Articles by Month: January 2010
Here’s the third installation of the Weapons of Mass Creation video interview series featuring designer & illustrator Mark Weaver. Not sure what this is all about? Read the kick-off article to get caught up!
You’ll find both the video interview & the transcript (to make up for poor audio quality) below. Enjoy!
GoMediazine: How would people know you?
Mark Weaver: I’m a graphic designer & illustrator. And basically, I started doing this project called “Make something Cool Every Day”, which was started by Olly Moss who is kind of a famous graphic designer. I started working on this project doing designs every day. Eventually people started blogging my stuff. It got kind of, I don’t know, it got on some big graphic design blogs. I started getting some work from it. Did some work for Wired recently. I got some recognition from that project – just a personal project.
GoMediazine: Who are some of your clients?
Mark Weaver: Paste Magazine.
GoMediazine: Wait, did you say Paste?!
Mark Weaver: Paste.
GoMediazine: Oh, I love that magazine.
Mark Weaver: Oh really, I used to work there. I worked there for two years. Yea, it’s good. I did some layout for them. We did the whole magazine redesign. I’ve done work for NASCAR.com through Turner Interactive. They do all the NBA, NASCAR – all that stuff. Georgia Music Hall Fame, I did some work for.
GoMediazine: So, what was your favorite project?
Mark Weaver: Definitely Wired, because recently they asked me to do an illustration, just whatever I wanted as long as it had the date in there. So it was really open ended and really fun.
GoMediazine: So why did you come to the Weapon of Mass Creation campaign?
Mark Weaver: I just thought it was a really cool idea, and some good exposure to get my name out there. Seemed like a fun thing to do.
GoMediazine: What’s your opinion on stock art & design resources?
Mark Weaver: Well, a lot of the stuff I do is based on public domain images. I take a lot of different images & create something new out of them, kind of like a collage style. So I think it’s great to have stuff like that out there for designers to use & be creative with.
GoMediazine: So how did you get started as a designer?
Mark Weaver: Oh man. I mean, I’ve always had a love for drawing. Started drawing at an early age. It was just a natural path for me to go in that direction – to do illustration & design. It’s not something I really chose. It was natural to do.
GoMediazine: I would doodle on the side of my math homework.
Mark Weaver: Yea, I’d rather be drawing!
GoMediazine: What is your ideal project?
Mark Weaver: Oh man. Probably my ideal project would be doing a series of posters for the White Stripes.
GoMediazine: Who are your inspirations?
Mark Weaver: Like, artists? Or?
GoMediazine: You know, you could name artists, or just whatever inspires you?
Mark Weaver: I would have to say Stanley Kubrick is kind of a big inspiration for me. Just, the way he shoots film. Everything is very structured & precise & really clean. I feel inspired by his work and I try to emulate that in my work. Especially ‘2001 A Space Odyssey”, which is like my favorite movie.
GoMediazine: Your work has a nostalgic vibe to it, what draws you in that direction?
Mark Weaver: You know, I’m really not sure why I’m drawn to that. I really like vintage looking mid-century style things. I just love clean typography – like Swiss typography style. I can’t really explain it. I just feels real. It feels … I don’t know. I really can’t explain it. I just love it.
GoMediazine: Lately there seems to be an abundance of people latching on to the style of retro-futurist-modernist-whatever. Do you worry that’s a passing trend?
Mark Weaver: Sometimes I do think about that. I have seen a lot of people doing that sort of style. But even when I started doing this ‘Make Something Cool Everyday’ thing, it wasn’t even close to what I’m doing now. My style is evolving even from when I started back in January. So I’m just trying new things. I could be doing something totally different next year or next month. It’s just an experiment.
GoMediaZine: So who are you and how would people know you?
Tyler Stout: My name is Tyler Stout. And I would guess people know me by seeing my stuff somewhere, or personally meeting me at some point in my life.
GoMediaZine: Those posters you’ve done for the Alamo Drafthouse are everywhere. Can you explain your relationship with Alamo and how you got started working for them? Do you get paid to do these insane posters?
Tyler Stout: I started working with them due to my friend Rob Jones, who is very involved with the Alamo as well as being a big-time poster artist himself. He was putting together a poster series for them and asked me to participate, and it started from there.
GoMediaZine: How does a typical project with the Alamo Theatre work? Do you choose a film and create a poster based on your own concept? Or does the Alamo give any direction?
