The Overdrive Series (Onsale Info)

The Overdrive Series by James White

The Overdrive Series by James White

The Overdrive Series by James White

The Overdrive Series by James White

The Overdrive Series by James White

The Overdrive Series by James White

The Overdrive Series by James White

The Signalnoise print universe continues to grow, but this time we’re shifting away from pop culture to the neon-infused era of the vibrant 1980s. Get ready for pinks, glows, grids and sunsets as we introduce The Overdrive Series.

This collection includes 6 new colourful prints harkening back to a time ruled by Lamborghinis and Ray-Ban sunglasses. This series is printed at 5″ x 5″ on Museo Textured Rag 285 gsm by the fine people at Static Medium, Los Angeles. All prints are lovingly hand-signed and numbered by James White out of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This is a timed-release. Sets will be available online in the Signalnoise Store for 24 hours starting at 12pm EST on Wednesday, July 9th. When the sale ends, the final edition size will be tallied and the prints will be ordered. Full sets of 6 will be $50, and individual prints will be $10 a piece. Those who purchase full sets have a chance of getting the rare chaser print, randomly inserted. Print to be announced.

The Signalnoise series of prints tend to sell out quick, so this timed-release gives everyone an opportunity to grab the Overdrive Series during the 24-hour saleMark those calendars, and watch Twitter as we approach release time!

Summer of Sandra poster

Summer of Sandra

Summer of Sandra

Thrilled to launch the poster I did for this year’s Outdoor Film Experience hosted by the Atlantic Film Festival. This year will feature films starring that girl from the bus, Sandra Bollock. Little known fact: SPEED is one of my favourite action films, and I can’t wait to see it on the big screen.

I decided early on to do a hand-drawn style for this one, capturing Sandra’s elegant portrait.

Big thanks to my friends at the Atlantic Film Fest for rolling the dice on a hometown designer kid.

The Console Series (Onsale Info)

Signalnoise Console Series

Signalnoise Console Series

Playing with Power

Signalnoise Console Series

Comma 8, Comma 1

Signalnoise Console Series

Bringing it Home

Signalnoise Console Series

Way Cool

After four consecutive sold out series’ comes the next instalment of fun prints from Signalnoise. I’m proud to announce the release of my most requested illustrations to date… the Console Series.

This collection includes 4 new colourful prints commemorating some wonderful video game and computing platforms of the past, all of which my family owned at some point. The Console Series has an edition of 100 and are measured at 5″ x 5″.

This series is printed on Museo Textured Rag 285 gsm by the fine people at Static Medium, Los Angeles. All prints are lovingly hand-signed, numbered, packed and shipped by James White out of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Mark your calendars! The Console Series will be available on Thursday, January 30th at 1pm EST in The Signalnoise Store. Sets are $35 and individual prints are $10 each.

THE EVIL DEAD poster

EVIL DEAD poster by James White

EVIL DEAD poster by James White

EVIL DEAD poster by James White

Here’s another one to be filed under: posters that never were.

Earlier this year we were in talks with the studio before the theatrical release of THE EVIL DEAD (remake). We expressed my interest in the movie, and being a big fan of the original film I really wanted to take a crack at an alternative art poster. I was SO gung-ho that I developed the concept above (with the aid of my buddy, Dave Howlett) to get them excited about the project.

Hand drew the image and went crazy with the cross-hatch. I wanted the poster to have the same aesthetic as the pages of the Necronomicon.

Everything started well but, like so many of these things go, the licensing process ground to a halt until we eventually gave up. Too bad, because I really like the concept on this one.

Muhammad Ali poster

Muhammad Ali by James White

Muhammad Ali, regular edition.

Muhammad Ali by James White

Muhammad Ali, gold “Championship” edition.

Muhammad Ali by James White

Initial digital sketch and a WIP shot.

The Louisville Lip. The People’s Champion. The Greatest. Here’s a poster design I created honouring the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali. This is yet another poster that wasn’t, but maybe could be…

The brass over at Mystery Box (who happens to be a huge Ali fan) struck up a conversation with the licensing people at the Ali camp and we’ve been in talks for quite some time. I designed this poster right at the beginning to grease the wheels, but proceedings have been sluggish. So we decided to release the design to see if Ali fans might spark interest. We have big plans for this one, gold ink and all that. The “Championship” Edition. But to get the numbers right takes a lot of planning.

Seen above are the 2 colour versions I put together, as well as my initial digital sketch and in-progress vector shot. Spent a lot of time getting those shapes just right, and added some smooth halftones for dimension. Needed it just right to honour the champ.

Anyway, we’re hoping to make this one a reality at some point.

