Archive for February, 2011


Positivi-tees…

Yes it has been a few days since my last post. I’ve been very busy, and I will post what has been happening at Underground Creations soon.

Anyhow, in today’s fashion world we can all say that there is a handful of tshirt lines out there. We all notice that everyone is knocking off everyone and no one really stands out. There are a few out there, but they are completely in the underground and its hard to discover them. Trust me I know.

Well let me shed some light on a company I’ve had the pleasure designing for: BPlusCLothing

The whole concept for their clothing is simple. Taking inspiring words from some of the worlds top icons, and passing the message on through their clothing.

I think its a great thing that they are doing and its going against the grain on what clothing lines usually go for in terms of concept.

Other than the great images that these shirts have, the words are what we should focus on. I have always said that one of the most powerful things in this world, are the words that we put out into the universe.

BplusCLothing will be available online and stores soon and we will definitely keep you posted.

But for now, go check out there stuff: http://www.bplusclothing.com/

The world of Art

I had the pleasure of working with Art at a denim company where we pumped out graphics like there was no tomorrow. He was probably the only guy I knew that painted and had a passion for art other than myself. After we both left the company I’ve followed his work and have notice his gradual progression. This guy paints portraits and helmets for race car drivers, we are not talking about some no name drivers, we are talking about big time names here.

His style is very unique and I have to admit  he did have an influence in not only my own style, but also helped me develop the eye for graphics in fashion and in airbrushing .

He has done hundreds of helmets, hundreds of paintings, and it doesnt stop there.

 

Go check out his site.  www.artrotondo.com

Ubertwitter fail!!!

Well this sucks. For those of you that have received error messages on your Ubertwitter account on whatever phone you are using, well it has nothing to do with your phone or your account. Its the actual application.
Heres the message, link

Looks like someone at “Uber” made a boo boo.

I just downloaded the real twitter app for blackberry and it actually works better and has a better interface.

 

I know we have all thought of it, of how great it would be for CS5 to be available for the iPad.  We have already seen what Wacom did with their tablets so why not Apple? Im guessing it could either be that these programs are just too strong for the iPad, or its actually in the works and they are trying to milk it with the first and second gen iPad.

To be honest, Im not sure I would enjoy using a touch screen to design stuff. After a while it would get tiring and it seems that the risk of arthritis and carpal tunnel heighten, no? Have you ever listened to how many times you click your mouse when you are designing something? I swear we go at 80 clicks per minute. Thats a lot of wear and tear on your hand. LOL

It would extremely  be convenient for those minor touch ups that you need to do before sending it off to the client.

Im sure some of you have those clients that call you outta no where and ask to “just center my logo a little bit more”, and you are no where near your desktop and powering up your laptop takes too long. If you had the iPad just turn it on boom boom boom, send and done. (Yes, that fast lol!!)

I have a friend that works for apple development, and word has it that Apple is working on an Ipad Pro. I got no official specs on it but this may be our answer. We will see. Apparently it wont be out till Fall 2012.

So I guess for now we can just sit and wait and let technology run its course.

Mac vs PC

It has been long debated on which computer is better…Mac or Pc’s.  Well here’s a better question for you: Which computer is better for graphic designers? (cue in dramatic music….)

In the late 90’s I was in college doing a program called Illustration and Design. A hybrid program that taught you everything that has to do with art. From drawing to painting, to airbrushing all the way to  graphic designing. Now in the first semester we started using photoshop 5.5 and illustrator version 8 or 9, on a computer called a Macintosh.

At the time I didnt think it wouldve been such a big deal on which computer you were designing on. And I dont think it really did till maybe around 2002. (this is just a guesstimate of when i started to notice the epic battle starting to brew up)

Now Ive designed on both a pc and a mac and besides the different key combinations for actions, they both perform well……Im lying. I found that working on pc’s, the programs made the computer crash a few times during long hours of work, and this can be due to the fact that Creative Suite programs require a lot of multitasking and RAM. On the other hand, for some reason, a Mac takes care of shit. And I say it like that because based on my experience, my Macbook Pro has probably worked 72 hours straight at most with out even a single reset or glitch. And I stand by Apple because they stand strong even when you abuse them (not physically). But….I’m not knocking PC’s. Yes the Creative Suite programs are more expensive than the actual computer but, its affordable if you cannot dish out the 2000$ for a mac.

