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Just finished this illustration for the cover of Torpedo (for Falcon vs. Monkey in Melbourne). The theme for Volume 3 is the 1930s - so a suitably Art Deco style was called for. I've tried a new technique here of layering a black and white copy of the original images over my trademark posterised images - if you look closely you'll see a hint of detail and definition.
The background image of the Myer building in Melbourne in the 1930s - great geometric lines which added a strong directional line to oppose the one created by the figures. A new streaky cloud sky went in behind and a radial gradient and texture over the top of it all - to give a dark, Gothamesque feel. I also added in a semi-transparent vector design - radiating lines filled in with pink and black gradients (there is the tiniest hint of the pink as a result), to add another directional line to the composition.
To finish it off I layered a series of vector shapes and lines to form an Art Deco border - I referenced old movie posters from the 30s. I'm really happy with the final result and can't wait to see the final version with masthead etc. The issue won't be available to buy for a few weeks/months just yet - but Issue 2 has been recently released with a sensational cover by UK illustrator Rod Hunt (with a Wild West theme!). Go along and check it out - filled to the brim with great literature from emerging writers, as well as some great illustrations to complement.
Blanket Magazine have launched their new store online and also released their first patchwork poster - including yours-truly. It's on sale for a cheepcheep $15 and comes in the funkiest little package.
Among the 56 artists featured are: Jeff Kleinsmith, art director at SubPop Records, Amy Sol, a recent speaker at international design seminar Semi-Permanent, Beci Orpin, the designer behind fashion label Princess Tina, and Deanne Cheuk, art director of magazine Neomu. Emerging international illustrators, Daniel Stolle and Lehel Kovacs, have also contributed as well as local Australian talent, Jeremyville, James Gulliver Hancock, Kareem Rizk and Kelly Smith.