Randal created this line illustration of the side view of a Buick to illustrate an computer controlled automotive fuel system. The work was commissioned by a Chicago area ad agency in the 1980’s.
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. […]
Randal Birkey completed this isometric line drawing of a tugboat as a part of a series of illustrations for a ship and barge manufacturing company. This cutaway reveals the bulkheads and inner structure of the tugboat.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Randal Birkey created this quick felt tip ink line sketch showing the location of a “piston pin” in the layout of an automotive V-8 engine.
Randal Birkey illustrated this Aiwa car stereo unit for an ad agency in the early 1980’s.
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 […]
Randal did this vector digital illustration in Adobe Illustrator for Ameritech’s “Signals” magazine in the 1980’s. It demonstrates how their wireless technology can penetrate walls and windows in buildings giving customers better cell signal reception.
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 […]
Randal once owned a car like this (see photo below) and used his personal knowledge of the car along with his technical illustration skills to create the “transparent” style cutaway line art illustration, focused on the engine and front suspension details. The 1972 Z-car is regarded by many as the best classic year of any […]
Randal created this cutaway technical illustration of a 4-cylinder automotive engine as a self promotion piece for use in advertising his technical illustration skills in the 1980’s. This illustration was done by hand with Rapidograph ink pens on smooth illustration board.
Randal illustrated a typical house shown partially cutaway to reveal how Dale Industries/Incor steel framing products can be used in residential construction. The base line work was done in a 3D wireframe software, then transferred to Adobe Illustrator in a 2D format for adding color fills, line weights, captions and border framing.
Randal has been asked to provide illustrations in many textbooks. This one was done for an elementary textbook on the Castle Keep. It is a cutaway diagram showing the floors and various typical activities inside the Keep. This illustration was hand done in Corel Painter software on a Macintosh computer using a Wacom Tablet.
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. […]
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 […]
This is one of the earliest line illustrations Randal did after starting his freelance career in 1980. A client needed a simple line diagram of a manufacturing process to use in a printed company communication brochure. Randal worked from photo references to create this line art illustration. He worked with Rapidograph ink pens on smooth […]
Randal was contracted by Wilson Sporting Goods to do a series of illustrations for their tennis product catalog. Each racquet in the catalog featured a cutaway illustration showing the layers and materials used in its construction. Each illustration was done by hand with pencil and color pencil on 100% cotton drafting vellum for that “techie” […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In the early 1980’s, Randal Birkey started his freelance illustration career. At that time, one of the best ways to advertise illustration and get new work, was in the Chicago Creative Sourcebook, published in Northbrook, Illinois. Randal created this ad as his first entry into the Chicago illustration market. He used a pen and ink […]
Client: Cunard Lines Randal Birkey was contracted through a New York rep to provide digital line drawings of all the renovated Queen Elizabeth II deck plans, so that they would be compatible with, and able to be used in standard digital print design layout software. Using the shipbuilding technical plans, Randal converted each deck plan […]
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 […]
Randal Birkey was contracted by Boston Edison, a Massachusetts utility company, to complete a series of technical illustrations for a public relations brochure. This image is a nuclear reactor core, with the sides shown cutaway to reveal the rods inside. The illustration was done using Fractal Painter software on a Macintosh computer, and a Wacom […]
Chicago is a very commercial, product-driven town when it comes to advertising and design work. Randal did this product illustration in Adobe Illustrator for an ad featuring a Mita copier. This technical line art style lends itself well to newspaper and magazine advertising reproduction, popular in the 1980’s.