Digital Illustration

Base Maps

Base Maps

OBJECTIVE To create a number of Chicago area base maps in Adobe Illustrator (Postscript - vector) format, to enable a wide range of customization and personalization by RANDAL BIRKEY clients. SOLUTION Randal Birkey has created a number of such base maps that can be...

Underwriter Laboratories and the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition

Underwriter Laboratories and the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition

The world renowned Underwriter Laboratories (UL) of product safety testing and standards fame, contracted Randal Birkey to create an illustration out of an old historical print depicting a scene from the Chicago Fire. It was to be reproduced in a company publication...

Nuclear Reactor Cutaway Illustration

Nuclear Reactor Cutaway Illustration

Randal Birkey was contracted by Boston Edison, a Massachusetts utility company, to complete a series of technical illustrations for a public relations brochure. This image is a nuclear reactor core, with the sides shown cutaway to reveal the rods inside. The...

Da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" Adapted Illustration

Da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" Adapted Illustration

"Vitruvian man, a figure study by Leonardo da Vinci (c. 1509) illustrating the proportional canon laid down by the Classical Roman architect Vitruvius; in the Academy of Fine Arts, Venice." -- Encyclopaedia Britannica This is Randal Birkey's simplified and adapted...

Mita Copier Technical Product Illustration

Mita Copier Technical Product Illustration

Chicago is a very commercial, product-driven town when it comes to advertising and design work. Randal did this product illustration in Adobe Illustrator for an ad featuring a Mita copier. This technical line art style lends itself well to newspaper and magazine...

Conceptual Globe Line Illustration Series

Conceptual Globe Line Illustration Series

A business parable was written by a client of Randal Birkey's in the 1980's. Randal sketched a series of globes in various circumstances to visually illustrate the story. The story and illustrations were used in a brochure promoting the client's design firm and their...

Chicago Bears Stadium Rendered Elevation

Chicago Bears Stadium Rendered Elevation

In the 1980's, Randal Birkey was commissioned to assist in the production of large 40" x 60" presentation boards of a proposed architectural design for a new Chicago Bears stadium competition. The architect and engineering design team was able to export their CAD...

Exelon

Exelon

Back in the 1990's, I did a series of illustrations for a designer friend of mine, who was designing some print brochures for Exelon, the energy company. The illustrations had to communicate about business, energy, technology, manufacturing, building relationships,...