Vector illustrator and designer...
Cartoons, characters, graphic & logo design and so much more!
Welcome to the Ant Creations blog and website
Hello! As you've hopefully deduced from the title above, this site is dedicated to showcase my work on the world wide web and also explain a little about the kind of illustration and design that I create. My name is Nathan Shelton and I have been drawing and doodling cartoons as long as I can remember! I have a passion for creating funky artwork, cool characters, unique illustration and great design in general! I've been running Ant Creations the business since I started illustrating professionally in the year 2000, and am now based in Market Harborough, Leicester in the UK. Anyway enough with the reading, have a look around, check out my blog below and my work throughout the site, and if you need to get in touch I would love to hear from you. Kick back, relax and give your eyes a treat. Enjoy!
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I recently designed a label for The Healthy Mutt. They are a great company based in Orange County, California who specialise in natural products for dogs. They needed a label for their Coconut Oil created especially for canines! Here is the final result...
Below is the full label as it would appear flat...
If you get a chance then please visit their site and check out all the great, natural products they supply for your healthy pooch! And as always please feel free to let me know what you think.
Here is the latest beer label I designed for the Langton Brewery based in Thorpe Langton, Leicestershire.
They needed a label designing for their festive beer for 2010 which is called Welland Innkeeper.
The illustration has a little bit of a biblical influence with a few festive colours thrown in.
The beer is for sale as a 500ml bottle and also on draught in certain public houses in the area.
Please feel free to comment, and if you see the bottle or the pump clip out in the real world let me know and feel free to send me a pic so I can put it on this blog with a hearty thanks!
|A large version of the artwork|
The 500ml beer label
The pump clip which advertises the draught beer in pubs
I thought I would change things a little on this blog, and hopefully add some extra interesting content. In the past I have only put an image of the final artwork on my blog. But from now on I am going to add the earlier stages of a project too.
I'm hoping these extra bits of info will help paint a clear picture of how a project develops from the initial idea right through the various stages of design until the final vector artwork is created.
This first project is a character design for Red Rabbit Rooter, which is a drainage/sewer company from Pennsylvania in the USA.
Brief : A character needed to be created based on the Red Rabbit theme. He needed to be a positive happy face for the company and show quickness and speed, he also needed to be carrying a plunger to symbolise the sewer business.
Initial Sketches :
Stage Two : Rabbit number 02 was chosen for development. It was decided to change the clothes worn by the rabbit to include longer trousers and a shirt.
Stage Three - Vectors : Next stage was to create the vector artwork. As you can see there is a major difference between the sketches and the vector artwork. Everything suddenly looks a lot more polished. I find it easier to judge a character with a little bit of colour whilst also seeing a black and white version, hence I usually send my inital colour ideas as well as a B&W version of the character.
Stage Four - Colour and Details : With feedback from the client it was then possible to develop the colours whilst adding all the little details that bring the character to life.
Final Character Design : With the shading and highlights added as well as all the little details such as his name badge and cap motif the character is now finished. All these little details really help bring the character to life and give him the personality he needs to appeal to his audience!
Here is the final character as he will appear in all his marketing and promotional duties. I am really pleased with the final outcome as was the client Jenna Peppler. I hope he does his job and helps to promote the company long into the future!
I introduce you to 'Red' the face of Red Rabbit Rooter...
Please feel free to let me know what you think. If you need anything from me (Nathan Shelton) then please feel free to get in touch and I will be very happy to hear from you. Cheers!
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Almost everything you see on this site is Copyright of me Nathan Shelton the freelance illustrator, character designer, cartoonist, logo designer and graphic designer.
I aim to be open and honest but above all professional. I deal with big business and small business and everything in between. So, if you have a question, need a quote or simply need a bit of advice then I am always ready for a chat. Feel free to ask me anything (well almost anything) and I will be more than happy to help. Contact me in Market Harborough, Leicester in the UK on 01858 462779, 07730 267267 or firstname.lastname@example.org.