For millennia mythological creatures, beautiful dragons, alien landscapes, fantasy weapons, fairies, magic and all things fantastic have adorned the world’s most cherished publications and products.
A customer walks down the breakfast cereal aisle and reasons to get something healthy. Your box sporting a colorful illustration of an exotic animal munching on heart healthy, golden flakes goes in the cart while the box with the generic cereal bowl photo goes unnoticed.
A painting of beautiful fruit tree for your nursery, a drawing of a wooden cabinet for your wood shop or a fantasy character using that perfect office chair you’ve just invented.
Because of increasing world-wide internet speeds, we believe the trend of austere design with flat colors and basic shapes is now unnecessary. We optimize our websites for a responsive experience weather or not illustrated graphic elements are used.
Watch this video on how we used illustration for this customer’s website banner.
Van Gogh’s Starry Night has captured the imagination of countless millions. It has become one of the most popular fine art pieces of our generation.
Here at Starry Night Media Van Gogh and his bold colorful paintings are the inspiration behind our marketing approach. We planned to use his famous painting as our website background. Unfortunately it’s square aspect did not nicely fill the displays of most contemporary devices. We employed Artist Nigel Andreola to match the impasto technique used by Van Gogh and expand his work in a way no other has yet equaled.
“Designing a suit of armor, shield, and weapon is great fun. I decided to paint a guard posing in front of a wall wearing the set I created. In the fantasy genre most people, these days, paint dark violent scenes filled with mist and extreme action poses. I decided to compose a scene that’s more what you’d get if you where to snap a photograph of your buddy posing in the bright afternoon sunshine. Naturally if you are planning on having you’re picture taken you’re going to want you’re armor polished till it shines. This guy’s squire is an expert.” -Nigel Andreola
“I brushed in black ink to give intense contrast. Using waterproof drawing ink allows you to paint over it without smearing. So that I’d have saturated color, I used little water, no white, and very little black. Except for the black on the butterfly itself, which is ink, the dark colors you see are paint right from the tube.” -Nigel Andreola
A pumpkin patch drawing for the book Lessons at Blackberry Inn: Adventures with the Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola.