciousness”

What happened to him?
Will he survive his injuries?

Backgrounds rendered in C4D with the Arnold renderer, facial expressions drawn by hand in Photoshop. 

#C4D #ArnoldRender #Photoshop
#DigitalArt #MakingComics #ComicArt #BackgroundArtist #ConceptArtist
#Illustration #IllustrationArtists #illo

INT. Ship 2 NIGHT
Skehan: “I think I’m going to lose consciousness”

What happened to him?
Will he survive his injuries?

Backgrounds rendered in C4D with the Arnold renderer, facial expressions drawn by hand in Photoshop.

#C4D #ArnoldRender #Photoshop
#DigitalArt #MakingComics #ComicArt #BackgroundArtist #ConceptArtist
#Illustration #IllustrationArtists #illo
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Studies of Nuya, younger

Backgrounds rendered in C4D with the Arnold renderer, facial expressions drawn by hand in Photoshop. 

#C4D #ArnoldRender #Photoshop
#DigitalArt #MakingComics #ComicArt #BackgroundArtist #ConceptArtist
#Illustration #IllustrationArtists #illo
#Illustrator #3DDesigner #Best_of_Illustrations
#GraphicNovel #illoStories #IndieComics #ComicArtist #ConceptualArt #OriginalStories

Studies of Nuya, younger

Backgrounds rendered in C4D with the Arnold renderer, facial expressions drawn by hand in Photoshop.

#C4D #ArnoldRender #Photoshop
#DigitalArt #MakingComics #ComicArt #BackgroundArtist #ConceptArtist
#Illustration #IllustrationArtists #illo
#Illustrator #3DDesigner #Best_of_Illustrations
#GraphicNovel #illoStories #IndieComics #ComicArtist #ConceptualArt #OriginalStories
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Study of Nuya, older

#ComicArt #illustrationartists

Study of Nuya, older

#ComicArt #illustrationartists
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Graphic Novel development

Graphic Novel development

December 14, 2019

Graphic Novel I’m working on using my 3D design skills for backgrounds and drawing the characters by hand. Covid has hit the Live Events community hard, so I decided to try and develop my software skills in the time we’ve had. After re-rendering a few of my previous projects in C4D with Arnold, I needed … Read More

Storyboard Action

Storyboard Action

September 11, 2019

Storyboard action with 3D modelled background and hand-drawn foregrounds. The setting for this assault-course style scene is as much part of the story as the character telling us who she is with her actions. I built the factory in Vectorworks which allows me to fly around the set and find interesting angles to tell the … Read More

Children’s Book Illustration

Children’s Book Illustration

April 14, 2019

Some pages from a children’s book I illustrated recently. I modelled these simply in SketchUp and added a lot of texture in Photoshop. I draw the characters by hand on my Wacom tablet and colour them digitally too. Have a look at the 360° version of the little girl’s room here.

Cubist Deer

Cubist Deer

November 27, 2018

SymmetricAnimals illustration of a Cubist Deer, made with Procreate.

Symmetricanimals – Mandrill

Symmetricanimals – Mandrill

November 26, 2018

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jenny Smith (@boodoo.me) I’m a bit obsessed with drawing mandrills lately. I love their vibrant colouring and conflicting grumpy expressions. I drew this one in Procreate, using the symmetric tool.

My Music Cloud Installation

My Music Cloud Installation

September 18, 2016

So here’s one I thought of for a music-based cloud – wax pencil on a group of CD cases. For me, the brittle acrylic material captures the delicate nature of a physical cloud in the sky, and the use of CD cases and wax reference the music industry from two bygone ages.

Froggy sketches

Froggy sketches

September 4, 2016

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jenny Smith (@boodoo.me)

Illustrator Brush Experiment

Illustrator Brush Experiment

October 24, 2015

Following on from my previous experiments with an old iPad and a new stylus, here is another experiment with illustration techniques – this time