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My online store account for art prints.

LINKS FOR CREATIVES:

Society6- Online gallery and store for artists

AIGA - American Institute of Graphic Arts

Jakprints - Print & Apparel company in Cleveland, OH

The Artist's Road blog-Patrick Ross

Creative Commons

Society of Digital Artists

Manga Studio- Manga creation app

Wacom, Inc.-Tablet manufacturer

Sketchbook Pro-Awesome application

Moleskine-Sketchbook company

INSPIRATION:

Phoenix Tree Publishing-Cullen Nolan

Hi Fructose magazine

Shawn Barber - Artist

The Marquis by Guy Davis

Audrey Kawasaki - Illustrator

Katsuhiro Otomo - Illustrator

Katsuya Terada - Illustrator

Jean "Moebius" Giraud - Illustrator

Roberto Ferri - Fine artist

Yoshitaka Amano - Illustrator

Tomer Hanuka - Illustrator

Back to Frank Black- Millennium fan site

FENCING:

Vermont Fencing Alliance- Fencing club site

United States Fencing Association-National HQ

Saturday
Jun062015

A Rush from 1979

" A Rush From 1979 "

After a long time of working on a personal project, I've finally completed it. This two panel piece was my attempt to recapture my memory of being in my older brother's room in the 1970s with rock posters placed prominently which towered over me when I was a kid. It was the Meatloaf: Bat Out of Hell poster that got my attention. It was also at the time Rush became huge in Cleveland, Ohio which my brother was a huge fan of. Even though the illustration is to the best of my memory as much as I could recall. I never understood the music at the time due to being deaf, but it was not until decades later when I started getting into some classic rock such as Pink Floyd where things started to click.

I said to myself, " Man, these guys really knew how to compose their stuff! ". It was still the Bat Out of Hell illustration, famously done by Michael Whelan, that ingrained itself into my mind all those years. It was one of those various influences that made me want to be an artist. But there is definitely a sense of symbolism involved in the two panel piece, especially the first one.

Especially one 2112 Rush album cover that ties in with the actual pose of my younger self that connects with my creative mission. And I quote from this wiki page as it states this connection quite well:

" In the year 2062, a galaxy-wide war results in the union of all planets under the rule of the Red Star of the Solar Federation. By 2112, the world is controlled by the "Priests of the Temples of Syrinx," who determine the content of all reading matter, songs, pictures — every facet of life.

A man discovers an ancient guitar and learns to play his own music. Thinking he has made a wonderful discovery that will be a boon to humanity, he goes to present the guitar to the priests of the Temples, who angrily destroy it and rebuke him for unearthing one of the "silly whims" that caused the collapse of the previous civilization. He goes into hiding and dreams of a world before the Solar Federation. Upon awakening he becomes distraught and commits suicide. As he dies, another planetary battle begins resulting in the ambiguous ending "Attention all planets of the Solar Federation: We have assumed control." (This spoken section was created by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson reportedly "messing around with a tape recorder.") On the "2112/Moving Pictures" episode of the television series Classic Albums, Neil Peart confirmed that he intended the ending to be a happy one as the people of the Solar Federation are liberated. "

The idea of the Starman holding the guitar would be like me awakening to the creativity of visual art as the real world resists the idea of fantasy illustration as not a form to be taken seriously. So instead of the guitar, it's my pencil or brush. And hiding away in my own world until awakening to the harsh realities of condescension that sequential art, back in the day, was considered beneath society's standards. Today, it's become mainstreamed and accepted. 

The shadow of my older brother can be seen lip synching to the music that's playing, even though you can't see him since he's way behind me.

The STOP sign was definitely there in his room as I remember it along with other items, including his denim jacket he used to wear all the time where he could reach for his cigarettes from the front pocket. One could see cigarette smoke coming from the ashtray atop of one speaker, but it's not really a cigarette one which is actually a counter-cultural version of it, stemming from the hippie era.

