Saturday, February 21, 2015

Operation Market Garden App

Growing up, I loved to play with G.I. Joes, little green army men and watch old WWII movies like, "Kelly's Heros" and "Tora! Tora! Tora!" I painted model tanks and mocked up my own battle scenes with all the toys I had. All of the battle hours I logged as a kid have definitely influenced what I am doing today.

The project was to create a scrolling narrative. I didn't have a story of my own worth telling, so I decided to tell the story of Operation Market Garden, but I didn't want to just tell the story and that be the end of it.

I wanted to implement this story into a practical use, so I aimed to mock an animation for a tablet that would take advantage of interactivity within the story. My vision for the animation is that it is used at the National WWII Museum. Visitors at the museum would have a tablet that would have different interactive stories that would correspond to the part of the museum they are in.

I had two weeks from concepts to the finished piece. Here is my process.

Everything was penciled in on paper and then finalized in ink. While I was inking the initial parts I needed, I was constantly planning how I was going to build the animation in my head. The more I knew how the animation was going to look, the better I could plan on how each illustration would fit into the composition. I drew several variations of buildings and other parts that were never used in the final animation.

After inking the pieces, they were colored digitally.

 A huge part of the digital files was that I wanted to ensure I had some way of falling back if I wanted to edit the illustrations. So I separated each piece into it's own Photoshop file, so when I built the composition in After Effects I could change the illustration in Photoshop and have it automatically update in After Effects.

Finally, the colored pieces were put together in After Effects to form the animation.

Cory Montero © 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter

My first internship was at the Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter. I gained invaluable knowledge just from the 6 months I interned there and the tightly knit team of the St. Louis Chapter is what really made the experience better than I could have ever expected.

Here is just a handful of projects I worked on. 

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Data Visualization - The Montage newspaper (2012-2014)

I began contributing to The Montage in 2011- 2012 as a Staff Illustrator. Then, in 2012- 2013 I took on the title of Staff Designer and Illustrator and finally, 2013-2014 I was hired as Managing Editor. I owe a lot to the friends I made in those 3 years. I gained a lot of good knowledge and had amazing time working with everyone of you.

I <3 The Montage!

These are just a few of the designs I did over the course of the 2 years I was designing.

Cory Montero © 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Alphabet of Saint Louis (WIP)

This is a personal project that uses famous/historical buildings in the St. Louis area and corresponds them to the first letter in the buildings name. This project has been on the back burner for quite some time. I have a good chunk of the alphabet illustrated, but not finalized. Hopefully in the near future I can finally complete it.

A - Arch, B - Bevo Mill, C - (Old) Cathedral

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Vain & Foolish

As I began to find the lines for this drawing, I knew I wanted something graphic. I didn't want a realistic rendition of a giant underwater medusa head attacking a ship. My intentions for Medusa is to represent her in a way that she is the force responsible for the serpent attack, but not physically there.

Compositional lines.

Finding the lines.

 Finished digital. The more graphic representation of the sea had to go, so I depicted the sea in a more realistic way.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Medusa Disguised

Brian Gaten will be dropping his album, "24 Hours From Greatness," on February 16, 2015. As long as I've known Brian, he has been a self-motivated artist that doesn't waste a single moment. I was inspired by his hard work and passion to do this piece of him.


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Wednesday, February 4, 2015


The project was to create an illustration for a book cover under one circumstance, to convey the "pregnant moment" of a story, asking "what is about to happen?" or "what just happened?"

With this illustration I set out to tell a story of adventure and drama. I came up with the concept through many inspirations, such as Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Uncharted series. I have a brief idea of the story and the pregnant moment, but the interpretation of what is exactly happening/happened is up to the viewer.

Finding the lines on paper with pencil and ink.

Scan of pencil work brought into Photoshop to clean up and then brought into Corel Painter for detailed lines.

Color in Corel Painter.

Finish with type.

Cory Montero © 2015