StarKade: Rogues (Onsale Info)

StarKade: Rogues Series

StarKade: Rogues Series

Dance with the Devil

StarKade: Rogues Series


StarKade: Rogues Series

Best Served Cold

StarKade: Rogues Series


StarKade: Rogues

The StarKade Universe continues to grow, this time diving into the wonderful world of comic books. In support of the Great Villains of Gotham art show in New York, I’m proud to announce a new set of colourful prints… StarKade: Rogues.

This collection includes 4 new colourful prints commemorating some of Gotham’s colourful criminal minds. The Rogues have an edition of 50 and are measured at 5″ x 5″. There’s also a chance of getting the mystery print, edition of 15, randomly inserted into sets.

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 and numbered by James White out of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

25 sets of the Rogues will be available at the Great Villains of Gotham art show at One-Shot Gallery, opening on Saturday, February 1st. When the show officially closes, I’ll be selling the remaining sets in The Signalnoise Store. Sets are $35 each.

The StarKade Series’ tend to sell out quick, so I’ll keep everyone updated on Twitter as to when and where these prints will be available.

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.

E3C 2nd Anniversary


Our local creative collective E3C is celebrating their 2nd anniversary and I was asked to design the poster to commemorate the event. You might have seen some of these illustrations over on my Instagram last week.

A little known fact is that E3C started out as the meagre Signalnoise Meet-up, where I’d throw together an event (normally the day of) and put the word out on Twitter to see if any designers wanted to hang. My few events were loosey goosey, so my friend Alison Knott took the reigns and created the mighty E3C… a monthly gathering of creative types of all mediums. Our small city has never seen anything quite like this, so lets support it, people. Wow, 2 years already…

E3C 2nd Anniversary
Thursday, January 16 at 7pm
The Foggy Goggle, 1667 Argyle Street

Check out the E3C website for more information about the collective.

StarKade: Series 3 (Onsale Info)

StarKade: Series 3

Scorpion Deathlock

Cut the Music!

StarKade Series by James White

Kuchu Dojime Otoshi

StarKade Series by James White

It’s Time!

On the heels of three consecutive sold out series’ comes the next instalment to the StarKade Universe. I’m proud to announce the release of some new colourful prints… get ready for StarKade: Series 3.

This collection includes 4 new character prints, all of which have an edition of 50 and are measured at 5″ x 5″. Those who grab complete sets will have the chance of getting 1 of 10 mystery prints, randomly inserted into orders. Also, one lucky order will be receiving a Golden Ticket, redeemable for a 1/1 custom wrestler print of your choice.

The StarKade 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! StarKade: Series 3 will be available on Wednesday, January 15th at 1pm EST in The Signalnoise Store. Sets are $35 and individual prints are $10 each.

New to the StarKade Universe? Check out the entire series so far.

2013: The Best of Signalnoise

Best of Signalnoise 2013

2013 might have been the biggest year yet for Signalnoise. I’m not talking about making buttloads of money or landing some big agency gigs, but moreso personal development and building a more solid brand foundation. It’s normal for me to feel like I’m floundering around trying to find direction, but looking back at this year I can see a more focused vision despite starting off on the wrong foot.

So here we go… a look at 2013 and some of the highlights the year brought.

February 2013: Vintage console illustrations – After a year of trying to design movie posters, I decided to give up on the dream out of sheer frustration. This time of weird upheaval led to me creating a bunch of original illustrations of vintage game consoles, in a style that was very much new to me. I figured out a process and started machine-gunning out illustrations in an attempt to re-invent Signalnoise… which ended up dictating the rest of my year and caught the attention of new clients. A weird time with a wonderful outcome.

February 2013: The Rocketeer comic book covers – Spearheaded by the greatest comic shop on earth, Strange Adventures, we inked a deal with IDW Publishing where I created 4 original comic book covers for The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror. Truly a dream job, IDW even catered to my silly whims and printed the illustrations with spot gold foil on the helmets. Had loads of fun doing these.

April 2013: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon – The best client project I ever worked on. Dean Evans, my 80s brother, brought me onto the project and together we developed the logo and “box art” that would represent Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon online. A teaser was launched on April Fools’ Day which caused quite the “Is it real?” fiasco online, instantly capturing an audience. Signalnoise was swept up in the excitement as my art flew all over the world. Way too much fun on this one.

May 2013: Hangin’ with Kurt Russell – During my trip to Los Angeles to speak at Adobe MAX, my good buddy Russell Brown arranged an awesome little dinner party with his photographer friend Greg Gorman. One of the guests was none other than Kurt Russell. I got to hang out with, talk some movies and things with him and give him my poster of THE THING. Heck of a nice guy too. Certainly a high point of 2013.

