With the availability of our lab space, there was an opportunity to think outside the box for corporate gifts this season. I conceptualized and produced limited art editions of surfers catching waves to stay true to the beach theme of UCI Applied Innovation.

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Details:
The front piece of 1/8" plywood is laser cut with surfer illustrations and placed tightly behind 1/8" clear acrylic in the first inset of the customized frame base. I painted the abstract waves with watercolor, which is mounted to the back piece of 1/8" plywood that is placed in the second inset of the frame. The frame base has two insets to create a greater depth and shadows between the surfers and the water. To top it off, gold leaves are painted on all the surfboards to emit a luminous look and feel—for added holiday spirit. 


preliminary mockup design




1 / LASER CUTTING
removing blue masking tape to avoid burning plywood along etched surfaces



2 / WATERCOLOR ARTWORK
assembly of fine art prints onto plywood


3 / CUSTOMIZED FRAMES
mockups for customized frame bases with two insets to place the two pieces of plywood


4 / METAL LEAFING
final artwork after production process

TEAM

Art Director, Illustration, Concept   Jacqueline Kao
Production of Frames   Studio Las Nubes 
Assembly of Artwork into Frames   Ryan Mahar, Jacqueline Kao

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