Cushing Academy is a private coeducational secondary school founded in 1865, and located in Ashburnham, MA. They have partnered with a design firm called Corey, McPherson, Nash to redesign their viewbook. Through a web based search, CMN contacted Randal Birkey Illustration and contracted for a new Campus Map to be produced both for the school viewbook and their website.
Randal worked from maps, photos and other references provided by CMN and Cushing Academy. The first stage in the illustration process was to produce a line art “pencil” of the aerial perspective view that best displayed the campus. This line art was done in sepia tones using Corel Painter at a size of 6450 x 3750 pixels.
Cushing Campus Aerial Perspective Campus Map - Pencil
Once this “pencil” was reviewed and approved by the design firm and the client, Randal then added digital watercolor to a layer below the line art using Corel Painter. The final file was converted to Adobe Photoshop and delivered as a layered Photoshop file with line art on one layer, and color washes and texture on the background layer.
Cushing Academy Aerial Perspective Campus Map - Color
In this stylized version, the forested areas around the school campus were left white or blank in order to allow the buildings, streets and other fields to have visual prominence. The design firm will add all the labels and key to the site during the print production process.
Through his New York artist rep, Randal was commissioned to illustrate this Godiva Chocolate Easter gift basket for use in a newspaper ad, by a New York City ad agency. The illustration was done by hand using a Rapid-o-graph ink pen on illustration board in a “stipple” style, which reproduces very well in newsprint.
Godiva Chocolate Easter Gift Basket
Buick Cutaway Line Illustration
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 did a series of ancient structure illustration for a textbook publisher in the 1980′s. The series included this wax pencil on croquil board line art illustration of Stonehenge, England.
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Randal lives in Oak Park, Illinois, home of Frank Lloyd Wright, Ernest Hemingway, Ray Kroc and many other famous Americans. The local Oak Park Township community officials contacted Randal in the 1980′s to do an illustration of their new offices at 108 S. Oak Park Avenue. The line drawing below was the result. It has been used in many print communications for the township over the years.
Oak Park Township Offices
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This is a line drawing of the Gothic style Deering Library on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. It was done by Randal for the school to be used on note pads and other printed materials.
Northwestern University - Deering Library