Go Media’s Flickr pool showcase – April 2011

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you… The April 2011 Go Media Flickr Pool Showcase (dramatic music, such as this on repeat for instance, is to be played in the background while reading this sentence)!

Once again, yours truly went through the 9430+ items of the pool from 1709 members (as I’m writing this) to extract the good stuff. Which is hard, since I sometimes would love to be able to post all of the pool, because 99% of it would deserve a spot here.

Hamerhead Skulls- Skateboard deck

Briefcase 2.0

| FORM B |

Like The Pot Telling The Kettle.

Get Band

But we're trash

When I was just a baby my mama told me.

| FORM A |

Spray on Jeans

Nothing

SUGBO 001 : Bantayan Sa Hari

Hitman

109/365 - The All Day Everyday Project

Daltonismo - Série Hexadecimal

Daltonismo - Série Hexadecimal

Daltonismo - Série Hexadecimal

Daltonismo - Série Hexadecimal

Word: Crucifixion (Eloi, Eloi)

Keep calm and eat sablés

I Shoot People.

Proposal covers for magazine +81 - not accepted

Proposal covers for magazine +81- not accepted

earth, it's what we all have in common.

ME PHIST O

type Sunday

80

Ministry Of Silly Walks

112/365 - The All Day Everyday Project

note to self

Earth Day 2011, #Quakebook

COLD AS ICE POSTER

Delusion (Exposition artwork)

Senator Retreat T-Shirt

Familiar Ground

Indy

Libya

Stamp

Bella

Sacred Geometry

Edgar Allan Poe  X K17GRAFX

The Paramedic CD Release (Alternate Flier)

Lust

Flusso  in rilievo

Flusso  in rilievo

Dark_Sea

Barcelona

SUNSET BLUES

HQ- Projeto em andamento!

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - Mock Poster - Updated/Vector Version

Nike Air: Molecule

Nike: Los Angeles 1984 poster

Mephisto

Immortal Mission

We Will Harvest

utopia

A City Called Murder

Dysfunction IV

Mux Mool Poster

Twitter background headphones

Halfwaysfinished

Barefoot at the Belmont Poster

Camafeu

Infográfico U2 - palco 360º

Underground Love

SAoS - Project 52.13 - Pink Safari by Pamela Hute

SAoS - Project 52.14 - Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

SAoS - Project 52.14 - Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons - Alt

SAoS - Project 52.15 - Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley

SAoS - Project 52.16 - Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Et voilà! I hope you enjoy this month’s selection as much as I enjoyed making it.

Daily Inspiration: Getting Started

Daily Inspiration Videos by Go Media President Bill Beachy

Go Media president Bill Beachy sits down to give you some daily inspiration and advice. Bill shares his years of experience building Go Media into the company it is today. Topics in this video series include Getting Started, Happiness, Humility, Patience, Flow, Focus, Productivity, Business Systems, Courage, Eating Well, Obstacles, and Creativity.

For more information about Bill Beachy, check out his bio on gomedia.us. Bill is currently accepting opportunities to speak at your event, university, or business.

View all episodes of Daily Inspiration here

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Hot Rod Monster Design Process

Hi, Philip Hepler here from 316 Graphics. A few weeks prior to writing this, Jeff Finley and I discussed possibilities for the next Arsenal vector pack. We decided to concept some hot rod elements which later turned into a vector set inspired by the art style of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. Here’s the design process for this fun vector pack.

For the record, here’s my list of tools I’m working with:

  • Plain copy paper
  • “col-erase” blue pencils
  • Mechanical pencil (.9)
  • Light table
  • Intuos Wacom tablet
  • Adobe Illustrator CS5
  • Inexpensive scanner/copier/printer
  • 27” iMac

FIRST THINGS FIRST

Since we wanted to be inspired the art style of Ed Roth I did a Google image search for inspiration. I also checked out the official Ed Roth web site ratfink.com. Rat Fink was an anti-Mickey mascot that represented Roth’s attitude and style in the 50’s and 60’s. I always get sucked in to learning more about the artist, and in this case, ended up spending some time checking out his crazy car creations and wild monster hot rod themed illustrations. I ended up with four or five key examples of his work which I printed out and pasted above my drawing table for inspiration. Next I did a little brainstorming and made a list of possible elements for this theme. Some of the elements on my list were chrome pipes, flames, smoking tires, gear shifters, flying eyeballs, and Hot Rod Monsters of course!

hot rod monster vector pack

PUTTING PENCIL TO PAPER

Next I took the strongest elements on my list and did a rough sketch of each, constantly referencing my inspiration images and imagining how those elements should look in this art style. I’m in the habit of using col-erase pencils to rough sketch my ideas on plain copy paper. The light blue lead of these pencils help me stay loose and general with my sketch so I can get the basic look right and leave the details for the next step. Then I draw over the blue sketch with a mechanical pencil to refine it more and add more detail.

hot rod monster vector pack

I also use a light box and a fresh sheet of paper to refine and clean up my sketch even further if necessary. With my rough sketch ideas on paper I scanned and saved them as a pdf file and sent them off to Jeff to see what he thought of the elements so far. He replied back quickly that he was digg’n the elements, but also had a great suggestion to make multiple monster heads and facial features as separate elements. This would allow users to make their own Hot Rod Monster “Mr. Potato Head” style with mix and match parts. What a great idea! Now I was really getting excited.

hot rod monster vector pack

WHAT’S YOUR VECTOR VICTOR?

