A Signalnoise Odyssey: Part VII

Part VII: Long Live the Orbinauts!

Dear reader, I want to send along a sincere thank-you if you have been taking the time to keep up on my posts outlining the lengthy process of A Signalnoise Odyssey. What started as a few sketches a number of years ago had slowly evolved into a little project I am quite proud of. With this post, the timeline I have been talking about reaches the present day.

A number of months back I enlisted my pal Jonathan Mitchell, a very talented 3D visual effects artist, to help me realize my Orbinauts designs even further by creating photo-realistic depictions of the toys. I had never designed anything to be re-created in 3D so the process of working with him was new and exciting. Jonny surpassed all of my expectations (which were pretty high to begin with) by creating flawless models of the characters so I could see exactly what they might look like sitting on my desk.

Working with a like-minded artist like Jonny truly added life to the project. Check out what he did:

The Orbinauts by James White

The Orbinauts by James White

The Orbinauts by James White

The Orbinauts by James White

The Orbinauts by James White

The Orbinauts by James White

Things have come a long way since my original little doodle over 2 years ago.

The Orbinauts by James White

As I said earlier, this brings us to the end of the road so far. I have taken my conceptual toy designs as far as I can for the time being, of course the final hurdle being the actual creation of the designs as toys. So where do I go from here? Over the next couple of days I will be exploring the options I have available, to see what my chances are of making this project a reality.

Given the future of this project is fairly uncertain, I would like to ask a favor . . . if you have been reading my Signalnoise Odyssey posts and would like to see the Orbinauts toys made available someday, feel free to take a few seconds to leave me a comment. I might need a bit of your help at this stage, and any buzz I can muster surrounding the Orbinauts will certainly help my chances of seeing these little guys come to life :)

Thanks so much, everyone. To be continued . . . ?

Need to catch up on the previous parts of A Signalnoise Odyssey? Be sure to check out:

Part I: A Long Time Ago
Part II: Rise of the Brothers
Part III: Here Come the Bad Guys
Part IV: Creating a Planet
Part V: A New Start
Part VI: Stranger in a Strange Toyland

Inspiration: Nigel Evan Dennis

Nigel Evan Dennis

Nigel Evan Dennis

Nigel Evan Dennis

Nigel Evan Dennis

The beautiful, minimalist wood-cut art of Chicago based artist Nigel Evan Dennis. I just recently came across his work and was struck at Nigel’s eye for simplicity and color.

According to Nigels website, the colored wooden blocks above are based on building blocks he had as a child. Great source of inspiration, I would love to have huge prints of these hanging in my living room.

Check out more work by Nigel Evan Dennis on his website, as well as his blog where he posts some great inspiration.

VH1 Latin America motion boards

VH1 Latin America by James White

VH1 Latin America by James White

VH1 Latin America by James White

VH1 Latin America by James White

A little while back I was hired by VH1 Latin America to design some motion boards for their upcoming identity campaign. Wonderful people to work with, they were interested in developing an identity with a 70s retro-cosmic vibe mingled with something slick and modern.

I had a blast pushing and bending my vector assets and lighting effects into all kinds of directions. Shown here are some of the menu boards I designed for their animation team, both used and unused.

If you want to see some slightly larger versions, check them out on my Flickr stream.

Signalnoise Interview at Fairspot.com

James White interview at Fairspot.com

The folks over at Fairspot.com were kind enough to interview me for their website a short while ago, and the article just went live. It’s probably my largest interview to date where I talk about my inspirations, plans and processes.

They are even featuring a small teaser image for my Orbinauts toy designs I have yet to launch on my site.

Swing over to Fairspot.com to see the full interview :)

Inspiration: Draplin Design Co.

Draplin Design Co.

Draplin Design Co.

Draplin Design Co.

Draplin Design Co.

Draplin Design Co.

It’s difficult to accurately describe the work and website of the Draplin Design Co., run by Aaron James Draplin. I came across this website a while ago but was pleasantly re-introduced to it recently by chance. Starting to wade through the extensive portfolio, journal and pure inspiration of Draplin makes the quality of output and honesty really shine. Even better is the “matter of fact” style of writing as if Draplin were simply telling us a story over a beer, heck, his archives go back to 1998. Refreshing on many levels, here is a small sample from his company bio:

“In April 2000, much to the chagrin of his proud “Midwestern Roots,” he accepted an ill-fated art director position with SNOWBOARDER magazine. He moved it all down to Shithole, Southern California-alongside some hot, caustic beach-and wrangled some 23 issues of the mag. He won “Art Director of the Year” for Primedia 2000, beating out such titles as Gun Dog, Cat Fancy and Teen. No other awards were bestowed in this period, and like he gives a rat’s ass.”

Draplin’s work speaks for itself. I selected his poster designs, some identity works and his Re:volve Apparel designs to showcase above which really doesn’t dent his portfolio at all, just check out his full identity work for starters.

Ammendment: Thanks to Tom for bringing this video to my attention. I remember seeing people talking about this online a while back but had never watched it. Draplin hits the nail on the head, check this out:

Wonderful inspiration, check out Draplin Design Co. for the full hit.

Signalnoise Store commercial by Ben Jeddrie!

It’s no secret that I think my friends are the most talented people in the world, and I take any opportunity I can to work with them on various projects. A couple of months back I hired my good pal Ben Jeddrie to create an animated commercial promoting my Signalnoise Store. Being a big fan of his hilarious cartoon style for 10 years, I gave him no direction as I wanted him to create something all his own. “Do whatever you want, make it funny.”

The result made me laugh to no end. Inspired by classic cartoons such as George of the Jungle and Tom Slick, Ben came up with the concept, designs, voice-overs and completed the entire animation. He’s one talented guy.

I am currently working with Ben on setting up his own blog which will feature his other unique animations, videos and comics. More to come when we launch.

Inspiration: Judas Priest covers

Judas Priest: Painkiller

Judas Priest: Screaming for Vengeance

Judas Priest: Defenders of the Faith

Judas Priest: Ram it Down

I’m really getting into the classic metal sounds of Judas Priest, and had to make a post about their awesome album covers. Here are four of my favorites, shown above are Painkiller, Screaming for Vengeance, Defenders of the Faith, and Ram it Down.

I think Painkiller might be my favorite album cover of all time. A demon motorcycle complete with head and tail, buzzsaw wheels, driven by a metal man with steel wings flying over a crumbling city . . . it really covers all the bases :) And lets not forget their timeless metal logo.

Where the Wild Things Are: Movie poster

Where the Wild Things Are poster

This movie keeps looking better all the time. The poster for the upcoming film based on Maurice Sendak’s childrens’ book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ was launched today (thanks Riley!), and it certainly lives up to the promo images and footage that went online previously.

Really can’t wait for this one to hit the screen.