I'm coming from a xerox paste up back ground and studio art originally, not Graphic Design. I hated computers and avoided them completely for all the reasons listed below. I was a dumb ass. The computer is a tool and once I embraced it I increased my out put ten fold. You can make a design look like anythning you want on a computer. I have a Punk Rock poster for Photo Bill Daniel I designed with Jason Austin that looks just as punk as this bikini kill and it was done 100% on a computer and then silkscreened. I'll post that sucker when I can get a good shot of it. It was screened on cardboard so the final looks much cooler than the PSD file. Point is, as Poster Mistress pointed out so well, It is a tool and should be used as such. If you are faster doing cut and paste to get your desired effect that's great but I can get it just as fast in photoshop and it took me a few years to realize that and quit bagging on people who use computers to their advantage. For me coming to grips with using a computer was the best thing I ever did. It allows me to constantly hone my design skills just like life drawing 101 did back in school. Just have must faster results now. :-p
Dang. Thanks alot Fylar. Pretty proud of this one. Each one is different too since they were aged one at a time. Everybody should check out these two links. One is Art's Teengenerate and the other is Jeff's Nine Inch Nails. The reasons I did this poster.
How do you AA punks manage to do it? Every time someone comments on yr crap it blows up the Illo vs. designer argument. Amazing. Kraftie noticed we at factor27 Illustrate some stuff. Nice eye there Kevin. We try and utilize many styles and approaches to stay "fresh" Some are complete failures that most of you will never see but some work. Albeit we have slipped a couple on here that shouldn't have seen the light of day. I think it's very cool of Captains not to out any specific designer on this site as an example. I like to think I'm friends with many of you from different camps and I wouldn't think of singling out anyone unless the critique was solicited. I'm from the school of can't say anything good keep your mouth shut. I know the fellas at AA know I think they are aces. I've changed my design approach completely since I started seeing their badass work. Between them and Jeff K (and many more new influences from this site) I'm just trying to keep up. This is a sweet piece for sure even if I didn't get the bird :-p
Chris all your stuff looks very Hindu street graphic to me. Maybe I'm pulling that outta my ass but that's the first thing that pops to mind besides kaleidoscopes. You are definitely doing what nobody else here is doing at least that I've seen. I'd like to see one of these up close because I'm sure there is much more going on visually and conceptually that doesn't come across in Jpeg. If the blending is seamless as it seems then very nice rendering. You might study typography some. I have a "font rule" that is to never use more than two fonts on any one design also kerning and constrained scaling can solve spatial issues vs. stretching type. It's very obvious when type is warped to fit a space. I don't always follow these guides but I try. It's my personal style too so it's not the bible of type.
Some of the comments on the AA poster about give a 13 year old a computer and they can do the same is just bullshit. There are a stack of design rules and they apply to anyone doing layout and poster art is all about layout. Regardless if you are illustrating or using "clip art." You need to understand colour, typography, concept, and layout equally to have a successful design. I've seen "Illustrators" draw awesome images and blow the type and "Designers" create great images and blow the colour. Or have beautiful composition and a totally irrelevant image, either for the concept or the band. And I've seen every mistake possible made by both camps myself included. Design vs. Illo has nothing to do with how you create but how well you create. I'm no pro either I've only been full on into gigposter design and silk screening my own stuff for about a year so take it with a grain of salt. No kid who hasn't had some training, either self taught or other, can just sit down at a computer and do the stuff AA is doing.