I would probably get a pc as a back up should my mbp breaks down. FYI I’ve had my laptop since 2008, and not one problem besides me dropping it which caused the housing to slightly crack.  LOL

And to finally end my biased post on this topic, it seems nowadays that people automatically assume that graphic designers, all have Macs. I dont know how this came about, but let me tell you this. It bothers me a whole lot when i see people with Macbook Pros, and find out that they are not designers. I mean, why do you need such a powerful laptop when the most technical program you use is Excel! Lmao

Mac vs Pc = Cool vs Practical


Homeless Designer…

This goes out to all you graphics designers, illustrators, and painters out there.

There’s this rumor going around that designers come a dime a dozen. And I’ve actually heard that slip out of previous people Ive worked for.

Now here’s our struggle. People seem to believe that what we do is so easy and that it takes no time to finish. What people dont understand is that we have gone through schooling (some of us not), and have lost years of sleep to become this good in order to complete a job in no time. And not to mention develop a sharp sense of imagination so we can mentally put together your design.

Im just gonna go on a small rant and say that I cannot stand when people tell you how much they will pay you for a contract and don’t even ask you if its fair.

Ive been in the game for 9 years and if a client wants to pay me 25$ for a logo, I hand them a stick man.

Side note: Professional Graphic Designer should be paid minimum 30$/hour. MINIMUM. And when I say professional, I mean Professional. Not those people that learned designing of YOUTUBE.  Yall give us a bad name, so go back to the etch a sketch and just stop it!

Now this shirt I have created for all you freelance, or full time 9-5 designers who get underpaid. You know you deserve more. It seems that your artwork is only worth millions once you are dead.

Production for this shirt is now happening and will be available next week. For pre-orders please email me or you can click on the pay pal link which will be available in the link above “Limited Edition”

or just click here

For all you designers out there, heres a little treat. We search the deepest parts of the net to find great sites for vectors, cus’ there are times when us artists do get a little lazy to retrace images on Illustrator. And sometimes hitting that good ol’ “live trace” button just doesnt give you the results you want.

Well here’s some links for you. some of you may know that but those who don’t…..enjoy!

http://www.blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/freebies/huge-collecton-of-tshirt-design-mockup-templates

http://www.greatvectors.com

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/12/swirls-vector-illustrations-set/

http://www.vecteezy.com/

http://www.brandsoftheworld.com (need to register but thats it, free baby free!!)

Finding NYC….

So its been nearly a week since i last posted and something and there is a very good reason for that. I went down to New York City for a Mens Fashion Trade show, and to find some sort of inspiration for the upcoming fall lines that I will be working on in the upcoming months.

Now I’m not sure if it was because it was the beginning of the  week when we decided to go, but NYC was sort of quiet. It felt like a friday night in Montreal LOL!

Met lots of people that had nothing to do but complain about the economy. I think its in a way healthy for people to experience a hit like that and as a result,  it woke up some people, because I also met people that are back on the grind, hustling. Meaning, they are going back out there and doing some hard core leg work again. You kind of have to, doesn’t matter what size your business is.

Any how, here’s my weeks report on whats hot in nyc, which is good forecast for all you designers out there. Save yourself a trip to NYC and just read this nutshell of what’s going down. (forgive me if there are any typos, Im an artist not an english teacher.)

DESIGNS FOR MENS FASHION:

As stated earlier this year, the direction of mens graphics is definitely going simple. No more of the Ed Hardy look, which I think only Ed Hardy will be the only one to get away with that look still. No more big prints, for example Affliction tees. Simple.

A good template, or example of what every one is into now, is none other than Ralph Lauren. Everyone is knocking him off, like its going out of style. (pun) But the thing is it won’t. I see this look probably stretching for the next 2-3 years.

Another good line to look at is G-star. If your line is more of the casual city type, this is a good line to look at for inspiration.

I saw a lot of text and font based designs which apparently work well. In other words, dumb it down, you dont have to spend hours on a design or graphic. Just some simple word play with maybe a line stroke here and there would do the job.

Now my buddy and I have found something that we know for sure that will be hot for the upcoming season’s but I  dont think i should put that out there, only because the competition maybe reading this. But dont be too upset, as soon as production is finished, I will definitely let you in on the goods.

 

Before I end this, I just want to say that its damn expensive to be an artist. And all of you other artist out there know what I’m talking about when I say that because we have to go to anther city, just to find inspiration. We are never satisfied with what we are provided in our own city. But I think thats the beauty of it. We are forced to be explorers.

Lastly, we gotta stop complaining of what’s wrong with business, or anything that you’ve invested in. Start focusing on what a blessing it is to actually have your own business or grind if you will. And you will see that things will start to change. Trust me.