Richard Adkins - Illustration
Illustration/Graphics work has taken many
forms and I have worked on various kinds of projects. The GEX folder at
left is indicative of the variety. Done for a client whose imported engine
rebuilding business could not guarantee a steady supply of product, his
needs were to have a catalog-like kit where cut pages could change frequently
without necessitating reprinting. I revised a static logo and creating
visual blocks which could change as needed on the cover and a dual pocket
presskit that allowed the insertion of new product sheets as needed. The
kit increased both recognition of the company and sales. I went on to develop
their print ads, trade show booth and packaging. Airbrush is the medium
with logotype having been designed with computer assistance ahead of time.
pencil/airbrush illustration is the cover of a two-part Employment Compensation
Manual prepared for Paramount Studios. Part one was the employment policies
and guidelines laid out in type-only graphic design and part two was the
employee's manual which was broken up with illustrations from Paramount
films and featuring famous Paramount players from 1912 to the present.
Sarah Bernhardt and John Travolta bookended the Paramount history pages
with Clara Bow , Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake, Cecil B. DeMille and Jerry
Lewis filling in some of the middle years!
My special skill is pencil illustration
and portraiture. Much of my experience is in broadcast-related promotion
and production so that illustrations of performers comes naturally to me.
In this print ad for the CBS-TV
movie "Go Towards The Light," the main feature was the cast, so that Richard
Thomas and Linda Hamilton were featured prominently in the ad. The other
main feature is the somberness of the topic, a child's death, so that black
and white lends that matter of gravity effect that is needed to promote
the film. Airbrush and colored pencil are the medium.
The design of the employee manual was enhanced
by reproducing the illustrations as duotones, thereby giving more strength
and substance to the pencil drawings.
illustration, done for Proctor and Gamble's T.V. production "A Place to
be Loved" about the boy who "divorced" his parents, provided a challenge.
The seriousness of the theme required a traditional approach while ensuring
the likenesses of the actors. Rhea Perlman was a unique challenge in that
everyone identified her best as Carla from "Cheers" and was not accustomed
to seeing her in this more professional character role.
The artwork is again a combinatin
of airbrush and colored pencil. The airbrush was used to create the wood
texture of the lawyer's desk and to cover the area beneath the pencil to
add enough color so that the pencil, when reproduced, does not appear pale.
My other projects have included work for
Fox Studio, Casio Electronics, and Playboy Entertainment. My staff work
has included positions at KNBC-TV, NBC-TV and KABC-TV. I was nominated
for four Emmys for my work at KABC and have been the recipient of awards
from the Society of Illustrators and the Broadcast Design Association.
The Illustration of Gloria Swanson on my homepage
was featured in the Society of Illustrators Show and Annual of 1995.
All images by Richard Adkins are copyright, 1997,
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