Munich: Bending shapes

Munich: James White

For the past few weeks I have been trying to figure out a way to bend my shapes without compromising the sharpness and quality. After many unsuccessful attempts I finally figured out a method of arcing my shards in any way I want, which really opened some doors to some different compositions and ideas I wanted to explore where previously I was limited to keeping things in a straight line.

This new piece, entitled Munich, is designed at 18 x 24 and will eventually land in my online store. You can see a detail right here.

Store update: Things are going very well with getting the shop off the ground. The coding is just about complete and I’m currently hooking it up to Paypal. Hoping for a launch relatively soon.

5 Comments

  1. Graeme.

    Can I ask how you managed to bend your shapes as you describe? Sounds like a useful technique.

  2. That is kind of a bummer, mentioning how you did it but not revealing any details. How did you bend it? Is this vectors or bitmaps? Would be great to know your techniques…

  3. james (Author)

    The combination of shapes were bent using Illustrator brushes, and tedious adjusting in Photoshop to get the curves to line up properly. It’s not an exact science at all and required a lot of nudging and re-sizing.

  4. As I was doing a little poster research, I ran across this poster that reminds me of your Munich series (and your O series as well)–it looks like you designed it in a former life. Out of curiosity, is this an artist you are familiar with? Or is it just coincidence?

    http://www.internationalposter.com/poster-details.aspx?id=SWL01774

    I love your work….

  5. james (Author)

    Matt, I love Muller-Brockmann’s work, thanks for the link. My Munich piece was more about studying how to bend my shapes into different arrangements, but I can certainly see the same layout as Muller-Brockmann’s Akari poster. However, my Musica Viva piece is a direct inspiration of his work in both name and type treatment (even used his signature typeface, Akzidenz Grotesk).

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