Oct 13, 2011

Ogressa 'Warts and All' album art prints



I created some art prints of the Ogressa 'Warts and All' packaging art but sans logos and type and uncropped. Theres 5 prints in a slipcase, times 5 slipcases and only 5 printed of each slipcase. So 25 sets total. I oversaw the printing and color correction on the prints and ahnd assembled the slipcases myself. Theres only 10 available for purchase so get them while they last.












Purchase them on my Etsy page:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/83765852/ogressa-warts-and-all-album-art-prints

Sep 26, 2011

Ogressa CD release show poster



This is a show poster for the Ogressa project, a side project by Zach of Dali's Llama. The packaging art has a fantasy art theme inspired by the main character, Ogressa. For the poster I wanted to give the appearance of a medievil "wanted" poster or advertisement. I really wanted to silkscreen the poster on a brown stock, maybe parchment like or whatever I could find that was close but money and time got in the way and I went with a 4 color print on a brown stock. The art of the face was taken from the CD art and converted to a brown tone with black lines, I'll post the album art blog soon.

Here's some inspiration for the look of the poster, I wanted to keep it pretty simple and maybe use a border:



Some details of the finished art:





Some early incarnations, searching for the right look:



Here is a pattern I found in a stencil book and scanned that saved the poster from wandering aimlessly:



A couple more revisions after I found the right path:



The file I used to print with, I took pout the background so it wouldnt clash with the cream colored paper and roughed it up some more in Photoshop to make it look more distressed:



And heres some pics of the printed poster:



Jul 5, 2011

Admiral Browning 'Battle Stations' merch: take a trip backwards....



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Gonna take a trip back through time via pictures on this one, from printed product to final art then a few revisions and lastly but not leastly mock up images sent to me by Admiral Browning on the ideas they had in mind. Here we go!













As if the custom digipak wasn't cool enough Admiral Browning had even more cool ideas for merch and I was happy to help out by redesigning some of the art I had created at various stages of the project. We did a silver foil sticker with 3 colors printed on it with the art taken from the Robot character sketch I had done previously. I took out alot of the details on the robot to help it print proprely and I think it helped. The white ink on blue shirt art was also taken from the Robot character sketch, this time a grid was added and some faux-alien text to make it look like and alien blueprint. I was unsure if I could pull the shirt off well but surprised myself in the end. The 4 color sticker of the 3 ships sailing away from the Robot wreckage I believe was my or our idea during some brainstorming. Finally the 4 color poster on 100lb glossy stock was their idea and nice companion to the digipak itself. Very cool to work with people that have innovative ideas and willing and able to put some money where the ideas are.

Here is the final art for said merch:

Blue Print Design - 1 Color Shirt:



Robot Character Sketch - 3 Color Foil Sticker:



"Victory Pose" Scene - 4 Color Sticker:



Front Cover Poster - 12 x 12" on glossy stock:



Some random revisions or ideas presented to the band:







And not leastly but lastly some mock ups the band sent me to get me on my way, always a great idea and time saver:





....and finally here's the video of the Merch and Digipak again, just incase you missed the last blog where it was included:



Thank again for checking this out, may your travels be merry.

Jun 27, 2011

Admiral Browning 'Battles Stations' Custom digipak

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Above is pictures of the finished/printed custom digipak for Admiral Browning's 'Battle Stations' Record. Alot of work went into this, on my end and the bands. The band came up with the layout and story concept behind it and with some brainstorming between us I executed it. I was pretty thorough in my approach by doing character sketches (even for the ships), thumbnails, sketches, etc. I wanted the band to be satisfied but also myself, I didn;t want to half ass this and knew it being a cool project could get some good exposure. The band are nice guys and hard workers, pushing the band as hard as they can while maintaining day jobs and lives much like myself. I knew they would push this record pretty hard so if I was going to be on board, it was all the way. OK, enough with the sailing references.

I made a couple of videos, or a few, for this. I'll put these up front and let them do the talking. Following the videos I'll post the pictures of the process as I usually do. I hope you enjoy, and as always, thanks for reading/watching/looking.

Video of my workspace during this project and the process before coloring it on the computer:



Video of the mock up sent to me by the printer, Furnace MFG:



Final video of all the merch and digipak printed and done:



Here's the mock up of the template I made from their idea, we sent this to the manufacturer and they said it was possible:



"Character Sketches" for the robot and ships, for the band to approve before going further.















Here's a short collection of the thumbnails I presented them, much more were done. All drawn in ink then colored and cleaned up in Photoshop:





Here's the final sketches I did before doing the final artwork.This is to make sure everything works and will fit on the template and the band is OK with it all:





Here's some revisions done in Photoshop, digggit:









and BAM! The final art as seen on my screen, before printing:









there ya go, more process pictures than any one human needs, thorough is my name!