‘Start to Finish’ illustration process by Lynda

StarKade by James White

Also titled “I don’t know the correct way, but here’s how I do it”.

A little while ago I posted the Creative Spark documentary Lynda shot here in my studio, introducing me and my work. Well, while the crew was here (and seeing my silly passion for illustrating wrestlers) they decided to shoot another piece focusing on my process. So here’s the result, the ‘Start to Finish’ of my Undertaker illustration.

Beware: I say “aesthetic” around 40 times in the first 2 minutes. My limited vocabulary really shines.

This is the first time I let anyone step into my space to record my process. I’ve had people request Signalnoise tutorials a lot over the years, but I don’t believe in teaching through “Push this button, now push that button” methods. So when Lynda brought up the idea of filming me in action, it was a great opportunity to discuss the nuts and bolts of my process while not being a typical “paint by numbers” thing. I’m a fundamentals guy, so you’ll see that there aren’t any fancy tricks or secret ingredients in my work.

This is the kind of stuff I do by myself in my office… just making it up as I go along. So it’s no lie when I say it’s weird for me to see this video out there. But I hope you enjoy getting a glimpse into my process, and it encourages you to experiment with your own art and design techniques.

Lynda Creative Spark documentary!

This is a big deal, gang. Still can’t really believe this happened.

A little while back the mighty Lynda.com sent a film crew to parachute into Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to shoot a documentary on me and my work. We got to the bottom of some heavy issues, talked about growing up, discussed a pile of art and played with some toys. We hung out in my home studio and even ventured them around my hometown a bit to show them some Dartmouth sights.

Absolutely thrilled that Lynda, one of the biggest damn names in our industry, came to my little town to hang out. You can watch the FULL DOCUMENTARY via the Vimeo movie above. Enjoy!

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.

FITC Toronto 2012: Ask Me Anything

After a long a perilous battle with exporting and uploading, here are my answers to the recent Reddit Ask Me Anything, but on my the kind folks behind FITC Toronto 2012. They opened the floodgates, people posted their questions and the top 10 were sent over to me to answer. It’s broken into 3 parts for your viewing pleasure.

A few difficult ones in there, a few funny ones and an all around good time. This was the first time I’ve answered pre-arranged questions on camera so expect some awkward laughter and awkward sweaters. Enjoy.


Here are a couple of trailers to some killer documentaries that I’m dying to see. Indie Game: The Movie chronicles a few independent video game developers as they dive into realizing their vision and dream, while Just Like Bring There is a wonderful view of the world of independent gig/movie poster creation.

The fact that both of these films exist is proof that the power in our industry is shifting from the big agencies to us little guys. Can’t WAIT to see these two.

DRIVE poster on the Heidelberg press

• Getting ready to fire up the press.

• The Heidelberg tried to literally define "hot pink" with this small mishap.

Here is a little video I cut together after visiting Bounty Print this morning to sign-off on my DRIVE poster. They fired up the Heidelberg press when I was there so I shot a bit of footage. Amazing to see this beast of a press firing off my poster. The thing is bigger than my house.

The DRIVE poster launches on January 19, one week from today. Details here.

“Nightcall” by Kavinsky from the DRIVE soundtrack.

Sword & Sworcery + Jim Guthrie

I’m a bit late on this one, or early if you consider the post I did on Toronto’s own Superbrothers 3 years ago (link). Last year they launched their first game for the iPhone and iPad, Sword & Sworcery. The game flew under my radar and was suggested to me via Twitter. After a few seconds the thing was being downloaded due to my being a fan of their work for some time now.

I’m not going to review the game or anything, but I will say that I’m absolutely loving it. The ’80s, Commodore 64-esque graphics really hit home for me, bringing me back to my childhood playing all those little adventure games for hours on end. Beautiful use of design, colour and effects, but the glue that holds everything together is the sound and music provided by Toronto’s Jim Guthrie.

I bought and downloaded Guthrie’s soundtrack, Sword & Sworcery EP: The Ballad of The Space Babies and have been playing it all day. In the process of downloading Guthrie’s newest album now, Children of the Clone. Both album covers seen above were designed by Superbrothers.

If you’re looking for a new game that’s awesome to look at, a wonderful adventure story, and is funny as all hell … I highly recommend Sword & Sworcery. Very immersive and wonderful atmosphere. Check out the Superbrothers website and say hello on Twitter. Also, here’s where you can find Jim Guthrie, and his Twitter as well.

Burton Kramer Film trailer

You don’t even know how excited I am to see this film. Burton Kramer. The man.

Kramer began working in the late 1950s and his work was prominent at Expo 67, where he designed the wayfinding system, among other contributions. His work from this period shows the influence of Op Art. He has pieces featured in the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress. He is well known for designing the distinctive 1974 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation logo, consisting of a stylized letter “C” (for Canada) radiating in all directions, representing broadcasting. In 1966-67, he worked for Clairtone, including a redesign of the logo and other aspects of their graphic identity. In 1971, he designed the logo and corporate identity for the new Ontario Educational Communications Authority.

Coming in Spring, 2012. O Canada.