Sunday, January 14, 2007

Illustration Friday-80s

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This is my entry for IF's topic "80s". And yes, I dropped the apostrophe to be grammatically correct. Only use the apostrophe here if 80s would be possessive. It's a common mistake, sort of like misspelling apostrophe, which I did...

Anyway, I was just at Macworld in San Francisco. It was very fun. My client,, had a booth there so I worked at the booth. It was a great experience, but very exhausting to stand all day for a week talking to customers for the entire time. I talked more in one day than I usually do in an entire week. Lynda has really great training for things like Photoshop, Painter, Illustrator and much more. Check it out! You can have access to the entire online library for only $25 per month, with no contract! Even if you've been using Photoshop your whole life, you'll learn even more! See

The first Mac was sold in 1984, so this was a likely choice for me. I created this illustration today, Sunday, specifically for the challenge. I drew everything in Freehand, including colors and shading, except for the drop shadows. I then brought it into Photoshop for just a little tweaking. The first one is my original drawing, then I posted a couple variations using filters.

Your feedback is welcome and encouraged.


Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

My brother in law has a mac museum. He'd be proud of you.

January 14, 2007 4:23 PM  
Anonymous Grim Squeaker said...

I saw one of these at the thrift store the other day. I really wanted it. :)

Great illustration! Lighting and mood is perfect, and the floppies are a nice touch. :)

Jillian s.

January 14, 2007 4:39 PM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Thought about the Mac Classic, too. The woman I was dating in 1984 bought one of these, and I thought it was cool. How far we've come in two decades! Never thought then that I'd be spending 80% of my work day on a desktop computer. Great technical illustration. I like the filtered versions, but I prefer the original (top one).

January 14, 2007 5:25 PM  
Blogger Larry Lee said...

Wonderful illustration. This is the one that started it all. I've never used a Mac other than play around at CompUSA. Love the look of OSX, though. I remember when the mac first came out, there was no command line or programming interface (like Commodore 64 or Atari 400/800) and I wondered how do you use it. The idea, at the time, of point and click was so foreign.
I just upgraded my Paint Shop Pro 8 to PSP XI. The upgrade comes with 2 hours of training for Paint Shop Pro.

January 14, 2007 5:26 PM  
Blogger chippamunkey said...

Haha I love that. It reminds me of the computers that we had in school. Oh that was a fun time.

Great work!!!

January 14, 2007 7:46 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I bought a Mac Classic in a Good Will store for 5 bucks. It looked so cool I had to buy it. I saw online where someone turned one into a Macquarium... with fish in it. Good job on the rendering!

January 14, 2007 8:22 PM  
Blogger Robert McLaughlin said...

Oh yes! Yes, yes, yes! I experience an almost religious euphoria when I think of the Mac. The command line that Larry speaks of is exactly the reason I WASN'T interested in computing before 1984. Then came the Mac and I found out why 1984 wasn't going to be like 1984.

Your technical precision on these illustrations is unmatched.

January 14, 2007 8:58 PM  
Blogger Zakk said...

Nice technique, but if you are going to be critical of the use of the apostrophe in your blog you might have taken the trouble to spell the word correctly?

January 15, 2007 2:51 AM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

yey mac! great work.

January 15, 2007 7:40 AM  
Blogger Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Ouch! Yes I did misspell apostrophe! But I fixed it. Thanks!

January 15, 2007 9:08 AM  
Blogger Zakk said...

Sorry it came across a little more abrupt than I meant- I don't think I have yet posted a blog without a spelling mistake! Just ironic that you chose that sentence to get wrong.

January 15, 2007 10:21 AM  
Blogger Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

No offense taken! I'm glad to be aware of the error. When I typed it, I sensed it was wrong, I was just too tired to look it up... Of course it had to be in the sentence where I'm trying to sound like I know what I'm talking about! I deserved it!

January 15, 2007 10:30 AM  
Anonymous Beth said...

Looks so photo realistic. Very nice. Reminds me of my childhood with my first Mac. By the way, Lynda rocks! About 7 years ago I got one of her books when I first got into web design.:)

January 15, 2007 5:21 PM  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Cool! Very photo realistic indeed! Cool.

January 16, 2007 12:00 PM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Oh wow this was my first Mac. I had it until 1995 when I traded it in for a Performa. Then came the first Tower, then my second tower (g4), and now my latest, the iMac. So funny to think of the evolution!

January 16, 2007 1:18 PM  
Blogger Brine Blank said...

Great illustration! I remember my first mac...1994...I had ordered it...said it would take 4 weeks to deliver it (top of the line) the time I got it they informed me that had dropped that model's line...but I stuck with em as the superior machine...also of note from a book a friend showed me several years ago...(remember the lawsuit between mac and windows for the operating system)...well it turned out the suit was dropped in part because Apple had swiped the GUI idea from XEROX when SJ (if I recall correctly)visited a special area they had developing 'dream computers' they never intended to produce...

January 16, 2007 1:34 PM  
Blogger Pickledog said...

Now I'm wondering “did I put the apostrophe in 80s?”
I like the first version without the filters the most. Great looking Mac. I still have some of the old rainbow Apple logo stickers.

January 16, 2007 7:52 PM  
Blogger Karen Klassen said...

hey! I remember 'learning' on this computer in grade 2. our school only had two of them, and they were in the hallway. we had to share...Anyways, enough of my crappy reminiscing - great illustration! i like the slightly fuzzy quality about them...

January 17, 2007 10:34 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

This is really clever and beautifully done! I wish I could do this! I like when you show how you create your art. Sounds like a cool company to work with!

January 17, 2007 12:12 PM  
Blogger getzapped said...

Excellent digital illustration. I'm envious! I had a Mac Plus (actully still do, but it doesn't work) and I can't bring myself to trash it. I like your other 80s illo, too.

January 17, 2007 3:30 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

I look at your freehand and wonder, could I do something so beautiful in its perfection-I'm still wondering, but I think it doubtful I could. The subtle differences in the three make this work all the more interesting, and I find your narrative informative and absorbing reading as usual.

January 17, 2007 11:15 PM  
Anonymous Rob Smith Jr said...

I remember when they came out! We got one at work immediately. I started using MacDraft and the original Aldus art products! I bought one myself and it still works, but is in the attic.

Extremely well done. I could never produce what you did. Your abilities are amazing!

January 18, 2007 11:47 AM  
Blogger kookyknut said...

I like the top on the best... it seems we've come a long way from this machine to the current iMacs.

January 18, 2007 12:32 PM  
Blogger Sherry Rogers said...

Wow great job!

Oh do I remember those Macs! The were grayscale right?

My homework from College could fit on a flopyy. And it was Photoshop homework. . .but Photoshop only had one layer and no undos then!

You have a great sense of humor!

January 18, 2007 3:16 PM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

So cute!

January 22, 2007 8:17 PM  
Blogger mike said...

That's a nice illo, the 80s for sure, I miss those days and the old apple

March 03, 2007 2:46 PM  
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