I was approached by Home Depot design a refresh of their popular 'how to' guides. Their design team had created a new template with a cleaner look and needed a consistent and modern looking style for the step illustrations.
Other than providing some initial mood boards, they gave me freedom to come up with a look I would be comfortable working with for the project. This was especially important since I had to do close to 700 individual illustrations in a fairly short amount of time. The style we all agreed on was one of bold colors and flat shapes to define the actions with minimal detail. I also wanted to avoid using lifework since for me, that would slow the process down.
These were all drawn freehand in Adobe Flash, often using the existing photos from the earlier guides we were replacing as reference. When references were not available, I would usually photograph myself performing the necessary action. The art directors and producers at Home Depot were amazing to work with, this was a great project to be on.
I also learned that I need to maintain my home and equipment better than I have over the years....
The illustrations in this Behance project represent some of my favorites, you can see all of them live on Home Depot's website, one example is: