Vintage console illustrations





Super Nintendo



After landing back in Dartmouth following 2 weeks on the road, I was pretty beat out. Dealing with jetlag, managed to catch a cold, and all the other aches that come along with massive travel. On top of that, I had a pretty rad movie poster project squashed at the last minute, which put me in a bit of a funk.

So when downer stuff like this happens, I do what I’ve always done: play. I needed a change in subject and style. Something new I could explore and experiment with. What you see above are 6 illustrations of classic game consoles and peripherals that I put together over the weekend. Nothing profound here as I’m playing with new techniques and trying to get my footing.

I’ve always been interested in illustration styles from the 60s and 70s, but on top of that I’ve been really into modern designers’ work that have a rough edge. People like Invisible Creature, We Buy Your Kids, Sam Smith and Tom Clohosy Cole. I’m the kind of artist who likes his precision, but I’m forcing myself to leave mistakes in there and to NOT make them perfect. Even roughing things up with grain and brushes to make them almost painterly, and skewing perspective. For the process nerds, I built my base shapes in Illustrator and all textures were done in Photoshop.

Big thanks to those on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for pitching in some feedback as I build these things. Your thoughts mean a lot.

Where is this leading? Who knows. But I can tell you I’m having way too much fun to leave this alone. Loose plans, man. Watch this space…

FITC Amsterdam wrap-up

James White onstage

James White and Joshua Smith

Me and that Hydro74 rascal in the streets of Amsterdam. Photo by Jennifer Cirpici.

Back home in Dartmouth after a long 2 weeks on the road. Manila, Toronto and Amsterdam all jammed up together. Man, what a ride. Met so many awesome people and had many great times. But nice to be home to relax and recharge. Can barely string these words together.

So, FITC Amsterdam! My first time in that great city and I sure didn’t want to leave. Without further babbling, here’s the machine-gun list of times in the ‘Dam.

  1. Amsterdam, your airport looks like a big shopping mall.
  2. First face I see when I get to the hotel, Joshua “Hydro74” Smith. Instant buds.
  3. Met up with friends and speakers to enjoy the FITC “sneak preview” night.
  4. Got made fun of for my love of Heineken. Apparently frowned upon?
  5. Walked through the Red Light district. Saw some scantily clad dames through windows.
  6. Opened up FITC with my stage show. Awesome audience, many laughs had.
  7. Saw Hydro74 drop some vector science and hilariously answer questions.
  8. Browsed through a bookstore with a MEGA design section. Heaven.
  9. Took the audience through my entire poster process for my second talk.
  10. Ate some steak at the speakers dinner. Talked all kinds of design.
  11. Hydro grabbed my rump. Possibly twice.
  12. Laughs shared with FITC’s Shawn and Lisa. Several laughs.
  13. Met so many great people at the final party. You all rock.
  14. Long flight home. Many screaming babies.

I’m missing all kinds of good stuff in between, but as you can see it was an amazing trip. Only the 3rd stop on the Signalnoise World Tour 2o13. A HUGE THANKS to Shawn and Lisa for rolling the dice on me and shipping me over to Europe to represent East Coast Canada.

Gunning for Amsterdam

FITC Amsterdam

In only 1 hour I’ll be getting into the air again to start my venture to FITC Amsterdam. This is stop #3 on the Signalnoise World Tour 2013, hot off my trip to Manila and Toronto. My bag is packed and I’m armed with stickers and buttons for those interested. I’ll be taking the stage TWICE on Monday, first will be Design Renegade to start off the event at 10am then I’ll be doing a 30 minute drawing session in the Influxis Lounge at 3:30pm. Be there!

Looking forward to meeting up with my favorite FITC crew, along with some fellow speakers and pals Hydro74 and GMunk. Can’t wait to hang with this yahoos over in Europe, hope I get out alive.

Without further keyboard pecking, I need to pack this rig up and fire it into the car. I’ll be seeing you real soon Amsterdam!

Tonight Toronto!

