Alex Gross

I love are old photography and science fiction. So when I came across Alex Gross and his mixed media artwork I quickly became obsessed. One of his projects is to take antique portraits and paint over them so they become icons of comic books, science fiction, and history. Here are a few of my favorites.

x-wing-fighter-pilot

X-Wing Fighter Pilot

quicksilver-and-scarlet-witch

Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch

oz-tin-man

The Tinman

data

Data

bizarro

Bizarro Superman

Check out the rest of Alex’s awesome collection at The Art of Alex Gross.

The Pit of Suckiness

pitThe pit of suckiness is a term my old improv teacher used to use in our rehearsals. Whenever our troupe would make some great leaps forward and get in a groove, inevitably we would crash and just do horrible work for a while. Our teacher was also a math teacher, so he chose to illustrate this particular phenomenon as a graph. As you are developing any skill, you always get better over time.  As you learn, you end up doing some terrible work while your mind or body is readjusting to a new set of skills. This sucks.

I feel like I have been in a pit of graphic design suckiness the past couple of weeks. Everything I am working on feels like a mashed up, unguided mess. I know it is because I am integrating new skills and improving, but man it is frustrating. I’ve recently switched over a lot of my initial graphic creation to illustrator instead of photoshop. It is a whole different workflow and skill set, but my graphics are cleaner and vector based and therefore so much easier to integrate into full site designs.

No matter what skill you are building, you have to work extra hard to climb out of the pit of suckiness. Don’t get too frustrated and just know you will get past the hump. It is absolutely worth it to keep improving, and each time you claw your way out of the pit you are so much better off than when you fell in.

 

Branding The Presidents

Ronald Reagan

I stumbled across this awesome tumblr blog and thought it was quite appropriate to share as we come up on the election. This graphic design student took on a personal project of creating a brand image for each of the 44 Presidents of the United States. He is up to Ronald Reagan so far, and I can’t wait to see the last few.

Ronald Reagan

Gerald Ford

Lyndon Johnson

Images via tumblr

Red Scandal Graphics

Allie Moss

Stephanie Layton is one of our classmates from Michigan, and in addition to being an amazing performer and pianist, she runs an awesome graphic design business called Red Scandal Graphics. She designs a lot of posters for theatrical productions and graphic art for other musicians and artists. Here are a few of my faves.

Allie Moss

Cabaret and Floyd Collins

The Odd Couple

Her portfolio is full of amazing graphic pieces ranging from obscure to comical and all truly beautiful. Her mix of hand drawn material and photographic multimedia come together to form a really unique voice. I love seeing her pieces pop up in post cards promoting shows around NYC, and I can’t wait to see more from her in the future. So if you need a poster designed, check out her portfolio.

Phillip Light

My wife discovered this artist, and we are officially obsessed with him.  His name is Phillip Light, and he is currently studying at the Art Center College of Design as an Entertainment Design major. Chelsea commissioned him to do an illustration of our niece for her 2nd birthday. You can see it on her blog at Lovely Indeed. I just ordered another one of his prints off of his shop on redbubble, and you should too.  I have no doubt that he is going to be running the show at Disney someday. Check out some of my favorites.

Images via Phillip Light.