The Real Deal Opportunity Zones magazine cover

For their Los Angeles magazine supplement Paul Dilaikan asked me to create an illustration with a title made of pushpins on a map. The assignment was not so simple as it sounds, the title has to be 100% readable so choosing the right ammount and size of the pushpins was the key. Plus an attractive color palette. We have finished with three color sets and one was choosed for the cover. Another one (the colorful) was used inside the magazine. here you have the final images and the variations as well as few close-ups.

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Iceberg illustration for Scientific American

Illustration of an iceberg turned upside down.

This assignment was an interesting challenge. The brief was clear: icebergs goes crazy, turns upside down and loses the usual proportions. To show that I created an iceberg which most of it was outside the water and turned it into underwater. So to create the illustration you have snow, ice, underwater caustics and bubbles to create the odd underwater look. Also the title is behind and deformed by the ice refraction. With the inverted title “Arctic Meltdown” all makes an interesting image.

Art director: Michael Mrak

Tools used: Zbrush, modo, Photoshop

Illustration of an iceberg by Maciej Frolow

Sculpting the iceberg in zbrush.

Iceberg sculpt in zbrush

Separete renderings and fusion masks: ice, snow, snow slope, occlusion and deformed title.

Rendering of an iceberg

Iceberg 3D rendering

Mask for slow distribution

Mask for ambient occlusion

Iceberg shape deforming Scientific American title

Final image and close-ups

Iceberg turned upside down - illustration by Maciej Frolow

Close-up of iceberg illustration

Rendering close-up

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Illustration of a glass heart for the Washington Post

Heart made of glass illustration created for the Washington Post for the Health & Science section.

The brief was to show a realistic heart without going into some gore medical thematic. I proposed a heart made of glass and filled with red liquid so the shape will be obvious but the artistic side will dominate the image aspect. By adding some caustics effects and strong glass refraction & dispersion the whole illustration looks photrealistic, almost like a car advertising 😉

Art director: Alla Dreyvitser

Tools used: Modo, Zbrush, Photoshop. Rendered with Octane.

Illustration of a heart made of glass and filled with red liquid
Illustration of a heart made of glass with red liquid inside.
Work in progress steps of an illustration of a transparent human heart
Virtual clay model of a human heart

See my portfolio for more medical illustrations.