Action Thriller 4: Time-lapse process

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  1. This is like the most exciting thing to happen in a long while. I’ve been thrilled since I first saw your tweet about it. Thanks so much for sharing this, James. This is hands down a great helper. Now excuse me, I’m going to make myself a cup of coffee and spend some quality time with your time-lapse. :)

  2. Man, thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!
    Good Workflow! And you are such a fast fucker HAHA
    The IV font always reminds me of “They Live” ;-)

    Cheers buddy

  3. Cool to see how you use the radial gradient. I can handle it but generally I´d say it´s a tough thing to colourize a detailed object with gradients in Illustrator. What do you say?


  4. James that was great, really helped me a great deal seeing your explored ideas that changed throughout the process. Seriously, was very very helpful

  5. Awesome job man, it was really cool to watch a project start to finish. Kinda following along your process of building up and adding little detail & tweeks. Seeing the concept come to life was super cool. Loving the soundtrack too. Really looking forward to more of this kind of stuff down the road. Thanks for sharing, great way to start my monday.

  6. This was really great. Clients should see this as well, it may give them a better appreciation for the time that good designers put into their work.

    Awesome video. Thanks again James

  7. Hey James!

    It’s so interesting to see your work process!
    And especially the “try and error”… meaning you are still human!
    Good work, buddy!

  8. that’s awesome and the video is a very good idea! i think a little more speed would make that thing more interessting!?
    i think the green dots near the neck have the wrong angle. also i miss a reflection on the windshield…
    but i can’t do that better…. especialy the background is great!

  9. I thought this would take even longer. To me, 6 hours for that amount of work sounds insanely fast! Great work, I really enjoyed watching that video although I have next to no idea of what’s happening half the time.

  10. Absolutely epic, man. Thank you so much for putting in the extra time and effort to get the screencast video put together. I kept saying stuff like, “Huh!” “Oh, wow!” “Oh, right. That’s how he did it.” “Hey Bittbox concrete! Cool!” So yeah, man. It was very helpful.

    I had to laugh when I saw you try the skull idea then drop it. It’s just so great to see that other designers have the same working process as I do of trying stuff out, seeing that it doesn’t work, then going with a different idea. Thanks again!

  11. rly rly awesome to see your workflow. There were so many good ideas and u picked the best xD i would love to see more time lapse videos of your future work <3

  12. Wow you say you do a lot a messing around, looks pretty efficient to me! Would like to see more detail on the Photoshop stuff, any chance of a breakdown broadcast?

  13. I like this video a lot!! Thanks for sharing this with us!!!

    My comment on Vimeo:

    WOW!! Great to see your process, also including the things you tried but didn’t make it in the final piece! You’ve got a great collection of stockphoto’s! And yeah the truckstop had to be in there :D Fantastic!!

  14. @Martin He did a couple of breakdowns in the past (Tron Poster and another one I don´t remember ;-)). Just check the SNBC Archive. If you can´t find anything ask James which episodes it were! Cheers

  15. this is so amazing… thankyou so much for sharing. It’s so inspiring to watch how other artists work… i was glued to the screen for the entire process i even ignored a phone call! haha. just awesome, definitely adding your blog to my regular reading list :)

  16. @dan yea i know but the last soundtrack was something new i think. could you name that? :s Thanks a lot for the reply :)

  17. I am very impressed with your work. I plan on watching your 6 hr video. What I would like to know is how long have you been using illustrator and photoshop. Im a student at Full Sail, and my degree is Graphic Designs. Im a sophomore and I really enjoy learning how to use illustrator and the rest. I was wondering if you have any good tips in using these softwares, and where did you go to school to learn how to use these.

  18. Great video James! Really awesome to see your design process.
    May I ask where you get your stock photos from? Looks like you got a whole buch of ’em ;)

  19. Kay, that’s the curve of the windshield you are seeing behind the flares. You can follow the edge all the way around.

  20. breathtakingly epic, and totally rad to “see” you working James!
    did I catch a familiar band name there somewhere? :D

  21. Is that a font that you used for the “4” (Where it had “Reckless Love”) or is it created? If it is a font, would you be able to let me know which one it is? Thanks

  22. James,
    I wanted to thank you for deciding to make this video. I love your work and try to pick it apart in order to figure out different ways of doing things. I’m not overly proficient in Illustrator, but I see now that Illustrator and Photoshop can work very well with each other. Now that I know just a little bit of your process I am eager to learn and use Illustrator even more.

    Thanks for the time-lapse!

  23. you put the “ill” in illustrator. I had to watch some parts several times. Damn cool to watch 6hrs in 12min. Thx

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