You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown poster
Poster design for an upcoming production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown by the Hills Musical Company.

The main title was hand lettered by me using PITT artist pens, referencing the early lettering style of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz. As a huge fan of his work, I was very keen to create a colourful design that respectfully conveyed a classic comic style with an obvious Peanuts feel, while also matching the set design which will feature large comic panel sections on the stage backdrop. Charlie Brown’s iconic zigzag T-shirt, which was also hand drawn and inked, became an important central element in the design as it offers a strongly contrasting and very striking pattern.

Further promotional design work for this production will use these key elements in a variety of different combinations, which have been deliberately created to provide a flexible system of components for any desired layout or format.

Children of the Black Skirt – again

Children of the Black Skirt

My poster design for Children of the Black Skirt is currently enjoying a second coming as it is now being used again to promote the new shows by Ink Pot Arts Inc for the 2015 Adelaide Fringe. I’ve slightly altered the positioning of the main title to accommodate the ticketing and support requirements, which has actually improved the design slightly in comparison to the original poster.

Let’s get ready to rumble!

Abbott vs Putin
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has stated that he plans to ‘shirtfront’ Russian President Vladimir Putin when he attends the G20 leaders’ meeting in Brisbane during November, due to Russia’s suspected involvement and lack of rescue assistance in the tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the Ukraine in July.

Abbott was a student boxer and Putin is a bear-wrestling 6th dan judo and karate expert! BRING IT ON!!

Children of the Black Skirt

Children of the Black Skirt posterPoster design for the Ink Pot Arts production of Angela Betzien’s Children of the Black Skirt:

A group of lost children stumble across an abandoned orphanage in the Australian bush. They become trapped in a timeless world, haunted by spirits from the past. These stories, told by award-winning playwright Angela Betzien and performed by Ink Pot Arts’ youth acting ensemble, take us on a journey through the darker side of our Australian history.

The play has a very mature theme and storyline, and a darkly gothic tone, which I’ve captured within my colour and typography choices. ‘Black Skirt’ was hand lettered and features both points and loops to represent the youthful characters and their situation, and the main supporting font used is Aeterna – a great small caps typeface in old style figures that nicely balances my custom hand lettering and supports the gothic feel.

A group of lost children stumble across an abandoned orphanage in the Australian bush. They become trapped in a timeless world, haunted by spirits from the past. These stories, told by award-winning playwright Angela Betzien and performed by Ink Pot Arts’ youth acting ensemble, take us on a journey through the darker side of our Australian history. – See more at: http://whatsoninadelaide.net.au/event/children-black-skirt-written-angela-betzien-performed-ink-pot-arts-youth-ensemble/2014-08-01/#sthash.gYu4eGik.dpuf
A group of lost children stumble across an abandoned orphanage in the Australian bush. They become trapped in a timeless world, haunted by spirits from the past. These stories, told by award-winning playwright Angela Betzien and performed by Ink Pot Arts’ youth acting ensemble, take us on a journey through the darker side of our Australian history. – See more at: http://whatsoninadelaide.net.au/event/children-black-skirt-written-angela-betzien-performed-ink-pot-arts-youth-ensemble/2014-08-01/#sthash.3Nyl268M.dpuf

Motorsport Heroes poster

Motorsport Heroes posterAfter considerable effort I’ve finally finished the latest design in my Motor Style Inc. series of prints. Motorsport Heroes has taken approximately 150 hours to complete, with a large amount of that time spent exhaustively researching all of the drivers and cars featured in the 15 individual illustrations.

The concept for this poster was to collectively show the wide variety of designs in global motorsport series, particularly during the classic decades of the 1950’s to 1980’s, when many highly iconic racing machines and legendary drivers competed in events around the world. I was very keen to only feature drivers that personally won many races (and championships) and chose cars that achieved great results and/or are considered to be fine examples of automotive engineering and design. I entered the 1990’s only to include 7-time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher – and to add the beautiful Jordan 191 – one of my personal favourite modern F1 designs. A few close-up details:

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Typographical Defense Bureau

Typographical Defense BureauTypographical Defense BureauThe ongoing war against bad typography continues!

In a world now flooded with poorly executed communication and promotional material, only a dedicated and vigilant resistance against offensive and unacceptable typographical crimes will see us gain a much needed victory. Be part of the solution and join the freedom fight from bad type today!

