Little James’ sticker book

James White's sticker book

James White's sticker book

James White's sticker book

James White's sticker book

James White's sticker book

James White's sticker book

James White's sticker book

James White's sticker book

James White's sticker book

Last weekend I was rummaging around my parents basement looking for old toys or comic books left over from my childhood (I’m a nostalgic guy) and I stumbled upon quite the time capsule, my childhood sticker book. Sorry about the quality of the scans, it was difficult to get the coil-bound book to sit properly on the scanner.

As with many kids, my sticker book became a dumping ground for anything colorful that would stick to a page. So many awesome and obscure stuff at work here . . . Star Wars, A-Team, Gremlins, Michael Jackson, WWF stars, rockstars, M.u.s.c.l.e. characters, the list goes on. There’s a lot of hearts in there for some reason, I must have raided some leftover Valentines Day stickers :)

This isn’t art or inspiration by any means, but a pretty hilarious and adorable look back at the early to mid 1980s in sticker form. Enjoy.

PS. I went by Jimmy back then, hence the Jim stickers all over the place.

The art of Up, by Lou Romano

Art of Up by Lou Romano

Art of Up by Lou Romano

Art of Up by Lou Romano

Art of Up by Lou Romano

Art of Up by Lou Romano

Art of Up by Lou Romano

Here are a few images plucked from the blog of Lou Romano*, one of the head concept artists at the mighty Pixar. I managed to go see Up a few nights ago and, once again, Pixar managed to 1-up (pun!) themselves again, following Wall-e with a very simplistic, sentimental and beautiful film.

Aside from the movies themselves, I’ve always been blown away by the behind-the-scenes documentaries the Pixar folks put together showing the amount of conceptual that goes into everything they do. This is where Lou truly shines. He has a knack for creating extremely simplistic and colorful images that truly nail the scene at hand. After seeing Up then looking through his artwork, it’s truly incredible how the essence of his 2D concepts are carried through to the final 3D product.

If you haven’t seen Up, I highly recommend it. You can also check out more of Lou’s work on his blog*.

*If you haven’t seen the movie yet, be warned that some of Lou’s images might be scene spoilers.

Inspiration: Star Trek III poster

Star Trek III poster by Bob Peak

I figured this wonderful painting warranted it’s own post, especially given all of the Star Trek hype surrounding the new movie these days. This is the piece Bob Peak created for the poster of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Beautifully rendered with excellent color choices, and love the light rays emanating from Spock’s face.

It’s a real shame to see the official movie poster design which uses a cropped version of the painting, seen here.

Signalnoise Retweet contest today!

Twitter contest by James White

Daft Punk and Atari by James White

I was going through my Signalnoise poster stock over the weekend and came across a couple I didn’t know I still had, the Daft Punk and Atari posters seen above.

I created these posters last year and did a very small print run, hoping to get permission from both Daft Punk and Atari and sell them in my store. Unfortunately I scored neither, so the logos were replaced by what is currently on the posters. See here and here.

That being the case, I will be having a retweet contest this afternoon to giveaway the two posters. All you have to do is retweet the phrase I will supply within the given limited timeframe. Just one entry per person.

I will be giving plenty of notice on my Twitter for all you tweet-peeps, so be sure to keep an eye out :) Good luck!

Update: Contest is closed. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Inspiration: Omni magazine

Omni magazine

Omni magazine

Omni magazine

Omni magazine

Omni magazine

Omni magazine

Omni magazine

Some beautiful scans of Omni Magazine circa the early 1980s, courtesy of Eric Carl’s Flickr stream. Great stuff, especially that Hewlett-Packard ad with the multicolored computers (or whatever they are) floating off into space.

Signalnoise in Advanced Photoshop Magazine

James White in Advanced Photoshop

James White in Advanced Photoshop

I was approached by the kind folks over at Advanced Photoshop Magazine to contribute artwork and an interview for their Retro Graphics feature (issue 57) which is currently on the newsstands. Considering I’m not accustomed to being so technical about my explanations (at least in written form) it was a great time contributing some ‘behind the scenes’ tips, tricks and techniques about my processes.

Great issue featuring contributions by the talented Nicolas Alexander and a wicked cover by Pete Harrison. Well worth a look if you have the means :)

Interview on Boing Boing Gadgets

James White portrait

The super guys behind the mighty Boing Boing just posted an interview with me on their Gadgets site, where I talk about some of my inspirations, artwork and other things. You can check it out right here.

They asked me to create a spectral portrait to post with the interview, so I built the image you see above. Yep, that’s me in there, but I wanted to mention the image was created using the Signalnoise Source PSD as a starting point. Just one example of how the layers can be expanded upon :)

Tyson 85 by Scott MacDonald

Tyson 85 by Scott MacDonald

Tyson 85 by Scott MacDonald

Tyson 85 by Scott MacDonald

Tyson 85 by Scott MacDonald

Tyson 85 by Scott MacDonald

I’ve been a big fan of Scott MacDonald’s illustration style for quite some time. He lived here in Halifax a while back and currently resides in Vancouver. I really dig his character designs, which have a ‘designer toy’ appeal yet somehow maintain a classic style from the golden days of animation.

But this post is dedicated to a wicked book Scott launched recently entitled Tyson 85, using his unique style to chronicle Mike Tyson’s life during the year 1985. He illustrates all 15 of Tyson’s opponents that year (all of which were victories) as well as a few other milestones. Fantastic idea, and check out those characters. Can’t wait to get a copy of the book.

Check out more work from Scott MacDonald on his website, his Flickr as well as his blog.