Google – Land Illustrations

Wildlife illustrations of California flora & fauna breathe life into workspaces within Google's Pacific Shores campus

Illustration — 2018

While working as a contract illustrator at Media Objectives, I was given the chance to research and depict some of California's most iconic wildlife. I took this opportunity to try out a variety of illustration techniques, including my first wallpaper design.

Illustration of Swedish American Hall's haunted reading room
Illustration of Swedish American Hall's throne room

The wild inhabitants of Yosemite National Park provided inspiration for this wallpaper design. After sketching out these critter's faces I went over the drawings with pen on tracing paper. Super handy stuff, that tracing paper!

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Screenshot of the Friends Fondation International Purpose page

With a quick scan of my inked drawing, I soon had my illustration vectorized. With wall dimensions in mind, I cloned and distributed the animal portraits until all the space was evenly filled.

For this illustration of the piercing face of a great grey owl, I drew inspiration from Charley Harper's geometric nature depictions.

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When considering color for these illustrations I didn't want to brand them too heavily with Google's signature red, blue, yellow and green palette. If someone were in the building, they already knew they were in Google territory – no need to restate it in the wall art. Instead, I employed a range of other hues, and occasionally a subtle use of the branded palette as seen in this feather-pattern illustration.

Source imagery modified for WORK 'Control' artwork

This depiction of intertwining succulents was the final piece I created while at Media Objectives. It took some experimentation to arrive at the sizzling palette, but I imagine it is now adding warmth to the room it occupies.

Empire State building x Startocaster guiter hybrid icon from the Good Measure tour 2017 poster
Golden Gate Bridge x acoustic guitar hybrid icon from the Good Measure tour 2017 poster
Fleur-de-lis x trumpet hybrid icon from the Good Measure tour 2017 poster
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