2013 Champagne Aviator

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2013, may it be the best year ever!!

Color Palette

This year I’m planning on spending more time working on my vector illustrations. The plan is to do one a week, and no other “clever” drawings on post-it’s and what not. Of course I do reserve the right to post more or less in a week depending on how detailed my drawings are. I’m not the best at coming up with ideas, so I’d image some weeks will be more like a vector doodle, while other weeks I end up creating something with a larger scope than I anticipated.

I knew I wanted to do something for new years day to kick off the year, but I wasn’t sure exactly what. In fact I was working on another illustration at the time, which I abandoned, when the idea of a champagne cork aviator got my creative juiced flowing.


First up I did a little post-it note sketch. I’m still not loving the iPad for a sketch medium. I’m not ready to give it up just yet, but I’m also not going to let the fact that I hate drawing on it keep me from working on a project. I also wanted to do some custom lettering for 2013 and after drawing up some iterations on scrap paper I had a concept.

At first I was going to draw the 2013 champagne in a long horizontal layout, but because of the scale my champagne aviator was too tiny and that was just unacceptable. So I upended the bottle and made some adjustments to the numbers and viola! A champagne aviator direct to your door for New Years day.

And for an extra bit of fun you can watch me turn scraps of doodles into a fun flight, complete with bottle service.