Thursday, October 16, 2014

Victorian Mansion at Night


Part of a series of pieces I've been thinking about for a while and was finally able to realize with digital tools and watercolor washes. I like the Halloween-y mood it makes, as well as the feeling of late night / early morning autumn mist. 

Stick around for a couple more illustrations in this series! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Inclusive Preschool Fair Illustrated Flyer

I designed this illustrated flyer for an annual Our Family Coalition San Francisco event. I've posted some of my work at my day job before, but this is one of my favorite's. In the year and a half since I've worked here, we've done a lot to develop the branding guidelines, including font choices, overall colors and color schemes, primary colors for individual departments and programming, and just an overall personality.

The part that was the most fun for me was drawing these dancing kids! They're drawn and colored using a tablet. Detail below.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Crate Big Ideas Illustrated Logo Design


I made this illustrated logo and sub marks for Crate Big Ideas, upcycled wine crate pieces hand finished by Bay Area artist, Sandy Russell.

Since the products are so beautiful and handmade, we decided on a logo to match. We picked the logo to evoke the richness of wine.

The main text in the logo is a slightly modified version of the text in the font Deibi, one of my favorite fonts. The tagline is hand-lettered. All the illustrations / sub marks are hand-drawn using a drawing tablet.



In early stages of the process, I did work with some much simpler and more graphic sketches that still encapsulated the combination of wine and boxes. You can also see an earlier version of the tagline.

Here are more detailed versions of the sub marks:



Thursday, June 12, 2014

Red Poppy Print - Tiled Desktop Background Free Download


These poppies were watercolored by hand and put together to be a continuous pattern in Photoshop.

Click the image above to make it bigger and then save it or right-click and set it as your desktop background. Drop me a comment or email if it doesn't work, or you need a larger size!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Fire Ant Trail Print - Tiled Desktop Background Free Download




These fire ant trails were painted by hand in gouache and put together to be a continuous pattern in Photoshop.

Click the image above to make it bigger and then save it or right-click and set it as your desktop background. Drop me a comment or email if it doesn't work, or you need a larger size!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Manatee, Seaweed, and Coral Print - Tiled Desktop Background Free Download


These manatees, seaweed, and coral were watercolored by hand and put together to be a continuous pattern in Photoshop.

Click the image above to make it bigger and then save it or right-click and set it as your desktop background. Drop me a comment or email if it doesn't work, or you need a larger size!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sloth Wallpaper - May 2014 (or anytime!) Lazy Summer Desktop Background - FREE DOWNLOAD


It may not quite be summer, but it's heating up here in Oakland. In Oakland terms, anyway - last week we saw sunny days and over 80 degrees. I sure wish I could take a lazy afternoon nap in a tree like these super adorable three-toed sloths. 

Here is some belated sloth wallpaper / desktop background. Since it's tiled it should work on any size monitor or even a mobile device. 

The whole thing was drawn and put together in Photoshop. This was my first continuous pattern, I'm so excited! (Rather than simply tiled.) 

Click the image above to make it bigger and then save it or right-click and set it as your desktop background. Drop me a comment or email if it doesn't work, or you need a larger size!






Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Beauty in the Beast's Magical Rococo Library - Beauty and the Beast Illustration


Another full spread from my project of illustrating Beauty and the Beast set in Rococo France. 

The iconic library scene in Disney's version is so gorgeous and such a big part of so many people's childhoods - including mine - that I can't really hope to compete. Everyone wants a library like that, right? With the windowseats and the staircases and balconies and swoon. So I went in a different direction that still keeps with the era and look. 

The Beast doesn't usually get much character development or even interaction with Beauty in the older versions, so he doesn't give her the library as a present. Instead she spends a lot of time wandering lonely around the empty palace, discovering weird and magical stuff. The library contains every book she's ever wanted to read, plus sometimes every book ever written and every book yet to be written. 

This piece was drawn and assembled completely digitally, though the larger areas of color are from watercolor washes I painted and then scanned. It's meant to be printed as a 24"x9" folio, so that each half is 12"x9".







Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Rococo Beauty with Birds in the Beast's Palace - Beauty and the Beast Illustration


This piece is a full spread from my project of illustrating Beauty and the Beast set in Rococo France. I'm basing mine on some versions where she spends a lot of time alone in the Beast's palace and discovers mysterious and magical rooms and objects. Here she finds a giant room filled with exotic, talking birds. I also like the idea that they are all friends with her and flock to her; in some versions, all wild animals in the forest fled the grounds and areas around the Beast's palace, but find their way back when Beauty arrives because of her awesomeness / magnetism.

This piece was drawn and assembled completely digitally, though the larger areas of color are from watercolor washes I painted and then scanned. It's meant to be printed as a 24"x9" folio, so that each half is 12"x9".

Below are some details.








Thursday, May 1, 2014

J. R. R. Tolkien meets a Redwood


If you've read any amount of J. R. R. Tolkien's works, or seen even a port of the recent Lord of the Rings or Hobbit movies, you know that Tolkien was a dude who loved trees. A lot. And who can blame him? They're goddamn magical.

And that's why it's a shame that he never got to meet a redwood in real life. I don't think he even visited California. Redwoods make their own fog, form cathedrals, create insane light, emit delicious fragrances, and are the giantest trees in the world. You can't get more magical or badass in terms of upright botany is what I'm saying. So I drew Tolkien meeting a redwood.

This piece was drawn and assembled completely digitally, though the larger areas of color are from watercolor washes I painted and then scanned. Details below. 



Monday, April 28, 2014

Website Update to NaomiBardoff.com


You may have noticed a few minor changes on this blog, like the new logo. I'm working on updating my portfolio website and branding. I've been changing out the images featured on my website semi-regularly, but now I've begun a major overhaul. I hope to cut down the number of images even further. So far I've rearranged the categorization a little, updated the logo and colors, and finally installed Pinterest "pin it" buttons on the website and blog.

There are more changes coming too, I can't wait to share them!


I also deleted a few posts on this blog that I couldn't stand any more. I try to do this as little as possible but there were a handful that I just don't want associated with my work any more. The main issue with this is that my LinkWithin widget still links to these old posts, so you might get lead to some dead links a little more often. Hopefully this will fade away awhile after my spring cleaning!



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Rococo Beauty and the Beast Dining - Beauty and the Beast Illustration


This piece is a full spread from my project of illustrating Beauty and the Beast set in Rococo France.
This piece was drawn and assembled completely digitally, though the larger areas of color are from watercolor washes I painted and then scanned. It's meant to be printed as a 24"x9" folio, so that each half is 12"x9".

I don't know of a version of Beauty and the Beast in which the Beast doesn't require Beauty to dine with him. Sometimes they will eat together, other times he will watch her dine. (Sometimes he has genteel table manners but when outdoors will stalk and devour prey like a regular beast.) But at the end of every dinner he will ask her a question - sometimes if she loves him, others if she will marry him, and sometimes even if she will got to bed with him.

This is the most recent piece I made in this project and it's my favorite so far. I do have some more that I started earlier that I still need to finish up, I will share them soon!

Below are some details and a vertical version so you can see more of it at once.





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