Tools of the Trade – Digital

As usual I’ve been chasing my tail around in circles forgetting to actually write anything down.

Since February I have worked two conventions, was in one wedding, drove on a few road trips, attended one funeral, and got my brain chemistry back together. Back in February it was revealed my local pharmacy had mistyped some info and was giving me a half dose, of the chemical mirror of my anti depressant. So things were kinda hairy for a long while as that got handled and sorted.

Anyways –  I’m fresh out of a convention and decided to try to field a few questions that I get at these sort of events on here. I do a mish mash of digital and traditional things so I’ll address them separately. This particular part is about what I use in digital media – tools, and software wise. I’m just going to do a quick run through of what I personally use, not saying this is the only way to do things, cause it’s not. I’m also going to not go into vast detail of how to use any of this. That would be a very very long thing to write up and I would probably start feeling like I need to be charging for sharing this eldritch knowledge.

Anyways, ONWARDS

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Nuclear Hellscapes and Travel Posters

Holidays crashed over me and the New Year started pretty rough.

A mix up at the pharmacy has left me with a bit of a brain chemistry issue I’m still dealing with. (For the record; double check labels and spelling on any medications you take.) It’s been a fun month or two.

But despite the weird mood swings, head aches and drowsiness I have actually gotten something done.

It might be somewhat obvious on here but I’m a bit of a history nerd.  I also love and collect vintage posters and post cards (well reprints anyway.)  A few years back during a cross country road trip I got introduced to the National Park posters from the Depression era Works Project Administration and fell in love with them.

The Works Project Administration was a program that was part of the New Deal to stimulate the economy and get unemployed folks working. In an attempt to get out of work artists producing and as a way to get art to the lower classes they started commissioning posters for various events and projects. Public Service posters, Health Reminders, local events, and in this case advertising the National Parks. For more information and examples the Library of Congress has more information and over 900 examples of said posters.

Me being a graphic design nerd and a bit of a gamer, I tried this style out for a location in Fallout New Vegas – because making travel posters for imaginary, inhospitable locales amuses me. I had a lot of fun making that poster and it surprisingly was a great eye catcher at my last convention so I decided to try to give it a revisit when I had the chance.

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The Future is Now

As per usual I can never post anything on time. I had started writing this in January and then I guess forgot about it. I’ve been dealing with some hilarious brain chemistry issues so I’m going to go point to that and blame that. 

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I sure had a thing for blue last year.

 

So 2016 is here, a couple of my idols died, and we still don’t have any of the space age implements promised to us. Seems like a grand start.

As per usual I started the new year so fried and burned out from the holidays and holiday prep that it takes me a while to get my brain in gear and start getting my act together. New Year may be on the first of the month but my new year proper doesn’t set in until at least the 7th.

I always like to do these silly sort of memes of art of the year around this time. It allows me a nice chance to look through my old files and choose a piece for each month that I’m proud of. This year it serves as a nice gauge to measure when I played what videogame or saw which movie.

From my understanding a lot of folks see this time of year as a sign to start dieting, start exercising, promise to read piles of books, drink more water, floss their teeth. For me it usually means its time for me to start sorting my taxes, go over last year’s paperwork and figure out my attack plan art wise for this year.

I’ve been dealing with depression for the past couple years and have learned not to make grand plans. One never knows what is going to happen in a year or what curve balls will happen.

In Which I Ramble on about Ghosts and Ladies that Go Bump in the Night

So October is here, and gone.  I was intending to post this sooner but the month was a blur of comings, goings, deadlines and disasters.  Probably poor excuses, but it was a poor way to spend what is normally the happiest time of the year for me.

For the occasion of Halloween a local store decided to hold a monster themed art show and they were kind enough to let me join in the fun.

So I get in the show, no worries right? Well actually I realize that “Monster” is a pretty big heading. Are we talking classic movie monsters? Modern monsters? Urban legends? Zombies? The list goes on.

After a bit of mentally throwing darts at a board for ideas and coming up with nothing  a friend suggested I try to do something with “those Japanese ghosts like that one artist you obsess over.” Continue reading

Logo Design

A few months back an artisan friend of mine, Never, from the frozen north approached me to do a logo design for her. She makes jewelry out of bits of upcycled watch and type writer parts, and she wanted something along a steam punk aesthetic and I am always happy to draw some gears.

She had a pretty solid idea of what she wanted and between the two of us we came up with this, which looks really cool.

neverwaresoption3-2Go check out Never’s etsy shop. 

I also was asked by The Spider and the Fly to make a logo for them. They sell lots of kitsch and horror iconography, which are all topics near and dear to my heart. They didn’t have much of an idea of what they wanted, besides the eponymous spider and fly, so after a bit of back and forth we got something they are happy with.

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I don’t get to do logo designs all that much but really enjoyed getting a chance to stretch my legs with these.

If anyone is interested in commissioning me for logos or other graphic design work  feel free to contact me at ‘lissaquon(a)gmail.com’