Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Moebius (Jean Giraud).

Just wanted to mention something I noticed the other day.
I absolutely love the work of Jean Giraud, who is easily one of the greatest living French illustrators and I'm pretty keen to get my hands on a copy of the complete Arzak.
Arzak is a wordless narrative that was published in several volumes during the 70's.
The protagonist moves across a vast empty landscape in a lonely future and the use of vibrant colour and space is really unique.
The main thing I really wanted to mention which is startling to me as a fan of Hayao Miyazaki's work is the resemblance between Arzak's bird and Nausicaa's Mehve, the machine she flies. I'm sure it's undeniable from the images I've posted alongside my writing here. I'm aware that Giraud and Miyazaki are friends. Did he take his inspiration from Arzak? Also, if I'm examining Nausicaa as a whole, the style, the insects and the 'organic dystopian future' apparent in the film does seem akin to the French science fiction often shown in Heavy Metal magazine and the other works of Giraud. I dunno, it's hypothesis. But if anyone wants to reassure me that they've noticed the same thing an email would be great.
On a side note I also love Panzer Dragoon, and Giraud designed the concept art for the original game which blew my mind when I was 11.



The original Panzer Dragoon. Don't get me started on Azel (the third game in the series), it's easily one of the best games ever made.
What an absolute legend.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Crystal Castles

I'm seeing Crystal Castles in Seoul in January. It's going to be their first time playing in Korea. They're easily one of my favourite bands. They flawlessly mix nihilism, synth pop and 8 bit samples which is more or less everything I love combined.
I'm really excited about going so I thought I'd do some portraits of them.
The vocalist is Alice Glass and Ethan Kath produces. Their energy is contagious and I've got most of their back catalog bar some demos I listened to on Youtube the other day.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

STRUT! Typeface

Here's an updated filled out version of the typeface I designed for Almost Famous in Kyeongsung Busan. Providing everything is ready on time this should be going on a banner in just over a week. This is probably the most thorough typeface I've ever made, especially considering I have no formal training in typography. Took me a while. I stuck with a typically post-modern layout, keeping it minimal. I incorporated the logo that I designed into the exclamation mark that's part of the second T.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

The plight of the moon bear

Some new work for Groove magazine, this time about the ever decreasing numbers of moon bears across Asia.
Many are hunted for their bile, and often they are imprisoned in cages they can't move in so the bile can be harvested. It's absolutely disgusting. Due to this ongoing problem their numbers have diminished massively and there's thought to be less than 30 left in Korea.
I produced this image in response to that, with the numbered bears acting as a kind of counter showing how the numbers in Korea are going down.
In China they are slowly becoming endangered, and up until recently their numbers spread all the way from Asia to as far as France, so it really goes to show just how profound an effect we're having on everything around us.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

STRUT! Poster 2

Working on this for the next upcoming STRUT! night in Kyungsung Busan. I'm actually DJing this time, which will be my first ever. I'm doing the opening set so hopefully that means I can't embarrass myself for too long before the other guys come on.

Can't really get past how homoerotic these posters are, so good thing we're not advertising for an English club otherwise people would just assume it was a gay bar.

It's pretty much finished now. I gave a variety of colour choices for the group to decide on. Looks like blue's been chosen.