I got another flash of insight yesterday. I'm used to the old fashioned painting-on-glass method of matte painting. It occurred to me how to do it digitally and so that's what I did. This was done in fifteen minutes or so including walking to the park and rendering the video file, so it's all quick and dirty, but I'm rather pleased with it.
Sure opens up a world of possibilities! I just got my gallon pail of Green Screen paint today as well, so that opens up an even wider world. It's going to be a great year!
Mr. Warren Makin tuned me into something that's probably as primitive and basic as the wheel, but since I'm so 'olde schoole' I still use an inkwell and slates-and-chalk, this is kind of a big deal to me. He didn't outright show me, but he did some goofin' with a greenscreen and it just all fell into place in my head. It only took about 15 minutes to go out and shoot as well asedit it. :S Anyway, here it is:
I thought I'd make a period gig poster for set dressing in my Film Noir, inspired by a specific one in the movie "Idlewyld", which I'm certain was inspired by old Cab Calloway or Cotton Club posters. It'd be just the sort of thing the characters in the film would go see.
A blowup of a screen capture of the original in the movie "Idlewyld".
To give it a more period feel, I gave the singer Betty Boop eyes.
This sort of thing in the background goes a long way to establishing setting even though no one will really pay attention to it.
My friend, Ms. Brannon, asked me to do her up a pin-up style logo in a circular design. I made it nautical to fit with her company name 'Dreadnought Designs' and even put that on the life preserver. The cartoon is computer coloured pen and ink and the life preserver is straight vector created entirely in the computer.
I was asked to update a 1940's business card for a client. It belonged to a relative of his and I suspect it's as much a tribute as it is just a plain cool design. I didn't have the long lost type styles as the original had; I suspect they existed only as movable lead type, but I think I caught the period feel with similarly deco fonts. I did away with the hand drawn shading on the city because I thought the solid (or a halftone) would be bolder and more graphic as well as thinking the lines might not print well.
Oh, and he wanted a dirigible. Well, who doesn't want a dirigible?! Wouldn't make sense to leave it out considering the company name.
This one was fun to do. Often many different clients will ask for the same damn bulldog they've seen on someone else's logo and can't be convinced that maybe a new one would be better. Those kind of copies are the kind I find boring, as opposed to this rare and historical reproduction and update. These are what I enjoy.
've been watching (participating through live chat) Lar deSouza's "Lartist at Work" Ustream Friday nights. Lar usually draws the Sunday version of Least I Could Do and people watch and learn and ask him questions which he answers live. This guy's a very talented artist, but moreso than that, he's happy to share what he knows. I've been using graphics programs for many, many years - but everyone uses each program differently. There's a bzillion ways to do any one thing on any program, but Lar is a Photoshop guru. And immensely patient answering the same questions over an over. He's a great teacher for sure. Anyway, since I've been absorbing his tricks and tips, my own work is improving vastly (in my eyes).
I am so much faster than I ever was and mistakes are far easier to correct now. I got two of what would've taken me a whole work day done today; the beer label previously posted and the zombie cartoon above. I'm most impressed with myself.
The subject, Ms. Michele, is a movie makeup artist specializing in the gory stuff. It's probably been over 20 years since I drew zombies. This one seems odd, but all the elements were requested and Ms. Michele has been known to dress just like that while out shooting. Her pet bird really has a hoodie too. I won't type the bird's name; this is a PG-13 blog. Zombie gore not withstanding.
So, thanks for the education, Lar! It's helping quite a bit!
I do a lot of graphic art as well as just cartoons. All fonts and layouts and such. Below is a label for a micro-brewed beer in Mahopac, New York. Micheal S., the brewmeister, himself an Irish Italiam American said, "It's comical, slightly insulting and fairly accurate."
And the beer really is flavoured with coffee and whiskey!
This is a recent commission for Cherry Bomb Kustoms. They needed an image for general promotion and for business cards. So here it is. Kind of a fun one, but it took a lot of tweaking. Back in real cut-and-paste days, they had pencil pushers. I suppose I'm a pixel pusher.
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