Archive | Technical Illustration

Water Testing

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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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“The Item Catalog” for Caterpillar, Inc.

Caterpillar, Inc. desired to explore moving a portion of their extensive parts catalog from a paper only, to an interactive CD-ROM computer-based solution back in the early 1990’s. Randal Birkey worked with Lou Morelli in producing an interactive CD-ROM demo for Caterpillar, Inc. to evaluate. The graphics were done in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, then […]

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Renault Elf Racing Car

As a part of developing a technical illustration business in the 1980’s, Randal Birkey did many illustrations as “self-promotion.” These projects were designed to push skills and abilities further, and to show prospective customers what could be done. This pen and ink line art illustration of a Renault Elf Formula One racing car was carefully […]

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PVD Remediation System Diagram

This diagram was created by Randal in Adobe Illustrator as vector art for an engineering client who manufactures prefabricated vertical drain remediation systems. It has a cutaway section showing how the system looks and works below ground, as well as how it is laid out above ground. These systems help prevent groundwater contamination, as well […]

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This is Amsted

Randal Birkey was asked to create a series of illustrations for a corporate communication piece called “This is Amsted.” The illustrations depicted the main activities of each division of a large manufacturing company located in Chicago, named Amsted Industries. At the time, the divisions were named: American Steel Foundries Baltimore Aircoil Company Burgess-Norton Mfg. Co. […]

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How Gold Is Made

Randal Birkey was commissioned by a Denver, Colorado graphic design firm in the 1980’s to prepare a series of illustrations on “How Gold is Made.” The illustration series was to be used by their client, Santa Fe Pacific, (now Newmont Gold), in printed corporate communication brochures, posters and other tools. The series was modified several […]

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Exploded View Diagram

Exploded View Diagram of Automotive Engine Head Exploded view diagrams are very useful for communicating technical information is an easy to understand manner. They show various parts and pieces of a manufactured item or product in a “pulled apart” manner, with lines and visual aids to help the viewer understand where each part fits, and […]

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Gold Mining in Africa

CLIENT Newmont Gold Denver, Colorado OBJECTIVE Newmont Gold required updated images to the “How Gold is Produced” series that Randal Birkey had previously completed through the design firm: Design+Image. The new images were to reflect how gold is produced in the African country of Ghana. SOLUTION Randal Birkey created new illustrations of various steps in […]

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Bank Toolbox

CLIENT Cole Taylor Bank Chicago, Illinois OBJECTIVE Cole Taylor Bank required an image of a toolbox to use in a conceptual ad campaign, designed to attract new commercial customers to the bank. SOLUTION Cole Taylor Bank contracted with Randal Birkey through his Chicago artist rep, to provide an illustration of an open toolbox on a […]

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Abloy Lock Technical Illustration

The Customer’s Need The manufacturer of Abloy Locks required an illustration to reveal the unique tumbler technology used in their locks for a trade advertisement. Randal’s Solution Randal was contacted by the manufacturer’s ad agency in the 1980’s and contracted to create the illustration. This image is one of the working “pencils” that Randal did […]

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