The August Poster Countdown is here with Mark Brickey and Mitch Putnam of OMGposters.com guiding you through a month chock full of raw talent and jaw dropping pieces. As we move higher and higher up the ranks, you can study how each artist harnessed their creativity to truly hone in on what each work attempted to communicate. These two captains of industry point out what makes each poster stand out from the rest and lend time tested, industry insight into the business behind creativity. Is a portrait or landscape layout better for your next composition? Are you great enough to be deliberately sloppy? Do you have the guts to put blue cheese on pizza? With such a wide array of style and subject matter exhibited across this month's selections, you are sure to walk away with countless chicken nuggets about the subtle finesse behind design expertly wielded by these artists.
- The slow decline of cinema and the evolution of its marketing tactics.
- Low budget horror films that make money but lack the quality Mondo would confidently stand behind.
- Hitting the tone of what you're trying to capture in your work.
- Making humor translate and avoiding likeness rights through illustrative styles.
- The power of portrait.
- Sturdy women, traditional styles, and Revolver videos.
- Metallica posters, Space Riders, and inspired hires who actually try something different.
- Consistently piling on your signature style with details and layering.
- A moment for Pizza that makes no sense.
- Reminiscent posters that harken back to a better time for gig posters and cementing yourself in the community.
- Existing in incubators and honing your craft.
- Grayscale grief online.
- A quiet breath of fresh air, your client's success is also your own, and inspired secondary photos.
- Challenging infographics that most artists want to take on.
- Making type that talks, lego pieces that work for you, and some new bookmarks you need.
Circle Of Trust Talking Prints
- When real world TLC backfires and the intense process behind James Jean's work that puts him in competition with no one but itself.
- Avant-garde client work that comes from a totally different world.
- Harnessing the power of white.
- Mood, silence, and tone, following the career path of Dan McCarthy, and the difficult lesson of restraint.
- Understanding finesse.
- Master Lego Builders and working the information into the composition.
- Mixing hand drawn illustrations and real world photos.
- Are you deliberately sloppy or just not talented?
- Experimenting outside the Star Wars universe and guessing at the long term cultural footprint of modern IP's.
- From marketing to meritocracy.
- Negative space is self confidence and Mondo teams up with Black Dragon Press.
- Form, function, and split fountains.
- Nailing line weight like a master.
TEAM POSTER COUNTDOWN
If you need an incredible detailed examination of how DKNG creates such compelling work then look no further than AID 473. The DKNG Show gives everyone the chance to hear from Dan and Nathan just how they do what they do so well.
Don't miss last month's poster countdown with Mark and Mitch bringing you the best that July had to offer. These episodes are such an incredible examination of talent and a long look behind the scenes of the scene that is poster design.
Richey Beckett is a master of the old craft of crosshatching. He painstakingly inks line after minute line to create a rich tapestry of marks that draw the viewer into a time long ago. AID 224 is an introduction to a true artisan across the pond.