REBELS IN EXILE - character designsA series of characters exploring an alien court in exile. Inspired by ancient Chinese and Elizabethan themes, these designs started with the central Queen and expanded to imagine her retinue - the General, the Maiden, the Merchant and the Prophet. They were a good exercise in balancing design distinction of individuals with cohesion of the whole group. Suitable for a faction in a tactical RPG, or named characters in an strategy game.
KINGDOM, CAULDRON - character designsThe main protagonist and antagonist in a 2D narrative RPG. A young lass thrust into rule too early, she's trying her best to keep things together when old grudges come to test themselves against the new cold blood. An old dog sick of being left out in the cold, he's turning up the heat on our hero to get his due.For the Princess I went with something simple and elegant with delicate details to emphasise the vulnerability of her new position, and to be more relatable than the more fantastical designs.
The Rebel was less defined, so I began with thumbnails and refined them into a few compelling archetypes, of which I took the most visually commanding. The others have potential as deputies or collaborators though.
AVT WORK EXPERIENCE APPLICATION STEPS - illustrationsFor a vet nursing school in Perth, Australia. A series of illustrations to liven up the web page describing the vet nursing students' work experience application process, with a panel for each step.As the brief was to liven up an otherwise very dry page of text, I made the illustrations fun, energetic and playful while still being grounded and literal in what's depicted. It was challenging showing filling in various paper and web forms without making the panels too repetitive, but I achieved it after a little iteration. The client was taken by the energy on show.
Character illustrations for prints or personal pieces, showcasing a variety of subjects and styles.
Includes: a White Witch grappler Pathfinder character, Samus mutated by the Metroid DNA she was injected with in Zero Mission, a rabbit nun sniper and her fire fairy spotter inspired by Jaya Ply's buns, and a personification of the PS5.
Props + Mechs
A chunky, underwater mech used for deep sea dives. This one is specced to collect biological and mineral samples. Inspiration taken from deep ocean submarines, crustaceans, industrial equipment and the namesake.
A fast racing mech, lightweight with concessions to holding a pilot. Aeronautics and Formula 1 were heavy inspirations.
Pastel Farm Tools
A rack of medieval level farming equipment, though it's remarkably similar to what one might use in the garden today. Still needs to perform the same function I suppose. Blender Eevee renders in the style of an indie 3D game.
Post-apocalyptic Ration Container
A background prop for a sci-fi game set in a near future where humanity is forced underground due to climate change. I considered reusable, non-plastic materials as there would likely be a social stigma against practices and industries that got them into that mess. The full design process is on display here, with 2D shapes to flat 3D visualisations to textures.
Individual Sword Concepts
A flame sword illustration in the manner it might show up in an inventory, and a different take on the gunblade.
A variety of pieces for selling as prints and stickers, and personal expression. I really like flat vector style's effectiveness and simplicity.
AMONG THE HOLLOW - book cover
Cover for a Byzantine-themed fantasy novel. Hit on core graphics pretty quickly with approval from the client, then experimented colour combinations, layouts and typography ranging from safe to adventurous.Post-release, the cover is often mentioned in user reviews and messages to the author as one of the things people love about the book.
SCHOOL OF HISTORICAL ARTS - logo
A Historical European Martial Arts club with a holistic and inclusive approach. The club needed a clear, representative visual identity to start marketing and growing members. Keywords that came up in discovery were "clean, disciplined, control, mastery and modern", and through a collaborative process I brought that through into the final logo.
ARCHTECTURAL MODELLER REID BEBAN - personal branding
While this branding project stalled at the concept phase, I was given a lot of freedom to explore so it is a good example of broad conceptual beginnings and my more experimental, bold design choices.
SISTINE PLASTERING - logo & business cards
A plastering company in Australia. The client was clear in their imagery, and requested a luxurious, high-end feeling to appeal to upmarket clients, which I believe was achieved.
I love the process of taking things from imagination to reality - let me do that with you! I work closely with clients to ensure you are on board with every step of the process and we get to an outcome that brings joy.
Realise your grizzled veteran cut adrift by FTL time dilation, runaway princess of the Karrakin House of Glass, or cybernetically enhanced middle manager of a corpro-state’s Acquisitions division.
Knights, sorcerors, fey, tieflings, goblins and more. Give me your warlock cowboy looking to even the score, or shining paladin who trusts her god but not her lord.
Colourful Vector Art
Simple and fun with a splash of colour, these work great for profile pictures, decorative prints or giving the impression your company cares about people 😌.
If you're wanting something that doesn't fit into one of the above categories, I encourage you submit an enquiry anyway. I enjoy variety!Things I'm especially into:
Mecha, spaceships etc
Weapons and items (fantasy, sci-fi or realistic)
Or email: commissions[at] jonathancaridia.com
Things to note:
These listings are are for personal use only. If you want to make money directly or indirectly from what I produce, I'm still open to working together, we'd just need to work out a commercial contract. Please email me[at]jonathancaridia[.]com to discuss.
When you submit an enquiry, I'll get back to you as soon as possible with whether it has been accepted, and a quote if so.
Each piece will be priced individually based on scale, style, subject and complexity.
Prices are in USD, but payment of an equivalent amount in NZD is also acceptable.
Commissions come with some limited room for changes. Exceeding this will incur extra costs (unless it was due to an error on my part).
See the full Terms of Service.
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AAAAAAAAAAA SHE LOOKS AMAZING!!!- Amber K.
You did a great job and were very responsive.- Roman A.
I look forward to hearing from you :)
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