The Graphic Moving Portfolio of Joseph Towey 2014

I’m not usually one for posting videos, but hot damn this was a lot of work. This is a general sampling from jobs I’ve done in the last year. Watching this for me is just a rush of memories.

 

While for the most part I only selected things that could fit in smoothly, there is one spot where the music stops and there’s a little segment of two icons talking. Though it breaks the flow, I really wanted to include that because that job took just over 250 hours on its own. All the speaking bits were animated with facial motion tracking and tons of key frames. For doing the motion tracking, I ended up over at my parents house at 10pm lip syncing the commercial several times in front of a camera. Even just getting that job, I had found a neat AE expression for attaching puppet pins to nulls about half an hour before I got word of it. When my intermediary client came through the door, and asked if I could make animated talking icons, I had just thing I wanted to try! That job also had about a million rounds of changes and change backs.

For me, most of the brief clips in that video have stories, ideas, trials, and solutions attached to them. Some funny, some arduous, some otherwise. This is the first time that I’ve cut together an actual reel, (I’ve made just graphic demos for clients in the past) and it’s certainly strange to see a year summed up into just over three minutes.

The End of an Infographic

This is from a project that I was working on a couple weeks ago that got canned  midway through. Although the actual project will never see the light of day, I’m still fond of the icons that I build for it and want them to at least get a flashlight on them. If I find enough time, I may even finish it on my own time.

I was instructed to make a DRTV info graphic. I was given a little quick breakdown of how the market worked, then I was set free to more or less do as I pleased with it.

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These were the core icons that I came up with. The colors used are the company’s logo color. Making icons and small simple illustrations is one of my favorite things to do. In part because I find it immensely enjoyable to add in details that no one will ever catch.

Said Details
Said Details

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Even just the process of building and working through to figure out which solution will work the best is enjoyable. One of my favorite things with the projects, is after it’s complete, go back and look at all the things that didn’t work.

Such as other patterns that were getting worked up for the globes
Such as other patterns that were getting worked up for the globes

Unfortunately this project didn’t make it to much further that this stage. I had only started laying out the graphic for a rough proof of concept when I got the call that that project wasn’t going to go through to completion till there was more purpose for it. Here’s the little bit that I did on the layout before moving onto the next thing.  Click through to view the full size.

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Life, Now in 3D!

I’ve been busy, but I’ve gained some new tricks and skills. Super busy. 7 days and 70 some hours a week busy.

The upside is now I have a solid working knowledge of tracking 3d into video! Plus all sorts of other useful stuff!

 

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I’ll have video’s with fun 3d integration up in the next week, also a 30 second cartoon called “detective dog,” as well as some photos I’ve been sitting on for awhile.

The last month and a half in a nutshell for the curious, I got picked up by a production company to do design full time, still working weekends at the bicycle shop, and still working with all of my freelance clients to make sure they’re all covered. Out of the last 40 some days, I’ve had 2 off, the 4th of July, and the saturday following, mostly because I had to locate my stolen phone. All in all it’s been a lovely, if a little hectic time. Though, I did just put in my two weeks at the bike shop so soon I’ll be able to work on my personal projects (see: anything posted here) while the sun is still up! Cheers

It’s Going to be a Cold Wet Winter and I Can’t Wait

Designed this yesterday for a friend who’s involved with NorthWest Vinyls.

I'll post again when I have this in its vinyl stage of evolution.
I’ll post again when I have this in its vinyl stage of evolution.

For the moment I might not be posting quite as regularly as I’m watching tons of tutorials and teaching myself you to use AfterEffects and Premier Pro proficiently. Though, this has promise for much cooler things in the future!

Dead Girl Glowing Tee!

Printed freshly today! The Dead Girl shirt! The folks over at fingers Duke were printing these late into the evening so they could have them ready for a new t-shirt Tuesday.

Plus, it’s GLOW IN THE DARK. I’m going to turn out the lights where ever I go just so I can use it like a flashlight to see. I’m sure that I’ll have to be careful not to aim it directly at people so I don’t blind them (with awesome).

With lots of options!

I’m excited to see this design printed, or at all for a few reasons. This design was one I had done a couple of years ago (2010), and to have it show up again was quite my hearts delight! I was 100% sure that this was one of the designs that had gone up in smoke in the great 2011 digital fire and computer crash. So to get have it printed now, well, I did a merry little jig!
The initial conversation went sorta like this is a nutshell.

Fingers Duke, “Hey Joe, you remember that day of the dead girl that you designed a couple years ago? We were wondering if we could print those?”

Joe, “I wish you could my friends, but alas they have left the digital realm and only exist on a higher plain now.”

Fingers Duke, “Come again?”

Joe, “They got deleted when my computer and backup went down.”

Fingers Duke, “Oh, weeellll, we just found a copy of the files on one of our computers, so we can just print from that.”

Joe, “…….Awesome….”    Then the single tear rolled down my cheek as I realized that maybe life was more like the movies than I had acknowledged.

All that aside they’re a very cool shirt that is very appropriate for the halloween season. Also they are printed in a verity of styles ranging from tee to hip loose sweatshirt type deal.

You can also see them on the Fingers Duke blog or even purchase one (or all of them) here!