Sooooooo now let’s look at the kind of imagery and style that’s out there for Roller Derby, first with a cursory sweep of the mighty Google.
These ladies, though they appear to have had a terrible terrible collision with Photoshop (seriously, could they be any more airbrushed?) seem to be a nice example of the rockabilly/punk aesthetic that pervades Roller Derby. I think Roller Derby lends itself to the style because quad skates are so retro in themselves; there’d be a whole different look to the players if they wore roller blades, for instance. However, they’re a bit too overtly sexualised and perfect for my liking; one thing I liked about Roller Derby is the fact it seemed so inclusive and how it didn’t really matter about body shape. Quite amused by the single injury on each of them, too, including the obviously fake one on the lady in the bottom left.
This is an illustration by Christy C Road for BITCH Magazine; it’s good to get a feel for what illustrations are out there already out there, and I think this image is slightly more true to what I’ve seen of Roller Derby (though I’m hardly an expert, I will admit freely).
I’m a complete sucker for retro Americana, though I’d never usually admit it; I was in Florida not so long ago and was quietly ogling all the real estate signs. It’s the colour schemes and the clean lines. So I was immediately drawn to this. I think with the roots that the sport has, with the peak of its popularity being in such a picturesque era, this kind of design works well with it.
This is by Jeral Tidwell and I love it; a proper old school rock n’roll piece of design, like the individually printed concert posters you still get sometimes. Ngh. Great use of a restricted colour scheme, too.
A lot of posters have more of a scrappy punk aesthetic to them, which I enjoy too.
One thing I should note is that bouts generally have a bit of a tongue in cheek name, usually with some kind of pun in them, which echoes the names that the derby skaters give themselves.
…Art Deco? Why not? (Though I can’t really read the font on this )
I think an artist I could really take inspiration from for this project is Ippei Gyoubu. He creates a lot of different human-based characters but they often have a futuristic or stylistic twist to them which makes them not-quite-human.
What I like about this one is the energy and also the restricted colour scheme – roller derby teams often have team colours, so it might be interesting to work with them.
April 29, 2009
Hmm, yes, been slacking on the ol’ blog recently. Sorry about that. But I have been working on lotsa stuff. For instance, I seem to have developed a habit of drawing sea creatures:
They’re SO MUCH FUN to draw! I was inspired mostly by this illustration by Ernest Haeckel:
I’ve since put the vectored jellyfish onto a t-shirt, which you can buy from MySoti: http://www.mysoti.com/mysoti/designer/jaffajam/product/259485
Great news – the florist work is almost done! I’m really proud of the illustrations I did for it and I’m sure Creative Spark are doing a great job making the website suitably fabulous. I’m just having to put together some greetings cards using elements from the illustrations now, which should be fun. My flatmate tumblr’d (is that a verb yet? I’m sure it will be soon) some lovely designs that gave me some inspiration:
I think they’re by Carrie Gifford, of Red Cap Cards.
March 12, 2009
It’s that time of year again, I think: http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/northerndesign/index.html
I think this would be a good thing to enter again because it might give a good headstart on what I want to enter for the Computer Arts Graduate Showcase, and also since my live briefs are in a slight lull at the moment it gives me something to be doing. The deadline’s on April 20th but as I shall be jetting off on my holidays on the 16th (!!!) I’ll have to have things done a few days earlier. Still, that’s not really a bad thing as long as I know what I want to do.
ETA: Bit confused as to which category I’d enter this year – my initial reaction would be to enter for Illustration, but then the Graphic Design category states “the judges are looking for outstanding single images, with high visual impact and accomplished detailing. Submissions can be artworks for any format, from postage stamp to poster, postcard to mural, and should be accompanied by a short explanation of the conceptual or strategic thinking behind the piece, together with the dimensions and intended use or location.” Hmmm….
March 6, 2009
Currently working on a logo and poster for a DrownedinSound and Death by Shoes gig in Sheffield – it’s a roller disco (!) featuring lots of bands and DJs, which sounds like some fun times. I was first asked to come up with a logo to feature on the poster and be used elsewhere (such as Facebook and DiS) so came up with a few quick ideas:
The one on the left was the first one that I came up with and although I kind of had a gut feeling that it was what I wanted from it I thought it best to provide a choice, so I came up with the other two… and the client liked the first one best anyway. He asked me to provide a few varieties of that one and the right-most one using the DiS black and pink, so I provided this:
And we settled on this:
March 6, 2009
Noshi & Meg, on Earth, year 2036 by Aya Takano
March 1, 2009