Last night while I was goofing around Facebook I stumbled across a link my buddy Ben sent to my buddy Dave. I don’t normally click on the conversations of others, but this link in particular dealt with one of my favorite comic illustrators, Frank Quitely (We3, All Star Superman). I was pleasantly surprised to find a 15-minute video (see above) where Quitely explains some of his workflow and processes while showing some behind-the-scenes progress shots on some of his illustrations. All of this was done using his giant Wacom Cintiq and Photoshop.
“Quitely demonstrates how he uses his Cintiq to improve his workflow with traditional media and takes us through some of the preliminary steps in creating a cover for the relaunch of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents for DC Comics (see the finished version above).”
Man, sure would like to have one of those Cintiq’s. I’m a big dork when it comes to “making of” features so I adequately lost it seeing Quitely fire around a digital format with a tablet. This isn’t just for the comic fans out there, I highly recommend watching the full video to see Frank’s process at work. He shows some super rough sketches and thumbnails right up to the finished drawing and colors. He even sounds like a swell guy.
Happy Friday, everyone! I’m currently on a small trip outside the city to do some relaxing and wasn’t planning on getting back to the blog until my return, but as you can imagine I’m pretty excited about this new trailer for Tron Legacy released at the San Diego Comic Con. Disney is doing a great job of showing us a few more bits with every new release, and this trailer doesn’t disappoint. Just look at all that tasty neon action, love it.
Tron Legacy poster giveaway!
I have a few copies of my Tron Legacy poster left over from a small print run last year, and I think it’s about time for another Signalnoise giveaway. Let’s keep it simple, just drop a comment on this post and you will be entered into the draw to win 1 of 2 Tron Legacy posters. Just one comment per person, or you will risk getting booted out. This contest will go until next Wednesday (July 28) and I will announce the 2 winners on the Signalnoise Broadcast the following day, Thursday at 3pm EST.
I was asked by Halifax director Andrew Bush to create the logo for his upcoming film, Roller Town. After watching the trailer and seeing some recognizable Halifax actors and comedians starring in a parody of 1970′s roller skating culture, how could I say no? The logo is a shined up version of the old Roller Boogie logo from the 70s. Had lots of fun on this one.
The logo isn’t in there yet, but I highly recommend checking out the trailer. It had me laughing my ass off. Halifax might be a small city but we sure have a lot of diverse talent here:
For everyone who missed the last broadcast, here is the recorded version of Signalnoise Broadcast 6 for you to check out. As always, it was a great turn-out with a bunch of wonderful questions. We discussed lots of design stuff, processes, some technical things and lots of other topics.
Thanks again to everyone who tunes into the broadcasts. You truly make these things enjoyable to do.
PS. Sorry about the long silence at the beginning. Ustream froze, yet still managed to capture my “what the hell?” moment. Sheesh.
A beautifully executed motion piece entitled ‘Nature by Numbers’ created by Cristobal Vila. Stunning visuals utilizing geometry, nature, Fibonacci, Golden Ratio, Delaunay, Voronoi, etc. Essentially, the natural forces that bind the material world together.
Michael Bierut is a partner at the mighty Pentagram Design in New York. His client list includes Alliance for Downtown New York, Benetton, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Alfred A. Knopf, the Walt Disney Company, Mohawk Paper Mills, Motorola, MillerCoors, the Toy Industry Association, Princeton University, Yale School of Architecture, New York University . . . the list goes on and on.
Posted above is a presentation Michael gave at the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn last month, a very honest, direct and humorous talk on the topic of clients. Good clients, bad clients, the traits of both, keeping good ones, getting rid of bad ones, etc. I found Michael’s points of view on the topic of clients extremely sobering, to the point of my feeling the need to change how I conduct Signalnoise in order to find those connections with clients needed to, not get rich, but to do good work with good people.
This is a video all designers should watch whether you are a seasoned veteran or a student. It’s a short 50 minutes, and well worth the time. Please have a watch, and please pass this on.
“All I ask is one thing, and I’m asking this particularly of young people that watch, please do not be cynical. I hate cynicism. For the record it is my least favorite quality, it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get . . . but if you work really hard, and you’re kind, amazing things will happen. I’m telling you, amazing things will happen.” – Conan O’Brien
Very sentimental. Very inspiring. Well done, Conan.
Update: The embed feature has been disabled on YouTube, click on the image above to watch the clip.
Avatar’s floating islands compared to Roger Dean’s painting:
Avatar’s arched rock formations compared to Roger Dean’s work:
I went and saw Avatar last night for the first time and really enjoyed the film. Beautiful colors and lovely phosphorescent lighting were peppered throughout the film, and I liked the contrast between the nice jungles and cold steel of the military ships. I won’t go too deeply into a review of the film, because that’s not what this blog is about :)
I would, however, like to point out one element of the film which relates to one of my favorite artists, Roger Dean. I saw a promo poster which featured big floating islands which immediately reminded me of Dean’s work, so I got pretty excited when I saw them appear onscreen. One of my favorite paintings come to life, which is pretty cool. Then another scene featured huge arching rock formations, reminiscent of yet another Roger Dean piece. Awesome.
I enjoy it when filmmakers use traditional works from the past and recreate them “for real” onscreen, and what better artist to gain inspiration from when dealing with alien landscapes?
On a related note, Alex over at ISO50 wrote an article discussing some of the typography choices of Avatar. Check it out.