I haven’t been posting regularly. There’s reasons for that, I guess… No reason for the lack of reviews, though, other than that I have been working on logos and other little ‘side projects’ that just didn’t allow me the time it takes to do those. Many, if not all of the things I’ve been working on are the kinds of things that I can’t show to anyone because of various reasons. Some were for comic book ‘pitches’… Some have been for logos of companies that haven’t made their public debut, yet… I have submitted art that I can’t show until I’ve found out if I’ve my art was selected…. And some people just didn’t tell me whether I could show their particular jobs I did for them.
I’ve been distracted with some of the programs I have and never use, also. I’m a regular listener to the Comic Vine podcast (and have made some silly little audio bits with their show). Last week, I swear I just happened to be playing around in ‘Garageband’ when I heard they were asking if any of their listeners would want to send in music submissions. Someone named ‘Bradley’ had given them a tune to use for their opening (they had used their former opening theme for years, I think) and they just threw it out there that if anyone else wanted to make a submission… So, OF COURSE, Mr. Tone Deaf himself: CRASH! LANDEN (echo, echo, echo)… Had to send his own version in, even though, he had never really used the program and more importantly that he hasn’t played an instrument since middle school (First Chair Alto Sax, thank you very much) nor has he ever tried to write music. EVER.
The shocking thing is that Tony Guererro (Editor Emiritus at Comic Vine) emailed me after I sent it in and said he might use it the following week. Again… shocking. Naturally I did what all crazy people would do; I did a few more (and sent one of them in). And you know what? They actually used one…. The second one actually. And I’m danged proud of it. It may only be for one week, but it made me happy… You, too, can hear the awesome loopy power of my GarageBand creation on their latest podcast (5-24-12) right here or you can download it for free on iTunes. They used it as an ‘outro’, so it doesn’t show up until the last couple of minutes of their 2 hour show. If you’re a comics fan, I would recommend the show, especially when DC Comic book scribe James ‘The Shade’ Robinson is on the broadcast (and he’s on there regularly). I think it’s a little more dynamic.
But… Danged proud.
And I do have something to show on my Designated Art Sunday. I’ve been neglectful, but not this week. I did a ‘corner box’ logo for what I believe is a startup indie comics company: ‘It’s A Go! Studios’. I think they started a wordpress blog and posted it over there. When I said ‘cornerbox’, I ‘m referring to the small logos that the company puts on their comics (like Marvel used to do… and they may be bringing that back, so I’ve heard). I pretty much did what was requested, which was they wanted a World War II army guy barking into a walkie talkie, then maybe having the ‘It’s a Go!’ in a word balloon.They also wanted it either with a rectangular shape or in the old DC ‘bullet’ style. That’s pretty much what I gave them. I started out with a rough sketch of the soldier (above). I did that with the WACOM table (thank you Mr. Assertive), but I still inked it by hand. Then I scanned it back in and turned it into vector art. The finished logo below is a jpg proof of that. It’s a lot bigger here than it’ll appear on the cover, though.
The only things I think that I contributed to it were little things, like making the ‘i’ and the exclamation point alike… I also let the letters hang outside the border, just to do something a little different. I do have a vector version with the guy having more of his face shown (as the above sketch), but they ended up liking this version better. But I think it turned all right. I actually liked a black and white version (where only ‘It’s A Go!’ was in color), but I don’t know if they’ll use it that way or not.
But, anyway… That’s what I got this week. I’ll try to get back to posting reviews regularly. The Big 2 summer movies are on their way, of course. Snow White And The Huntsman, you say? Piranha 3DD? Abraham Lincoln: VAmpire Hunter? Don’t make me come out there and smack you. You know the two I’m talking about. Now, back to working on a website logo for a T-shirt company (that I may or may not be able to show to anyone… Arhrkgh!).