Tyler Stout: They usually come to me with a film they’d like a poster for, and I can either say yes or pass. If I decide it’s a movie I can do a poster for, then I just do whatever I think would look cool, they give me complete freedom to do whatever.
GoMediaZine: Has the Alamo changed your life? Do you do any other film poster work as a result?
Tyler Stout: It has indeed changed my life, or certainly my career. I am able to do posters much more full time, though I still do quite a bit of freelance illustration/design stuff. It has brought me a lot of exposure and people interested in buying stuff from me. Plus I did the theatrical poster for Hell Ride, so that was nice. I’ve had a few other film offers, but it’s really hard to do a poster for a film you haven’t seen yet. It’s hard for me, not everyone I suppose.
GoMediaZine: I noticed you’re also are part of All City Media‘s new gallery opening this year. I have a poster in the show as well as Oliver Barrett and Chris Comella from Go Media. Can you tell us about the poster you did for it and anything you know about the event?
Tyler Stout: Thank you for reminding me, ha ha. I do indeed have a poster in that show. I should get started on it, ha ha. Let’s see…the movie I’m doing it for…I can tell you it’s a movie I really enjoyed and came out much more recently, so not 1980’s like most of my film choices.
GoMediaZine: When doing a film poster based on an existing film, do you worry about copyright or getting in some sort of trouble? How do you handle this? Especially when you’re selling prints with the film’s titles and actors likenesses on it.
Tyler Stout: I actually mostly do all those through the Alamo, so they take care of all that, they have a longstanding relationship with a lot of people in Hollywood and get the rights / permission to make these promotional things, so that keeps me out of trouble. Same with the posters I do for bands, it’s all with the bands permission, otherwise I could get in trouble. The only stuff I put out on my own is mostly fantasy based sorta stuff, alien nature scenes or whatever.
GoMediaZine: As you may know, I’ve been really trying to get into film poster design. I’ve done some indie work and am hustling to get exposure, but have you got any advice for someone trying to break in? We’ve done work for a local theatre, but they don’t seem as open to custom illustrated posters like the Alamo is. Their reply is that they get official posters from the distributor and they are required to use those. Also, they have no budget for “extra” stuff like illustration, posters, or other creative/art projects. Your thoughts?
Tyler Stout: That is a tricky one. The Alamo has obviously made a name for themselves in that they are a unique movie experience, more Hollywood type movies premier there than anywhere else and people in general love them and allow them a lot of freedom. Other theaters would take a more business minded approach I would guess, you’d need to find a more independently owned one, a smaller one I suppose. I haven’t tried it so I am not 100% sure. The stuff I do wouldn’t work for pretty much any other theater. Possibly film festivals, those would be pretty film based while not necessarily need to be ok’d by theater owners etc. Also, creating posters that feel ‘film oriented’ but aren’t actually for a specific film is an option, I obviously take a lot from exploitation posters, so if I was starting out I could do a promotional piece that felt like those posters while not actually being for any film. I think if people create good work they are bound to get noticed. Or they could just luck into it like me.
GoMediaZine: Besides these film posters, what other work are you proud of? Is there anything you’re doing you’d like to let the world know?
Tyler Stout: hmm…I think I do some pretty ok illustration stuff, I’ve done a few snowboards here and there that I’m proud of, some shirt designs. I just put together a nice snowboard wax catalog that I’m currently stoked on, but that’s probably just me, ha ha.
GoMediaZine: I aspire to break into doing film work, like Neil Kellerhouse for example. Is there a niche or industry you want to break into or any people you really look up to?
Tyler Stout: I really look up to people that can paint, like Drew Struzan or Reynold Brown, but I have tried painting and I’m rubbish. I might take some more painting classes in the future, see if I can get better at it.
GoMediaZine: Last question… Where can I readers soak up more knowledge about doing art/design for the movies? Do you have any links of other designers you like?
Tyler Stout: Well…I get all my film info from slashfilm.com, aintitcool.com, and chud.com – so that’s where I’d suggest starting, learn about all things movies. As for recommendations, I just picked up Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box,and I recommend that, tons of awesome stuff. The author of that also wrote a book collecting exploitation style posters, called Trash: The Graphic Genius of Xploitation Movie Posters,and its great as well. Plus just watch a ton of movies.
