TERMINATOR 2: Poster production shots

• One of the 4 poster screens. This is the light blue, I believe.

• One colour down, rockin’ that pink.

• Two colours down.

• I dunno, some kind of weirdo test print? Those Burlesque people are mad.

• Three colours down! Starting to come together now man.

• Then I find out those bums printed all the posters upside down. Get goddamn Mike on the phone!

Things have been crazy around the HQ these last few weeks, lots of big projects in the works with several moving into the production stages. Lots to keep track of, lots of people on the ends of various emails and phonecalls, lots of folks hassling me for all kinds of stuff needed to keep things moving. Essential service!

One of the projects that have been gaining some serious ground is the TERMINATOR 2 poster. Mystery Box have been doing an exceptional job laying the tracks before the train and Burlesque of North America have been killin’ it on the screen-printing. The good people down there have been sending me production shots as they moved forward, and whenever an email from them lands here all work stops. Screeching halt. So exciting to see this thing come to life. This will be my first official screen-printed movie poster and I’m quite appropriately “losing it” up here. Look at that pink!

The launch of the TERMINATOR 2 poster is coming up fast, only a couple weeks away. This is part of a T2 double-header with my talented pal Tom Muller. I’m waiting on some final details and firm onsale information so watch this space and follow myself and Mystery Box on Twitter if you’re looking to nab one of these things.

In Tux We Trust

In a show of support for the Tuxedo Party, Signalnoise has designed a campaign poster for the vigilant and adorable Tuxedo Stan who is currently running for Mayor of Halifax. The feline candidate has been making waves online via his Facebook and Twitter accounts, sporting the slogan “Because neglect isn’t working.”

I’m not making this up, check out the article on Yahoo Canada.

Signalnoise has your back Stan.

Design Talks – Live today on Google+

I was asked by my pal Shelby White to take part in the first of the Design Talks series, which will be live at 3pm PST today on Google+. The focus will be on vintage design and we’ll be discussing all matters important to the topic. Also in the live chat will be Jordan Butcher from Seattle and Glenn Thomas from down in Melbourne Australia. Some great company!

Be sure to tune in today at 3pm PST over at the Google+ Design Talks page. Notable soliloquies, questionable facts, possible jokes. Not to be missed, gang.

Terminator 2: Poster giveaway

Terminator 2 poster by James White

It’s been a while since I’ve done a giveaway on the blog, so here we go. When I ordered a litho proof of my TERMINATOR 2 poster last week, the print shop was kind enough to send me 2 copies. One went to my pal Eric and the other is up for grabs right here. 18″ x 24″ of that angry stare.

Not only will you get the poster, but I’ll throw in some Signalnoise stickers and buttons. The winner will also get the original 2 concept sketches straight from my sketchbook. One of a kind, signed for authenticity.

Entering the contest is easy. Comment on this post, and for fun tell me your favorite action movie of all time. Be sure to enter a valid email address so I’ll be able to contact you if your name is selected. I’ll be using a random number generator to pick the winner. Please only one comment to enter. Multiple comments will be omitted. I’ll leave the comments open until Friday, September 7 at 11:59pm and announce the winner the following Monday morning on Twitter.

Update: Entry period has ended. Thanks to everyone who entered! I will announce the winner on Monday morning via Twitter.

BREAKING BAD digital sketches

Last week I started messing around with digital sketches of some characters from the best television show around, BREAKING BAD. I had just watched all of season 4 and caught up on season 5 so my blood was thick with the meth-slinging action. My, that was a poor choice of words.

When I start prepping for a poster design I normally do sketches in Photoshop such as these. Essentially, this is the first step in my process before moving into vector to nail down the real deal. I do these fairly quickly, maybe an hour on each one, just to study my highlights and shadows. I experiment with the shapes of colour to see what works the best dramatically while maintaining likeness. I use photos found online as the base because I suck at capturing likeness freehand. I then “re-paint” the entire thing.

I posted these on Twitter and Instagram last week and response was far more than I expected. Even had some offers to buy poster-sized versions, which was funny as these are merely roughs at this point.

I’m not entirely sure where these are leading quite yet, but watch this space as I build on the concept behind the scenes. Might be a poster, might be … several. I’ll try to update as things move along.

PS. Please do NOT post any BREAKING BAD spoilers in the comments, gang. Lets not ruin any big moments for anyone.