Artist trading cards … from 2003!

The DIE VORLAGE card set I created in 2003

Franz Kline, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, John William Waterhouse, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh.

Mark Rothko, Marcel Duchamp, Georgia O'Keeffe, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso and Gustav Klimt.

M.C. Escher, Mark Rothko (camera hog), Norman Rockwell, Francis Bacon, H.R. Giger and Dave McKean.

Even designed the backs. Lots of research.

The colour wheel!

Related to the GUM CARDS project, here is a project I did in 2003 while in art school called Die Vorlage. As you can see it was a trading card set based on famous artists of the past, and a couple from the present. The task was to develop any project based on the colour wheel (that was about the extent of the direction we got), so I decided to create this set and base each card on a specific colour. When you lay the set out in the right order, you can create the colour wheel.

I drew all of the portraits by hand, inked them with a brush, scanned them, did all colour work and texturing in Photoshop then laid everything out in Illustrator with logos, text and numbers. I even designed all the backs with information on each artist and an example of their work. Last I heard, the art school still uses my project as an example when they present this assignment to new classes.

So, GUM CARDS might be considered the “upgraded” version of this idea I had almost a decade ago. Maybe I’ll do a few print runs of this set and randomly stick them into GUM CARDS orders. Hmmm…

Special GUM CARDS broadcast

If you missed tuning into the live GUM CARDS broadcast yesterday, here is the recorded version for your viewing pleasure. In front of a live internet audience I told the story of GUM CARDS, my inspirations, process stuff and discussed a few of the future plans I have for the project. At the end we did a little Q&A session as well.

At one point I took off from my office and fell down the stairs. True story!

So have a watch, and swing by the GUM CARDS Indiegogo page to get all the information on the project. Big thanks to everyone who tuned in for the live show! It was a lot of fun.

GUM CARDS update: $1,650 raised

That’s right, the GUM CARDS funding is rapidly approaching the midway point in only 48 hours. $1,650 out of $4,000. I’m in completely shock over how quickly you have all jumped in to lend a hand through your pledges, tweets, comments and blog posts. It means the world to me and we have already taken a huge step to make this project a reality. THANK-YOU!

I’ll be working hard over here on the new cards, aiming to have a new design posted each week during the fundraising. Watch this space next week, can’t wait to unveil the next artist.

We are still going strong. Head over to the Indiegogo page to see how you can support the project, and follow GUM CARDS on Twitter for all the latest updates.

Introducing GUM CARDS!

Back in the 80s, my friends and I were collectors. You name it, we collected it. Robots in disguise, anything in camo and all that action figures turned cartoon kind of stuff. Of these kid collectibles, one was a constant around the playground, cheap pieces of cardboard depicting a generation’s favourite movie characters, cartoon heroes and then scary monsters. Bubblegum cards. We would trade with one another to build our sets, bragging when we got that rare one nobody else had.

GUM CARDS is an ever-expanding set of limited edition, screen-printed trading cards focused on artists and designers who are rocking our creative industry and, in my humble fan opinion, deserve their own trading card.

Each GUM CARD is a limited edition release of 250 plus 50 colour variants, hand-signed and numbered by me for authenticity. All GUM CARDS are screen-printed on double-thick, French Muscle-Tone Black 140lb. cover stock by the amazing crew at Mama’s Sauce in Orlando, Florida. Thick stock and bright inks. Heavy duty stuff. Bam!

I’m super pleased to announce the first two cards of the series featuring a couple of my favorite people in the industry: Aaron James Draplin of the Draplin Design Company in Portland OR and Johnny Earle AKA Johnny Cupcakes from Boston MA.

All GUM CARDS orders will be shipped in custom packaging I’ve designed myself. For added protection, each card will be inside individual plastic sleeves so no scratches happen in transit to your collection. On top of that I will be supplying some extra goodies like stickers, buttons, and of course gum.

Helping GUM CARDS get funding

Head on over to the GUM CARDS Indiegogo page to check out some more goodies and details on how you can support the GUM CARDS project. There will be some exciting announcements in the coming weeks so be sure to stop by the official GUM CARDS website and follow GUM CARDS on Twitter.

Help Spread the Word

If you want to lend a hand but can’t do so through funding, there are other ways that will help spread the word on the GUM CARDS project. Every little bit counts. Here are a few:

• Twitter: Send out a tweet about the GUM CARDS project. You can also follow the project at @GumCards.
• Facebook: Drop by the GUM CARDS Facebook page and click that ‘Like’ button.

This is my first crowd-sourcing endeavour so I really don’t know what to expect. Might work, might not. But if we manage to get this thing funded and wrangle the necessary interest from you nerdy design collectors out there, then the future is bright. My plan is to release a couple of cards every month adding new top creative people to the roster, and I’ve already thought up several super fun “accompanying products” to the GUM CARDS brand. In short, this is just the beginning of the adventure.

New Signalnoise project needs you!

Things have been a little quiet around the blog these last couple of weeks as I have been working tirelessly on my new Signalnoise project. You might have seen me yacking about this “new thing” on Twitter a few times. Well, all the work and planning will come to a head next week when I launch this thing online.

Everything to do with the project is kind of new territory for me. I’ve been speaking to wonderful people in the print industry, exploring different mediums, designing packaging, building the entire online presence, developing a new brand for this thing, and speaking to some creative people that I hold in very high regard. I’ve been playing this one pretty close to the chest, and keeping my mouth shut has been crazy hard this last little while.

However, this post has a purpose. In order to give this project some traction I’m going at it very differently than usual, by way of crowd-sourcing. Next week I’ll be launching an Indiegogo account in order to garner some support from people interested in helping this little thing along. I have some great rewards packages available at different levels of pledges to spice things up. This is 100% grassroots and will be run out of my home office in Dartmouth. A little adventure that just might grow with your support. And every bit of support is GREATLY APPRECIATED.

A big thanks to those few people who have already supported and helped this project along. You are a very small group, but you know who you are and your responses have been incredibly supportive and insightful.

So, watch this space next week! It’s about to get real interesting around here…

Happy Canada Day!

It’s a beautiful day here in Dartmouth, so I’m going to spend the day sitting in the sun, have a barbecue later on and watch some fireworks with friends. Today is all about that red maple leaf.

Happy Canada Day, everyone!