So this semester, most Design students at York have to take 2 4h classes back to back from 8:30-4:30 every Wednesday. Needless to say, we were all concerned as to when we'd be able to chow down because there is literally no break to go and eat. Our teacher's response?
"On Wednesdays, we don't eat"
Great. We're all so excited. Needless to say, I felt the need to make a poster for our motto this semester.
Here's a throwback to mid second semester of Art Fundies, when I did this self portrait trace onto mylar. Loved doing this project for Drawing class, because with the skeleton underlay, it looked totally epic, if I do say so myself.
Last week, I quickly made up some logos for bartending T-shirts, and I'm pretty happy with how they turned out!
So, I haven't really been much of a Beyonce fan in the past; her music was always the kind that was okay the first few times, but after to listening to it more than that, it got on my nerves. For whatever reason though, since both watching the Lemonade short film and listening to her album, it has become one of my absolute favourite sound tracks. I can't get enough.
One of my friends, who is sadly moving away, is also just as obsessed with the Lemonade album, so I made him these four digital drawings, colour splashed them with watercolour, and framed them in a four-piece frame with key hooks as a house warming gift. Why? Because the film is fantastic and because I can.
And let me tell ya, I'm just as obsessed with how much these drawings slay as I am with Lemonade.
Recently found the website Canva.com and have been playing around with it a bit just for kicks. Made a few tumblr posts, and a youtube cover for a friend of mine. Had a few drafts, and then she chose #4.
For a while now, I've wanted to design an album cover for either a mixed CD or an artist that I enjoy. A couple months ago, I stumbled upon the UK artist, Jake Bugg and I found his voice and style both unique and inspiring.
Even though he is a modern artist, his voice sounds something like the 60's country/folk/indie music of years past. It sounds like it belongs on a vintage record instead of an iTunes music file. Needless to say, I instantly fell in love.
I decided to focus on Jake Bugg for my album cover design, wanting to make something reflecting the era that his music sounds like it's from.
Firstly, I went and researched some album covers which most resembled the look I had in mind, both in imagery, text, and colour scheme.
After finding these, I noticed that they really had a sepia theme (or similar muted tones), often had all caps (more serif font instead of sans-serif) and sometimes with cursive font to pair, and really had a rustic feel.
For the title, I have this text effects bundle that I bought, so I chose a few that I thought might fit best, trying out different type fonts.
Next, I decided to paint at least elements of the album cover with watercolour to help with that rustic, tactile feel of those vintage album covers. The image that I had in my mind was a sepia toned background with a brick wall on which Jake Bugg was casually leaning or sitting on, perhaps with his guitar in hand. So, I went and painted that, a long with little tidbits which I could add on where ever on the cover, especially the back.
I then brought it into Adobe Photoshop, added the title, song titles, and everything else.
Update on the "Wanda Movie Poster" project I've given myself. I went and made some prelim sketches of possible poster layouts earlier in January, which are below.
I then started the poster using Adobe Photoshop, trying out my new Ugee tablet for the first time. It's fun and so clean drawing digitally, so I really enjoyed it. In the process pages below, I tried out different fonts for the title, but it wasn't working in a natural way, so I went ahead and decided to hand write it. Seeing as the story is about Waldo writing these clues, these notes along the way, it actually makes more sense.
Aaaaaaannd, the final piece! Well, at least for now. Nothing is ever truly complete, it seems.
So, as I prepare for my YSDN portfolio interview, I decided to try out making what Carl Dair referred to as "logograms" in his book Design with Type. I read this book recently, and it gave me a lot of inspiration, one of which was using letter forms to create interesting and visually appealing designs, ones where the letters are used to make them, but are not recognizable as what they are individually, but as what they make as a whole. Here are the ones I came up with.
My name in zombie letters which I made for my Type - Alphabet project. Question is, do you think it's legible?
So, recently, I've been thinking of what to put into my graphic design portfolio, and I decided to check out hitrecord.com, which I was recently introduced to. It's a mass database of original art which can be used to collaborate in a project, or "remixed" into something new. It's a great place to find inspiration. So, I came upon this picture by Janine Pearl and I got an idea.
Anyways, movie plots aren't my talent, the main thing is making an illustrated movie poster to depict in a single image the emotion, genre, concept, and energy that this movie would include using colour, shape, hierarchy, and other design principles.
So here it goes...