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Encyclopaedia of Australian Heavy Metal – Design Detail

This is the front cover, back cover and a close up of the main symbol design of the Encyclopaedia of Australian Heavy Metal hard cover book due for release in May 2015. I have described the artwork process in my last post but have added these images so the detail of the design can be seen. The book can be ordered here

Encyclopaedia of Australian Heavy Metal – Book Cover Spread

I was asked by Brian Giffin editor of Loud Online to design a cover to his book the Encyclopaedia of Australian  Heavy Metal. This is book version of the Australian Metal guide which is a web site he has been working on for years that lists every significant Australian band. The book design features a ouija board style symbol with radiating segments that has the alphabet, Australian states, numbers and compass points all based around a pentagram. This was a fairly complicated symbol created in Adobe Illustrator. The Main type component was also designed in Illustrator and then the whole layout put together in Photoshop to give some texture to the work. I tried to use the phi ratio for placement of all elements of the layout and I’m pretty happy with the final results. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the book there is a Facebook page here.

Encyclopaedia of Australian Heavy Metal

End Tranzmission – Logo Identity

I designed this logo for my friends Brad and Linda’s electronic music project ‘End Transmission’ – Designed in Illustrator and then finished off in Photoshop. Its not often that I play with 3D style imagery and I was fairly happy with the result. Working on the CD layout now. You can visit their band camp page here: Endtranzmission


End Tranzmission logo

Image of the Week – Spirits of Nature

This illustration is for a project given to my design students called “Image of the Week” Each week there’re given or concept to create an image for. This weeks topic is “Spirits of Nature.” You have too project your design to the group and explain you thinking, technique and approach used. I like to do these as it keeps me on my toes. This is the I came up for this weeks session. Its all Illustrator based vector art that uses some cool techniques and I’m really liking the restricted colour palette and fairly simple approach.Spirits of Nature - Roy Torkington

Music Business Coach – Identity Design

I recently did a logo design for Music Business Facts –  a music industry podcast run by Rodney Holder. Music Business Coach is another spin off business where he offers students professional coaching. This logo incorporates elements from the previous logo but has a new colour scheme and bolder, more visible branding. Not sure when he is launching this endevour as the site is not up at the time of writing this post.

Music Business Coach Logo identity design

I designed this logo for Alchemist Drummer Rod’s online music eleaning site: Rodney also works in vocaltional education and training and needed an identity  for his new business and branding for his music business podcasts. The design took some time to develop as it was quite hard to mix money and music without looking tacky. The music note with the dollar sign was created in Illustrator and then mixed with the final sans serif typography. The site has some really interesting content and is currently being redesigned to incorporate the new branding. The initial version of the site is here:

Kaleidoscope 2013 Exhibition Showreel Intro Animation

This animation was created as in intro to my classes showreel presentation for their end of year exhibition. The static logo design was refined by the group based around the intital artwork of Rob Suthern.  I animated the logo and made this intro to take the pressure off the group who are all producing their own two minute showreel in Motion for the exhibition. It also makes a good demonstration file for teaching. Created in Apple Motion 5 – the logo type and some elements of the logo have been brought toward to add some dimension to the graphics. Some filters were applied to the square kaleidoscope image and image masked to keep the rigid diamond shape. The logo elements were all timeed to the start of Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites by Skrillex and then final camera, masking, filter and typography work  to complete the intro. Will be screened at Kaleidoscope 2013 exhibition at CSIRO Discovery theartre Nov.28th 7pm.


Metal for the Brain Logo Animation

This motion graphic was created for the last Metal for the Brain logo that I designed in Adobe Illustrator  for the final show promotion. The animation was put together recently as teaching resource to show how to animate cameras and lights in Apple Motion. Elements of the logo have been elevated in 3D space and then scaled back into their original positions. The animation uses lights and features several virtual cameras that are animated in 3d space. Tunes: Demonic Refusal Testament.


Northside Lightning Cricket Logo

I designed this for my good mate Robbie’s (or the “Scorpion” as his team mates call him) cricket Team “The Northside Lightning” – Apparently they’re pretty good as they keep winning. Logo looks pretty good on the team shirts.

Northside Lightning Cricket Club Logo

Snake Faces

My design students receive a design brief called “Image of the Week” were they have to design artwork to a topic or theme each week and present that to the group. A bunch of them have continued the idea as a Facebook group but this time with a bit more time “Image of the Month”. The Image below is my submission for the the topic “faces”. The image came together in a couple of hours from photographs taken at out visit to Perth Zoo over summer.


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I have setup this blog to be an archive of my work in the creative arts. I teach Digital Media and Graphic Design at the Canberra Institute of Technology and live in Belconnen in the ACT. You can find me on Facebook here Roy Boy