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.

The cover:

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The illustration alone:

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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 for California Magazine

3D illustration titled “Edibles and Potables” created for California Magazine.

The brief was to create an illustration of the famous scene from the Wizard of Oz but with all the elements made of pills creating shapes like flowers or the Emerald city.
The story of the article is about the potential for cannabinoids to help alleviate the opioid crisis. It’s called “We’re Not on OxyContin Anymore, Toto.”
Link to the article

 Art director: Michiko Toki

Tools used: Modo, Photoshop. Rendered with Octane.

Illustration created for California Magazine.
Illustration of a scene from the Wizard of Oz but made of pills. Created for California magazine using modo and photoshop.

Illustration created for California Magazine.

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