Archive for October, 2007

Cutting mat composition

Posted by Barry, October 31st, 2007 | Filed under Syndicated | No Comments

Tracing paper, felt-tip pen, whiteout/tipex, scissors and a cutting mat just like Blue Peter.



Posted by Barry, October 30th, 2007 | Filed under Syndicated | No Comments

Well been super busy and thought I would give you folks an insight into a bit of what I have been doing.

I hope to get some high quality prints made of this as it is around 600mm long so pretty damned detailed.

Will upload some closeups later on.


Frenden Halloween

Posted by Ray Frenden, October 26th, 2007 | Filed under Syndicated | No Comments

A Better Tomorrow is now selling the tee whose sketch I posted previously. In its finished form, it’s a good mix of cartoon and gore. A little more lighthearted than my Medusa design, but more appropriate given that it’s a riff on A Better Tomorrow’s logo. I wanted to create a relationship between the bird and ape that made sense in the context of halloween. I think I succeeded in that. Below is the image ABT created to promote the shirt on their blog.


The title for this post may sound a bit cryptic or, worse yet, pompous. In reality, that’s the title the design was given over at ABT. Holy hell, I can’t help but relay how awesome it was to see FRENDEN HALLOWEEN on their site. I mean, who doesn’t want their name directly associated with the only holiday worth its weight in amassed candy goodness? Rad-fucking-tacular. Ray Frenden: doing his part to spread childhood obesity and diabetes. I’m such a humanitarian!

For posterity (aka my own unrestrained ego stroking), this is how it showed on their site, heh:


In addition to the shirts, their blog has the design available as wallpaper. The wallpaper is the desktop kind, not the drywall adherent kind. I will not be held responsible for people pressing their monitors to their bedroom walls only to see them plummet to the ground and shatter.

Two Manga Studio Brushes

Posted by Ray Frenden, October 23rd, 2007 | Filed under Syndicated | No Comments

Right before I left for New York for the weekend (and most of Monday), I figured out the first of two new brushes in Manga Studio. It approximates a dirty brush look using very condensed, large airbrush dots in the airbrush tool. Overall size is set to pen pressure, and random dots is unchecked. Keeping random dots checked seems to create a weird effect, injecting a lot of whitespace into the stroke.

I’m still trying to find the sweet spot in Manga Studio that will inject a lively, organic feel to brush strokes without sacrificing brush control. Using a large brush and creating a softer, cushioned pressure curve seems to go a long way. The strokes feel a lot like using a real brush to me. Well, as close as I’ve found digitally. Often, though, I make these sorts of adjustments and can’t deal with the lack of 1:1-size-to-pressure.

I have more control with a real brush. For the ease of production, reproduction, and a few other factors, I still prefer working digitally for most commercial projects.

more type exercises

Posted by jon contino, October 21st, 2007 | Filed under Syndicated | No Comments

bad luck 13

today i pretty much decided that i was going to put everything else off and try to work on some of my type design so that i would be a little more fresh going into work on monday. here are a couple exercises i worked on. i also did a canvas with paint markers, but that’s still drying, so i’ll leave that for another day.