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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.


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.


Experimental Staggered Pixel Art

These 3 variations of the same image is just an experimental abstract approach and me trying to do something a little different. I find myself gravitating to certain colours, usually orange and red so I have tried to variate the colour approach. I still come back to the orange and red. I worked to a grid with these mages, cut and staggered the layers to achieve the final blocky result.



Lee’s 1st Birthday Bongodinosaurus

After a trip to the local Dinosaur Museum I shot some cool pictures of the statues that surround the building with a wide angle lens. Bongodinosaurus, created for Lee Kai’s fist birthday was assembled from one of these shots. Something about this images makes me laugh. There was some debate in the house to whether the image is too scary for a first birthday but it got through 😉


Amalgam – 2012

This large format, digital artwork piece is experimental with no planning or real concept, it just developed over the course of a week or so. I have used this in class as an example for our image of the week project. All elements in this image is 100% original and focuses on a wooden statue we have in the house and some show shutter light manipulations that I had on file. The master file for this image is large 60cm at 300 dpi. There is a lot of detail in this image that would be hard to pick up with this reduced sized jpg. I hadn’t really considered a tittle for this image during the process but “Amalgam” seems to fit. Amalgamation is a process in which things are combined and an amalgam is the result or consequence of that process.

Amalgam-2012 Roy Torkington

Photoshop Clipping Layer Experiments

These graphics are experiments using photoshop clipping layers with simple shapes but lots of layers and effects, mainly half-tone pattern and distortion filters. My class has some design projects with music industry students producing electronica and these are some demo graphic and techniques to get them started. The heart shape is a theme for one of the groups.

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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