May 2013: The Great Discontent interview – I was honoured when my favourite design interview site got a hold of me, The Great Discontent. I (virtually) sat down with Ryan and Tina where we got to the bottom of many topics revolving around our industry. Since I wanted to give them some nice professional photos, my friend and wicked talented photographer Krista Comeau came to the rescue. She handsomed me up good.

Signalnoise for Creative Control

June 2013: Creative Control cosmic poster – A lovely opportunity spear-headed by Mystery Box was to create a unique Signalnoise poster design for Opening Doors. I decided to reach back to a style I was doing 5 years ago and design something ‘retro-cosmic’. Everyone was onboard, and the result is something I’m very proud of. They even got me to design the Creative Control logo.

Opera Browser

July 2013: Patch designs for Opera Browser – I had the wonderful opportunity to work with the great people at Opera Browser in support of their ‘Made to Discover’ campaign. Opera needed some patch designs to sprinkle throughout their push, heavy embroidery influence and taking cues from Scout badges I had as a kid. So much fun on this one, and a wonderful end product by Opera.

The Signalnoise Tumblr

July 2013: UziCopter: The Signalnoise Tumblr – I decided to create a Signalnoise moodboard for my own use, to gather rad inspiration and stuff as reference for future projects. Upon research, the best platform to do that is Tumblr so I set up UziCopter: The Signalnoise Tumblr. It grew at a rapid pace, was featured on several high profile blogs and is currently supporting a following of 2196. An unexpected surprise, and a very useful resource for all things awesome.

WAR GAMES poster by James White

July 2013: WarGames poster for Skuzzles – A big highlight of 2013 was working with Skuzzles on an official movie poster for WarGames. This was a big deal since I had basically given up on doing movie posters after a year-long attempt to break into the poster community proved unsuccessful in 2012. I had a wonderful time building this poster for my pals at Skuzzles.

NFB Space School

July 2013: Mission patch logos for NFB Space School – It’s no secret that I enjoy all things to do with space exploration, so I was thrilled when I got a call from the National Film Board of Canada to design mission patch style logos for their launch of the NFB Space School. I designed the official logo for the project as well as all the patches representing the sections. Honoured to have been a part of a project that teaches kids about space and space exploration.

July 2013: Superman poster – After getting asked to contribute to the SUPER Art Show in Australia, I was lucky enough to lay claim on the Man of Steel… the most iconic superhero of our time. Exploring a more geometric, painterly style I developed a poster capturing the happy Superman from my childhood.

July 2013: Heavy Metal Photoshop t-shirt – When Adobe asked me to design a cool Photoshop shirt for them to give away at the San Diego Comic Convention, I immediately blurted out “I’m gonna make you a heavy metal shirt!”. To my surprise they were onboard, and I developed them this hilarious design. Badass. I even put all the Photoshop version release dates on the back of the shirt just like tour dates. So much fun.

StarKade: Series 1 by James White

August 2013: The StarKade Series – While building the deck on the back of my house during the summer I decided I wanted to design some fun little illustrations depicting WWE wrestlers from my youth. What started as a little project quickly blossomed into an independent print series. I released 4 sets of prints in late 2013, all of which have sold out. 2014 is looking very bright for the StarKade series as I’m being approached by galleries and art shows. Stay Tuned!

Signalnoise World Tour 2013

September 2013Panthers and Designers: It’s not too often you get to hang out with the likes of these guys. That bearded man-mountain is Carolina Panther Ryan Kalil, and that baseball-capped fella is designer extraordinaire Matt Stevens. I was in town speaking at Blend Conference and Ryan was nice enough to sit down with Matt and I to jaw about some football, design, film and other fun projects. We had a killer time, so much so that Ryan turned me into a Panthers fan for life. Gotta support your buddies!

November 2013: Creative Spark, Lynda documentary – I’m still stunned that this happened. The mighty Lynda sent a film crew up to Dartmouth to shoot a documentary on me and my art right here in my studio. The largest source of online design education launched the doc and it was quickly selected as a Staff Pick on Vimeo. Humbled and honoured… but yeah, still in shock.

Adobe Inspire cover by James White

November 2013: Adobe InDesign interview – Another honour of 2013 was being interviewed and featured in Adobe Inspire magazine. We got to the bottom of a lot of issues, and they designed the iPad version of the issue complete with an animated panther illustration I created for them. Whoa. Being interviewed by the very people who create the software I use every day blew my mind. Thank-you Adobe!

All year: Signalnoise 2013 World Tour – One of the biggest highlights for Signalnoise this year was the amount of traveling I did. There were 20 live dates booked across Canada, the United States, Europe and even the Philippines. Think I spent more time in hotel rooms than I did at home. Once again, a giant thanks to everyone who invited me to their events, everyone who came out to see me speak, and a shout to all those fellow presenters I had the pleasure of meeting in 2013.

All the best in 2014, everyone!

