In case you try to find this game on the shelf, you wont. It does not exist….First i took a ‘grunge’ background. Next I found the sniper on some forum. A quick search for ‘scope reticle’ brought up a plethora of views through a gun scope. I took the largest one I could find. I gave the sniper figure an ‘outer-glow’ to give it a  ‘night-vision’ effect using a pale green. The scope reticle also got an outer-glow, only wider and softer. Moving on to the text: SNIPER DEATH 2 was done in a techno-looking font. I gave it an outer-glow and a gradient overlay with a tight scale. The two arrows under the ‘A’ in ‘DEATH’ were added to give interest to the title. They resemble the chevron distance measuring reticles found in military scopes….. ‘2’ was done in a grunge font i have. I slapped on an EA games logo… “Blast or be blasted”…why not……the final touches were shading done with high-resolution grunge brushes all around the edges of the picture…..it was really simple…i did it on my lunch break…OOOPS: looks like i forgot to cut out the white space on the tip of his gun sight…WTFE

imaginary steak house . it is however an actual bowling alley/bar in austin….The idea here was to keep it extra crisp an clean. To evoke an old Chicago steak house. The picture is Keith Richards(…again…) dressed up for the Rolling Stones Rock N ROll Circus show that never aired (1968). The color for all the text was taken directly from the smoke coming from his cigar. The picture frame got a gradient overlay. I used nothing more than the Line tool and a couple of custom shapes in Photoshop for the entire thing. The ‘pin-stripes’ behind the photo were from a grunge texture brush I had. I feel they also evoke a grill….I used varrying size points when building the ‘All you need to say is Rare’ copy. It makes an arrow….wooo….Rare was given a reflection(…again…) by duplicating the layer, flipping it, then giving it a gradient overlay and reducing the opacity. Its an easy effect but looks cool….I had a custom shape that was a little flame so I added it to the period on RARE. to keep in line with…you know…the fact that steaks get GRILLED with a flame. Dont go to this address if you are ever in Austin, I don’t know if it exist or what might actually be there. The address text was given a wide kerning.

Circular Unity:

I threw this together in a hurry…nothing much going on here. Started out with a high-res picture of crinkled paper, brushed on grunge stripes, ‘painted’ the grunge circle and Rasta stripes with thinner opacity and flow, the lettering got thick cream colored stroke….Tosh is dead…so this is an imaginary record release poster of sorts. He did have a record called ‘I am the toughest’ though….doubtful he was on Warner Bros records ….doesn’t matter ,its just an exercise. I ‘spray painted’ behind his photo to give it an ‘urban’ drop-shadow. I added a photo filter to the picture as well, almost a sepia but more ‘taupe’ to give it a ‘sweaty’ look…does that make sense? Music listened to while creating: Studio One legends compilation: Downbeat The Ruler.

Overlap: Bowie for M.A.C.

Needing to do a cosmetic ad for class, I figured if MAC makeup were around when Bowie was Ziggy Stardust, he would have used it.

 

 

 

Repetition of Color: BIBA art deco ad

BIBA ushered in the Deco revival of the early 70’s, so thats what I was going for. A mix of The Great Gatsby and Taxi Driver…blurred colors on a rainy street to match eye shadow and lip stick…the model is Kate Moss, i just painted her face and hair:

 

Below: scene from Taxi Driver:

Below: Twiggy modeling BIBA 1970’s:

Below: The Great Gatsby

Below: scene from Taxi Driver

Below: Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver

Balance Project:

If the greatest guitar player (still living), Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, had his own cologne, it would have top notes of bourbon, cigarettes, and incense, mid notes of opium, suede and bergamot, and base notes of dirt, vodka and decay. It might be called HEROIN. I went with Keef.  The main picture is of a young Richards pool side in Morocco. The pretentious ‘roman’ font is called Perpetua…The bottle reflection was done by duplicating the layer and flipping it, then reducing the fill/opacity, then dusting with an airbrush. Same for the lettering. All the type got ‘Satin’ and gradient overlay…

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Balance Project: Asymmetry

Rayban Wafarer’s have were around long before the 80’s (even though people generally associate them with the 80’s). With that in mind, I decided to use the most obnoxious style I could think of for my ad requiring in-formal balance….MEMPHIS. No, not the place in Tennessee…the Italian design group that spawned this bizarre style that helped give the 1980’s so much of its garish color and “pop” gibberish….They seemed to use a lot of busy pattern and pointless shapes floating in space…Things i searched for when piecing this together were: checkerboard pattern, cheetah print, Mead Composition notebook…The main photo of the girl in the hood in actually Debbie Harry (Blondie)….I saw she was wearing a ring so I made a giant ‘memphis’ ring over it,see?  The jumbled shapes and patterns with the intense flash give the sensation of being in a crowded space, as if you are bumping into the subject. This discord hopefully (maybe naturally) causes the viewer to look to the ‘safety’ of the white box, where you see the product. Trying to convey celebrity-like status to the viewer and have them associate it with the product was my main goal…trying to get the viewer to feel the pushy, flashy chaos of fame and see the sunglasses as the shield, or protector, of the subject wearing them.

Mid-Term Project

My mid-term project for intro PS class last semester. This is a sad attempt to make ‘vector’ looking art in PS. The subject matter is an imaginary psychedelic band from the ’60’s. It was inspired by The Rolling Stones and Beatles records where seemingly random images were cut and pasted in a collage to form bizarre imagery that couldn’t actually be photographed….Like the sitar player sitting on a Vox AC-30 amplifier….The cartoon-looking poppies have skull faces and turn into fish-hooks….neon cobras stand guard…the Taj Mahal IS a shadow, which doesn’t make much sense given the size of it in real-life…but  that would be the point of this imaginary album: it doesn’t mean anything. At a time in which the masses wanted to suck every drop of meaning out of  bands albums, I think they purposely made record covers that embodied ‘Dada-ism’ and silly constructivism and were meant simply for main-stream consumption….

Community Promotion

This was made last semester (my first at TSTC) for the intro. PS class. We were asked to make a community promotion. I went to high school in Temple, unfortunately….. I wanted to evoke a taste of W.P.A. (Work Progress) style in this, without becoming too illustrated. WPA-style  was idealistic and glossed over the reality of many aspects of American life in the midst of drepression. Trying to promote a ‘small town’ in Texas seems well suited for this style. Gloss over the reality with grand gestures, beaming rays of light. A vintage map of Temple is in the background, a large water-tower dominating the foreground. Rays of light rise triumphantly from the horizon to give the water-tower and the text ‘Temple Texas’ a powerful stance. The small ‘snap shot’ pictures of my neighborhood were taken on my iPhone using the Hipstamatic app, which tries to emulate various vintage films and cameras. I used desaturated colors and tones to give the whole piece a nostalgic feel…The best thing I could think of to promote Temple was their water quality…which in itself is kind of a joke…