I don't really know if this is the right way to send a message. but anyhow i'd really love to see how you brainstorm and come up w/ ideas for ur design, instead of just showing the steps, can u please share ur thoughts and talk about the reasons u chose specific colors/fonts? I hope im not asking for too much. Thank you for all the awesome works!
Oh you’re too kind! You know, what’s interesting is I’ve gotten a lot of questions regarding color used in what I make. It’s hard to explain. I guess the easy answer when it comes to use of color is it depends on what you’re making, and the ‘message’ you want the color to help push. Some people make things simply for the sake of making something that looks cool, others want meaning behind what they make. I’m in the awkward middle. In the case of what I make, I try to capture and push the retro look and feel so I’ll use a lot of blues with reds, orange with purple, etc. I guess the trick to it, in my case, is to use colors that compliment, but more ‘dead’ versions of a color. Instead of a bright, eye catching red, It’s more of an aging red. You can see the whites and greys kicking in the color. Instead of a regular pure white, I use an ‘off white’. Like white with a tiny tiny tiny bit of grey in it. The list goes on. Best thing you can do really is just experiment with colors until you get the look and feel you want. Also, don’t be afraid to simply look at other works of art and design to get a better idea.
If it feels like my answer isn’t exactly clear or isn’t organized, it’s because it isn’t lol. It’s not something I’ve ever really thought about until recently, and I’m still an amateur in terms of design myself so it’s hard for me to put into words.
As for brain storming. It depends. Sometimes I sit down and think about an idea and other times I just kind of…do. A lot of times, my work is usually inspired (and named after) a song that happens to be running in my head. It’s hard to explain, but a lot of times what I’m listening to starts to create a vague (but usually workable) visual in my head, and I go off of that.
I hope this answered your question and didn’t just confuse you in the process lol.
Hey! It's me again, the guy who asked for help on the clothing line logo. You think we could chat through e-mail? Anyway I was thinking of something retro yet modern looking which is the exact reason I approached you on your artwork. One good example would be Obey Giant if you're familiar with that.
I am. Just know the reason I’m answering this publicly is because I can’t private answer a question from an Anonymous user. Next time you message me, just message me your email.
I love the retro style of your work, I was wondering if you had ever done any tutorials or had any advice on how to make some retro goodness?
Thanks for the kind words! It’s really hard to give ‘advice’ on because I’m really trying to figure out the look itself lol. I’m heavily inspired by older graphic works and collages, and I try to put my own spin on it.
Usually what follows my more retro aesthetic is the use of color, noise, and texture. If you notice, what I make is never a solid pure red or a solid pure blue, theres always an odd tint of some yellow in there. It helps to look at other retro or older pieces and try to figure out a color scheme that way. Noise can happen naturally in Photography when you take a photo with a low iso setting. You can also add noise in Photoshop under filters. As for textures, I answered someones question regarding this on my blog.
I don’t really have any tutorials to point you to, and I’ve never really done a tutorial. It’s a question thats sort of hard for me to answer, because I’m really learning myself. The best advice I can give when it comes to an older look (or really any art style) is to simply study art in general. Whether it be graphic design, Photography, Illustrations, etc. Try looking at old album covers, or gig posters. And never be afraid to experiment.
A question, i like your Retro-poster style. do u use a Brush for the fuck'd up effect?
I decided to make this public, seeing as I get this question A LOT. I’m assuming brushead is referring to the texture on most of my stuff. I don’t know how other people handle it, but this is what I do;
Find a picture that has interesting patterns or texture on it, a lot of times paper texture.
In Photoshop, saturate it and inverse it. This will make it black and white, and inverse it will make the blacks white, and vice versa.
Make this the top layer and set it on screen. A lot of times this will overdo it so just adjust brightness, contrast, lower opacity, erase, etc.
Now for the most part, this is how I approach it. Some steps might differ depending on what I’m actually trying to do.