Lil poster I designed for comedian Andy Gasper.
Here’s a look at some shirts I designed and printed for The Worlders. We wanted to make a shirt that worked two ways so with a little bit of elbow grease we produced these guys. Super large print on black and white shirts. Modeled by the grizzly Colin.
The second thing I’m posting is a sketchbook. I have like 3 sketch books going on at all times for different things. I keep one for writings/ideas/random, one for when I travel and a third for a special topic. This sketchbook was based on portraits. I use the sketchbooks to work on my drawing skills but mostly to play around with technique.
Downpour Creative recently designed the collateral for Kent Standing Rock’s “Who’s Your Mama Festival”
The theme for this year was conservation and extinction. We wanted to focus on some animals that are going extinct or had already gone extinct. We dug up some very old educational images and got to work.
I’m going to start a new section on the blog and talk about some album art that I think deserves to be written about (even if it’s poorly written and by me). Hopefully some of these posts will bring up albums and artwork we forgot about, never forgot, or have a special place in our hearts for. (Too cheesy?)
I know we are in the digital age where no one buys physical records anymore (if you buy music at all), album art has been shrunken down to a few pixels, and the idea of good packaging is still only relevant to a few labels and artists, but for me the album art is just as important as the music. Don’t get me wrong, you can have a great album with bad album art but having great album art can help sell records, draw people in, and influence what makes a great record. Also, great album art and great songs make for the best combination. Can we agree on that?
I’m going in no specific order other than grabbing CDs off of my shelf and talking about them. Our first album is AFI “The Art of Drowning”.
People are going to hate me for this one. I don’t like this cover very much. But I used to. I used to be obsessed with this album and it’s artwork. I think everyone I knew was obsessed with this album and it’s artwork. People got really, really intense about AFI. I was. When I first got this album it was one of the ones that made me want to put out my bands music with great art. I think I drew this album cover in my notes once a week in high school. When I say I don’t like the art, it’s not that I think the art is bad, it’s just not what I’m into anymore. The packaging itself is great. It’s your standard cd booklet in a jewel case but what’s great about it is the interior booklet. Pages filled with great illustrations and lyrics. To a young kid listening to music (I used to listen to music more passionately when I was younger, you know, sitting by your boom box with booklet in hand, repeating every song while reading every lyric…) you couldn’t ask for more. F seeing photos of the band, having unique illustrations layered throughout the pages sold it for me. Most punk bands were doing the black and white punk live shots and AFI was relying on great artwork. Even with Black Sails and Shut Your Mouth (see below) AFI was onto something with it’s use of illustration.
The artwork to me works well because it reminds me a lot of Tim Burton and is very cartoony and themed. And don’t hate me for this AFI fans, I think this is the CD where AFI got kind of cartoony and gimmicky. Aesthetically and musically. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but coming from Black Sails and how really punk almost hardcore that album was to how dramatic “The Art of Drowning” was I think the artwork is an appropriate fit.
And with all that being said, this record and it’s art was definitely a big influence on me growing up.
If you don’t know what Rhymesayers is, they are a record label run by the frontman of Atmosphere. Besides having great talent on their label, this is the reason they are one of the best labels out…
There are loads more on their youtube page but it’s good to see a label treating packaging as a selling point. For that, I salute you.
Listen, this might seem redundant, and it’s a shame it has to be, but come on! Moleskine wants YOU to enter their design “Contest” to design their new logo. I’m serious with this next statement… if you are a designer or illustrator or someone who gets paid to do creative things and use your mind and your talent… don’t buy moleskine. This spec work / crowd source stuff kills our profession. KILLS IT.
Think about it. If I had a “contest” for people to come repair my roof and had everyone repair my roof then I got to choose who I liked the best, pay them (a below average wage) and then tell the rest of the companies “sorry, I can’t use your skills or work” so no pay. NO ONE WOULD DO THAT! Why? Because it’s a profession, a trade, their job. They make money and pay bills and feed their families and live their lives off of their income. Why should being employed in a creative field be any different?
Moleskine is going to pay the lucky winner 5000 euros which is like 7000 dollars American. Hm. Sound good? Nope. In the Pricing & Ethical Guidelines book the rate to charge for a “medium” sized client (which I would imagine Moleskine falls in…) is 10,000 – 25,000 dollars! So at the bottom base of wages they are still low balling people 3,000 dollars UNDER.
So you still think, eh, whatever, it’s 7,000 DOLLARS! I make like 500 – 1000 a MONTH! Except for everyone that enters that loses. The people that wasted their time. I get it, it’s your choice. I’m all for that. But here’s the thing… shame on Moleskine for not treating designers as professionals but for the people entering the Moleskine logo competition, I hope one day you see why you should NOT be participating in these things. One day when you’re trying to make a living off of what you do. One day when your realize that your time is actually worth something, that something being real money, real respect. When you realize that the company you just spent all that work and time on for free (if you lose) and even if you don’t lose, is making millions of dollars using YOUR identity and had a good idea on how to save some chump change at our professions expense.
Luc from DRAWN posted this…
I admit, long ago as a young illustrator I too fell for this crap and please believe me when I say it’s a mistake. I will never change my mind about how working artists should never bother supporting such “spec-work-disguised-as-contests.”
Contests are one thing, and they can be good. Volunteering your talents is another thing, and it’s good. But creating a logo or any branding collateral for a big company for free, and knowing that the work of the other 99.99% “losers” will essentially be tossed into the trash (and the copyright to their work handed over to those running the contest) is just stupid, and it’s offensive that any company would think it’s OK. It’s a terrible way for you to run your business. And when you freelance you are running a business.
F off Moleskine and F off designers who participate.
Great quick article from Rolling Stone on the Obama campaign wanting graphic designers to work FOR FREE on posters for his Jobs poster. Yep. Did you get that? We need more jobs and want to show people we’re going to create more jobs… but… we’re not going to pay you for your job… sorry. You can read the whole article here. Any artist or designer should really check this article out. They pull some quotes from Mike Monteiro, a designer, who in my opinion is a really radical guy. While you’re at it you might as well check out his video… Fuck You Pay Me.