I haven't slept much in the last couple of days because I've been working and reworking the July Poster for Memphis Roller Derby. These posters are some of the most fun I've had in a while. But like I said...I haven't slept much...and I'm feeling less "modest" than usual so I'll just go ahead and say "I know".
(I know = Yes, I know it's awesome and I'm a badass)
("modest" = It's usually an act. I always know I'm a badass)
That's witty because I'm referring to my Seahorse webcomic, and the home page is LITERALLY a map. It is LITERALLY a map. See what I did there?
Anyway, I just updated the blog portion of the webcomic with exciting news! I'll try not to spoil it here so go THERE and read it! www.seahorsecomic.com
I'd also like to show off the art I just finished for the June poster for Memphis Roller Derby. I don't mind sounding conceited here when I say it's THE BIZNESS. I'm not sure if that's a thing people say, "the business", but I like to think my "BIZNESS" spin is 100% original. In my mind, it means "BOSS", which means AWESOME. For the old people following my blog...(are there any old people following my blog?)...that means GOOD.
I did the design aspect as well, but I won't post the complete poster until MRD has them printed. It's also best that someone else proof my spelling and general design work because I am NOT a fontsmith.
I should also add that "THE BIZNESS" reminds me of my cat Remmington. (Full name = Remmington Steele Pitters). Anyway, Remmington is a fluffy cat with those little tufts of hair that stick out from the peds in his paws. These result in reduced traction, and maximize a cat's ability to run and slide across your freshly polished hardwood floors or coffee table. It also maximizes a cat's natural ability to knock your stuff over. Anyway, he slides into the living room all Tom Cruise-in-his-socks a lot, and Ashley called him "Risky Business" the other night. Risky Business is my new nickname for Remmington. (the cat...not the cat burglar) OOOOH...I just realized my cat isn't ONLY named after Pierce Brosnan's character, but he's named after a character that's a CAT BURGLAR! Ordained in the cosmos, I tell you.
I found two fonts that I had forgotten to install a while ago. Both "celtic-y" in theme. I think the celtic knots in the Celtic Decorative Drop Caps font might be a bit too much, but I think the roundness of the Stonecross font works well with the circular aspect of the Seahorse relic.
Or should I just leave it alone?
Also...these are roughs. I would still trace the font, ink it, and then add the textures from the first font.
Also also...I think the kerning between the A and the H in the Stonecross logo needs some work.
Ok...how about these? I made two roughs. One is a broken seahorse ring and the other is a little more orange oxidation/rust/whatever happens to bronze behind the E and it has a newer, simpler stroke. Both of these are roughs and would require re-inking the little broken edges for the ring or the stroke for the letters. (these were just quick photoshop tests...DON'T JUDGE ME).
So which one do you guys like?? I've tinkered with it so many times and created SOOOO many variations that it's all starting to run together. I'd love specific suggestions if you guys have any. I'm ready to finish this thing and move onto the rest of the home page layout and then start plotting out the individual comic layouts.
I'll spare you the story of how I was a poser in 6th and/or 7th grade. My pals were skaters and I was still in my chubby "I can eat 2 whole Church's chicken breasts, a couple of wings, 2 ears of corn, and maybe 2 of their peach pies" stage. I also had a "skater" haircut. I could not skate and I didn't have a skateboard. To make matters worse, they misspelled my name in the yearbook that year. "Shanea". To be fair, in my state at the time, I had what could have passed for the beginnings of breasts. Man, it also sucked that I wore THE SAME SHIRT for yearbook pictures two years in a row. Thanks for watch dogging me there, mom. Sigh.
But all of that is water under the bridge...or...ya know...asphalt under the wheels? That was a stretch. Sorry.
Anyway, this is a piece I did for the "Art on the Move" art auction organized by Hernando Skates, the folks involved with bringing a long overdue skate park to my hometown of Hernando. I was asked by their public relations director (and old friend) Miranda Mitchell to donate some art.
This was one of the first things I've done outside of my editorial work for the CA and since my departure. To be TOTALLY honest, I didn't even know how to approach image-making that wasn't guided by some type of article or narrative. I just futzed around in my sketchbook for a while and after drawing lots of horned people in profile, which I have a weird tendency toward, I panicked, settled on one, and gave him a skateboard necklace and a pair of Chuck Taylors for earrings. Then he just sort of turned into a devil guy with a flaming, severed head and I settled on the concept of "skate or fry" instead of "skate or die". That's what all the skate rats said, right? Skate or die? Or am I totally square and just making up lame stuff?
If I had my druthers I'd make a few changes to this guy, but I'm just going to commit to him be a one-off print and call it a day.