Good work attracts more good work. I've heard that before and it really is true. Also, the type of work you do will attract that type of work. Though it's best to be in a niche and focus on one area of design, I love so many that this is difficult to choose just one. I do focus on a lot of logo/identity work for my freelance business, while I also do advertising (ads, brochures, wraps, sites, etc.) here and there, for me identity work is the focus. Sports identity is the majority of my business but branding for any type of business is attractive. For those who want to invest in identity that is bold and stands out, I'm in. That being said, vector illustration has been an area I have always enjoyed. Below is some recent work done for various projects. Whether it be another children's book illustration, dueling pianos with a baseball twist, to portraits, it's all fun for me.
Immediately below is a few social post illustrations done around a couple holidays or just for fun. A Buzz Lightyear cupid just makes sense for Valentines Day. A Cinco de Mayo celebrating parrot was fun to illustrate and illustrating bucks is always fun because if I don't see them in the woods at least I can see them on my social feed I guess. I am not the biggest user of social media to say the least. I have Twitter simply to stay current on news. I have Dribbble to follow designers I respect and be inspired by work. I have Facebook because I've had it forever and I guess there really isn't a good reason. Anyway, how things get popular, go viral, get recognized really does interest me. Recently a co-worker and great friend was involved with a video that has over 10 million views. So in an effort to be more active on social media, I want to contribute more work that I enjoy in order to attract more work that I enjoy and maybe get noticed. I am trying to do more vector illustrations that have a thought or purpose for them. Whether they are specific to a holiday, event or just a part of a project I am working on, post the thing. Maybe someday I will even write stuff that contributes to the post and gets read, but I'm not sure I am that invested yet :).
I've always done some amount of illustration work in the crests and sports identity I design. Below are two recent examples of vector illustrations that I have incorporated into the crest. I try not to go really intricate with these illustrations or I try to provide a simpler version of the crest for use with embroidery.
Below are some examples of more intricate line work in recent illustrations. One is a just-for-fun illustration of Conor Mcgreggor and the other is for Jackson Motorsports t-shirts. Since there was all kinds of talks of Conor vs Floyd and even more talks about the money split and who will be the A-side. I thought it only makes sense to show the Ace or A-side in the situation as I saw it. I used an Irish style border and put the shamrock on his jacket. Did this layout do anything for me on social media. Nope. Waste of time? Nope. Reason being, I just was contacted about a vector illustration with a reasonable budget and they asked for a sample before awarding the work. I sent over a few and not much reaction, but then I remembered I had done this Conor layout. They liked it and awarded me the project. Good work attracts good work and that's all I aim to do.