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Cutaway Illustration Process

Posted on February 5th, 2014 by export

Cold Compression Wrap Cutaway Illustration

I recently worked with Game Ready to create this cutaway illustration of one of their cold compression wraps.

The process began with a conversation about their goals for the illustration, the function of the device, and the features and details to be highlighted. Game Ready sent me a prototype device to photograph for reference as well as some sample materials to cut open.

Reference Photos

Next, I produced a series of sketches to establish the content of the illustration, the viewing angle, and appropriate locations for cut away sections.


Once the sketch was approved I created the line art, a tightened line drawing based on the sketch. The line art is separated into layers, allowing me to later ghost out certain layers of material.

Line Art

Finally, the line art is painted to communicate the colours, materials and finish of the product. Arrows are added to describe the function and operation of the device. For more, visit my technical illustration portfolio.

Many thanks to Winston Albert and Kelly Hansen for this great project.

Can-Am Off-Road Showdown

Posted on October 24th, 2013 by export

Off-Road Vehicles Illustration

I recently completed a series of line illustrations for Can-Am’s Off-Road Showdown, a tool for comparing 39 competing ATVs and side-by-side vehicles based on their performance, handling and design. The illustrations also appear on point-of-sale displays in Can-Am dealers. Check out my Line Illustration portfolio for similar work. Thanks to Sarah and Xavier for the great project!

Flexible Solar Panels

I’ve also added new work to my Motion Graphics portfolio including an interactive module on flexible solar panels for MIT’s Technology Review.



Posted on August 30th, 2013 by export

Bullitt Center

It’s been another busy summer for technical illustration. Unfortunately, there’s little that I can share at the moment.

Above is a piece I did for Inc. magazine about the Bullitt Center. Read more about it in my technical illustration portfolio. I’ve also added work to the infographics portfolio. While you’re at it, check out Textbook Example, my editorial portfolio and alter ego of sorts.

IEEE Wins Grand Neal Award

Posted on March 14th, 2013 by export


A story I illustrated for IEEE Spectrum Magazine has been recognized with a Grand Neal Award for Best Single Article, a top honour in business-to-business editorial publications.

A Shocking Truth [PDF] exposed the design, engineering and maintenance problems that commonly cause automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to fail. My contribution was a half-page cutaway line illustration revealing the fatal flaws of the device.

Congratulations to everyone at IEEE, and thanks to Brandon for the great assignment!

Homeowner’s Energy Handbook

Posted on March 13th, 2013 by export

Last summer I worked with Storey Publishing to produce 226 instructional illustrations for The Homeowner’s Energy Handbook: Your Guide to Getting Off the Grid. Topics include doing a home energy audit, insulating and increasing the efficiency of your home, monitoring your energy usage, solar hot water heating, solar, wind & hydro electricity generation, biodiesel, wood gass, bio gas and much more.

For more work like this, check out my Line Illustration and Infographics portfolios.