Jeffrey Everett is a brilliant artist. His skill is indisputable, and his style is one which I love and would seek to emulate.

In this example, my main focus was on developing Adobe Illustrator brushes that can "feather" shapes in an almost an engraving style. The strong blocks of colour with these line details are so suited to Illustrator, and come across as sleek and modern.
I altered the colours slightly, and introduced Ben-Day dots to give a comic book feel.

The work was started by tackling the more detail-defining layer in blue. The I would lock that layer and create a new one under it, labelled Pink. A 3rd level uses a crudely marked out base white shape for the face and body, which in had a final background layer beneath (the Ben-Day dots).

I created 3 artist brushes based on one shape - a narrow ellipse with left and right anchor points turned to sharp corners by changing the join style. Once I had a good medium brush with the settings shown in the screen grab below, I copied it twice and changed the min and max settings to make a thinner brush and a thicker brush. That worked really well, and allowed me to tackle this project which I have long since wished to try out.

I am very pleased with the result, but even more joyous about all that I learned by doing it!

Brush Settings

This was how the medium brush was set up


This was a quick illustration - practise in using the pencil tool and the blob brush in Adobe Illustrator. I slightly rushed the hands, but I was more interested in the shirt - using blend layers and opacity to create a layered slightly water colour effect. The map was fun to create - the land level was made using the pen tool, the "extruded" side was done really quickly with the blob brush on the immediate layer below - a nice hand drawn effect. The shadow of the body on the map again is a layer with a black-filled shape, blend mode was multiply and opacity set around 40%. This is a recreation of a piece that caught my eye which I saw on the Internet and I admired the style, which is often found in current news print media.

This style of simple, colourful illustration is a current favourite of print media. I saw this original design and wished to recreate it to discover some of the techniques used. As well as the simple flowing lines and shapes, there is interesting use of gradient in areas, and also "noise" or texture to break up the large areas of colour and to add subtle interest. 

A girl with laptop in the simple media article style. Two subtle use of gradients - one on the neck that goes from the face tone to a darker version, and also a metallic gradient on the components of the laptop.

Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist Alphonse Mucha is a huge inspiration to me. I've wanted to examine his style and just how he creates these marvellous designs which seems to have given birth to the exciting Art Nouveau style. Drawn with Adobe Illustrator by me.

What I found most satisfying was finding a way to draw the hair - using the Pen tool and then varying the width. Those strokes were then expanded into shapes, which in turn could be assigned a stroke. Before that last step, a pathfinder join on those shapes created the mesh.

This is a copy of a work from the music industry, if I recall. I spent a fair bit of time on the eyes - which are what our brains zone in on when we recognise something as a human face.

I particularly like the use of the hexagon background, with gradient ramp and cut out inner boarder. (Edit: the original image was used by Kasabian).

I love the look of clean well drawn Infographic elements. This 3D ribbon set of options came out so well! I used the shades of colour panel in Adobe Illustrator to get the right tone for the shaded part, which gives a lovely 3D depth to the graphic

This is a common style of background illustration for the theme of technology. There is something suggestive about the array of hexagons - perhaps similar to chemical models of molecules?

The blurred array of "lit/ unit" circles pushed into the background in Z-space, could be a LED display, or the bulb data display from earlier generations of technology. The colours are clean and cool.

Constructivism is a style that feels to modern, even though it's over a century old. These "Constructivist Arrows" are a recreation of a modern take on the style. The flow and energy is terrific, and the colour palette I used was from the Adobe Illustrator palette designed from this period and style.