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If you're a movie buff, an illustration buff, or both, this one's for you:


Logo design

Aug. 2nd, 2015 09:55 pm
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Hey, look at that, a logo. There should probably be a zine to go with that, shouldn't there? Um.
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Microsoft looks pretty much like you'd expect, but check out Apple...!

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Tracy J. Butler, ace artist of Lackadaisy, lays out the principles and practices of good character design:

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There are lots of free fonts available on the web, but it can take forever to ferret out the really good ones. Here's a nice collection of typefaces in a variety of styles, free to download (but check the licenses, as some do have limitations or restrictions):


Edo X-Men

Oct. 30th, 2012 09:27 am
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Alex Mitchell reinterprets the X-Men as ancient Japanese archetypes. Clever and beautifully drawn:

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A collection of covers for various editions of Orwell's 1984. As you might expect, lots of staring eyeball iconography. My favorite is the 1950s one that looks like a lurid pulp novel...I bet a lot of people picked that one up and were disappointed.
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Awesome Marvel black light posters:

A look back at the Stratemeyer Syndicate, the book factory responsible for the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Tom Swift, et. al.:

Every designer wishes they had the nerve to say this to clients:

Venture Bros. production art being auctioned off to help victims of the Gulf oil spill:

Neil Gaiman manuscript w/ sketches by Colleen Doran being auctioned off to benefit the Hero Initiative:
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Award-winning letterer Todd Klein has been doing a series of logo studies on his blog -- taking a character like Superman, Batman, et. al. and examining how their logos evolved over the decades. Fascinating stuff if you're a design/typography junkie like I am. In his latest post, I made a small contribution by supplying a scan of an obscure "Robin the Boy Wonder" logo:

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Some folks on the City of Heroes message boards have been creating movie-style "posters" to promote their Mission Architect stories. So, after a couple hours dicking around with screenshots in Photoshop, I came up with:
Read more... )
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Interesting look at the thought process behind a fantasy novel cover:
(spotted by [livejournal.com profile] laylalawlor)

Student film based on Rugg and Maruca's STREET ANGEL:

Fan-made Doctor Who anime:
(spotted by Newsarama)
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In the past, I've just done simple type treatments for the covers of my comic, in the interest of letting the artwork dominate. But I finally decided I really ought to have an official Fantasy Theater logo. This still needs some tweaking, but I'm happy with the overall look.
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The peace symbol is 50 years old:
(spotted by Drawn!)

Amy Frushour Kelly is posting short fiction in her journal again:

And now... Rats on Trampolines:
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Album meme via [livejournal.com profile] jbacardi:

Let's Make a Band:
1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first article title on the page is the name of your band.

2. http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.

3. http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/
The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

You then take the pic and add your band name and the album title to it, then post your pic.

I think I had that one on vinyl )

In other imaginary news, my buddy Eric and I were talking about old comics we wish would get reprinted. That inspired me to mock up a cover for a theoretical collection of Michael Golden's Batman & Man-Bat stories from the '70s:

Patience is a virtue )
I spent way too much time on that logo... it's the old "Batman Family" logo (since that's where most of the stories originally ran), with a Golden-drawn Batman head swapped for the original Infantino(?) one. And I used the '70s DC bullet logo instead of the new one, just because.


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