Signalnoise World Tour 2013

The second stop on the Signalnoise World Tour is in Toronto TONIGHT for the We Made This event. At 6:30pm I’ll be taking the stage with Hector Ayuso,  Eduardo del Fraile and my pal Ron Gervais to discuss art, design and Canadian culture. We will each be doing a little presentation about ourselves and our work, then a panel discussion will ensue.

This will all be happening at the Design Exchange (234 Bay Street) and is bound to be a killer event. Check out the full event details and be sure to register.

ONE NIGHT ONLY! Not to be missed, Toronto!

Thank-you Manila!

Graphika Manila

A dark but giant shot of the audience. And this is only the center portion.


New pals! Koto and Shin of DEVILROBOTS!

Shin of DEVILROBOTS messed with my Sad Mac icon.

Shin of DEVILROBOTS messed with my Sad Mac icon.

What a hell of a trip. I’m currently pecking away on my laptop in a hotel room in Toronto, my head still spinning from my trip over to Graphika Manila. What a heck of a time. Seen in the photo above are all us speakers onstage at the end of the event. (L-R) Benjamin Seide, myself, Jessica WalshArmand Serrano, Benja Harney, Shin, Ryan Honey and Koto.

Without further ado, here is the Signalnoise Machine-gun list of what made this trip worth it.

  1. The Heat! A welcome treat for this Canadian to escape the chilly February winter.
  2. Meeting the wonderful event organizers, Aram and Ella! Best hosts a guy could ask for.
  3. The distinct pleasure of meeting the other amazing speakers. See above.
  4. Had a big (and political) historical tour of old Manila. Such a crazy story.
  5. An intimidatingly big a beautiful event venue. Very surreal to see.
  6. THE AUDIENCE! 3,000 energetic people packed that place, laughing and cheering the whole way.
  7. My giant Canadian flag slide came onscreen and the place erupted!
  8. Handed out Signalnoise stickers to a mob after my talk.
  9. Signed about 100 autographs after the event. Thats a huge first.
  10. Nerded-out with Devil Robots about toy culture. Many laughs! Great guys!

A HUGE thank-you to Aram and Ella for organizing everything to be smooth and enjoyable. For a solo Canadian venturing for the first time into Asia, you really made it an awesome experience.

Whenever I go to an event like this there seems to be an immediate friendship formed with the other speakers, and this was no different. Such a varied and talented crew full of smiles and stories. It was a DISTINCT PLEASURE to meet and hang out with you all. Hope we can cross paths again in the near future.

And once again, all of you in the audience. I have never EVER presented in front of such a huge crowd before, which can be pretty intimidating, but you all made it one of my best talks on record. Your cheers, laughs and reactions kept my story on track and it was a wonderful experience to be on that stage. You all rock! Thank-you!

Signalnoise World Tour 2013 Kick-off

Signalnoise World Tour 2013

I am busy in the HQ tying up some loose ends as I prepare to kick off the Signanoise World Tour 2013. Tomorrow I’ll be making a heavy voyage across the globe to the Philippines where I’ll tell my story to a giant audience at Graphika Manila on February 9. Beyond excited to shake some hands on the other side of the world. I’m packing up some stickers and buttons to pass out to interested parties.

As per usual, when I’m on the road I try to keep the blog as up to date as I can, but all the latest news, antics and photos from the event can be found on my Twitter.

Additionally, on the way back from Manila I’ll be making a stop in Toronto for the We Made This event on February 12 at the Design Exchange. Get those tickets Toronto and lets hang out.

On that note, I must keep checking off stuff on this big ugly to-do list. Have fun everyone, and I’ll see you soon.

SNBC 77: Talking about ‘Exposure’

If you missed watching Signalnoise Broadcast 77 live yesterday afternoon, here is the recorded version for your viewing pleasure. This week we discussed ‘exposure’ and all it’s facets. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions surrounding getting attention for your art and design on the web, so I discussed the ups and downs based on my personal experience.

I’ll be returning in 2 weeks as I have a trip to Manila next week. So I’ll see you for the next Signalnoise Broadcast on Thursday, February 14th at 2pm EST.