Graphics Supervisor: Jen Hiatt
Graphic Artist: Bret Thomas
Client: City of Orlando Parks Division
When the opportunity to wrap the new Parks Division Hybrid arose, I knew that this would be a great place to showcase hand-drawn illustrations of the City’s many diverse parks. With 83 parks in the City limits, we had no shortage of inspiration. I tapped Bret for this project; his hand drawing skills have come so far in the past year and this was a great place for him to flex his illustration muscles.
It started with a brainstorm – what park features did we want to highlight in the parks-scape? Bret focused on several of our larger parks features first – the fountain and swan boats at Lake Eola Park, the gazebo at ZL Riley Park, the farm at Bill Frederick Park, the signature white bridge at Dickson-Azaela – and then added in features that are common in our smaller parks – the jogging trails, playground, lakes, landscaping, etc.
Once the list was compiled, Bret was off to illustrate. He started with a flat template of the side of the car, sketched the design on 11×17 paper and then scanned it to vectorize in Illustrator. Many hours later (so much detail!), he began to colorize and soon we had a parks-scape. After proofing to the client, he decided to add a hood design as well, with the Family, Parks and Recreation logo featured prominently. He then worked with a local printing firm who specializes in car wraps to make Bret’s illustration fit seamlessly on the car.
The car is beautiful, and really draws that second look as its passing you on the street. It was a great way to celebrate Parks and Recreation month; the new design was promoted on social media and cityoforlando.net. Bret really knocked this one out of the park!