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.

An early morning jog in the park, then Weetabix with oat milk, super ripe strawberries, fairtrade bananas and organic raisins. Now I’m set up for the day! #anywhichwayabix ...

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Arnold renderer sketch and toon testing in C4D.
#C4D
#GraphicNovel #SetDesign #Illustration #Storyboards #ColourStudy #BackgroundArtist
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Amber in action.
Part of a series of storyboards in development.
Test pages, character design, background design and style development for a Graphic Novel I’m working on using my 3D design skills for backgrounds and drawing the characters and lettering by hand.
#GraphicNovel #SetDesign #CharacterDesign #CostumeDesign #Illustration #Storyboards #ColourStudy #BackgroundArtist
#DigitalArt #Photoshop #CharacterIllustration #DigitalPainting
#Drawing
 @wacom @Adobe @Photoshop @Vectorworks
#Illustration #Sketch #Illustrator
#Best_of_Illustrations #ArtistsOnInstagram #InstaArt #IllustrationArtists #illo
#illoStories #IndieComics
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Amber in action.
Part of a series of storyboards in development.
Test pages, character design, background design and style development for a Graphic Novel I’m working on using my 3D design skills for backgrounds and drawing the characters and lettering by hand.
#GraphicNovel #SetDesign #CharacterDesign #CostumeDesign #Illustration #Storyboards
#DigitalArt #Photoshop #CharacterIllustration #DigitalPainting
#Drawing
 @wacom @Adobe @Photoshop @Vectorworks
#Illustration #IllustrationArtists #illo
#illoStories #IndieComics
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Amber in action.
Part of a series of storyboards in development.
Test pages, character design, background design and style development for a Graphic Novel I’m working on using my 3D design skills for backgrounds and drawing the characters and lettering by hand.
#GraphicNovel #SetDesign #CharacterDesign #CostumeDesign #Illustration #Storyboards #ColourStudy #BackgroundArtist
#DigitalArt #Photoshop #CharacterIllustration #DigitalPainting
 @wacom @Adobe @Photoshop @Vectorworks
#Illustration #Sketch #Illustrator
#Best_of_Illustrations #ArtistsOnInstagram #InstaArt #IllustrationArtists #illo
#illoStories #IndieComics
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Amber in action.
Part of a series of storyboards in development.
#Amber #Storyboard #HandDrawn
#GraphicNovel #CharacterDesign #CostumeDesign #Illustration #ColourStudy
#DigitalArt #Photoshop #CharacterIllustration #DigitalPainting
 @wacom @Adobe @Photoshop
#Illustration #Sketch #Illustrator
#Best_of_Illustrations #ArtistsOnInstagram #InstaArt #IllustrationArtists #illo
#illoStories #IndieComic
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Part of a series of storyboards in development.
#Amber #Storyboard #HandDrawn
#GraphicNovel #CharacterDesign #CostumeDesign #Illustration #ColourStudy
#DigitalArt #Photoshop #CharacterIllustration #DigitalPainting
 @wacom @Adobe @Photoshop
#Illustration #Sketch #Illustrator
#ArtistsOnInstagram #InstaArt #IllustrationArtists #illo
#illoStories #IndieComic
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Part of a series of storyboards in development.
#Amber #Storyboard #HandDrawn
#GraphicNovel #CostumeDesign #Illustration #ColourStudy
#DigitalArt #Photoshop #DigitalPainting
 @wacom @Adobe @Photoshop @Vectorworks
#Illustration #Sketch #Illustrator
#Best_of_Illustrations #ArtistsOnInstagram #InstaArt #IllustrationArtists #illo
#illoStories #IndieComic
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C4D Animations

C4D Animations

December 31, 2019

Cinema 4D animations using dynamics. Smaller animations for motion graphics and larger models for architectural installations. I have used the physical renderer as well as a number of different rendering plugins including Arnold, V-Ray and Thea.

C4D Renders

C4D Renders

December 20, 2019

Cinema 4D renders for events and architectural installations. I have used the physical renderer as well as a number of different rendering plugins including Arnold, V-Ray and Thea.

Graphic Novel development

Graphic Novel development

December 14, 2019

Style development for a Graphic Novel I’m working on using my 3D design skills for backgrounds and drawing the characters by hand. EXT: The Observation Deck – a small, two-man air traffic control tower. Amber stands on the observation platform. “Late” She says, stowing the binoculars.

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

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 Froggy love daddy? #Illustration #Sketching #Sketch #Sketchbook #Frog #Drawing #Study #FreelanceLife #3DDesigner #ProgressBeforePerfection A post shared by Jenny Smith (@boodoo.me) on Sep 4, 2016 at 3:44pm PDT

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

Housing Development Website

Housing Development Website

April 23, 2011

Developed in Drupal, with custom CSS, illustrations, graphic design and collateral in Illustrator and InDesign.