Vector Art

Vector Art Graphics

Vector artwork is really handy to use, since it can so easily be scaled, up and down, and it can be placed atop various web page backgrounds, as you can see has been done onto the charcoal gray web site background, below this yellow Porsche’s side view.

The two Ford GT renderings above contain what are called “filters,” for creating transparent “windshield” glass or “headlight” glazing, but the Yellow Porsche is a simpler look, placed onto a subtle gradient background, for the simpler, side view of the Porsche.  The point is, Vector Art offers a great deal of versatility.

All of these emblems were rendered as vector art, so that there’d be a nice, clean version of the needed look.  People often wish that they had a version that could be sized-up, and still look the way it should, and you can see that recreating these emblems in vector art has accomplished the objective.

This Boy Scout shoulder patch is a great example of a vector art “rescue mission.”  Unfortunately, lots of people end up misplacing the source artwork from which an important item was created.  This was just one of those cases.  The client, a dedicated Boy Scout mentor, needed to be able to get some new shoulder patches done for her Scout Troop, but she had no available artwork from which to make them.  That’s where I came in.  To get new patches done, I emulated the look of the original patch, as closely as possible, and came up with this, a really close “knock-off,” used to make some new, high-quality patches, for a whole new generation of Scouts from this Troop.

Now, if you’re needing more complicated, sophisticated emblems done, take a look at these classic British military insignia, all rendered in Adobe Illustrator, for use in historical prints

Here is a  “UPS” branded stagecoach that I was asked to render for use in the graphics and animation needed for a corporate event held in Arizona.

Just to show that not all vector art vehicles are sleek and sporty; some have a heavier look to them, like this M-24 Chaffee Tank:

Vehicle Wraps

Vehicle Wraps

Here is an example of the color decal “wrap” of a 34-foot NASCAR event trailer done for Kellogg’s.  When doing the install, I removed all of  the door hardware, before the decal application, then re-installed everything.  This was done to allow for a cleaner, smoother application.  Sometimes, the decals are applied to the door hardware, without removing it.

Face to face with “Corny,” you can clearly see how we need to work to make sure that critical elements of the decal need to be able to fit with the shape of the design of the trailer itself.

Graphicommunication can do mock-up vehicle wraps, and then help you with the printing  and installation of your dercal graphics.  Here is an example of a partial wrap, where the entire vehicle is not covered.

Here is another decal layout for a mountain sports gear store.

Here is one of three promotional tour trucks I handled for Coors Brewing, with just the cargo area wrapped.


Custom Button Design

These were among the designs used for creating buttons used on high-end Western Wear shirts.  These shapes were then taken from their vector art format and die-struck out of metal,  burnished in black, to help pick-out the surface detail.  The resulting buttons are sturdy, and easy-to-button.

Similar techniques allow us to produce metal lapel pins, creating really nice emblems, either using a burnished look, or with color-filling, for a more graphic look. It just depends upon the effect you’re after.

Business Cards, Design, Logo Design, Vector Art

Business Card Design

Let Graphicommunication design and layout your business card for printing.

Logo Design

Logo Design

The collection of hangtags and business card designs above were created for a custom women’s clothing line.

The coffee shop sign here is the full color version, and is set up to work as a two-sided, illuminated fixture, with copper-finished pan, plus iron decorative iron elements at top and bottom.  The central graphics print onto backlit material, so that the coffee shop’s logo can be clearly visible day,  or night.

These three simplified versions of the more elaborate,  full-color sign artwork, needed  for doing other, simpler, or cruder graphics, for use on things like  coffee cups, paper bags, napkins, outer cartons, and other items. 

The different versions are adapted for usage on different kinds of graphic production. Anyone needing to create a new logo that will actually be USABLE really needs to make up a careful, COMPLETE LIST of every single way that they can imagine needing to USE their new logo, just to help ensure that they end up with good, workable art.  

 Lots of logos which look just fine on business cards or web page headers wouldn’t even make any visual sense, when viewed on a sign, from the freeway.  What if you’re going to be needing silk-screened or emboidered wearables?   If so, your atwork cannot have thin lines, narrow gaps, certain gradients, or small or wispy lettering, since none of these kinds of graphic elements will even WORK.

What about cut vinyl decals for company vehicles?  If you’re wanting to use film vinyl, instead of digitally printed decal vinyl, like the graphics commonly seen on a promotional vehicle wrap, you’ll need to choose your colors from among the stok, available colors of high-performance film decal vinyl.  Otherwise, we can always o a digitally printed decal, like the kind of  “decal wrap” you see used on promotional vehicles, such as the Kellogg’s Honey Crunch Corn Flakes NASCAR event trailer decals shown on this site. This was just one of many projects I’ve handled for a Madison Avenue agency, for brands like Kellogg’s, Dannon, NestQuik, Nabisco, and others.


Catalog Covers & Brochures

Let Graphicommunication design your corporate catalog or brochure covers. Ask about  print services.

