Welcome to the new JamesProvost.com. The changes may seem subtle, but everything has been redesigned from the ground up to look great no matter what device you’re using.
I’m particularly proud of my new portfolio. The images are larger and clearer. Projects are presented more cleanly. You can see my whole breadth of work at a glance, or you can filter it down by style or subject matter. I’m so happy to be able to share the great projects I’ve been a part of, and want to thank all my clients for the opportunity.
I look forward to writing more about recent projects, my illustration process and maybe a tutorial or two in the near future. Keep in touch on Twitter, Dribbble, Behance, Flickr or my RSS feed.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
I worked with Secret Location on a series of satirical instructional-style animations about electriphobia, the fear of the electric car, for the fictitious Electriphobia Institute. The campaign and website is to promote the all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV.
I hope that the work in each portfolio seems more consistent, and better communicates the services I offer. Please have a look around, there’s new work in each portfolio. If you have any comments, feel free to get in touch.
With all the microblogging formats I’m on, like Twitter, Dribbble, Flickr and Tumblr, this blog has become more of a quarterly update. But what a quarter it’s been!
Early in the year I moved to a larger home-studio space in Toronto. I have lots of room now to spread things out, pin things up and make a mess.
I participated in the first Graphic Artists Guild iPortfolio for iPad (free in iTunes). I’ve had work in a few magazine’s iPad editions (including this month’s Wired and PopSci), but seeing five full pages of my work on that beautiful little screen is giving me a few ideas…
I’ve also worked with some great clients including Wired, Popular Science, Men’s Health, Bloomberg, Outside, AAA, IEEE and a few others I can’t talk about yet.
I’ll be adding more work to the portfolios in the near future, but stay tuned to my Dribbble and Flickr streams for the latest!