The website Ventilate asked a couple of artists to participate in their third poster series. The theme was 2000 and none of the artists had the Y2k bug stopping them. They asked the artists What inspired you ten years ago? What was it that caused you to strive forward? What enticed you to experiment and push boundaries? The artists that participated were Joshua Smith aka Hydro74, Marco Vinicio, Jois Tai & Rex Advincula, Jason Doherty, Jodi Terwilliger, and Michael & Yuko Brown. All of the posters are free and ready for print at 300dpi. It’s great that you can get some cool artwork to have your room, office, etc. and do not have to dig into your pockets for them. It’s interesting to see how these artists interpret this theme. I know it’s personal, but maybe you would think that they would be very similar. You can download the other poster series as well. Click here to viewPoster Series 3
Another contest site is calling it quits. It is a shame, because these design contest sites provided such a great outlet for people to have their designs printed and earn some extra cash. With a sea full of design contests sites like Threadless & DesignByHumans it’s hard for the other companies to emerge to the elite. Everyone needs some sort of gimmick to be afloat or something that makes them stand out. I like what Metal Ink Shop provided, which was a design contest and a model contest. The target market was geared towards the tattoo crowd, but since it’s calling it quits for lack of funding maybe the fad of the tattoo t-shirts are going fading. Ed Hardy & Affliction and all of its clones are on its way out. Maybe since people aren’t spending as much the dishing out the $700 cash prize for a design, excluding the award for the model could take a toll on their business plan.
I personally felt Metal Ink provided some cool artwork and introduced some new artists. There model contest was cool too, because it provided upcoming models with a chance to win some money and a free photoshoot. I submitted a design, but it doesn’t seem it will be accepted for voting, which is a shame, because I thought it would be cool and fit the demographic. I know I should’ve submitted it earlier, but I was in talks of a company of selling it, but that didn’t pan out. You try to make the best decisions and you learn from them. Either way support Metal Ink by purchasing some shirts and voting on the designs and models.
Here are words from the Metal Ink Shop:
Maiden of the Month & Design Contests
To Be Paused…
Dear Members of Metal Ink,
It is with deep regret that we inform you of a sudden change in events. Due to lack of funding, our Maiden & Design Contests need to be paused until further notice. For now, our last Maiden of the Month contest will be March and our last Design Challenge will be “Everybody Loves Maidens.” The winners of these contests will be awarded $300 in store credit only.
We hope that in the near future, we will be able to bring back both contests in full. To that end, we are asking for your support by launching a campaign to SAVE METAL INK!
Here’s how you can help:
Purchase Metal Ink apparel. Remember, a percentage of our sales goes right back to the artist who submitted the design.
Introduce your friends to Metal Ink. Using your Personal URL, you can get $3 of store credit for every purchase new members make! Read our FAQs about how to use Personal URLs.
Tell us how you feel by posting on our Forum. We would love to know your thoughts on how we can improve our products and services!
This a very intriguing animation video that a college classmate and fellow graphic designer sent me. The images are very 3D and choppy, but the concept is an interesting one. This video had me wondering if the protagonist will escape the trouble that he came across.
Here is the plot for this movie:
When a man is witness to a murder and takes pictures of the killer, he has to run for his life. During the chase he is able to turn the tables and the prey becomes the hunter. All resulting in an unfortunate ending.
The film is designed and animated by: Kevin Megens, Floris Vos, Arno de Grijs, André Bergs
Music and sound design by Alex Debicki.
Script by Jan Eduards.
Produced by il Luster Productions.
For more info visit: pivotthemovie.com/
Here is a video on creating some watercolor ink washes for your designs. This video will take a step by step on how to create the ink wash and then applying it in Photoshop. I’ve used this technique and added it to some designs. I even used the ink to create splatters for my arsenal of design tools. After I post this, I’m going to create some watercolor effects. Enjoy!
The awesome shirt contest site, DesignByHumans is having a sale that ends on Feb. 22 at midnight. Tees start from $13 and go as high as $17. If you’re looking for some really great graphic illustrations on tees, not just a graphic tee, but some great art I recommend that site. If you’re an artist, you can submit a design and possibly win some money and your design being printed.
British Illustrator Iain Macarthur graduated from Swindon College with a HND illustration degree. His work is very cool, because of how he makes his imagery surreal and his use of creating some interesting patterns. His pen and ink illustrations are great to look at whether you’re a fan of looking through artists pieces or looking for some inspiration. I was looking at his “about” page and we share an interest in one artist, Alphonse Mucha. Check his work out at these sites:
That’s right ladies & gentlemen, there’s a new contest out there brought to you by the good people of Forsnowboarding and Grafik Armor. I hope you’re ready to get your design on, because no matter what it’s still winter. Spring may be coming around the corner, but until then you may want to create some kick ass snowboard graphics.
Here is info from the Forsnowboarding regarding this contest:
“Forsnowboarding and Grafik Armor are proud to announce their first collaborative project together: Snowboard Graphic Design Contest. Beginning February 15th, 2010, we invite all snowboarders and designers to create their best original snowboard topsheet graphics using our supplied templates and submit them to our official gallery to be judged by a panel of artists, designers and industry professionals. Guest judge for this competition is none other than Mike Orduña AKA Fatoe.
Grand prize is a custom one-of-a-kind Grafik Armor Snowboard Decal Wrap with the winners graphic. Second place gets a Grafik Armor Snowboard Decal of their choice from Grafik Armors current line-up.”
As you may already know I featured Fatoe as one of my inspiration posts(Visit blogpost here) It’s definitely cool to have a judge who has experience creating some awesome graphics. Good luck everyone.
Here’s the link to the contest
To view what designs are up in the running.