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Another point of view...

Poster illustration

I've always gone by the idea that pretty much everything in life can be better, more beautiful, if you look at it from another point of view. I finally illustrated my message, a message we can all benefit from.

Once you Pop...

Character design & illustration

This illustration gives a whole new meaning to the Pringles catchphrase. Once I had the idea and the sketch drawn up, I just had to design it! And I’m proud of having done so.

Sketch of the Pringles character
Final design of the sketch.

illustration haven

Illustration

I wanted to find a good excuse to trial my new Wacom drawing tablet, and the result is this airy illustration. Make your work fly!

Sketch 'Illustration Haven", books that look like birds in the sky.
Final design of 'Illustration Haven", books that look like birds in the sky.

bleeding the recession

Illustration

With the recession getting deeper (at time of drawing), I thought it appropriate to design an illustration that emphasises how the recession, in many ways, is bleeding the public dry; using a barcode as a symbol of public spend..

Sketch of a bleeding barcode that reveals a skull.
Final design of a bleeding barcode that reveals a skull.

I'm here, come sea or air

Vector based illustration

One day I received a very imaginative drawing on my lap. As usual I got very excited with possibilities on how this could look as an illustration, any excuse to get me designing really!

You will see how I started with basic colours and shapes, before working my way through on adding structure and levels of detail.

Sketch of sealion with human feet, tail of a fish, ears of a pup and wings of a bird.

the adventures

Poster illustration

A birthday treat, a communist styled movie poster based on holiday experiences in Barcelona. Any excuse to get me designing really.

Final design of the poster

meanwhile under the sun

Illustration

A fun self initiated illustration brought to life from the depths of my imagination and sketches!

Final image of the illustration

pixel graphics

Pixel illustrations

I once had a fascination (and still do) of 8-bit graphics, with the amount of  fun bright coloured detail you can achieve in such a small area. When you look twice, there is always more to be seen.

 

So here are some of my pixelated illustrations, some of which were used as web graphics for local DJs!

Sam Rios

designer & illustrator

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Sketch of the Pringles character
Final design of the sketch.
Sketch 'Illustration Haven", books that look like birds in the sky.
Final design of 'Illustration Haven", books that look like birds in the sky.
Final design of a bleeding barcode that reveals a skull.
Final design of the poster
Final image of the illustration
Sketch of the Pringles character
Final design of the sketch.
Sketch 'Illustration Haven", books that look like birds in the sky.
Final design of 'Illustration Haven", books that look like birds in the sky.
Sketch of a bleeding barcode that reveals a skull.
Final design of a bleeding barcode that reveals a skull.
Sketch of sealion with human feet, tail of a fish, ears of a pup and wings of a bird.
Final design of the poster
Final image of the illustration