Saturday, December 22, 2007

Graf Orlock Kali shirt

So a little while ago, I saw Blues when they were here, and they here about to do a few dates with Graf Orlock, I told Jeremy (from Blues) to tell them that I'd like to do a shirt, and it happened! I love that. I've long admired their package designs and shirts, so I was really glad to be able to work with them. Stephen from Greyskull is now playing with them (now Sven), so I'm sure that helped as well. Sven told me about what they wanted, and I was stoked to draw it. It's Temple of Doom themed, Kali standing on Indiana, holding the head of short round. I think Hindu imagery and mythology is fascinating. Really fun project. It was nice to be able to design a 4 color shirt as well, I'm always pleading with bands to use more colors, because they always look better, but most shy away due to the rise in cost. I did a ton of variations in color, and I really don't know what it will end up looking like, especially since once I gave them the PSD, they can really do whatever they want with it.

Dead Stare logo

Logo for the band Dead Stare from Tacoma. I started out with they font Interstate, I wanted something very bold, because that's usually the way hardcore logos look, then messed it up with an inky toothbrush, then sprayed it with black and white spraypaint, only slightly pushing the nozzle so that it came out in large drops. Then I cute them out and arranged them so. At this point it was illegible, so I cleaned it up with a white-out pen until you could pretty much read it. Graphic designers hate this kind of type, so difficult to read, but illustrators tend to care more about what it looks like than how readable it is. Finally, I scanned it and ran it through a stamp filter. I don't advocate photoshop filters in general, but I found that the stamp filter does a good job of making things looks like they've been photocopied 10 times. I'm really happy with this, I think it suits the band's brutal sound perfectly.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Prosthetics Towers Shirt

The Prosthetics hired me to do another shirt design for them. This was the request "Hey, our idea is to have four or five men in business suits, each smoking a cigar. The smoke from the cigars would rise above them and form the twin towers. The heads of each of the men would be the heads of pigs." Also, red shirts. This is what I came up with, I couldn't make it work with small business men. So now I've got business men with truck heads, goat skull heads, and pig heads; none of them my idea haha. I'm going to start to be known for these. Come to think of it, a long time ago I did an ant headed business man. This idea is common I'd say. So this design is very different from the last one I did for them, or any of my other shirt designs. I was looking at Jake Bannon's designs, and I thought they were much better than mine, then this came out. As an artist you're not supposed to point out who you're influenced by, but I'm not ashamed, art doesn't just come out of a vacuum you know? The pig head reminds me of pageninetynine as well, also some of my favorite art ever. This shirt is probably one of my strongest, and that sucks because I didn't really draw it, it's more of a collage.

There's something about this gritty style that works so well for hardcore bands. It's like a direct visual parallel to the music. The sprays, scratches, and photocopy artifacts give it a grimy look that suits the heavy distortion perfectly. They also make it somewhat hard to read or understand, like the unintelligible lyrics.