With Jeff’s feedback and suggestions I did a few more rough element sketches and decided it was time to color them up in Illustrator. I scanned my revised sketches and placed each scan into my Illustrator file on a background template layer. For the more organic shapes of the monster features I used the brush tool with a 3 pt. round calligraphy brush and set the diameter setting to Pressure with a Variation of 3 pt. For the longer smooth strokes and more mechanical elements I used a custom art brush with rounded ends. Using my trusty Wacom tablet, I traced my sketches, trying to emulate the hand inked look of Roth’s illustrations.

hot rod monster vector pack
hot rod monster vector pack
hot rod monster vector pack

Tip: instead of making multiple brushes of different widths for your graphic, you can adjust the thickness of individual brush stroke paths by increasing the stroke weight in the stroke palette. This is a quick way to get variable stroke weights in your graphic without having to duplicate and modify multiple brushes in your brush palette. See the video link below if I’ve lost you.

I also used the Blob Brush tool to fill in larger areas like the monster’s mouths and some quick irregular shapes and details. Feeling good about how the elements looked, I saved another pdf of the vector elements, sent it to Jeff for review, and hoped for the best.

WRAPPING IT UP

Thankfully Jeff loved the elements and how the vector pack turned out! But before I could send him the files I needed to clean up the elements and make everything nice and neat. First I saved a new copy of the file and then selected each element and expanded the appearance of the brush stokes to create objects (Object-Expand Appearance). With all the brush strokes now converted to black filled objects, I used the Unite function to make the objects one shape (Pathfinder window-Unite). For vector pack art like this, uniting the artwork as one shape makes cleaner, neater elements to work with. Just in case I need to go back and adjust or modify something later, I can always go back to my previous file where my brush strokes are still “live” and editable.

hot rod monster vector pack
Live brush strokes

hot rod monster vector pack
Brush strokes expanded to objects

hot rod monster vector pack
Expanded objects united as one composite path.

GOT ALL THAT?

Here’s a video of how one of the elements was drawn in Illustrator, the brush settings I used, and the method to my madness!

WATCH THE VIDEO

I would like to thank Jeff Finley and Go Media for the opportunity to work on this latest vector pack release. It was a lot of fun to draw and I hope it will come in handy for one of your future projects!

This post was written by:
Philip Hepler

I’m the man behind the curtain at 316 Graphics, a full time freelance graphic art studio specializing in apparel graphics. The emphasis of my work is on hand drawn illustrations and the ability to adapt to a multitude of art styles and looks. Check out 316Graphics.com to view my portfolio, inspiration section, and freebie downloads. I live and work in Thomasville, NC (home of the big chair), love classic cars, and drink a gallon of southern sweet tea every day.

Distress type by hand in Photoshop

There must be something about digital type that we don’t like.

We put a lot of energy into distressing, aging, texturizing, and simulating letterpress techniques with digital type. There are a lot of cool techniques out there. So here I am, sharing yet another one that’s really good for distressing specific parts of letters that are subject to more wear & tear.

We’ll be using Photoshop and digging into layer masks & scatter brushes.

But first, let me show you an example of what we’re trying to achieve.
distressed type

Okay, so a couple of things about the way this type looks that I can’t achieve using regular techniques:

  • The distressing is not even. This is not just noise or a texture overlay.
  • The outlines are not straight. Actual distortion of the letterform edge, from peeling, erosion, ink bleed, or whatever.
  • Certain parts of the letter seem more vulnerable to wear & tear. This makes sense I guess.

Step 1: Prep your type

Create a document, 1000×500 pixels. Fill the background with #22202c. Make a text box, type something clever in #eae7e0, and rasterize the type with applied FX.
If you’re curious, here are my type settings:

Unviers LT Std, 49 light ultra condensed
370 pt
Layer effects: 7px #eae7e0 stroke, from center

Now let’s do some standard pre-grunge type tricks that I learned from Jeff Finley’s Wacom Illustration Video Tutorial. Blur the rasterized text by 1px. Now use smart sharpen with a 0.8px radius and at 140%. Remember these blur and sharpen numbers will depend on the size / resolution of your document.

