Author Archives: Alex Savakis

Consequences of my actions

Purpose: through words and likeness illustrate the Olympians who received little fanfare and attention.

Illustrator: Alex Savakis. Created on an iPad Pro with the ProCreate app and Apple Pencil.

While I was drawing on my iPad my TV was tuned to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. I heard the TV announcer say, “What gravity?”, in reference to a comment by Mutaz Essa Barshin. Mr. Barshim participated in the high jump. He was the first person to bring home a silver medal for his country, Qatar.

I imagined the elation Mr. Barshim felt as he cleared the high jump bar. I posted the piece to Instagram and Twitter. Two days later it was picked up by an online magazine from Doha, Qatar, who retweeted it.

Hidilyn Diaz was the first female to win a medal for her country, the Philippines. She took home the bronze medal for her weightlifting class. Two weeks after I posted my illustration she was tagged by a friend in the comments section of my Instagram post. The athlete responded. I was thrilled by her comment.

Fact graphic: 9 foods with sawdust as an ingredient

Purpose: experiment with animation.

Illustrator/Animator: Alex Savakis. Created on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil. Animated through Photoshop.

According to an article in Men’s Health magazine sawdust is an ingredient in 31 foods. Sawdust is cellulose and is used as a source of fiber. Do we need more fiber in our diets? Apparently we do. The food processors don’t want to lose profits to whole, nutritious foods because they spend countless dollars to create foods that are just short of satisfying your tastebuds. Add cellulose to a product. It’s like vegetables and fruits.

Source: http://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/foods-that-contain-sawdust

Fact graphic: for a better you, coffee or tea?

Purpose: to learn Sketch and Principle by creating animated graphic. This graphic is posted on the Principle site as an example of what is possible through Principle. The template is free and available to download.

Illustrator/Designer: Alex Savakis. Drawn in Illustrator, constructed in Sketch, and animated in Principle.

coffeeTea-graphic

Source: http://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/the-face-off-coffee-vs-tea

Animation And Interactive Designs

Purpose: to learn and develop new coding skills after a job layoff.

Each web page uses a JQuery plugin or CSS keyframes to animate the work. All thumbnail images are links to the actual functioning web page.

Illustrator/Designer: Alex Savakis

Supply Sergeant
Interactive map of a small section of Hollywood Boulevard.

 

Animated illustration
Animation through HTML, CSS and a JQuery plugin.

 

Marquee transition
Conveying size and scale of a tile wall through a photographic slide show

 

Video shot with an iPhone and edited through iMovie
Marinara Sauce Video And Recipe