Commissioned Illustration for Italian wedding

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Italian Wine

I was asked to illustrated a scene from an Irish wedding in Italy. Wow this was a challenge indeed! firstly I have only been to Itially once and it was so long ago the only thing that I actually remember was how great the red wine is over there (Queue the memory loss!!)

Fill the Gaps

Due to the gaps in my knoledge I knew this project was going to take a lot of research.

The couple got married on the Amalfi coast which is absolutely beautiful (if google image search is to be believed)

The key characteristics I picked up on were: tall steep green rolling hills, deep blue ocean, stoney coast lines, vineyards, stepped lush landscapes, old Mediterranean towns peppered about the coast lines and clear blue skies.

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The finished illustration

I asked for a lot of details about the couple before I began this project which I was able to include in the finished piece ultimately making this piece very personal and really a one of a kind wedding gift 

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If you are interested in commissioning a special piece of artwork please contact me here

Japan Map Illustration for D Magazine

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Illustrating for D Magazine

D Magazine (based in Dallas, Texas) approached me recently and asked if I could illustrate a map of Japan for there September 2017 issue.

Japan is one of those places thats just so full of intrigue, the culture seems so foreign and exotic. I just really wanted to explore  what it had to offer.

Plus a childhood, kung Fu and dragon obsession meant I was absolutely going to say yes to this request!!

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The Brief

The brief was pretty tight which left little room for exploration. This is actually a blessing in disguise in the world of editorial illustration. It means as the illustrator you get very clear guidelines from the start and it leaves little room for interpretation meaning a lot less over and back at the sketch phase.   

The Art Director in D Magazine was so happy with the first sketch I did that I did I basically converted it directly to a finished design.

No Dragon

I know its a little cliche but my only regret here is that I didn't get to add a dragon :( 

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If you are an illustrator and have any questions on editorial map illustrations or if you are an Art Director and you would like to work with me please contact me here

Dubai Editorial Map Illustration

Reddin Designs illustration of Dubai for Convene

Illustrating a map of Dubai 

I recently completed an illustration of Dubai in a stylised map form for the New York based magazine 'Convene' for there September issue 2017 as part of their feature Places and Spaces

Sketch design

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I have never really spent much time in Dubai. So like with all illustration jobs this one started with research. The client had given me the specific buildings they wanted me to include but I had no Idea where they were or what they looked like!

Google maps take a bow! After a little bit of over and back with the client during the sketch design phase we had our style and positions down. 

Using Kyle T Webster brushes 

I couldn't wait to start the detailed design and colouring as I was really excited to try out my new brush set I downloaded from Kyle T Webster brushes. If you are an illustrator you have to try out his brushes they are amazing!! I have used the preset 'Kyle's Xerox Brush 90' with a soft basic round brush to create this lovely speckled and dappled effect. 

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The Finished Product

The main challenge form me here was the colour tones. I generally love to get lots of green shades into my editorial maps but I felt these wouldn't be very fitting in a desert location. To compensate for the lack of colour variety I have highly saturated the the edges of the land mass (orange yellow) giving more dept and variety of colour. I have also added a lot of colour variation and texture to the water again to create a more vibrant finished piece. To view the Convene magazine issue that this appeared in just click here

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If you are an illustrator and have any questions on editorial map illustrations or if you are an Art Director and you would like to work with me please contact me here

Illustrating for New York Magazine

 
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Illustrating for Convene magazine

I recently completed an editorial illustration for the New York based magazine Convene.

In late April 2017 I was contacted by my agency 'Rappart' with the assignment of illustrating a map of Cleveland for Convene Magazine. The only problem was that I'd never been to Cleveland (Thank God for google earth) Slowly but surely I built a very good impression of the city and the identity using maps images and associated articles.

The Process

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Having quite a decent grasp on the layout of the city I sent my first sketch design to the editors. You'll be happy to hear they loved it from the get go. Phew!! We worked through a number of revisions, the colouring process and building design (below) before arriving at a style we all felt represented the city.

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The finished illustration

The project probably ran for about 2 weeks but by the end everybody was very happy with the outcome, especially me as I had proved to myself and Convene's 100,000 readership that I could produce high quality illustration work which accurately represented a place I'd never been to.

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If you are interested in having editorial illustration commissioned please contact me at Gary@reddindesigns.com

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Seafest Poster Design

Reddin Designs Seafest poster illustration

I was asked by the WDC and LookWest to create a poster design for their coolest maritime event 'Seafest' which is set to kick off in Galway on the 30th of July.

I jumped at the opportunity as I am a lover of all things sea!!

I decided to illustrated a dreamy sunset scape at one of my favourite surf spots on the west of Ireland. Points for anybody who can guess where it is. I wanted to create a story with one picture and portray that feeling of catching the last few waves before sunset.

Te guys at Shore Shots and look west loved the piece and it can be seen incorporated in all of their branding from their website to their posters and flyers.

If you would like to commission a piece of promotional art work for your event please contact me here

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