I bringeth to you fine folks a poster of a quote from amazing illustrator Bobby Chiu, from a news article he wrote on DeviantArt titled, “10 beneficial things artists should ask themselves“.
With some experimentation, I decided I wanted it to look, well, punchy, with capital letters that ended up in a retro style that’s a little rounded and not as harsh as something like . Also, it uses the same colors, and the background texture is the same material upon which, artists often use to sketch and ideate (black/grey and white, brown) to evoke the materials used for such. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop. Texture by PlainTextures.com.
Check out this post for information and photos!
Also, good idea/bad idea time: What does everyone think of my changing the 50 Ten-Dollar Sketch Commissions, $5 instead? Original post is here.
So I did some editing on the last portrait, with some added and subtracted details, in hopes that it would be more “readable” as a human form. I tried to remember: “Simple is best. Usually.” Personally, I believe these are stronger than the first version, especially the black and white version; I kept the green and white sections because I think it adds some flair and fun, and helps the composition in terms of where I want the viewer to focus – I tried the black and white one with a grey background, too. What do you all think?
Whee, fun! :D I’m going to try another piece using type for depth, in black and white, and then in color.
In general, I want to avoid using words to make shapes for these, because it seems A) kind of cliche, and B) random letters and symbols are more fun. I like using the fonts’ and typefaces’ physical forms to speak for themselves.
These are more of a refresher challenge for me, though I do intend to use them for my August show at the library. It’s pretty inspiring, actually, because I want to explore making a story with these again, like my Knight of Type book I made a few years ago. A lot of people really love those lil’ knights. :) Other books have been made with Illo-Type (I just made that word up, go me!), I want to join that group!
Photos of Journey of the Knight of Type single-copy book that I made from front to back:
Working on the typography again! What do you guys think of this portrait? I purposely limited myself to the lowercase alphabet and numbers, making myself think without parentheses, heh.