I’ve been a bit all over the place lately, but I’ve recommitted myself to my forest stencil that I bagan at the beginning of 2014. It’s a beast, and with all of the detail it takes forever.
I’m really starting to make ground on it and you can begin to see the trees forming.
To get myself inspired again, I hit up a few art shows in only a couple of days. I checked out Hanna Hur‘s Get Well Soon Slow Editions Book Launch at Art Metropole which was different than most shows I attend. The art book was comprised of flower drawings created while in the hospital, of arrangements visitors had left for the artist. It was pretty rad and the shop as well.
The second show I attended that night was Jon Todd‘s Outsiders at Hermann & Audrey which showcased his brand of portraiture and story telling through mixed media painting and collage. It’s alway great to see his work in person (like any artist for that matter) because you don’t get to experience the scale and depth of the materials used from a computer screen.
To be honest I walked right through Michelangelo: Quest for Genius. I’m not sure if it’s just where I’m at with my own art, but I just found it completely boring. The Alex Colville show in my opinion was amazing. Room upon room of countless works and sketches spanning his career. I found his water colours of the war really cool and thought they would inspire many concept artists with his execution.
Now that I’ve seen that Alex Colville inspired so much of The Shining I should finally watch it… this week would be perfect.
It’s been a few weeks since my last post. I went away to my cottage at the end of July and since I’ve been back I have powered out a new site to showcase my graphic design, photo retouching, and illustrative work.
I used behance. It’s pretty good, and it’s free. It was a bit of a learning curve to figure out dimensions of files and other formatting issues, but after two solid weeks it’s complete. This new site wont replace bradleitch.com, it will allow me to use that site simply for my fine art. Please check it out and let me know what you think.
One of the dope projects I’ve been working on lately has been the rebranding of Toronto indie record label, Easy Tiger Records. One of my first blog posts was about one of their bands, Wildlife. The company has had a great year so they felt it was time to re-brand/update their company image to reflect what a dynamite label they are. This was their original logo which ultimately they decided they wanted to update rather than start fresh.
They wanted a more hand drawn feel, to balance out the overall design, as well as pay some respect to the year they were established, and the great city they live in.
This is how it turned out. It was hand drawn with a white space added to the upper to lighten the weight of it. An established date was added in the middle to break up some of the negative space. The lower half really shows the hand drawn feel with the script looking less like it was done with a computer, and the filigree was made more organic with line weights that matched other areas of the design. Finally Toronto was slid in at the bottom inspired by old bank notes.
Along with the main logo, there’s some more logo work and imagery we’ve been working on. I’ll post again soon about this project when everything is finalized, and is rolled out on their new site.