WarGames poster for Skuzzles

WAR GAMES poster by James White

WAR GAMES poster by James White

WAR GAMES Regular Edition

WAR GAMES poster by James White

WAR GAMES “Green CRT” Variant Edition

WAR GAMES poster by James White

WAR GAMES poster by James White

Early concept sketches.

WAR GAMES poster by James White

Initial digital sketch and colour study.

WAR GAMES poster by James White

An early version of the poster, including a can of TAB.

Oh man, here we go. I’m super proud to release a poster for one of my favourite childhood movies, WARGAMES (1983). I was approached by the crack team at Skuzzles and was absolutely honoured when they asked me to design this thing. Almost dropped the phone, no foolin’. This is my first officially commissioned movie poster outside of my work with Mystery Box. And this is printed by the totally badass DL Screenprinting. Hands are shaking just typing this.

Above you can see the regular edition as well as the special “Green CRT” variant. SO much green in there man, just like the computer screens of old. So lets cut right to the chase and post some details straight from Skuzzles High Command…

The Details

We are really excited to be announcing our latest addition to the Skuzzles poster family.  We reached out to another of our fellow axe-wielding, plaid covered, maple syrup chugging Canadian, James White of Signalnoise, to create an officially licensed limited edition screen print for the 1983 cult classic WARGAMES.   This Academy Award nominated hit starring Matthew Broderick, was one of the first movies to expose “hacker culture” on the big screen and featured the use of the IMSAI 8080 microcomputer and a 212A (Cermetek) modem.  It was no surprise that James’ artwork completely nailed the feel of the movie combining the digital tech, military and character aspects of the film.  When James presented us the idea of his variant to compliment his incredible stylish regular we were completely on board.  The end result of the variant gives the perception you are looking at a monochrome CRT computer monitor aka “Green Screen”.

We can’t wait to hear your reactions when you see these war games screen prints in person.  Such an amazing look to this print.

WARGAMES Regular Edition

  •        Price $45
  •        Size 36″ x 24″ – 5 color screen print
  •        Edition size of 165
  •        Printing by DL Screenprinting
  •        Artwork by James White - Signalnoise

WARGAMES “Green CRT” Variant Edition

  •        Price $60
  •        Size 36″ x 24″ - 5 color screen print
  •        Edition size of 70
  •        Printing by DL Screenprinting
  •        Artwork by James White - Signalnoise

GLOBAL THERMONUCLEAR WAR BEGINS (screen prints on sale) on Tuesday July 23 @ 12:00PM Eastern Time on our homepage. Join our mailing list  or follow us on twitter @SKUZZLESCAN for announcements.

Signalnoise poster for Creative Control

Signalnoise for Creative Control

Creative Control logo

Creative Control process

This was a fun one. Signalnoise and Mystery Box teamed-up with Opening Doors over in the UK to develop the first limited edition poster for their Creative Control initiative. We even designed the logo for them, seen above. A great bunch to work with, they let me do whatever I wanted so we settled on a nice cosmic setting and got to it.

I got the opportunity with this poster to explore a style I hadn’t done in quite some time, utilizing some fun and bold line work. I then mixed in a bit of the current illustration style I’m doing with some brushwork and geometric form on the ship. Fun stuff, man. I added some of my process shots above as it took me a little bit to settle on the layout. At one point the ship was a chunk of amethyst whipping through space.

A big thanks to my friends at Opening Doors for rolling the dice on me!

Movie posters that weren’t

Karate Kid poster by James White

Labyrinth poster by James White

Rocky 3 poster by James White

Skyfall poster by James White

Predator poster by James White

Sketches by James White

If you’ve been following my work over the past year, you may have come across several posters that I designed for my favorite movies. I created pieces for DRIVE, BLADE RUNNER, THE THING, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, INDIANA JONES, TERMINATOR 2 and some others, all of which can be found in my portfolio. I made it my mission to break into the alternative art movie poster industry, but unfortunately only 2 posters were officially printed and offered for sale. The others remained in legal limbo, personal development, self-initiated projects… whatever you want to call it.

Aside from what was released online I did a lot of work behind the scenes developing ideas and visuals for many of my favorite movies. I never had permission, I designed them merely for my own enjoyment and practise. Most are thumbnails in my sketchbook while others I pushed to a digital sketch. Seen above are 5 posters that never got out of the concept phase. Very few people have seen these up until now. The Signalnoise movie posters that weren’t.

Before I build my posters in final vector format, I mock things up in Photoshop to experiment with the composition, colours and texture. Normally I cobble together found photos and movie stills as reference, then “paint” the entire poster from scratch. Ideas tend to shift and change as I go, which is why you’ll see differences between the ink sketches and the digital mock-ups above.

These concepts have been sitting on my computer for months, figured I’d post them. And the thing is, this isn’t all of them so you might see a ‘Part II’ to this post in the future.