Saturday, 16 September 2017

A Reminder and a Logo



Do you think its time to me to redo or update this logo design yet? Do visit my sites!? Send feedback on which site you think the logo works best on ?

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The Flapper

#Theflapper  #cover #life #artdeco #butterfly #illustration

Ever wonder about this image?

While searching for butterfly images I keep coming across copies of it and so decided to track down the original UNEDITED source.

Its a LIFE magazine cover!






Sunday, 10 September 2017

Another great SF book cover

# bookcover #SF #threecolorrule 


Another great example tho my photo taken with the mobiles not so good is this elegant cover for The Rise and Fall of D.OD.O. Just 3 colors black yellow white ! and a reference on the cover as to how  Schrodingers Cat leads to time travel and science battling magic! 





Tuesday, 5 September 2017

A Good Read and a Great Cover

#titanbooks #jameslovegrove #cthulhu #bookcoverdesign #sherlockholmes

I know this came out last year but my library's copy went walkabout and only recently was returned!


This book's cover is an excellent example of cover design for the following reasons:

1) Appropriate to the fusion of the two genres as this book combines skilfully the Holmes and Cthulhu mythos.

2) Typography An Art Noveau look for the font but note the modifications so that the curls turn from tendrils to tentacles!

3) The three color rule works ! The green contrasts with the white and black 

4) Its a wonderful balanced layout of the various elements that makes a clear statement  about the book's contents.

Finally its a great read as well thanks to James Lovegrove's knowledge of both genres! 

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Artists Statues and Ethics Some Questions to Consider

#historywars #confederatestatues #columbusstatues #statues #captaincook

MY LIST of the ETHICAL QUESTIONS we should ask ourselves about this

Artist Designer or Sculptor

Whether you think Statues of Colonial Founders or Confederate Generals or other Public Figures should stay in place or be torn down HANDS UP if you have EVER thought AAARGH thats an ugly statue they could have done better.

However The REAL issues should be

CAN WE CREATE SOMETHING BETTER
to replace or contrast existing monuments

OTHER issues should be

Can we respectfully rephrase and change existing inscriptions to show that

One person or culture's Hero is Another's Villian?

Should we be creating monuments at all?

Are we creating a focus for memory or a propaganda image?

If the propaganda image is of a legend whoever it is has some artistic merit  should it remain in place?

Then there's the issue of whether we are creating an IDOL OR A ICON for those of us who follow certain theologies and creeds?

Is it a greater sin to leave certain statues standing or is it a respectful tribute to create an image?

Whether its Captain Cook Governor Macquarie Christopher Columbus Lenin Mao Robert E. LEE  Sherman or Grant an Amerind Chieftain Cecil Rhodes an Oppressed Native or some Sports Star
how do we honor them with art?


Saturday, 26 August 2017

Three Suns

Three Suns created and edited with #inkscape  #demo


I started with a circle with stroke set for orange and then added filters

How to take this further? I suggest an orange object with irregular edges to suggest flames making it a bottom layer and then grouping or merging the two?







Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Italo-Byzantine ChiRho

From the same church as the prior post an example of a #ChiRho #italobyzantine style #mosaic #lettering


I have not cropped this to emphasize the lettering because I want you to be been to see and study how the letters fit into and onto a band of ornament as part of a curved mosaic surface.

It also shows a good color balance in the composition and layout.

Think about how a similar color layout might work in print or on the web for a title or header or poster. I think you might have to strengthen the greens for modern mediumand maybe darken the blue or strengthen it?

You don't have to do a ChiRho ... you can experiment with other letters! Initials maybe?