Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Typography dilemma!

Which is better? Typed? Or hand drawn?

I would go for typed text in a heartbeat normally, but the fact that the background is digitally made and the characters were hand drawn makes me wonder if a bit of contrast would be in order.

New website

Sketches of a new layout. The old one felt about the same as box of ferrets and polystyrene. I'd like to go for a calmer, more organised approach.

Wind in the willows

Now for the hard part. Putting the text in.

(Toad is always on the front cover because he's the only amphibian)

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

David Roberts

From "Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror", by Chris Priestley. This is a children's book of short, scary stories held together by a main narrative. I was very scared by two of the stories, and had shivers from a couple more.
Despite it being for children. And I am an adult (I keep telling myself).

I stole the book from my mum as she was sorting through books for the library she worked for, my eye having been caught by the macabre pen illustration.

Also of note is the title and typography. I know that if it were me, I would have simply chosen an already existing typeface from the list on adobe, but Roberts made his own to fit with the illustrations. I'll have to keep that in mind, because I don't usually like drawing letterforms but it looks amazing done well.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Stevie Lewis

Wow, I've got a new girl crush!

Stevie likes to draw people she comes across in the public sphere.

She has a deceptively loose style of drawing. So cool it hurts.
Then, when she's drawing in her studio she really cleans up the lines and suddenly it's very polished and professional.

I remember reading about gesture in drawing in several books. Each book said gesture is one of the key parts of capturing someone's character or personality in a drawing. I think Stevie's got it.

Harry Ally

A fine artist who uses people as his subjects. My favourite is the one with just the arms, because it's in contrast to the rest of his work which does the whole body (usually).

He'll give me nightmares because he doesn't always give them faces...

He uses oil and mixed media for the paintings, and usually charcoal, pastel and acrylics for the drawings.

Living Lines- Adam and his dog

Pencil test for an animation. The blog is interesting for all the animation tidbits and information.

Animation is a bit like magic.

(so, the number at the top right...does that mean 125 drawings for 5 seconds of animation?!)



a short film.

About boxes and paper.

With really cool music.

It's definitely worth clicking the link.

8 bit music videos with mischievous squirrels

The video to Junior Senior's "Move your feet".

I must have watched this to death when it first came out years ago. I could remember all the scenes.

That second stickman who marches onto the dancefloor in indignation...!

The video is done by an art collective called Shynola, according to wikipedia.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

isometric eboy

These are animations but here they are static.
Isometric art by eboy, a studio who have done adverts and editorial work for a lot of clients.

I was just indulging in a desire to play with pixels and isometric graphics for an animation...