With the events of this past week still weighing heavily, now more than ever is a time to seize the moment of doing something creative. The word assigned to me this time around is was Cornice. The double meaning in architecture and wind drifted snow, visuals from Game of Thrones kept popping in my head of a great warrior/warlock walking the dune of endless snow vowing to defend what is left. Kind of feel like the state of mind many are in these days. I did a quick painting and spliced it with photograph together while resolving the rest of this in Indesign. This would work well as a book cover jacket/poster.
The first thing that popped into my mind was the Greek Mythical legend Heracles. Yes, he performed many heroic deeds only because he was being punished for all his stupid actions throughout his life. Kind of feels like real life in regards to H.S. and College athletes. On field they are heroes, but off field, so many act terribly and without accountability. Not to stray off point, I made this work as a poster/book cover in how silly the Gods of Myth would be in todays world. I lifted a photo from the statue “Lucha de Heracles con el león de Nemea” and painted the background adding splatter brushes and what not. I then chose a “Speedy” font to create movement and yet harsh stability for the layout. A successful composition.
I think of destruction, I think of of the Drone fighter planes in how they are dehumanizing the art of war at it’s very essence. Through a graphic and a painted background, I am trying to link the elements together in what is seemingly a frightening glimpse of what may come. I reached into my inner George Pratt as I painted the background for this. The simplicity of this makes it work. I reminded me in how much I miss working on digital illustrations. i will remedy that soon.
After being inspired by Louise Fili and her protege Dana Tanamachi, I wanted to go outside my comfort level and start doing more type driven concepts as I did with my “Siestsa” project. The word assigned to me was “Recant” and decided to use it in a sentence in how I feel. I then when about laying out various vintage fonts in illustrator and then with photoshop, went in to the fonts and hand drew the elements to give the effect of hand drawn lettering. With various art deco borders and icons, I threw it all together and came up with what you see. I enjoyed this very much and feel that this is coming through an honest manner which reaches. Or not. You decide.
Fiction at it’s finest in newspapers and media has never been so prominent in my opinion. With all the “news porn” out there, I can no longer tell what is truth. So, for this project, I took drew inspiration from The Onion and old school (not very vintage but close) ads that could be found in many comic books and sports magazines. This was also a good excuse to practice with Indesign. Not so much a serious effort but a comical protest. It was fun to do none the less.
When I think of the execution of important speeches, I think of the radio itself and how it became a worldwide medium in which everyone was a part of. Utilizing the Burasoma font, I fashioned the letters to shape a vintage radio and applied a brown town color palette. For the Graphic to be strong, I kept the layout as simple as possible which is harder to do that one would think. I think I found the right compromise.
This is my laziest effort. I was drawing a blank with this word the whole way through. So I reached into my 90s angst, found some Dave McKean like photography, filtered some images then combined with Ozzy fonts and came up with this. Again, not my best effort, but sometimes you have to push through even though you are not feeling it.
Third from last, I think of the letter “X”. I think of greek, egyptian with a retro modernism treatment. This project was a bit out of my comfort zone in regards to problem solving. However, I loved it and will pursue approaches in the future.
An angry troll who haunts a forrest with his violin. Creating emotions and distractions that can keep travelers trapped in the woods FOREVER. I lifted the image from a plate done in the 1800’s? Struggled with this for a bit but pulled a finish. I like the composition of this a whole lot.
HOWDAH - Game Hunter
Late 23rd Century. After the plague that hit England, the once proud nation has become an island dumping ground/haven for the worlds most wicked and ferocious warlords. After a bold and embarrassing kidnapping of the daughter of a highly renowned world leader, with numerous rescue attempts failing miserably, a mercenary by the name of “Howdah” is hired to go in the worlds most dangerous island and retrieve her. However, Howdah has other ulterior motives as does the government agency that will do anything to make sure that the mission is not successful. This will be “Escape from New York” meets “Bourne Identity”.
This was done in Photoshop primarily. Cheated by splicing images together but I don’t mind how it turned out.
Not what I had in mind when I started this but from one happy accident to some intentional happy accidents this turned into a sort of Japanese Goth solution. Going round and round just to find that simplicity was what was needed.
I think of Siesta, I think of rest and bliss before the excitement. I think of calming and pale colors with a hint of electric compliments. I think of both luxury and simplicity with emotions that are captured yet never contained. The Power and pleasure of the unknown in where we dwell night after night. What made this more enjoyable it the amount of straight up hand work I put into this. The effort paid off.
When I came to this word, of course Washington D.C. came to mind.. As one of the most haunted cities in our country it has one ghost in particular, a frontline British soldier who died during the attack on the city in 1814. The soldier’s objective? To make sure the the capital burns. Now, hundreds of years later after several sightings, the apparition apparently wants to complete his mission. The destruction of the White House!
I think of the quiet pardoning of BP and the destructive accident that costed so much damage to our environment. I used elements from that accident to incorporate into this design. I felt I was floundering with this assignment but was able to pull it off at the end.
Earths toughest animal. A micro animal also known as the Water Bear can survive in the deepest depths of the ocean and the cold region of outerspace. Going for a Print Press type solution. Utilizing the close up of the animal creating a abstract type of solution. Fun, fun, fun!