The Attack on Sharing


Rarely do I use my blog for any sort of activism, but something came to light recently and I’m having a hard time keeping quiet about it.

Earlier today, Abduzeedo posted this article about an incident that happened last week. A polite outline (as expected from Abduzeedo) can be found explaining what happened and how they dealt with it, but let me highlight the section that rubbed me the wrong way…

“We featured a beautiful photo in a post, giving full credit and linking back to the photographer and his work. We loved his work, it was on 500px and featured all options of sharing including on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and even an Embed Code. Maybe too used to the idea of sharing and fair usage, we included his image.

Unfortunately, we received a series of requests, like removing the content, which we did right away, a demand for public apology, which we more than happily did on the same blog post and a penalty fee. We apologize for featuring his work on our blog. Our one and only goal was to share what inspired us with others. We are truly sorry.”

Right, so Abduzeedo shared a photo in an inspiration round-up (with credit and link) and he wanted it removed. Fair enough, we all have final say when it’s our artwork in question and he has every right to request removal. He wanted a public apology. Kinda weird given there was no damage done, but alright. And of course, Abduzeedo obliged.

Then I read the part about the penalty fee… that’s when I got uneasy. As far as I can tell, a “penalty fee” means a demand for monetary compensation. A fee… for sharing a photo with full credit? Abduzeedo never claimed ownership of the photo, nor did they re-sell the image. Confused, I clicked on the link to where the photo is housed, and arrived here on 500px. Let me draw your attention to the giant social share buttons in the upper right corner of that page, which includes an option to embed the photo in your site. See where I’m going with this?


Now, lets have a look at what 500px has on their About page… I circled a pretty key word.


As I said earlier, we all have final say when it comes to our artwork, but this raises some important questions… if one does not want their photos shared, then why would one put them on a site BUILT for sharing then attack someone who shares them? Are these penalty fees demanded from everyone who shares a photo on Pinterest? Facebook? Twitter? Ffffound? Tumblr? Where exactly do we draw the line on what sharing is acceptable and what isn’t?

Rarely do I use the Signalnoise platform in this manner, but I can’t sit idle and watch this kind of thing happen… especially to a site which has done nothing but foster creativity and inspiration for the design community for 7 years. Designers depend on sharing in order to spread work across the web, whether it’s for promotion or inspiration and I’m worried this is setting a horrible precedent.

Am I coming to the defence of Abduzeedo? Of course. But there’s a bigger issue here, the core idea of sharing.

I urge you to discuss your feelings and views, because man, I really think this needs to be discussed. The louder the better.

Signalnoise World Tour 2013

Signalnoise World Tour 2013

Signalnoise World Tour 2013

Onstage in Amsterdam.

Signalnoise World Tour 2013

Dinner with Mike Holmes, Jason Edmiston, Phantom City Creative, Eric Miller and Chris Toms.

Signalnoise World Tour 2013

The big guys! Mike Jones and Aaron Draplin down in Georgia.

Signalnoise World Tour 2013

Heavy artillery in Toronto. Aaron Draplin, Hydro74 and Eric Miller

Signalnoise World Tour 2013

An evening in LA with Greg Gorman and Kurt Russell.

Signalnoise World Tour 2013

Onstage in Columbia, SC.

Signalnoise World Tour 2013

Onstage at Montreal Meets 3.

Signalnoise World Tour 2013

In front of a capacity crowd at OFFF Barcelona.

Signalnoise World Tour 2013

Selling wares at Toronto FanExpo and Lee shows up with that shirt!

Signalnoise World Tour 2013

Hanging with Carolina Panther Ryan Kalil and Carolina Designer Matt Stevens.

Signalnoise World Tour 2013

Onstage in Helsinki, Finland.

Signalnoise World Tour 2013

Covering important topics in Phoenix, AZ.

To say it’s been a busy year would be a complete understatement. 2013 had, by a wide margin, the most travel I’ve ever done in my life. The Signalnoise World Tour kicked off in February with a 26-hour journey to Manila and I haven’t been sitting still since. The year went by so fast that I’m stunned to be writing this post already.

This year brought with it FAR too many wonderful meetings, memories, laughs and awesome times that I cannot possibly list them all in this meagre blog post. I’m not even going to try, man.

But this post DOES serve a very important purpose… a GIANT THANK-YOU to everyone responsible for all the killer events I attended and spoke at this year. I’m absolutely honoured that you’d even consider me to take your stage, let alone fly me from Dartmouth to hang out and tell stories. You are held in the highest regard.

And finally, another mega thanks to everyone who attended the events, and hung around long enough to see me speak. Every audience was so energetic and inspiring it made telling my little story a complete pleasure. So many of you hung out after events for drinks and laughs, the best thing a guy far from home can ask for.

Thus concludes the Signalnoise World Tour 2013. Hope to see you in 2014 as I start announcing new speaking dates soon.

‘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.