Brochure developed for a multinational data services company, derived from the configuration their brochures take in Europe, but reconfigured for stateside usage. The logo and the layout approach were already in existence, so this could best be regarded as a retrofit. It is common for the need to arise to take a format and build upon it, if only for the sake of continuity. Send us what you’ve got, along with the new photos and verbiage, and we can update your collateral materials, while maintaining your corporate “look.”


Post War Piston Engine Power

The US Navy was still finishing-up the combat training of the first Naval Aviators to fly the ferocious new Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat when the Japanese surrendered before they had to face this plane in combat.

The print above depicts the next model along, the Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat, shown in post-WW2 markings.  This plane, with its four 20 mm cannon and its stunning speed was a sobering opponent, even as the jet age was eclipsing piston engine power. The F8F-2 Bearcat, with its knuckle-walking stance on the ground, and its blistering performance in flight still astonishes air race spectators to this day.

As with the Bearcat above, the US Navy was wanting to obtain fast interceptors to meet the Japanese threat, and ended up creating this monster, the F2G-1D “Super Corsair,” with its massive, 28 cylinder, Pratt & Whitney R-4360 “corncob” engine and its ridiculous, “pin you to the seat” 4,400 feet per minute rate of climb. Goodyear, building Corsairs under license, was the sole contractor on these outrageous Super Corsairs. This aircraft, built without a tailhook for Marine Corps usage, is shown in the markings it wore while undergoing tests at Pax River. This Super Corsair rendering is also available with a simple white background, since the brick hangar background was developed for use in a calendar image.

Aside from its military usage, this Super Corsair created quite a stir when it showed up on the postwar air racing circuit. Just imagine the performance of an aircraft with an engine that uses 56 sparkplugs. More recently, a rebuilt Super Corsair has been a race-painted as “Number 54,” in authentic red, white, and black livery, in commemoration of an early air racer, and flown in the last few years in competition at Reno, in those original racing colors, down to the single white propeller blade, just like the one that was replaced, and painted white, on that earlier Super Corsair, for races conducted decades ago, in the Cleveland Air Races. Clearly, the racing tradition lives on.

This 24″ x 36″ print shows the last Supermarine Spitfire to be deployed overseas, at the RAF base at Kai Tek, flying combat air patrols over Hong Kong, as things heated up with North Korea and Red China.  The D-Day style “Invasion Stripes” were intended to ensure that these British planes would be identified as “friendlies.”  These powerful, late model Spitfires, with their massive tails and full bubble canopies, would’ve been impossible to imagine when the first Spitfires came on strength with the RAF at the beginning of World War Two.  The Spitfire was one of the most updated, heavily modified aircraft in history.

This 24″ x 36″ print depicts a Korean War era Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Hawker Sea Fury. The Sea Fury, a logical evolution beyond the earlier Hawker Tempest, shown among the RAF fighters, shown on the Commonwealth aircraft  page, represented the British approach to creating their own monster, the very acme of the Royal Navy’s use of piston engine power, as that era was coming to a close. These stunningly powerful planes are still being flown in the National Championship Air Races in Reno each year, some in Commonwealth military markings, and some in over-the-top racing paint schemes.

This 24″ x 36″ two-view print depicts a Korean War era Vought F-4U-5 flown by the pilots of VMF-212, a Marine Corps squadron now called the “Lancers,” but, at that time, known as the “Devilcats,” as depicted in their unit patch, appearing in the upper right-hand corner of this print. Many, many desperately outnumbered (at times, by 10-to-1) American ground pounders owed their very survival to the concentrated use of these planes in the hazardous but necessary Close Air Support role as overwhelming numbers of enemy troops came swarming over the rugged Korean terrain.

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Last Ace of World War Two

The 24″ x 36″ two-view print below is a rendering of the P-47N of 20th Air Force hero 1st Lt. Oscar Perdomo of El Paso, Texas, the final World War Two pilot to make “ace,” shooting down five Japanese aircraft in one day, right before the end of the war.  The name “Lil’ Meatie” and the cartoon refer to Perdomo’s son. This late-model Thunderbolt had both its wingspan and the track of its landing gear expanded, allowing for additional fuel tankage within the wings, a first for the P-47.


P51D Eleen & Jerry

The 24″ x 36″ print below shows the Bluenose “Eleen & Jerry,” flown by Lt. Alden Rigby, who was wingman to both 352nd aces George Preddy and John Meyer, and who has himself, finally, years later, been recognized as an ace, as the record of his air-to-air victories was reviewed. This beautiful P-51D was named for his wife and daughter. I want to thank Alden Rigby for his help with the details on the 352nd’s Bluenose renderings.


Peppermint Tail Mustang Ace Captain John Voll

The two-view 24″ x 36″ below is of the Peppermint Tail Mustang “American Beauty” flown by MTO ace Captain John Voll.

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