Photoshop vs. Illustrator Workshop

Photoshop vs. Illustrator Workshop

There’s an exciting event coming up that I’m thrilled to be a part of. Naomi Atkinson, owner and operator of Whosit & Whatsit over in Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK, has asked to host the very first live Signalnoise workshop… titled ‘Photoshop vs. Illustrator’. All of my work has equal parts vector and raster incorporated into the final product, and I’ll be explaining my full process in this 1-day mighty workshop.

Without further ado, lets get straight to the details for this rad event:

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When and Where

Saturday 6th June 2015 // 10am-5pm BST
First floor // Whosit & Whatsit, 46 Sandhill, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3LT

What Will Be Covered

James White from the Signalnoise Studio will take the class on a journey through his creative process. Beginning with sketchbook thumbnails, to a refined drawing, we will discuss the ins and outs of conceptualising a design for our pop-culture art piece. From there we move into the world of vector, exploring how bezier points and refined curves help us realize our concept illustration in Adobe Illustrator. And finally moving into Photoshop to explore paint techniques, layer-masking, effects and texture.

At the end of this workshop, you will have a finished piece of pop culture art using new (and old) tools in new (and possibly exciting) ways… we’ll use fewer brackets though. Sorry.

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The cost for attending (both physical and virtual) is listed in the image above, and you can do more details and preview on the Whosit & Whatsit site. There are only a couple of early bird tickets left, so act quick!

This is very new territory for me, and something I’m VERY much looking forward to. Hope to see you there!

Beckham poster for Bleacher Report

David Beckham poster by James White

I’m thrilled to release this poster created for the mighty Bleacher Report celebrating the 40th birthday of that famous footballer, David Beckham. I was one of 10 artists asked by Bleacher to contribute an illustration for their lovely Art of David Beckham online installation.

Despite my being horridly overworked this last while, I couldn’t turn down this opportunity. The awesome team at Bleacher Report wanted me combine the styles of my 2 DRIVE posters into one illustration, pushing Beckham into a ‘James Bond’ icon with a distinct Miami vibe. I’ve been using this colour palette for months now, so this was a perfect match to my current workflow.

Be sure to check out all the rad Beckham pieces at Art of David Beckham, and a big thanks to Ishaan, Will and the team at Bleacher Report for the opportunity.

StarKade: Series 4 (Onsale Info)

StarKade: Series 4 by James White

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The Beast

StarKade: Series 4 by James White

Wolves Led by the Sheep

StarKade: Series 4 by James White

YES!

StarKade: Series 4 by James White

Scream for Me

StarKade: Series 4 by James White

Last Gift

After three consecutive sold out series’ of Superstar sets comes the next instalment to the StarKade Universe. I’m proud to announce the release of these new colourful prints… the mighty StarKade: Series 4.

This collection includes 5 new character prints, all of which have an edition of 65 and are measured at 5″ x 5″. Those who grab complete sets will have a chance at getting 1 of 20 special chaser prints, randomly inserted into orders. Will you be one of the lucky few to win the rumble?

The StarKade Series is printed on Museo Textured Rag 285 gsm by the fine people at Static Medium, Los Angeles. All prints are lovingly hand-signed, numbered, packed and shipped by James White out of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Mark your calendars! StarKade: Series 4 will be available on Tuesday, March 10th at 1pm EST in The Signalnoise Store. Sets are $45 and individual prints are $10 each.

The StarKade Series of prints tend to sell out quick, so follow me on Twitter for up-to-the-minute details on when the prints are available.

25 Years of Photoshop with Lynda.com

James White Lynda Adobe

Laser Horse by James White

James White Lynda

James White Lynda

What an exciting day. I’m thrilled to be included in Photoshop’s 25th Anniversary celebration with Lynda.com. Scott Erickson from the Lynda office flew into Dartmouth amid a crazy snowstorm last month to shoot a mini documentary in my studio as I worked on an original poster celebrating Photoshop.

I was allowed to do whatever I wanted, so decided to take inspiration from cheesy Trapper Keeper binders I saw when I was a kid and create the mighty Laser Horse poster. This is the kind of bullcrap I make when I’m given carte blanche… heads up you big brands. Scott and I got into the nuts and bolts of how I created the image, some tips and tricks along with some of my halfwit design philosophy on creating stuff with an 80’s aesthetic.

So swing over to 25 Years of Photoshop for the big celebration. I’m 1 of 3 mini docs the crew put together on the ‘Insight and Inspiration‘ page. A GIANT thanks to Lynda.com for descending on my small town to include me in such a wonderful event.

HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY, PHOTOSHOP!

Neo-Noire: A Signalnoise Font

Neo-Noire: A Signalnoise Font

Neo-Noire: A Signalnoise Font

Neo-Noire: A Signalnoise Font

Neo-Noire: A Signalnoise Font

Neo-Noire: A Signalnoise Font

Neo-Noire font by James White

Here’s some very new territory for the Signalnoise Studio. Today I’m proud to release my very first font. I bit off more than I could chew with this sucker, but managed to push it through. Here it is… Neo-Noire.

I started using custom brush-80s lettering in my work around 3 years ago, and have constantly been getting the “What font is that?” question. Truth is, the font never existed at all. I would create the letters in Illustrator from scratch each time, or re-use letters I already made. So after some time, I decided to develop the font and bring it to you for use in your work.

