Topics covered range from the fundamentals like sitting posture, hand placement and visualizing potential hazards, to more – um – practical instruction like how to skid 180° into a parallel parking space.
It was an honour to work with Ben and to have a chance to swap stories with an automotive icon, like driving an Aston Martin for James Bond, or beating on a rented Hyundai Accent (guess whose story is whose). Hopefully the book will see a North American release soon!
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.