New poster proofs

Signalnoise: James White

I received three new proofs from the print shop this afternoon: Musica Viva, Atari and Robot Rock. Once again, the printer has outdone themselves with nice bold colors and sharp lines.

Musica Viva will be added to the Signalnoise Store once I receive the run, as well as a re-stock of the currently sold out posters.

Atari and Robot Rock will hopefully be added at a later time, as I need permission to sell posters displaying trademarked logos. Cross your fingers for me as I try to contact the proper channels.

Signalnoise bookmark

Signalnoise bookmark

I’ve been wanting to throw in an extra little bonus for those who order my posters, where up until now I’ve been including business cards with orders as a “thank-you” to those who supported my store. But that just ain’t classy.

So now when you order anything from the store you will get a free Signalnoise bookmark. People still read books, right?

Musica Viva

Musica Viva: James White

This piece is directly inspired by the work of Swiss designer Josef Muller Brockman (1914 – 1996) who did a number of posters under the same event title. I wanted to do something less structured with the design, and a little bit more freeform.

Musica Viva will be available in my store soon, once I order another run of prints.

Dragon 6608

 Dragon 6608: James White

Dragon 6608 was the result of a happy mistake made while I was creating assets for a new piece (which was to look nothing like this). It’s nice when something unintentional happens and creates change in your creative process. You can have a closer look right here.

Interviewed at Abduzeedo.com

James White interview: Abduzeedo.com

The kind folks over at Abduzeedo.com have posted an interview with me where I talk about my influences, techniques, background, etc. You can check it out right here.

Abduzeedo is also one of my more traveled art portal websites. I highly recommend stopping by for their many tutorials, inspirational posts, weekly ‘best of art’ round-ups and art news in general.

Atari

Atari: James White

I’ve been wanting to do an Atari piece for quite some time but wasn’t sure which avenue to take. The multicolor blocks from Breakout lent themselves quite well, so I used them in a cosmic design style much the same as the previous piece, Protostar Cosmique. Some of the elements were stitched together using Nasa cosmic photographs.

Workflow: Signalera 1967

Making of Signalera: James White

Here is a little behind-the-scenes example of my creative process. With every one of my designs I try to flush out the major elements early on before I start the lengthy task of generating all of the assets needed to build it. It’s an organic process, sometimes taking odd turns midway through, but the Signalera 1967 piece is a good example of holding the same concept through to completion.

I start with an initial sketch (normally in my sketchbook) then move on to Photoshop where I do some quick color composites. I then rough up a version in Illustrator so I can really look at color treatment with simple shapes. Once I’m happy with the high-level concept, I’ll start creating my elements and building the piece.

You can see a larger version of the above graphic right here.

Website Tools for the Artist II

Big CartelAfter making my first post regarding a web system for showcasing artwork easily and inexpensively, I now want to move on to talk about a few other tools I picked up along the way. In February I embarked on creating on online shop to sell my artwork, and along with that came a couple of helpful tools making it far easier for an artist like me to manage and organize.

There are a lot of tools out there built by big companies that offer e-commerce, back-end product management, shipping orders, the list of features goes on and on. When I was looking to set up my store I wanted something easy to use with little maintenance, looks nice and clean, and lets me know in a helpful manner when I have a new order. I needed a simple storefront, not a big e-commerce suite because I’m small-time. After a lot of research (and annoyances) I discovered the mighty Big Cartel.

Big Cartel is a dynamic storefront specifically created to be easy to use, clean and manageable. There is no fuss with code, it hooks up to Paypal extremely easily, and it handles all of the transaction proceses that guys like me know nothing about. When someone places an order, an email is fired over to me showing who they are, what they ordered and where it is going. I can even play with the CSS code to adapt the store’s overall design to my own Signalnoise identity. I signed up for a Platinum account which costs $9.99 a month, next to nothing compared to what the store has been doing for me. Plus, a huge feature is Big Cartel takes NO CUT from your sale, which is something a lot of other storefronts do. They deposit all of the purchase money directly into my Paypal account.

I can’t stress how much the Big Cartel team has made opening a store on the web easy for a guy like me. Highly recommended.

Google Docs is a handy web-based document handler. I needed something I could update to show what has shipped and what is waiting to be shipped. Google Docs offers a free web-based spreadsheet app, allowing me to update current orders from anywhere with the internet. This makes organizing my orders extremely easy.

On top of the actual website set-up, I have Staples delivering shipping supplies to me and the print house delivering the posters. With all of these little steps some inevitable hiccups happen where things get delayed a few days, but the kinks are certainly getting worked out as processes get refined.

I hope this post helps out fellow artists wanting to get their stuff out there. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free let me know.