A Christmas Garden at Stangate House

A Christmas Garden at Stangate HouseMy poster design for a community event to be held at Stangate House in Aldgate, South Australia. ‘A Christmas Garden at Stangate House’ is a free event featuring carols, poems, children’s games and activities. Myself, two other students, and our lecturer from Mt Barker TAFE, will be organising the games and activities as part of our assessment for the Events diploma. Everyone is encouraged to bring their rugs and picnic, and enjoy this lovely garden setting in the Adelaide Hills.

Visit the Stangate House Facebook page if you’d like to view some photos of their fantastic camellia gardens, which are recognised as one of three International Camellia Gardens of Excellence in Australia.

Rock Legend: Pink Floyd

Rock Legend: Pink FloydThe musical impact made by Pink Floyd is significant and everlasting, and their contribution to popular music has inspired and creatively influenced many throughout the years. Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason have collectively produced a sound and style that continues to resonate with listeners around the world, and offers those who wish to take up the offer, a journey beyond constraints and outside the ordinary.

Their sonic soundscapes are complexly epic and majestic, real and unreal, and move stylishly between quiet control and urgent, emotional outpourings. Shifting from their earlier psychedelic and ‘space rock’ progressive sound to a more structured (yet still expansive) modern rock format, the band found mainstream success through the 1970’s with their classic ‘concept’ albums Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall.

My poster design reflects the highly improvised and experimental earlier period of their career, visually representing the mysterious and vast inner and outer space moods of those pioneering psychedelic days.

100 Tours

100th Tour de FrancePoster design commemorating the 2013 Tour de France – the 100th edition of this famous event. This year the riders will cover a total of 3,403 kilometres (2,115 mi), made up from 21 stages of racing around France.

The main image was created in ArtRage Studio Pro, ‘Le Tour’ title hand drawn and edited in Illustrator, and the final layout composed in Photoshop, where textures and effects were added.

Pro pellere (propulsion)

 

Propulsion started life simply as a musical composition project for me to experiment with in GarageBand, but then grew to include a supporting video clip and poster design. The song itself triggered a lot of imagery in my mind, particularly about motion, force and energy, so I felt quite compelled to go beyond just the tune itself and to make this a much larger venture than originally intended.

All of the space imagery and audio files are from NASA via the DVIDS (Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System) website, which allows anyone to create an account and freely download content for use.

The clip was produced in iMovie, with all of the various typographical elements created in Illustrator, and the images edited, altered and prepared in Photoshop. The poster and icon design captures all the impressive power and spectacle of a space launch, and is another Illustrator/Photoshop piece.

 

 

Propulsion

Palm Oil Kills

Palm Oil Kills poster

A follow-up idea based on my earlier post regarding Siamang gibbons and the human threats they face for survival. Palm Oil deforestation is a major reason for habitat loss in South-East Asia, and current projections predict that demand for Palm Oil produced by unsustainable plantations will continue to increase in coming years.

Rock Legend: Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

The musical legend of Alice Cooper (Vincent Damon Furnier) continues into a fifth decade, during which time he has performed some of the most memorable songs and shocking theatrical moments in rock history.

With worldwide hits such as I’m Eighteen, School’s Out, Elected, No More Mr. Nice Guy, Billion Dollar Babies, Only Women Bleed, Department of Youth, and How You Gonna See Me Now, Cooper created his own unique ‘shock rock’ style, a fusion of tortured nightmares, vaudevillian horror and poetic alienation. Both the original Alice Cooper band, and his later solo incarnation, devised outrageous and controversial stage show spectaculars featuring some of the most impressive concert theatre ever seen in rock music. Props used have included electric chairs, boa constrictors, axes, gallows, guillotines and lots of fake blood.

My design is a simple ‘gig poster’ image of Alice, which was assembled in Photoshop using a scan of scrunched and folded paper to create a well-worn texture and appearance. I always think that Alice looks suitably iconic with a top hat, so have given him a white one here, and contrasted that with a red, river-of-blood effect for his hair.

Rock on Alice!

Le Tour de France

Le Tour de France

The 99th edition of Le Tour de France is currently racing towards an arrival in Paris on Sunday July 22nd – after an exhausting 3,497 kilometres. To add my small mark in celebrating the famous event I’ve put together this old style poster design, using a vector version of one of my photographs of professional cyclists, together with some nice vintage letterpress type. Oh, and… Go Cadel!