Category Archives: Technical Illustration

Water Testing

Testing Water for Toxicity

Testing Water for Toxicity

Randal Birkey did this line illustration for Newmont Gold, depicting a lab employee testing natural stream water for toxicity near a gold leeching facility. This illustration was done as a part of a series of illustrations on “How Gold Is Made” which has been featured in company annual reports, as well as on printed posters. The company pays close attention to the environmental impact of the gold mining and reclaiming process.

1997 Black Book Ad

Randal Birkey put together this self-promotional ad for the 1997 Black Book.

It features:

  • Pharmaceutical Product Logo
  • Globe – Product Illustration
  • Retouched and digitally altered 5 dollar bill with 2 Abe Lincoln’s
  • Close-up diagram of a chain product used in a road grader
  • Watercolor boot
  • Watercolor tractor
  • Nascar line drawing sketch
  • How to measure for a swimsuit diagram
  • 3D clock tower projecting from a 2D blueprint
  • 2 whimsical vector art graphs
1997 Black Book Ad

1997 Black Book Ad

1998 Black Book Ad

Randal Birkey put together this self-promotional ad for the 1998 Black Book.

It features:

  • A series of vector line art icons
  • A Nuclear Fission Reactor Core Vessel
  • An Atomic Level Fission Nuclear Reaction Diagram
  • A Medical Doctor Digital Vector Illustration
  • Youth Science Fair Project
  • Automotive Engine Turbocharger See-Through Cutaway
  • A Harris Branch Bank Architectural Line Illustration
1998 Black Book Ad

1998 Black Book Ad

1985 Chicago Creative Sourcebook Ad

Randal Birkey created this ad for the 1985 Chicago Creative Sourcebook, to promote his architectural and technical line art illustration styles and services primarily in the Chicago area.

The ad features:

  • Drinking Fountain – stipple style
  • A Commercial Office Building at Night – croquil board
  • Goodyear Eagle Automotive Tire – stipple
  • Mercury Inboard-Outboard Marine Engines – line art
  • Credit Suisse Gold Bar – stipple
  • Office Chair – stipple
  • Godiva Chocolate Basket – stipple
  • AT&T Mobile Telephone – line art
  • Hi-Rise Office Building – Line art
1985 Chicago Creative Sourcebook Ad

1985 Chicago Creative Sourcebook Ad - Randal Birkey

Scientific Optical Diagrams

Randal did a series of scientific illustrations for Dr. John Delly, scientific advisor to the McCrone company in Westmont, Illinois. This diagram of a Biaxial Indicatrix was used in a training manual for lab technicians to learn how to identify optical light refracting properties of crystals. The reason this is important is that forensic labs get lots of different “white powder” substances to identify. One part of identifying what the substance is, is by studying what happens to light as it passes through a crystal of the substance. This is often done in a forensic lab environment using sophisticated optical microscopic equipment.

Biaxial Indicatrix Diagram

Biaxial Indicatrix Diagram