Check out more of Tyler’s work on his website http://www.tstout.com/
Near the end of 2009 we were contacted by Stéphanie Guillaume & her team at the French outpost of Advanced Creation about re-releasing a couple tutorials from The GoMediaZine. We said “sure!”, and sure enough, the hefty 150 page special issue arrived in Cleveland just this week. Typically the French division of Advanced Creation focuses on Adobe Photoshop, but like I said, this issue is special!
It’s packed full of content, including 20 full-blown Adobe Illustrator tutorials! Among those twenty are two from right here on The GoMediaZine. Bill Beachy’s awesome Holiday Pinup Girl Vector Tutorial, and Maren Kelly’s guide to Creating a Complete Apparel Tech Pack.
Here are some pics from the issue:
Welcome to the second installation of the Weapons of Mass Creation video interview series. Not sure what this is all about? Read the kick-off article to get caught up!
Our first interview was with Richard Minino, otherwise known as HORSEBITES. If you missed it, you can watch the first interview here.
The second interview is with Geoff May. We’ve got 8 minutes of revealing video for you to watch! Inspired by all the negative comments about audio quality on the last interview, we’ve once again transcribed the interview for you to read along with! You’ll find both below.
Geoff May: My name’s Geoff May, G-E-O-F-F, and the design community would know me for merchandise design. I’m all over the board with bands I’ve worked with. I mean, I was doing Bee Gees earlier in the week, and then Guns & Roses at the end of the week – so it’s kind of all over the place. But, yea, people would know me through that.
GoMediazine: So what’s your story? How did you get started?
Geoff May: I was working a job as an illustrator for this gaming company. They’re the biggest bingo distributor in the world, and uh, it sucked. It was so corporate. I quit and said “yea I’m just gonna freelance”. I was doing print & web design and hated it.
I want to do band t-shirts & album art & skateboards & just, cool stuff! And one day, I just contacted some merch companies. I thought maybe I’ll hear back from them, maybe not. Well, I heard back from them. I kinda fell into it that way.
It’s cool, but what’s funny is I contact all these record labels, and none of them replied. None. And after I’d been working for the merchandise companies, all of the sudden these record labels were contacting me. These same ones who never replied to any emails or anything.
GoMediazine: Oh, yea, now you want me?!
Geoff May: Like, now? Really? C’mon, where were you six months ago?
GoMediazine: So what’s been your best project?
Geoff May: Anything where there’s no production, and it’s just like “do something” I like to draw, so anything hand drawn. I was talking about doing Guns & Roses this week. They said “do whatever – make it 80s rock style, but do whatever”. Yea, I’m making skulls, snakes. It’s fun when you have free reign to do whatever.
GoMediazine: So you were talking that you’re excited that Chad’s (DiscordantArt) here, Angryblue’s here. Are these guys you’ve drawn inspiration from? Who else has inspired your work?
Geoff May: Yea, if you’re gonna talk more industry known – merchandise design known? Yea, Chad’s Killer. And the kid’s only twenty, which just makes me sick. Angryblue is big. Jeff Finley & Oliver Barrett – those guys are giants too. Who was a big inspiration, Illustration wise? Todd McFarlane Derek Hess.
GoMediazine: Do you have any current projects you want to talk about? Are there any you can talk about right now?
Geoff May: It’s all hush-hush. All lock and key. No, uh, right now there’s Guns & Roses that I’m working on and I’m pretty stoked about that. I had to put some stuff on the backburner, like this design for Trivium, coming up which I’m pretty stoked about. It’s Kali Ma, which is a Hindu god. She’s blue with four arms & wears a necklace of skulls & a skirt of arms – you know, severed arms. It’s pretty gnarly, and I can’t wait to get back to doing it because I think that’s going to be a fun shirt.
GoMediazine: So, unrelated question: What’s the story of your tattoos?
Geoff May: odd McFarlane. 50s pin-ups. I love 1950s art and 1950s ads.
GoMediazine: So is that another inspiration of yours?
Geoff May: Yea… it doesn’t transfer over to what I’m doing really. But I like the aesthetics of it. Now and then I do do more graphic design based stuff. I always think about that. The 50s stuff was real cool & clean. And the artists were phenomenal. I mean, there wasn’t clip art. You had these guys like Gil Elvgren (http://tinyurl.com/yatcoo6), fucking hand painting these images. You don’t see that anymore.
