The Network: We are Your News

The Network: We are Your News by James White

Here is a new piece entitled The Network: We are your News, dedicated to the few who govern what information reaches the many.

I would like to pull some points from Wikipedia regarding the ways in which stations are able to continually broadcast. Economically, networks rely on in-kind donations of time and skills by volunteers (common with community broadcasters), direct government payments or operation of public broadcasters, indirect government payments, such as radio and television licenses, grants from foundations or business entities, selling advertising or sponsorships and public subscription or membership.

With so many people and organizations governing the information broadcast to the millions, they are your news.

Inspiration for this piece comes from the In the News intro from the 1970s.

Inspiration: Mitch Ansara’s book covers

Spacesick

Spacesick

Spacesick

One of my Flickr pals Mitch Ansara, known by the moniker Spacesick has recently been designing some smashing ‘I Can Read’ book covers for popular movies. Mitch has an incredible talent for watering down the movies’ concept into a simple and symbolic illustration, executing these covers in a 60s or 70s style. Very slick stuff. I selected my favorites, but check out his Flickr stream for the full run.

I’ve been following Mitch’s hilarious Flickr stream for about a year now and he never ceases to post quality and comedic work. He has an array of styles, including designs and illustrations, all of which rock a fun ‘Saturday morning cartoon’ emotion.

Check out the Spacesick Flickr stream as well as his personal blog for more.

How to Sell Art Online: eBook

Fuel for Art

Last year I wrote a couple of entries entitled Website Tools for the Artist (parts I and II) where I outlined how I was going about setting up my online presence, and how I was working to promote and sell my artwork to a global audience. I had to do a great deal of research while I was building my tools and having them work for me, and my goal for the posts was to share what I discovered with others pursuing that same goal.

Gino Orlandi over at Fuel for Art has written an ebook entitled How to Sell Art Online, a publication outlining what tools independent artist can use to build, promote and sell their artwork worldwide through the power of the web. I’m a big believer in spreading this kind of information as to help the global art community become stronger, and Gino has really taken the next step.

I discovered this publication through Abduzeedo, where they are having a giveaway to promote the ebook. Check out Fuel for Art for more information.

FITC Toronto 2009!

FITC Toronto 2009

I bought my ticket today and I’m super excited to be attending FITC Toronto 2009 this coming April 25th to the 28th. I’m very much looking forward to seeing speakers such as Joshua Davis, David Carson, Joshua Hirsch, James Paterson among a plethora of others.

The last time I attended a global conference of this kind was way back in 2000 when I went to New York to rock out at FlashForward, so I’m more then due to spend a few days with lots of like-minded creative folks. Can’t wait.

Be sure to catch the FITC early bird ticket price before February 1st if you are planning on attending.

Ancient of Days: 1 – 3

Ancient of Days by James White

Ancient of Days by James White

Ancient of Days by James White

I have been home sick with the flu for the past few days, so my time at the computer has been far less then usual. I tried doing some sketching on the sofa but generating ideas in my current state proved to be pretty cumbersome, what with a cloudy and stuffed-up head.

However, I did manage to sit at the computer intermittently and created the images above, entitled Ancient of Days. These are experiments utilizing images from nature and various gradient overlays presented in a Polaroid format. I normally have a general idea of what I want to create before sitting at the computer, but these are exceptions to my typical process where I just sat down and started.

Included are images of trees, clouds, aurora borealis, smoke, sunsets, grass . . . the topmost image even has a mushroom cloud in there. I really enjoyed the release of creating these pieces on the fly, and would like to use the Ancient of Days platform to generate more experiments in the future.

My design culture artifacts

Support for independant artists by James White

I’ve been watching the global, or underground, art and design scene for over ten years now and as a result have seen artists start with small portfolios and unique ideas to become known on an international scale for their quality of output. Being a big fan of these people for so long, I always feel compelled to contribute to their endeavors by owning a small piece of their respective creative journeys. Afterall, small contributions help keep independent artists doing what they do best.

So I would like to dedicate this post to some of the art and design items I have accumulated over the past few years, all of which I am so very proud to show and own.

Shown above are my various Obey Giant items. I have been a fan of Shepard Fairey since coming across his website ten years ago and am thrilled to see him become the design powerhouse he is today. My Obey items include Supply and Demand, a big Obey vinyl sticker, E Pluribus Venom and Shep’s recent Obama design for the cover of Time Magazine.

Queens of the Stone Age by Obey Giant

I waited a long time before ordering anything from the Obey Giant store, mostly because there was too many prints I wanted. However when this poster design for my favorite band went live, I ordered within seconds. This is #88 of a 250 limited edition print run.

ISO50

My two favorite items from Scott Hansen’s online store over at ISO50, his Vuela 1971 poster along with his Workers t-shirt.

Darwyn Cooke

Darwyn Cooke is my favorite comic book artist with a lovely vintage style that lends itself nicely to DC’s bright and colorful characters. He also just happens to live about and hour from Halifax. Shown above are two of Darwyn’s original drawings, on the left is Green Lantern drawn for me at an instore signing at Strange Adventures, the best comic shop in the world. On the right is a character design for Amon Sur, created for the New Frontier animated feature movie.

Wandering off into Space: Chuck Anderson

My most recent purchase is Chuck Anderson’s new book, Wandering off into Space. This second book showcases Chuck’s amazing client and personal work created since 2003. Check it out at NoPattern. I’m yet to own any of Chuck’s prints myself, however have given a few to friends and family as gifts.

Lucia Holm

Here are two beautiful self-portrait prints by my favorite photographer, Lucia Holm. I discovered her work over a year ago and can’t get enough of her eye for color, environment-usage and subtle effects. She nails the idea of retro-modern.

Ming Dynasty: Joshua Davis

After watching the work of Joshua Davis for the duration of my design career (I discovered his Praystation site while I was still in school in 1998) I am proud to own this poster series he designed for Ming Dynasty.

As I said, I’m very proud to have these books, prints and drawings as part of my growing collection of design culture artifacts, and I’m sure the list will grow as the scene progresses and changes as new art emerges.

Rock 77

Rock 77 by James White

Last year I designed a Kyuss t-shirt to wear at the Queens of the Stone Age concert I attended. Being that Queens are my favorite band, I wanted to go all out and pay homage to the roots of the music I love today.

What began as a sketch I did a few nights ago, this new piece entitled Rock 77 is a derivative of the previous Kyuss design. I had a good time working with the elements of this piece as it’s been a while since I’ve used some straight up photography in my work, especially natural elements.

This design will be landing in the Signalnoise Store soon, along with a restock of the previously sold out designs.

Inspiration: Are Mokkelbost

Are Mokkelbost

Are Mokkelbost

Are Mokkelbost

I came across these stellar designs by Norwegian artist Are Mokkelbost earlier today, and was stopped in my tracks. I had to stare at each quadrant on each design to figure out exactly what I was looking at, which as a whole creates an almost 1970s science fiction concept design. These pieces were created for the newest release by the group Next Life entitled Lost Age, and the designs are an extension on the group’s previous release Electric Violence.

I would love to know some of the processes behind these great compositions because they don’t look like they were created on a computer at all. The effects are subtle and don’t steal the show, while the color palette looks aged. Beautiful use of natural photography as well.

Highly multidisciplined, check out more work by Are Mokkelbost on his website.