Now let’s distort the edges of the text a little bit. Go to filter>distort>ripple, and choose a small ripple with a 22% amount. The edges should ever so slightly ripple. Here’s what mine looks like now:

scatter brush type aging

Step 2: Make a grunge scatter brush

grunge type scatter brushThis is the brush we’ll be using to paint away distressing on the type.

Open up your brush panel and check “Shape Dynamics”, “Scattering”, “Noise”, and “Smoothing”. This is gonna be a nasty brush! Push the sliders for Size Jitter (in Shape Dynamics) and Scatter up & down until you get a brush preview similar to the one you see here.

I generally like to keep my main brush very small & soft, usually between 1-4 pixels and 0% hardness.

Hit “D” on your keyboard to reset your foreground & background colors to default black & white. This means your brush will be black, which is what we want.

If you just swipe the brush around a little bit, you’ll see you’re now “painting noise”. Perfect!




Step 3: Paint the type mask with the scatter brush

Make sure your layer mask is selected, and use your brush tool to paint inside this mask. Black pixels hide the rasterized type layer, and white pixels show it. The mask starts out all white.

As you paint in your wear & tear, think about the letters as physical objects. What parts look subject to distressing? Call to mind rusty old street signs and roadside ice cream shacks. Vary the size of your brush between 1 and 5 pixels. Use larger brushes for the edges of the letters. Use a little more distressing in areas that seem especially ‘rippled’.
type grunge
See how the mask I’m painting looks noisy, like the brush preview above?
distressed typed
Just keep painting until you get a degree of distressing that suits you. I tend to prefer very mild distressing. Just enough to get the looker’s subconscious to think “not digital”. Be sure to make each letter different. That’s kind of the whole idea of this approach: more custom than a distressed font.
scatter done

Cool, huh?! Once you do it a few times, this technique isn’t much harder than overlaying a texture – and it looks a lot better to me.

We’re basically done here, but I’ll add in a paper texture to make our image more closely match the “SHHH” image.

scatter final

That’s it! Thanks for reading this quick tip, and let me know if you have ideas to take the technique further.

Go Media’s Flickr pool showcase – March 2011

Time for the March showcase in our monthly (-ish) series! It’s me, Simon here speaking writing.

Once again, if you’d like to see your work here, the only thing you have to do is to submit it in our Flickr pool. If you have and it’s not featured, keep trying!

Also, you will obviously see a bunch of posters inspired by the disaster that happened in Japan earlier this month. We’d just like to remind you that every cent counts in helping them fund the relief effort. James from Signalnoise conveniently listed some of the organizations that you can donate to to help:

Canada: Text REDCROSS to 30333 to donate $10
USA: Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10
Ireland: Text REDCROSS to 57500 to donate €5

Canadian Red Cross
American Red Cross
Doctors without Borders
The Salvation Army
Oxfam
Global Living
Care
ShelterBox

structure

061/365 - The All Day Everyday Project

___^__\0/___

TAME IMPALA

Rilievo

DONE

metropolis 3099 a.d. 3-D

Droidy

Hobo With a Shotgun poster

Rome City Map

47

GCCoA - Highlights of the Multicultural Artist Collection Poster

key to the city

When Will We Forget?

OBEY THE HYPNOTOAD!

079/365 - The All Day Everyday Project

DESERT HEAT

There Will Be Blood

46

The Blues Brothers

GROWTH

March Madness!!!

077/365 - The All Day Everyday Project

Pray for Japan

Burger Magritte

Farewell Show

Cowboys & Aliens

Happy Trails

help japan

Hope for Japan

Did you funk my wife ?

My stapler bit me

Pray for Japan

日本へのサポート

Pray for Japan

Meh Shirt for Sale

Word: Crucifixion (Denial)

Less is More, More or Less

I love teaching

073/365 - The All Day Everyday Project

Sunrise

The Get Up Kids

sad totoro-like manga(japan tsunami)

HELP JAPAN

My little support for Japan.

Support Wisconsin

japan...help

Celsius 90

071/365 - The All Day Everyday Project

Not Alone

Hope

Help Japan

Wintertime Love

Daily Quote Three

Moon

Toxic City

066/365 - The All Day Everyday Project

Infinite Bacon Stickers!

diversity_nites

The Hudsucker Proxy poster

Source Code Poster

Apollo 13

Tokyo! minimalist poster 3

Tokyo! minimalist poster 2

Tokyo! minimalist poster 1

Porn to be alive

porn to be wild

Following in love

You're so tweet

rêve

AustinRox

SAoS - Project52.10 - The strangest girl I've ever known by Algebro

SAoS - Project 52.09 - Tear you apart by She Wants Revenge

SAoS - Project 52.12 - Clothespin blues by BB Wolfe

And a quick conclusion note: thank you for posting artwork that’s amazing month after month. It’s so great to browse through this collection and so hard to choose from it!