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.

Test print for our first short story featuring Nuya, the Biologist, at home as a young lady. In “Falling For You”, we catch a glimpse of what will become her lifelong motivation: to save lives. 

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

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#DigitalArt #MakingComics #ComicArt #BackgroundArtist #ConceptArtist
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#Illustrator #3DDesigner #Best_of_Illustrations
#GraphicNovel #illoStories #IndieComics #ComicArtist #ConceptualArt #OriginalStories

Test print for our first short story featuring Nuya, the Biologist, at home as a young lady. In “Falling For You”, we catch a glimpse of what will become her lifelong motivation: to save lives.

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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The moment before the broadcast

#illustration #LiveFromMy #ZoomLife
#Library

The moment before the broadcast

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#Library
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She has many names to many people, but only a few of us know when she will arrive.
Fewer still can get her to leave. 

#CharacterDesign #Illustrator #OriginalStories #ParallaxPortraits

She has many names to many people, but only a few of us know when she will arrive.
Fewer still can get her to leave.

#CharacterDesign #Illustrator #OriginalStories #ParallaxPortraits
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Leaf detail colour study in Photoshop for iPad

#illust #illustrationartists #colourstudy #brownleaf #autumncolour #OneMissing

Leaf detail colour study in Photoshop for iPad

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In “The Prisoner” Interrogator Amber Dusle is sent to a secluded research facility, deep in the desert. Her mission is to uncover the truth about a mysterious healer, but she soon discovers everyone there has something to hide.

Amber is a mainstay character in the Parallax Portraits overall story arc and struggles with a major failing of hers. A failing which cost someone their life. 

#ComicArt #GraphicNovel #Illustration #ProgressBeforePerfection #CharacterDesign #Illustrator #ParallaxPortraits #OriginalStories

In “The Prisoner” Interrogator Amber Dusle is sent to a secluded research facility, deep in the desert. Her mission is to uncover the truth about a mysterious healer, but she soon discovers everyone there has something to hide.

Amber is a mainstay character in the Parallax Portraits overall story arc and struggles with a major failing of hers. A failing which cost someone their life.

#ComicArt #GraphicNovel #Illustration #ProgressBeforePerfection #CharacterDesign #Illustrator #ParallaxPortraits #OriginalStories
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More development of the way we do facial expressions in Parallax Portraits. 

This is Raudes, the psychiatrist. 
She has worked at The LynDana Research Facility, Begaris Desert for many years.

Read her current adventures in “The Prisoner”. Search Parallax Portraits on webtoons.com

#ComicArt #GraphicNovel #3DDesigner #Illustration #Illustrator

More development of the way we do facial expressions in Parallax Portraits.

This is Raudes, the psychiatrist.
She has worked at The LynDana Research Facility, Begaris Desert for many years.

Read her current adventures in “The Prisoner”. Search Parallax Portraits on webtoons.com

#ComicArt #GraphicNovel #3DDesigner #Illustration #Illustrator
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More development of the way we do facial expressions in @Parallax.Portraits

This is Nuya, the biologist. 
She is a central character for the overall story arc of Parallax Portraits, which spans many decades. 
Nuya first appears ten years earlier in our first story, “Outpost 17”.

Read her current adventures in “The Prisoner”. First 3 episodes - Webtoons.com search Parallax Portraits

#ComicArt #GraphicNovel #InstaComic

More development of the way we do facial expressions in @Parallax.Portraits

This is Nuya, the biologist.
She is a central character for the overall story arc of Parallax Portraits, which spans many decades.
Nuya first appears ten years earlier in our first story, “Outpost 17”.

Read her current adventures in “The Prisoner”. First 3 episodes - Webtoons.com search Parallax Portraits

#ComicArt #GraphicNovel #InstaComic
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Character design and development for  the Webtoons short story contest. 

#ComicArt #CharacterDesign #ParallaxPortraits

Character design and development for the Webtoons short story contest.

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Parallax Portraits
Webtoons.com Short Story Competition 
Judged partly on engagement, so like, comment and share!

#ParallaxPotraits #ComicArt #Webtoons

Parallax Portraits
Webtoons.com Short Story Competition
Judged partly on engagement, so like, comment and share!

#ParallaxPotraits #ComicArt #Webtoons
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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

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 I’m a bit obsessed with drawing mandrills lately. I love their vibrant colouring and conflicting grumpy expressions. #Procreate #Mandrill #illustrator #illustration #paint #childrenillustration #inspiration #inspired #illo #childrensbooks #ink #children_illustration #Colour #Detail #ColourStudy
#DigitalArt #Sketch #Drawing #Sketching #CharacterDesign #CharacterIllustration #ColorLover
#Illustrator #ChildrensBooks #DigitalPainting #Sketch #Illustrator
#Best_of_Illustrations #InstaArt #IllustrationArtists A post shared by Jenny Smith … Read More

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

Large Scale Illustration

August 9, 2010

60m long underwater illustration in Adobe Illustrator for water sports based live event.