Inspiration: Spencer Higgins

Spenser Higgins

Spenser Higgins

Spenser Higgins

Spenser Higgins

Spenser Higgins

I’m not normally one to be struck by product photography, but the work of Spencer Higgins is exceptionally special. I spotted his shoe shots earlier today on Ffffound and upon closer inspection realized he was using prisms, or crystals with creative lighting to create these stunning photos.

I also plucked a few additional favorites from his website. Well worth a flip through his work, lovely compositions.

Tron Legacy poster by James White

Tron Legacy poster by James White

I’ve been wanting to create this poster for the better part of a year now, after seeing the shaky video of the Tron 2 footage that appeared online last year. But with all of the new materials released last week, concept images and the brilliant trailer for Tron Legacy, I finally had enough reference material to create my own poster for the film. The trailer is packed with lovely neon lights and television screen feedback, which are elements I love incorporating into my work.

You can check out a larger version of the poster right here.

This isn’t official by any means, but it would certainly be a dream job to design a poster for the film, especially since they slated the mighty Daft Punk to create the score. So if anyone at Disney reads this, give me a call :)

This poster won’t be added to the Signalnoise Store because of obvious copyright issues, but I will see what I can do to get these into peoples’ hands.

Tron Legacy trailer

What a large day for Tron fans. Not only did we get a full onslaught of concept images released at the San Diego Comic Con, but now we have a shiny new official trailer to check out.

I’ll let the video do the talking while I pick my jaw up off the floor.

Thanks to Fabio for the heads up via Twitter!

Wordburglar 2009 Summer Tour

The Wordburglar

If you are into the Halifax or Toronto hiphop scene you might be familiar with my good pal Sean Jordan, otherwise known as the Wordburglar. SJ is embarking on his 2009 Summer Tour starting tonight at Rancho Relaxo (300 College Street) in Toronto, before working his way east to visit us on the coast. He will be doing a show here in Halifax on August 8th.

Being a fellow child of the 80s, SJ is into all things fun and colorful from that era, and works in many references to Gi-Joe and comic books into his songs. I wanted to make a little promotional poster for him from that era, and decided to attempt this re-creation of an old VHS cover entitled The Power. I came across the image a while ago, and was looking for an opportunity to re-make it.

The Power VHS cover

I highly recommend checking out the upcoming Wordburglar shows if he swings by your city. Check his Myspace for dates and venues.

Tron 2 concept designs

Tron 2 concepts

Tron 2 concepts

Tron 2 concepts

Tron 2 concepts

Tron 2 concepts

Tron 2 concepts

Tron 2 concepts

Tron 2 concepts

Tron 2 concepts

Tron 2 concepts

Tron 2 concepts

Tron 2 concepts

Tron 2 concepts

Tron 2 concepts

Tron 2 concepts

Tron 2 concepts

What a great way to start the day, finally we see some real concept designs for the upcoming Tron Legacy movie aside from the poor quality bootleg video posted online a year ago. These were released yesterday at the San Diego Comic Con.

Simply beautiful. Nice glassy monochromatic architecture and landscapes with the iconic blue glowing lines. That bike image (2nd from the bottom) is blowing my mind.

And just a reminder, we also have a Daft Punk original score for the movie to look forward to. Big Thanks to Kyle Crane for bringing these to my attention via Twitter.

Update: Abother big thanks to my pal Matt Morgan for bringing the above video to my attention. The unvealing of the light cycle at the San Diego Comic Con. I think the guys reaction says it all :)

Inspiration: Guilherme Marconi

Guilherme Marconi

Guilherme Marconi

I’ve been a big fan of the work of Guilherme Marconi for quite some time, and have seen is works appear in many issues of Computer Arts and other magazines. The intricacies of his work are amazing, rendering such smooth vector illustrations into complex symmetrical and scattered collages. Great sense of bright color composition as well.

His new piece (shown above, click them for larger versions) is astounding, looks almost like a math-generated fractal piece.

To check out more of Guilherme’s work, see his Flickr stream as well as his personal website, My Schizophrenic Brain.

Awesome: Type treatment steps

Awesome type by James White

Awesome type by James White

Awesome type by James White

Awesome type by James White

Awesome type by James White

Awesome type by James White

I’ve had a few people ask me about the typeface used on my Awesome poster, so I decided to post a few different versions I created as I built the 3D chrome effect. The type was 100% handmade in Illustrator CS4, no fonts involved. I’ve only attempted this a few times in the past and took this opportunity to really push the vectors. The inspiration comes from Judas Priest and Metallica’s Ride the Lightning.

So, I’ll let the images above do the talking. Nothing really advanced here, just a few shapes, skews and gradients. Enjoy!

New Signalnoise poster: Awesome

Awesome poster by James White

Here is the second new Signalnoise poster to be launched today, simply entitled Awesome. This poster represents all things metal: Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Metallica’s Ride the Lightning. I developed the handmade typography a few weeks back and finally found it a suitable home, on a poster 7 year-old James would have lost his mind over back in the 80s. Here is a larger version.

Yes, the guitar is huge as it fell to earth from the hands of god. Insert Maiden solo here.

Other then being the first Signalnoise poster designed in landscape format, it also stands at 40″ x 27″, far bigger then my other prints available in the store. This will be sent to proof next week to see how all the photography looks, and will hopefully land in the Signalnoise Store soon afterward.

Stay heavy.