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You can stop working on your Halloween costumes, for Halloween has already been won.
This is my good friend Michael Harris who, this year, dressed up as Yo Gabba Gabba’s DJ Lance.
As it turns out, Halloween is only a few weeks before my friend Emily’s birthday and a few week after my friend Bill’s. And since, this year, they’re both celebrating milestone birthdays — one is turning thirty, the other forty — they decided to throw one big Halloween birthday bash.
They came to me with the idea of designing the invitations like a horror movie Double Feature poster. Because we were pressed for time, we opted for photo manipulation over designing from scratch.
First up, I designed Bill’s. He and his wife are into zombie’s, so I recommissioned a Dawn of the Dead (2004) movie poster by making the stark white background black; digitally darkening, painting, and slightly blurring the face; and then adding in text. Pretty easy. Came out looking something like this:
Emily’s was considerably harder. I had no idea what to do with her’s. I know I wanted to somehow incorporate the 30 Days of Night idea into the poster, mostly because of the number, but I knew she wasn’t really into the whole vampire scene. Then her husband reminded me of her love of the Roald Dahl book — and the 1990 movie adaptation — The Witches. I ended up superimposing the lead witches head over top the 30 Days of Night poster, flattened the colors, then recolored it the entire piece, and added text. Which doesn’t sound that hard, but was actually kind of a pain in the ass. Anyway, final product turned out pretty ok and everyone was happy with it.
I also designed the back of the postcard as well, but it was mostly straight text and contained home and email addresses, so I can’t show you that. Just know that it was awesome.
Witches be crazy.
Look, I may still be a relatively new customer to your company, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your services for the past year.
I didn’t say a word when you announced you were going to increase your prices. I remained silent when through all that Quikster nonsense. And, sure, I may have made a joke or two over your CEO’s constant apology emails but, hey, that’s just my style.
But… this? This is the final straw.
BAD NETFLIX! YOU GO UP TO YOUR ROOM AND THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU’VE DONE!!
So I’m gonna go ahead and blame my good friend Judah Thor for what you are about to see.
Apparently, combining DC superheroes and Star Wars characters is the new thing. So Judah Thor and I were joking about who would be next in line for pairing. I suggested if we paired J’onn J’onzz, The Martian Manhunter with Boba Fett we’d end up with — wait for it — The Martian HANhunter.
And then Judah Thor made me draw it.
Thought I’d share some work with you today that would otherwise never see the light of day.
Towards the beginning of the year, my good friend Scott Carelli of Geekshow Entertainment fame, asked me if I’d be interested in redesigning his site along with a couple of new podcast avatars. And I said, “Only HELL yes!!”
Scott and I have very similar design tastes and this became, as I expected it would be, a really fun project to work on. We decided that our over all theme for the site should be something retro cool and classy and fun, so we choose the famous neon Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign as our main influence and inspiration. And, eventually, we arrived at a site header design that I am particularly proud and fond of:
My next step was to create a design for what would be the all-new flagship podcast on the site, “The Geek Show with Scott & Matt.” Keeping in the theme of retro cool, I looked to late-night talk show logos for inspiration and came up with this:
First up was “The Doctor’s Companion,” a Doctor Who-themed podcast. For this one, I color manipulated a photograph of a TARDIS, using flat colors, and digitally painted the logo letters, adding in a stainless steel texture over top.
Unfortunately, due to a difference of creative opinions between Scott and his Geekshow partners, it was decided that my designs would not be used on the site and would hereon only exist in my creative portfolio in my little corner of the internet.
Which makes me a bit sad, because I really did love working on these pieces.
Oh, well. As Jay-Z would say, on to the next one.
If you would like to hire me to create or redesign logos, website headers, avatars, party invitations, and whatnot, just send me an email!
I will not be be able to make it to the New York Comic Con this year.
However, if you bring your computer, laptop, or tablet over to my house, with your browser set to your favorite Punch-Up.net comic page, I will be signing computer screens all weekend.
(And, for those who do make it out to NYCC this weekend, one of you kick Ryan Stegman and call him a punk for me, OK?)
Just a quick sketch:
OK, so it may not be as pretty as the Amazing David Brame’s, but I still kinda like it.
(Skottie Rocket, Gay Space Pirate, for new blog readers, is a comic book created by the aforementioned Mr. Brame and myself. I wrote it, he illustrated it. You can read a five page preview of it here and, if so inclined, may purchase a copy here.)