Targa 2013

Posted by Skye Sawyer on 11 Sep 2013
New design for the hero cards, and a new co-driver (me!) for the mini. Wish us luck!

Victoria railing

Posted by Skye Sawyer on 21 Nov 2012

This illustration was made by vectorizing a photo of a railing that I took in Quebec City. The background is an Illustrator gradient mesh. It makes a great desktop background! I'm also working on an ink and watercolor version of this that I will post as soon as it's done and scanned.

The Reign of Kindo

Posted by Skye Sawyer on 21 Nov 2012

The idea for this band poster came from a watercolor sketch and a song by a local Buffalo band, The Reign of Kindo, called Great Blue Sea. I was trying to capture the effect of the bleeding edges of the watercolor in vector art.

Song on youtube

Elephant Tattoo

Posted by Skye Sawyer on 21 Nov 2012
One of my recent freelance projects was a tattoo design through Guru. The client had a unique request for an elephant tattoo design for his shoulder that was able to look solid and 3-dimensional from a distance without using any shading. We agreed that building up line work to create the illusion of depth would be the best solution, going for an old rubber stamp look.


Took a photo of the tattoo area and super-imposed the elephant shape. This helped us make decisions about positioning and how much the elephant should be rearing up and reaching towards the neck.

Original stance sketch

Concept changed to a standing elephant, checked placement and level of detail with a work-in-progress temporary tattoo print-out

Photoshop composite elephant from over a dozen references, and final elephant with all line work. This ended up being even more detail than was needed, so it was simplified for the tattoo artist before the final transfer.

Finished tattoo!


Posted by Skye Sawyer on 10 Apr 2011



I designed Hero Cards for my dad in a bright Mini Cooper style for the 2010 Targa race in Newfoundland. The drivers have these for the nightly car shows that are a part of the racing festivities and sign them for kids. The GUSTO team hopes to participate again next year!