The second panel shows the present time of being in my studio space working away, surrounded by wall scroll posters of my favorite anime/manga. There is definitely a technological shift between those two panels from the large stereo speakers to that of my iPod being played from the corner. And my original hearing aids from the first panel consisted of chest straps ( which was a pain ) to that of the BTE ( behind the ear ) version of today. It's somewhat subtle but it's there. 

What was interesting is that Paul Pope, a well known comics illustrator whom I follow time to time, created a short story called " 1979 " based on his experiences at that era, and I believe it's long out of print. I did'nt know about its existence until I stumbled across it. This was while I was working on this project in the same time. I think the underlying message is to keep going, no matter what.

The entire project was done on Manga Studio software after I scanned in the original drawings as a foundation. The panels are actually 11 x 17 in size and when compiled together, it's much larger that it appears to this web version.

I've considered making it available as a print on my Society6 store but we shall see. 

 

Wednesday
Apr222015

New Society6 Art Prints

Over a month ago, I illustrated and designed a t-shrit for the Champlain Cup fencing tournament with an irish green backdrop as a transparency. Once it was printed, it sold out very quickly almost on the first day of the event and people had to request for more orders. I had the idea of re-creating it as an art print instead in black and white which was the original intention and so, therefore, two alternative versions have been made available in my Society6 store.

 

One would be with the white background and the other in black for a more dramatic effect with some quotes. However, the half-tones for the mask in this print has been re-created. I certainly hope that those who have missed out on the shirts would have a new chance at it, especially there are phone case offerings for them on my Society6 store.

 

" Fencer's Glory ". White background version as originally intended." Fencer's Creed ". Black background version with quotes.

 

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Wednesday
Apr152015

Griffin Artisan Designs tag and logo

It's been over a month since I last wrote and being busy with a project that involves a client company owned by a couple that lives locally. Their company is Griffin Artisan Designs  that caters to the fantasy and renaissance re-enactment industry design apparels for stage or LARP ( live action role playing ) combat sequences. 

This was a challenging project due to a tight time frame that they were dealt with to get the clothing tag out first prior to the actual logo. In other words, it was done as a silhoutte first for the Griffin and then the line art had to be filled inside afterwards for the logo. Because the silhoutte was at a fixed posture, I had to get the details right for them. Not only was the composition considered, but they had a strict use of 'house' colors based on the emblem of choice that had to be adhered to. The Folkard font was chosen out of several to add character to their business. There was a lot of communicating between me and them via email due to their busy schedule.

Everything I did for them was done entirely on Adobe Illustrator as a vector file for other formats and then saved as a web image for their website. The web logo is a transparency file to let the background show through so I had to convince them to use the silver text and vine for the contrast to work instead of using the black text/vine. It worked out. All the images in there belong to their business as intended. 

Since it's a new venture they're doing together, I hope they succeed and do well in their endeavors. 

 

Griffin Artisan Designs clothing tagActual photo of their clothing tagThis is the actual logo in silver text for their website using a transparency. The gray color is just a simulation of how the contrast would look.Actual logo in black text

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Wednesday
Mar042015

New Fencing Shirt Printed

The latest piece I did while juggling between projects was this shirt for the Vermont Fencing Alliance's annual tournament. I did this image on Manga Studio and Adobe Illustrator entirely in black and white on 600 DPI. Depsite some of the white colors they used in the actual print, it diluted some of the lines but the entire composition came out fine. The shirt looks great in person, though, utilizing the inspired theme of Game of Thrones.

Actual illustration done on Manga StudioActual shirt based on the image I created based on a new photo I took.I was surprised that some of the toner effect on the mask was preserved, even though some of the white coating that diluted it slightly. That's the challenging part of t-shirt design when it comes to having a balance between black and white ink to a certain minimum to be translatable to the eye. I could have added color to the title but considering the club's limited budget of this year, it would've been a bit more expensive. When the club's finances increase next year or so, I can consider adding more color options.

 

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