After a long and needed update, here is a collection of my motion projects through 2015. Old with the new.
Had the opportunity to work with Christian Vision on a video for their app, yesheis. From start to finish, I was tasked with the art direction and motion for this project. This will be the first of several videos that will be featured on their app as a tool for evangelism.
You can also watch the video at their site: Share Jesus Online.
Studio: CVELA Design
Client: Christian Vision
Finally get to tell the world about a project I got to work on. I had a small hand in this BIG project for The White House through Ell Creative and The Black Sheep Agency. Had the pleasure to animate the end card for this campaign, #BetterMakeRoom, that the First Lady announced on October 19th, 2015, to inspire young people to reach higher for college.
The next video is a bumper that I got to animate that'll be playing at the World Trade Center as well as the Fulton center on several screens! If you happen to see it in NYC, be sure to send me some pictures!
To see the rest of the campaign, visit the website:
Studio: ELL Creative; The Black Sheep Agency; full list here.
Client: White House | The First Lady of the United States
I was commissioned by a Houston filmmaker to design a poster for his movie. Had a blast working on this, as it's not my usual style of illustration, it was definitely one I had exploring in.
Designed a shirt based off of some lyrics from Switchfoot. One of the greatest lines I've ever heard in my time. Our days are numbered, life is just a breath, so we should never take it for granted. Every breath is a second chance.
Prints can be purchased at my Society6.
Was also featured on Jon Foreman's Instagram.
Some illustrations I worked on for the announcement of our little Vela.
Where we've been...
Where we are...
And what's to come in April 2016.
Had the pleasure to work with MK12 on some boards for a Levi's commercial. This was not the final design they went with, but a fun exploration nonetheless.
Studio: ELL Creative
Studio ELL Creative
Fuddruckers asked ELL Creative to come up with a mural mixed in with super hero characters. They asked for a mix of kids, burgers, cookies, and everything in between. In all, I had fun exploring the world of primary colors and the halftone texture on these illustrations.
Studio ELL Creative
Client Autolite Canada TV
Creative Director: Barrett Lewis
Art Director: Nader Husseini
Lead Designer: Christopher Vela
Painters/Animators: Erin McGuire, Christopher Vela, Seth Olson, Nader Husseini
Producer: Kurt Kirchner
Sound Design: TJ Callaway
Here's my contribution to Seed Deep Ellum Community Gardens. Father Autumn was based on an earlier character I did. Enjoy this short as he's casually hanging out in the city and blowing leaves into the air.
Christopher Smith "Gently, Gently"
Client Chick In Chair
Had the opportunity to work with CITGO on some holiday cards for 2013. The card is designed for both english and spanish speaking audience. One of my favorite projects in the print world, without a doubt.
These are some boards I did for Thomasville. We were trying to graphically show the different things families or friends would do around the furniture. Also was able to work on some of the animation for it once in production.
Some fun characters I did for a t-shirt design over at Adcetera. Awesome project to work on and found some new creatures while I was at it.
These are my contributions for the Reel FX event, Canvas for a Cause.
All profit goes to the Children's Medical Center of Dallas.
Was able to have the privilege to do a gig poster for a good cause. Should be a good time and a great show! Colors were driven by the good 'ol UT colors. Enjoy the illustration!
Visit their website Rock The Campus!
While at Reel FX, we were pitching to an avocado company some new characters for their marketing. These were my contributions.
Fun little illustration of baby animals for some soon to be mom's over at Adcetera. Congrats Casey and Chrissy!
2014 marks the year I tied the knot with Amanda! So much pressure designing your own wedding invitation, but was thrilled with how they turned out. Amanda wrote all the copy for this project, and it was my job to lay out all the copy. We sent out an informal and formal invitation. Everyone was thrilled with how they turned out.
Below you'll see photos that our incredibly talented photographer, Megan Ella, captured. Be sure to check out her work!
© Megan Ella | www.meganellaphotography.com
Mix created for Since 78
"I met Christopher Vela while pitching on a project with a studio called Radium/Reel FX. The studio is based in Dallas and Santa Monica. It wasn’t until I gave a lecture back in Houston for AIGA that I actually met Christopher in person. He’s a hungry up and coming talented designer/illustrator, and a super nice guy to boot. His mix is a romp of sorts mostly composed of tracks he has had on constantly this year. I feel the cohesion in the hard hitting beats and distorted vocals and guitars. It does sort of have this poppy battle cry sound to it in a way. Enjoy!" -Brian Gossett
Various collages and illustration.
Various illustrations of monsters, people and creatures.
Various Watercolor Moleskins
Media Watercolor on Acid Free Moleskin.
These are type explorations of words that have inspired me in my work or help remind me why I got in the field of art. Hope you enjoy these as much I have in painting them.
Self promotional t-shirt designs for Unleaded Communications
Client Unleaded Communications
Was responsible for doing the character designs for the family. Had a blast working with Impossible Engine on the designs, and even more so seeing them come to life.
Studio Impossible Engine
These are a series of illustrations that ended up starting the first line of shirts at my online store.
I think this has made it to the top as one of my most enjoyable designs to do! I had played around with a few layouts. But seeing how "mythical creatures" are just that, a myth; I figured it'd be best to keep them hidden in the forest.
Enjoy this illustration and order the shirt on the online store!