Sunday, January 27, 2013

angry strongo #37 first online sale

It has been some time since the last installment of angry strongo. Between Christmas, illness, birthdays and work, time has been minimal and the few ideas I've had for comics have been tabled due to insufficient time. Most, if any time, has been spent on society6 stuff.

My children are now a year older, 6 and 4, and we're full swing into the mayhem of 2013.

Monday, January 14, 2013

the honesty policy... the best one

I have spent a considerable amount of my recent free time attempting to build an identity on society6, an online artist community that offers up prints, framed prints, tees, pillows, phone cases and laptop covers of your work. I am attempting to only submit things that define my current state of design preference. I say "design" because I feel strongly that design isn't "Art" with a capital A. Design is an artistic process but with motives different than Art. My work for this blog and society6 has all been based on my design opinions...not true Art. 

Live a Life of Learning has been a pet project for the last two years. This design of the honesty policy is the latest in the ongoing series. Being a teacher and all has me considering what kids need to see and hear that will get them through this crazy world...

It took about five to six versions on the lettering style for "BEST". I went with a skinnier and italicized version of what is on money. I scanned in the back of an old photograph to give it that weathered/worn look. It became a royal pain with all the changes it saw before completion.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

local font find #11

While driving to the in-laws the other day, Ashley noticed this "sign". I'm not sure where to begin. I'd like to say that it's so bad it's good. But I can't say that. I guess I'll just speak to the font. It has some kerning (spacing) issues. The A is quite a ways from the T and the I is uncomfortably close to the X. The D seems to be sagging from age. The roundness in the R and D fails...probably tape was used to mask the lettering while they went to town with the Rustoleum. It sure is difficult to neatly turn your masking tape. I'm sure that the owners are outstanding at taxidermy.... a very difficult skill. It takes real talent and attention to detail to make a name for yourself in the field of taxidermy. It's very competitive in these parts. This sign just doesn't make me feel as though the details are getting the attention they need. The sign is my first impression. Their business card to public passing through.

If I do need a taxidermist, I can guarantee that I WILL stop into this establishment first. They're out there taking that financial risk. Their spirit is there even though the lettering is struggling. Happy New Year everyone.