An old illustration idea gains new life as a poster design for a short western film. You can read more about this project at Elevated Futures.
My second set of vintage baggage label designs, following on from the earlier first series.
Duquellah is the largest city in Quahnarren and the oldest permanently inhabited site on the continent since the arrival of the Guahn people. Known by all as the ‘city of learning’, Duquellah is famous for the Victory gate of Vehkorr and the broad thoroughfare Aelisen Way, both located near the central area of the city amid the attractive natural parks and small gardens that abut The Skar river.
My ‘slightly grungy’ icon illustration for Gone Troppo’s instrumental track Jack’s Ride – a spaghetti western movie theme. Available to listen on Soundcloud.
While billions of people desperately need welfare to provide basic human survival needs, nearly two trillion dollars are spent globally on warfare every year. When will we learn that our troubles will not be resolved by childish disputes and warmongering?
Our destructive acts against each other breed only greater distrust, a desire for violent reprisal, and generational resentment. At a time when the world economy can’t afford this continued spending on such wasteful misery and destruction, solutions must urgently be found to help those in poverty and war ravaged countries, and to no longer continue the harmful cycle of oppression and war.
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A photomontage of the unending conflict, terror, and resulting shattered lives.
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.
After 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:
Prints are available from søciety6
Quick character development sketches for To Hell with the Preacher, featuring some different beards and hats! A few more are shown here at Elevated Futures.
On windy nights, when thick low cloud rolls in off the sea and settles into the small valleys surrounding the tomb, a shape in the form of a man wearing a long cloak, is occasionally seen drifting silently around the immediate area of the Tomb of Haakuhl. The cloak itself appears to be formed from the twisting fog tendrils that cover the ground, his long white hair glows with a radiant intensity, and his body and face are said to be of a limitless blackness. This unsettling figure causes no physical harm, and has never attempted to approach any witness, but all reported sightings tell of a strongly emanating feeling of distress and desolation as the lonely apparition keeps silent vigil of the family tomb.
A quick piece for my Tales of Quahnarren project. Illustration completed in Painter and Photoshop.
Custom logotypes for two film projects I’m currently working on as part of the Elevated Futures volunteer group.
Both of these designs started as quick pencil sketches, which were scanned and placed into Adobe Illustrator, where I used them as a guide to begin the process of building the vector shapes of the characters. To Hell with the Preacher is a western genre film, so I was keen to create a handmade style referencing typography of the late 1900’s, as was regularly seen on all forms of signage, printing and advertising. I’ve deliberately incorporated a few unusual adjustments to the letterforms and approached this concept with both a historic and modern outlook to match the storyline of the proposed film.
The Crytozoologist is a documentary style short film, telling the story of a retired man living in the Adelaide Hills, who believes in mysterious creatures, and obsessively strives to locate proof of their existence. My logotype references the many powerfully dramatic advertisements and handbills from the 1800′s and early 1900′s, where promoters used ornate theatrical typography to publicise their attractions to an audience eager to witness remarkable wonders from around the globe. The background image includes a photo taken of a full moon together with multiple texture overlays, and visually captures the hidden and mysterious nature of these curious creatures.
These huge man-like apes are often described as standing well over 7 feet tall, feature long legs, long muscular arms, a very heavy build, dome-shaped head, wide round shoulders with no visible neck, flat nose, thin lips, deep-set penetrating eyes, and are almost completely covered in thick dark hair.
Yowies are most active at night and are believed to have excellent night vision. They are known to observe, stalk, and chase people who are viewed as unwanted trespassers within their area, and are capable of rapid movement at great speed. Occasionally they will break, bite, and tear the bark off trees, and are regularly associated with a strong, foul odour, which they can release at will.
From The Cryptozoologist documentary project, as seen at Elevated Futures.
Elevated Futures is a community based group concept, composed of a diverse range of people who individually believe in developing and managing new and inclusive opportunities for creative projects that promote proactive self-learning, volunteering, practical teaching, interpersonal skill development, community support, and the enhancement of employment prospects. We desire to manage creative projects in a manner that encourages participation and advances teamwork, personal responsibility, strategic thinking, and respect for the contribution of others. Our structure and outlook will support professional development via personalised mentoring, and the sensible application of realistic, grounded concepts.
The Elevated Futures logo has been designed to visually represent the aims and nature of our community group. The symbol is known as the arrow tree, as it depicts an upwards-facing arrow, symbolizing direction and purpose, merged with a substantial tree, which represents our location and focus in the Adelaide Hills region, and is a strong emblem of continued growth and renewal.
You can visit our website here to view our current projects and read more about our aims and ambitions.