Saturday, 30 January 2010

Resistance Brief - Propaganda

As promised, some visual research for propaganda posters to help me with my Resistance brief...
I especially like the "Liberators" one as it is a huge creature made up of different things just how I want to make a grotesque creature from different elements.

Resistance Brief Progress

So, I've been having a hard time with the brief recently, but I think I have made a positive step in the direction of a good idea. I identified that I wanted to concentrate on Resistance to my vice of computer games, and my ideas were fairly surface level stuff, being chained to the Xbox etc.
After various chats with the tutors I was trying to come up with some way of juxtaposing the real and the virtual, what is it that you get from real life that you dont get from a computer game, and also that spending too much time on the Xbox is not living your life properly at all.
So after a chat with Ian M we focused in on a way of representing this visually; the idea is to have some grotesque creature made up of things that represent computer games or the insubstantial virtual world in general, attacking some poor soul and him/her having to resist said grotesque creature. Sort of in the style of propaganda posters where they would represent Nazi Germany as a snake attacking the world or Japan as a huge octopus devouring the planet, my creature will be a represention of all the time-devouring digital monsters out there, hungry for our time. The fact that they would be a snake or octopus also came from the fact that these creatures constrict/choke/swamp their prey as computer games can constrict your time. So watch this space for incoming visual research.

Thursday, 21 January 2010


So, I have chosen to do the D & AD brief designing a poster for Don't Panic with the theme "resistance". My initial thoughts were very cliche and typical; riots, guerilla warfare, petrol bombs, civil unrest, saying F**K OFF to the goverment and all that jazz, but I thought I would try and think outside the box a little bit.
After a chat with Ian, he directed me to a site called the Idler, basically a way of resisting small things in life, such as, not wearing a watch, so as not to be conscious of the time and let it rule your life.
I started to think of ways of peaceful resistance, like not buying major brands. However after realising that I was sat in a pair of Primark jeans, wearing Adidas trainers and drinking a bottle of Coke, I couldnt bear the hypocrisy of it all. Also I thought it all felt a bit preachy.
So, after another chat with Ian, I decided I would take the approach of not what I do resist, but what I would like to resist, and how it could make my life better. My biggest time-consuming vice is playing on my games console, and I started thinking, other than pure recreation, it has no purpose. It uses up so much time and yet nothing is achieved, aside from progress on a game, but then, that is only relevant while playing on the game anyway. So after this small epiphany, I have decided to experiment with the idea of resisting playing on computer games or watching mind-numbing TV, as I think it is something a lot of people can relate to. Come on, you know who you are, sat watching that awful Channel 5 action movie. TURN IT OFF!!

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Get To The Choppaaah!!!

This is cool on so many levels, heavy metal, Arny-themed, awesome animation on the band members made from bits of metal, purely awesome.

Monday, 11 January 2010


Very cool artist "Ukitakumuki".

Ukitakumuki's DeviantArt page

Xavier Garcia

A great concept artist - Xavier Garcia

Matthew Cook

A great illustrator, Matthew Cook.

Arabella Dorman

Brilliant war artist, Arabella Dorman.

Frank Frazetta

Frank Frazetta, the king of fantasy art.

Visual Association?

Karl Kopinski

One of my favourite artists, amazing illustrator Karl Kopinski.