Tuesday, January 25, 2011

This poster is in the 3-D animation computer lab. The dramatic image evokes what is possible in 3-D, even when presented as a 2-D image.

The complex figure is balanced by the black background so the viewer is not overwhelmed by the intricate forms within it. Via these shapes, the figure appears to be "evolving" from wires or computer elements, which echoes the evolve theme of the event being promoted.

The curling shapes and the color (which echos the logo and font) of the "hair", lead the viewer's eye to the upper caption, the kettle and arms bring them down, and the curving lines in the "skirt" brings the eyes to the Computer Animation Festival info at the bottom. In spite of my fascination with the intricacies in the figure, my attention continues to return to the text.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

This illustration really caught my eye, while paging through Contemporary Graphic Design by Taschen. I didn't know what it was at first, a wax sculpture perhaps? Then I realized it must be paint over a person's torso, and anything that's not red paint is invisible.

It is a cover for "Manic Street Preachers:Lifeblood" record album. It certainly conveys a feeling of blood, and life. The photo is by John Ross, the company is Farrow. They did at least three album covers for this group, all in the same style. Fans would not even need to see the name of the group, or any other text- the image syles so iconically identifies who they are.

I like that it is both stark and organic at the same time, a sense of movement caused by the flow of paint.