Monday, September 15, 2014

This book is part of Archive.org and it’s collection of rare and important historical books.

Illustration and Graphic Design are thought of as two separate disciplines. This can be the case. They are two separate job descriptions. However, in many important ways the two over-lap. Not only in the document, newspaper, catalog or web site that they appear in but in the purpose that they serve.

And that purpose is simple: to elay information in a structured way.

In catalogs, art falls on top of photography with sizes, prices or shipping information. On a website, borders, shadows and artwork shape the borders that photography appears in. It is a technique that is used so much that it is almost invisible.

What about examples of these techniques in another era? We should be able to spot the transitions and archiac techniques much more quickly there.

Ferdinando Ongania’s Early Venetian Printing Illustrated, the book above, was originally published in 1895 but covers Italian Renaissance prints and illustration work from roughly 1400 to 1600. Here, there there are is an incredible over-lap of graphic design (text and textual elements) and illustration.

We can see a harmony at work but without the slick gradients, shading layers and glossy styles that are commonplace today. The important thing to remember is that these Classic era designers had the exact same purpose that Designers and Illustrators have today, and no mutually exclusive job titles.

For further reading, Artist and Designer Johnathon Coulthart has a review of individual pages and styles from this book at his blog Feuilleton.

(Source: gargantuan-media.com)

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Every two months, I write and publish a small-press, webcomics and comic artist newsletter on Deviant Art. In this month’s Indie Graphic Novels Newsletter,  I talk turkey about indie action/suspense label Isle Squared and their title Pale Dark and then get eerie and zombie-infested with Portland Underground featuring incredibly detailed art from Mr. Chris Kohler.

Stop by the site. Read some reviews. Get some small press books. It’s the circle of life, people!

Every two months, I write and publish a small-press, webcomics and comic artist newsletter on Deviant Art. In this month’s Indie Graphic Novels Newsletter, I talk turkey about indie action/suspense label Isle Squared and their title Pale Dark and then get eerie and zombie-infested with Portland Underground featuring incredibly detailed art from Mr. Chris Kohler.

Stop by the site. Read some reviews. Get some small press books. It’s the circle of life, people!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
War Cry is live at Smack Jeeves. The first few pages are up tracing the journey of a lone wizard through the wrecked ruins of an ancient prison tower. 

This is an extraordinary webcomic - full-color with magic, re-animated warlords and more evil baddies. Follow this webcomic for gory battles as the last of a mystic civilization fights for total control of the kingdom of Scorn.

War Cry is live at Smack Jeeves. The first few pages are up tracing the journey of a lone wizard through the wrecked ruins of an ancient prison tower.

This is an extraordinary webcomic - full-color with magic, re-animated warlords and more evil baddies. Follow this webcomic for gory battles as the last of a mystic civilization fights for total control of the kingdom of Scorn.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
A new horror webcomic that I’m writing and drawing. The page releases start now and run through this year. Then, if this book is  entertaining enough - a Kickstarter campaign for a full-color book.

PG-13/NSFW for gore/language/violence.

A new horror webcomic that I’m writing and drawing. The page releases start now and run through this year. Then, if this book is entertaining enough - a Kickstarter campaign for a full-color book.

PG-13/NSFW for gore/language/violence.

(Source: thewarcry.smackjeeves.com)