Created back in 2001, this once pioneering graphic user interface was the impetus for my very first, full-on efforts in digital illustration. Coincidentally, my learning curve with Corel Painter yielded a simplistic style that was just the ticket for MetLife!
In addition to accomodating client desires, the project also addressed technical issues of the time:
- Transparency via graphic image files (GIFs) was rather crude, so I was asked to keep ‘donut hole’ cutouts in the line art to a minimum (hence the rather clenched appearance of all the characters).
- Discrepancies between monitors and gradient dithering limited my palette to web-safe, solid color swatches.