I think it’s safe to say that you will have some semblance of a layout rattling around in your head prior to picking up a pencil. Even if that vision is hazy, hashing out the main characters first will aid you in nailing down the layout. Sometimes the brain-to-paper translation isn’t as clear as you’d like.
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After three solid months of production, hundreds of hours, and many bleary-eyed nights this project can be unveiled.
2 complete cover concepts and illustrations (version 2)
3 design layouts
7 full page illustrations
18 spot illustrations
4 page variations for stack
2 color variations
16x9 web image
prepping dozens of artwork/files
many dozens of rounds of revisions for all of the above
Application Security Tiers and Attackers
Chapter & Section Artwork
Introduction Layout and Design
The latest latest illustration for F5 Labs IoT Report.
[From the report] "The world is just now catching onto how useful IoT devices are; the industry is in its startup phase just scratching the surface of its future potential. If you follow the “diffusion of innovations” theory, we haven’t yet crossed the chasm of IoT potential, or mainstream global market adoption.
The cell phone is the only IoT device type that has hit the mainstream market with adoption rates past 50% of the global population. When the majority of the world is online, smart homes with dozens of internet enabled devices and smart cities will be everywhere instead of only in the hands of the early adopters. At that point, IoT thingbots could threaten global stability if we don’t start doing something about it now."
Full Version and Cover Version
Pencil drawing presented to F5 for concept approval.
The process for this illustration was all about production and time. Lots and lots of time. My drawing app of choice is Sketchbook Pro because it is the most "natural" drawing tool available when combined with a Wacom tablet or Cintiq. All of the line work for this piece was done using a stylus, a 9" Wacom tablet with the drawing area constrained and liberal use of Command-Z and my eraser.