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Shortcuts: The Design Experiment

If you’re in the Bismarck, ND area on April 24th let’s say around 7 pm, make sure you take in the Shortcuts event. Visit the FaceBook Event page for more information. A great example of what a group of graphic designers can put together with no money, but a lot of creativity.

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Live KayFabe is Fabulous

Front-of-packaging

I recently received my supply of KayFabe active wear and “I’m loving it” (back off McDonalds I kept the i in loving). These tees and stickers bring honor and legitimacy to pro wrestling every where/wear. You may be asking, how I can talk about pro wrestling with such authority? I actually went to school with Brock Lesnar when he was at Bismarck State College. We even walked together during commencement to receive our diplomas. Granted, Brock remembers me about as much as the last mosquito he swatted, but I’ll take my brushes with fame anyway it’s served.

I digress, here is a description of what Live KayFabe says about its products straight from its Facebook Fan Page — “Live Kayfabe is a lifestyle brand dedicated to providing t-shirts to REAL professional wrestling fans.

Sooner or later, every professional wrestling fan grows up. But, you can still love professional wrestling and not be ashamed to show it. We design t-shirts for professional wrestling fans that don’t want to look like a professional wrestling fan.

If you’re looking for a cheap-ass shirt with a cartoon of your favorite half-naked man on the chest, this ain’t the place for you. Live Kayfabe t-shirts are designed by REAL designers that love professional wrestling. Our shirts are printed on high quality t-shirts, using fancy silk-screen techniques.”

Below is a gallery of the stickers and teeshirts I received. The quality is excellent and the attention to detail is uncanny. The shirts are made in Mexico and Nigaragua. You can’t get anymore Lucha Libre than that.

 

I know the designer (much more than I do Brock Lesnar) of this brand of clothing and highly endorse it. His passion shows in the design. For more on this fabulous brand go to livekayfabe.com.

Now for those of us who want to know what the heck Kayfabe means click here: KAYFABE

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Screen Printing—First Time

Book-and-posters-together

I’ve done my own printing off and on for over 25 years. The process I’ve used up until yesterday is lino-cuts or relief printing. The Graphic Design program I teach at just added some screen printing equipment. My colleagues and I practiced using the equipment prior to fall semester.

Original sketch of Visual Pun #3 .

Original sketch of Visual Pun #3 .

For those who follow my blog you’ll recognize the image I choose to make poster size as Visual Pun #3: Bowl Movement. Notice the lack of shadowing on the original sketch. I scan the original and add the tonal values later in Photoshop.

Poster of VP #3. Size is approximately 9.5x13 inches.

Poster of VP #3. Size is approximately 9.5×13 inches. Print run of 50.

I was fortunate enough to have Jason and Sean walk me through the process for the first time. I was impressed withe amount of detail and the crispness of image.

I think that printing in a less forgiving medium such as Lino-cuts and doing it in reverse helped me visualize what I wanted to achieve. The key is to keep it simple for the first time. Try to see your image in black and white, strong contrasts. This first attempt gave me a lot of information on what my limitations are and how much I can push the medium for future projects.

Original sketch (L). Screen printed poster of sketch (R).

Original sketch (L). Screen printed poster of sketch (R).

I scanned the original sketch and converted it to vector art (eps) using Adobe Illustrator. Vector art allows for crisp lines while resizing  and printing the art to vellum for transfer to the printing screens.

 

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Kevin Tong Presentation at Bismarck State College 2014

Kevin Tong has graciously posted his presentation from April 30, 2014 at Bismarck State College. This is a great opportunity to see what you missed and a refresher for those who attended. Enjoy and thanks Kevin.

Kevin Tong is a freelance illustrator from LA and it was an honor to get to know him.

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To Get Good Work…

“Best way to get good work is to do good work.”

—Kevin Tong, Illustrator

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Kevin Tong — Master Illustrator & Poster Designer to Present at Bismarck State College

Kevin Tong  stands with some of his work (image from Kevin's Facebook Fan page).

Kevin Tong stands with some of his work (image from Kevin’s Facebook Fan page).

Once again the college I work for (Bismarck Sate College) is bringing another top notch Illustrator/Designer to campus — Kevin Tong. Kevin is one of the hottest illustrators in the country right now. A freelance illustrator from Los Angeles, Kevin has done band posters for The Black Keys and Bon Ivers and for movies such as Gravity and The Watchmen. Below is a time lapse video as Kevin creates the Watchmen poster.

Kevin’s presentation will showcase his work as an illustrator and his creative process.

When and Where: April 30, 2014, 7:30 pm;
Sidney J. Lee Auditorium (on BSC campus).
Free and open to the public.

Images are from Kevin Tong’s Facebook Fan page and are only being used to promote this event. 

 

 

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Wet Plate Photography: A Glimpse of the Past in Real Time

Shane Blakowitsch, proprietor of Nostalgic Glass, exposes a glass plate with an 8 second exposer.

Shane Blakowitsch, proprietor of Nostalgic Glass, exposes a glass plate with an 8 second exposer.

Recently my colleagues and advanced design students had an opportunity to take part in a wet plate ambrotype photo shoot at Nostalgic Glass Studio, proprietor Shane Blakowitsch. As Shane explains on his web site, wet plate collodion photography is the earliest form of photography. Most of the Civil War photography we’ve seen over the years was wet plate photography.

The bellows camera Shane used to take 5x7 glass impressions.

The bellows camera Shane used to take 5×7 glass impressions.

The camera above is a bellows camera meaning, the bellows go in or out to focus the subject. The exposure time Shane used was 8 seconds. Because of long exposure, the subject needs to be perfectly still. Notice on some of the images with the models, a metal pronged stand is set up behind (out of the cameras view) the sitting subjects to keep the sitter from moving.

Smile Jared.

Smile Jared.

Bright lights and no blinking are needed for a good exposure.

Bright lights and no blinking are needed for a good exposure.

Shane leaning on the metal prop that keeps subjects from moving.

Shane leaning on the metal prop that keeps subjects from moving.

Plate One from  our outing.

Plate One from our outing.

Plate two from our outing.

Plate two from our outing.

One of Shane's Images on the cover of View Camera magazine.

One of Shane’s Images on the cover of View Camera magazine.

Shane worked with a Custer impersonator to recreate the iconic image taken by  Matthew Brady. This image is on the cover of the current issue of  View Camera magazine.

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