Before we get to business, a few notes…

  1. I’m NOT a professional font-maker. This project is a labour of love so I’m sure you’ll find a few blips while using the font. So I ask you to please make use of the comments on this post to leave any feedback or recommendation on improvement. I will listen, and welcome your input.
  2. Included with purchase are the characters seen above. Uppercase and alternate stroke characters to mix it up. The alternates are simply the lowercase keys.
  3. If you open the glyphs, you’ll notice some nice plain brushstrokes in there. You can use these to add further diversity to my letters. Give it a shot. It’s fun.
  4. The ZIP file you purchase also includes an intact Photoshop file, where you can have a look at my layers effects to get the most out of Neo-Noire and add the retro sledgehammer to your work.
  5. I like to add a slight squeeze to the letters, then angle them like in the samples above. Just a tip.
  6. Please post your pieces that use my font, and hashtag them #NeoNoire so I can have a look!

So lets get to it! The font is available for purchase at a reasonable $30 Canadian. That gets you the TTF and the PSD. Head on over to the Signalnoise Store now to grab your goodies.

Next week I’ll be posting some tips and tricks on the blog to get even more cool use out of Neo-Noire. I want to help you all build a little toolkit around this little font, so watch for that. Fun stuff on the way.

And finally, thank-you SO MUCH for all of your enthusiasm surrounding Neo-Noire. You have been barking at me for months to get this beast finished, and I appreciate each email, note and tweet leading up to the release. Your excitement has kept me moving and I truly appreciate it.

StarKade: Kurts (Onsale Info)

StarKade: Kurts

StarKade: Kurts

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StarKade: Kurts

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StarKade: Kurts

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StarKade: Kurts

Snake

The StarKade Universe continues to grow, this time we visit one of the best actors out there in some of his seminal roles over the years. I’m proud to announce a new set of colourful prints featuring Mr. Russell… the StarKade: Kurts.

This collection includes 4 colourful prints commemorating some of the awesome characters portrayed by Kurt over the years. This series has an edition of 65 and are measured at 5″ x 5″. There’s also a chance of getting the special chaser print (edition of 15) randomly inserted into sets.

This series is printed on Museo Textured Rag 285 gsm by the fine people at Static Medium, Los Angeles. All prints are lovingly hand-signed and numbered by James White out of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Sets of the StarKade: Kurts will be available in the Signalnoise Store on Thursday, January 15 at 12pm EST. Sets are $35 each.

The StarKade Series’ tend to sell out quick, so I’ll keep everyone updated on Twitter as to when and where these prints will be available.

Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York

Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in NY by James White

Selecting a favourite album to re-imagine the cover of is a tough decision. Even if our favourite album has a crappy cover, we grow to like that crappy cover because we love the music. So how do you re-design something that you’ve grown to love over a period of time?

Well, this was the entire theme of the ’33 and a Third’ art show opening at Gallery1988 tonight (Friday, December 5). I had to think long and hard on this one, but when I landed on a certain album it seemed like a no-brainer… Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York. I’ve loved that album since its release in 1994, and 20 years later it’s still in regular rotation. In light of the art show, the album has a weird loophole. To me, the cover lacks any amount of creativity where MTV just slapped a stage photo into a crumby scribbly box. The double-whammy is that Kurt Cobain once said he never wanted a photo of the band on his covers… way to go, MTV.

So after 20 years, I designed what I would like to see on the cover of a favourite album.  Here are the details…

Opening reception: Friday, December 5, 2014
Where: Gallery 1988 (East): 7021 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Size: 12×12, Giclee print
Edition: 20
Printed By: Static Medium, Los Angeles
Paper Type: Museo Textured Rag 285 gsm

If the prints don’t sell out tonight, they will be on the Gallery1988 site shortly after. If you are interested, watch my Twitter for details.

Signalnoise ‘Black Friday’ Releases

StarKade: Guardians

StarKade: Guardians

StarKade: Guardians

Literal

StarKade: Guardians

Dance

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Ain’t Nothing Like Me

StarKade: Guardians

89 Times

StarKade: Guardians

12 Percent

StarKade: Guardians

Seedling

DRIVE poster James White

DRIVE: BBC Rescore

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StarKade: Half-Shells 3

HyRULES print

HyRULES

Shown above are all the fun wares that will go live on Friday, November 28 at 12pm EST in the Signalnoise Store. We are covering movies, cartoons and video games in one fell swoop. Everything here was printed by the crack team at Static Medium in LA, lovingly signed and numbered by James White and shipped out of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Without further banter, lets get into those details…

StarKade: Guardians Pack
This collection includes 5 new colourful prints commemorating some of the characters from the hit movie. This series has an edition of 75 and are measured at 5″ x 5″. There’s also a chance of getting the special “Seedling” print (edition of 20, seen above) randomly inserted into pack. $40 per pack

DRIVE BBC Rescore AP Poster
A rare treat. This DRIVE BBC Re-score poster is a rogue endeavour by Signalnoise, and we did a very limited run of artist proofs. Where this is an unofficial poster, a regular edition run will probably never happen. The poster has an AP edition of only 20 and is measured at 18″ x 24″. $65

StarKade: Half-Shells 3
This series encourages you to “Collect ‘em all”. Each turtle print will be released along side a mystery bad guy. Which bad guy will it be? That evil surprise will be waiting in your mailbox. This little set includes 2 new character prints, both of which have an edition of 30 and are measured at 5″ x 5″. You also have a chance of getting the rare print seen above, randomly inserted into packs. $20 per pack

HyRULES Print
This special print honours everyones’ favourite Hyrulean adventurer, rocking out on his day off. This print has an edition of 75 and is measured at 5″ x 5″. $15

The Signalnoise series of prints tend to sell out quick. Mark those calendars, and watch Twitter as we approach release time!