Type Tuesday: The Letter M

This is the continuation in the series of designs based on the alphabet from our Creative team. Each post will include their designs and a peek into their process. Enjoy!

Not so long ago, when I was in my first semester at California State University, Chico, believe or not I actually started as a computer animation major. That lasted all but six months before I realized my true calling was art.

My very first class assignment in computer animation was to produce a short three-minute animation. Easy enough, right? There were students (no joke) who were producing Pixar-styled animations right from the start.

Whoa, it was crazy!

Working with industry tools like 3D Studio Max and Maya, it was clear that I needed to switch my major ASAP. I landed in graphic design and with minor in illustration and haven’t looked back. Until now.

I have always loved 3D type. When thinking about different methods and mediums I knew wanted to explore this design aesthetic and incorporate it into my work.

After attending the Adobe MAX conference in November, I was inspired to try some new illustration techniques.


Adobe Photoshop has definitely stepped up its game and the 3D plugin is pretty robust. So with a few quick tutorials under my belt, I was off and running.


Here is the final product! Starting with the initial sketch to the final 3D rendering, it definitely brought me back to that first semester of college.

Hope you enjoy.

Bryan Pickens, Art Director

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