So I gave all of those sketches to Mom and I played around with the designs she liked:
She really liked a lot of elements from each of the cards so she went to
her friends in the Cafemom Etsy Moms group and got some opinions from there. They liked the bottom two and different things about them. So we brainstormed a little more and came up with the final version!
I took the second one’s logo in the middle and the third one’s information on the bottom. Together they make sweet business card love. And I extended the line on the top of the logo to bring it all in.
So being a graphic design major in the BFA of it all, it was ingrained into my head to sketch sketch sketch, and have thumbnails encompass my whole being before even touching the computer. Damned if my teachers aren’t right. I’m in a time crunch right now actually working for my mom. She’s going to a lunch this weekend and needs business cards to pass out. Her shop, Donna Pool Designs gets all kinds of business…and a cards are must for this event. So here’s what I’ve got so far…
These are super-simple sketches just to get an idea of placement for the cards and the overall layout. I googled business card design and just saved some really cool ones that I found. Research and gathering influences is a must for me. I need to see what else is out there…what it is…why it works…why it sucks. All that stuff builds into a unique design. Along the same lines as these sketches are some for a logo for her business. I’m going to build these designs into a whole new aesthetic for her online shop.
Please excuse the rushed nature of the sketches….again they are meant for rough ideas! I just play around with whatever is in my head and they all kind of evolve with each thumb. And like some, I draw something I know I’m probably going to hate, but getting it down on paper might mean that I can come back to it and make into something awesome later on.
I called her today after sending the sketches and we narrowed the card design down to the second row and the logos, if numbered going left to right, 3,4 and 6. If that makes sense ^_^
I would love feedback! These need to be 100% done by at the latest on Thursday. More detailed and specific sketches come next…then color! I’m a busy bee!
If you are a hardcore fan of comic book, a casual reader or an advertiser trying to sell to the afore mentioned demographics, this online course will be very beneficial to you. Advertising in comic books is becoming much more prevalent. I mean really…they are on almost every other page now. So in order to tap into your market and study the transformation in advertising we are going to focus on how the 90’s handled it in this first lesson.
What you can take away from this example is how EXTREME they make it. Comic book fans in the 90’s only responded to the most extreme of advertising. It’s like they’re comin’ attcha! Everyone looks a little maniacal and I feel like Professor X is trying to fart. So remember that. Try to employ insanity and farts as much as possible if you’re going for the 90’s aesthetic. Not really sure why a poster in the underwear package makes the briefs un-boring, but we’re just gonna go with it.
And always be sure to label your advertisement as an “advertisement” because comic readers are so dumb they might actually believe this is part of the story they are reading. Especially if the ad has nothing to do with the book in which it’s published.
Next Class we’ll travel back to the good ol’ 60s and 70s for some REAL learning material.
Holy Crap! So Dick and I went on a trip up to Philadelphia with our school for the annual College Day that the city holds. We decided to ditch the group and go walking around the city by ourselves. We’ve visited there a few times before and just enjoy being there. So we’re just strolling around looking at shops and having a good time when someone comes out of a store right next to me…
JAY MCCARROLL! He was about 6 inches from me and all both of us could do was lose our minds for about two minutes haha. Of course I’m kicking myself for not saying hi or asking for a picture. I’m a big Project Runway nerd and Dick is a fan of his too! And we absolutely went into the store he came out of. It was Lush, a store that has fresh, handmade cosmetics. I got some shampoo, conditioner and a shower fizzy they call Emotibombs and a free one of these just because they are awesome. Love it.
So we’ve been going through all our old comic books seeing what to try and sell and what we can use for other, more artistic, endeavors. Then we came across this.
Just take a moment to absorb the whole composition. Please note Nick Fury’s Ruffie coma and compromising position. The determined look in Strucker’s eyes…and the giant phallic gun are really accented with the lovely white smoke that one can only describe as “oozing” from the tip.
I applaud you Marvel.
So Dick is taking a relief printmaking class this semester. It’s the same one I took the first semester we got to Salisbury. I love it so much that I’ve been messing around with some ideas of my own while he’s working on his projects. Here’s what I have so far…
This is an inked linoleum block. The kind of linoleum I like best is really thick, but it does have a texture to it…if you don’t sand it down then it will look like this:
This one moved a little while I was burnishing…should’ve taken a pic of the good one ^_^ See how it’s not all solid black? That’s the effect you get from this linoleum. I like it though.
This one is done on standard white pine. You can get a 4′ board from Home Depot for around 5.00…awesome. Here’s the finished:
It might not be totally finished. I’m not sure how I feel about her shirt. I need feedback. Otherwise I’m happy with it and will be printing soon!