GoMediazine: So you said stock art. That brings me to a question that we wanted to ask you. And you seem ready! It can almost get philosophical. What’s your opinion of stock art and design resources.
Geoff May: I’m a huge fan of it. I have a lot of Go Media Vector Packs. What I’m against is people just taking something & slapping it on, and making that the main image. That’s not really… you didn’t do anything. You took something that somebody else did. But – there’s plenty of uses. I use a lot of the distressed vectors & splatters & stuff like that. I like using those because it takes my art and enhances it. And it saves me a ton of time! I could pull out the ink & brushes & make splatters. Or I could just go & use some & they’re right there. I save a ton of time & it’s the same result. There’s plenty of people using that stuff in creative ways. And there’s also a ton of people abusing it, slapping a bunch of it together & calling it art. There’s something to be said for found images, and repurposing, but uh–
GoMediazine: It’s a thin line almost, isn’t it?
Geoff May: There’s a really thin line. But I’d say I’m definitely for it, because I use the stuff all the time. On my latest project I was using Go Media Vectors. I think: I don’t have time to draw these wings, these are cool wings & they’re not a main focal point of the art. These will fit perfect for what I was going to do, get the point across. It’ll save me a ton of time.
It comes to saving a time. I want to get something done as quickly as possible, because I get a flat rate, not hourly pay. But it still needs to be quality. So, I could either spend two hours drawing this image, or I could use theirs – which is the same quality. It’s what I need.
GoMediazine: So do you have a lot of ebbs & flows in your work right now? Jobs coming in & out?
Geoff May: Yea, yea. I’m constantly busy. And that’s important. It’s to the point now where people contact me, I don’t have to look for work. Which is really nice. I think that anybody, in any profession, want people to come to you. I have the ability to turn down projects. If it’s not something I want to do and I don’t really need it, I’m like “I’m not going to do it”. I’d rather do something cooler.
There’s times. If things are slow I’ll whore myself out. Yea, I’ll do Backstreet Boys, why not? I mean, it sucks, it’s not going to be in my portfolio! But I’m still going to do a great job. I don’t treat it like any less of a project. I mean, my name is still attached to it. I still want to do a good job. I’m not going to put up shit just because I don’t like the band or whatever.
You’ve just got to treat everything like that’s going to be the one that your name is always going to be attached to. Some random project. It’s always going to be one you don’t like. You’ve got to try to do your best work always.
Since the last User Showcase Highlight post the Go Media User Showcase Pool has ballooned from 1142 images to 4,672! Our members are up to a healthy 1181 and growing.
After browsing through dozens of pages of great submissions, two stood out among the crowd.
All Good Things
by: Michel Bütepage (aka kid grandios)
Michel did a great job with this poster; thoughtful hand-made type that fit the subject matter sold me. I wanted to know a little more about the artist, so I tracked Michel down to ask him a few short questions:
GoMediaZine:Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where do you live? Work? School?
Michel: I’m a 19 years old graphic designer from Bremen, Germany. After 13 years of education I finished school, and accomplished the diploma from German secondary school, qualifying me for university admission or matriculation. By now I’m working as a freelance designer under the Design Core label.
GoMediaZine: How did you become interested in design?
Michel: I started working on graphic designs since 2007 after doing some minor projects like invitations or party flyers.
However I always loved art and design especially artworks, covers and poster-prints. Soon I got more involved in design by creating some personal art prints and wallpapers.
Before I started working with Photoshop I got a collection of 5 to 10 small programs to do different styles of art. Doing some tutorials I learned to handle the different possibilities of Photoshop CS3. After a long time of practice I decided to publish my work on different design networks like flickr.
GoMediaZine: Are you actively freelancing now? What are some of your latest projects?
My latest projects are a Design Core wall print with a new logo presentation and some personal poster designs. Most of my work is already printed and available as a full-size poster.
By now I’m creating personal work to upgrade my portfolio.
Guilherme did a great job using a limited color pallet and communicating some strong emotions in this piece. My only suggestion would be to decrease the size of the logo tag at the bottom & make it a flat instead of embossed.
I tried to contact Guilherme for an interview like Michel’s, but I was unsuccessful. Guilherme, if you see this drop me a line!
Congratulations to Michel and Guilherme, great job! Also, everyone that’s submitting to the User Showcase is producing good work; it’s been difficult to pick out pieces to showcase here on the GoMediaZine. Keep up the good work!