At the beginning of 2020, Andrew Salfinger set himself a challenge: to create a hybrid vector and raster illustration during each month of the year and post it on social media.
Now just over halfway through, he talks to us about what inspired his year-long challenge and what he’s learnt from the project so far. He also reveals his process for creating each month’s illustration using Affinity Designer and Photo on iPad.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into the world of illustration?
Hi, my name is Andrew Salfinger and I’m an illustrator and graphic designer at Made by Campfire, a solo freelance design studio I founded in 2019 after graduating from University.
When I was seven, the power went out at night and my dad was working on some sketches under a flashlight (one of those big ones that take a massive battery). There was a sketch of our dog laying on the table and when I saw it, I wanted to sit down and draw with him. Looking back, it was at that moment as I tried to sketch with my dad helping that I knew I wanted to do something in this crazy world of art.
What do you like most about blending vector and raster?
Ever since I was a kid painting mini-figures/Warhammer, I’ve loved the grungy, more rustic styles of art. With something like vector that is generally flat in appearance, mixing and layering different photo textures I’ve taken with my phone or using pixel brushes that result in a more stylised and grungier look is something that feels natural to me.
If you wanted to mix vector and raster in the past, it was a bit of a pain having to use separate software, but when I moved to Affinity it opened my eyes to a whole new world of making art.
Affinity Designer is a vector app, however, unlike other vector-based software, you can effortlessly create raster assets too using the Pixel Persona. This allows you to do things with vector you could not do in the past.
I now use Affinity across all my design outlets, from illustration and packaging to branding and motion graphics. The apps have radically changed the way I work and have allowed me to create things I would not have been able to do with other software. On top of this, the apps have changed how I use the iPad with nearly 90% of all my design work done on it now.
What made you decide to start this monthly illustration project?
After finishing uni, I finally had some free time on my hands since I wasn’t working on assignments anymore, so I thought I would design some illustrations in between client work.
Back in late 2018, I designed a pocket calendar where each month had a different illustration.
While flipping through it, the pages started to inspire me to, well, maybe try and create a single illustration over a month and post it online. And I was thinking, am I crazy? Well maybe, but here we are!
Could you talk us through the illustrations you’ve created so far?
January: Hidden pyramids
Drawing inspiration from the mystery encompassing the plot of Oxenfree (an indie game) and my love forContinue reading