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.

The Rocketeer comic book cover

Rocketeer cover by James White

Proud to release my first official comic book cover, a variant design for The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror #1 coming out next month. This alternate cover will be fairly scarce, only available in select shops in North America. The cover was commissioned by Cal Johnston, owner of the best comic shop in the world, Strange Adventures and printed by the nice people at IDW Publishing. Written by Roger Langridge and drawn by the awesome J. Bone.

What’s even more exciting is the screen-printed poster edition in the works.

A huge honour to pay tribute to Dave Stevens’ creation, man. We will know more details on availability when the release date draws closer, so if you’re interested in tracking one down drop a comment here or follow me on Twitter for updates.

Officially Limited: Poster Documentary

Last summer when I was in Cleveland to speak at WMC Fest, filmmaker John Otterbacher made the trip over from Chicago to hang out and talk with me about creating limited edition posters, the online culture, the scene as a whole and a lot of other fun topics. We got down to brass tacks, man.

So here is the fruit of his labours thus far, the OFFICIALLY LIMITED teaser trailer featuring all kinds of of talent like Tim Doyle, Daniel Danger, Justin Ishmael and a bunch of others. He even put a dope like me in there to balance the scales. Please ignore my long doofy hair.

But, OFFICIALLY LIMITED needs your help. There is an Indiegogo fundraising effort set up to generate some funds to finish the deal. I’m not only supporting this movie because I’m in it, but because I really want to see it. I know and respect the people appearing in it and can’t wait to hear their stories. So get over to that fundraiser and follow Officially Limited on Twitter for updates.

Movie posters by We Buy Your Kids

Like a lot of movie poster designers, I watch a lot of releases online to see what my favorite companies and artists are up to. I love this scene that still really feels like the wild west, where all these rascals are dreaming up new ways to portray their favorite movies in the screen-printed form. And like many, I enjoy watching new and upcoming Mondo releases. I was thrilled to see a full-on art show featuring the work of Australian-based art duo WE BUY YOUR KIDS.

I was captivated by their WRATH OF KHAN poster (seen above) earlier this year and found myself constantly hunting down the image online to “have another look”. So arty and psychedelic and weird. But the biggest reason I enjoy it is because it looks nothing like other Mondo releases. Don’t get me wrong, I love the work of Moss and Taylor and Ansin… but this was such a departure. So strange and amazing.

When images started surfacing from the WE BUY YOUR KIDS art show, I knew a blog post was in order. They dropped a few posters online yesterday and I managed to nab a CONAN which I’m pretty stoked about. Mondo tends to sell out of posters in seconds, but this drop took a little more time. Bit slower than usual. I like that. It’s by no means a sign that this is of lesser quality than other Mondo releases, but rather it’s straight up different and out there. It’s something new, and I love that.

WE BUY YOUR KIDS is one of my favorite new movie poster artists, right up there with that Jay Shaw maniac. While everyone is mimicking the work of already popular artists in hopes of success, it’s really refreshing to have something fly in from left field.

Maybe they’re the design equivalent of “the cool band nobody knows about yet”. I dunno, but I look forward to seeing more WBYK posters in the future.

Zissou poster for BAD DADS art show

I’m honoured to have been asked to participate in the Wes Anderson ‘BAD DADS’ art show, opening tonight at Spoke Art (6pm) down in San Francisco. So many great artists involved in this thing, so pumped to have my piece in there. Shown above is my poster design of that rascal Steve Zissou from THE LIFE AQUATIC.

I did a limited edition run of 50 posters, printed by the top brass at Mama’s Sauce on French Pop-Tone Black Licorice 100C at 18″ x 24″. Beautiful print job too. They will be available tonight at the art show, and the remainder will be sold in the Spoke Art Store on Monday. Swoop in quick if you want one.

Have fun at the art show tonight everyone!

Win original TERMINATOR art

I do a lot of drawing on my spare time, only a portion of which reaches the website, Twitter or what have you. But are a couple of original drawings I created of Arnold as the Terminator and Robert Patrick as T-1000 using good ol’ lead, ink and coloured pencils. Lots of fun blocking out time to sit at my drawing table to put these together. My fingertips are currently blue.

And here’s the thing, I’m giving them away. If you didn’t catch the poster drop on October 12th, Mystery Box has been selling limited edition TERMINATOR 2 posters by myself and pal Tom Muller. So now we would like to add a bit on incentive. If you purchase a Signalnoise TERMINATOR 2 poster (regular or variant) you will be entered to win the original artwork seen above, which stands at 8″ x 10″. And if you have already purchased a poster, you are already entered. Simple.

We’ll start the clock at 2 weeks from today then we’ll announce the winner. November 6. Sound good?

TERMINATOR 2 posters: Onsale Info

Terminator 2 poster by James White, Signalnoise

• Poster by James White, Signalnoise

• Poster by Tom Muller, helloMuller

Mystery Box has collaborated with Studio Canal to produce a limited run of official posters by James White of Signalnoise and Tom Muller of helloMuller for the ultimate cult movie, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY. Here are the specifics:

TERMINATOR 2 poster by Signalnoise
18″ x 24″ archival quality screen-print, using 100% acid-free inks. Hand numbered. Standard edition of 425, metallic variant edition of 90 (dark blue ink replaced with metallic blue). Hand-numbered. Expertly crafted by print-makers Burlesque of North America. Check out the production post here.

TERMINATOR 2 poster by helloMuller
18″ x 24″ archival quality screenprint, using 100% acid-free inks. Hand numbered. Standard edition of 200. Hand-numbered. Expertly crafted by print-makers Burlesque of North America. Check out the production post here.

All artwork comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Both posters will be available for purchase on Friday, October 12th via the Mystery Box online store. For all the latest news and drop time specifics follow Mystery Box on Twitter.