- Category: Digital art & photography
- Published: Monday, 06 June 2016 16:02
- Written by Catpaw
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Experimenting with something a little different this week. I want a create a poster to promote the website. It's an interesting excercise, if for no other reason to create a sense of focus about the website's mood. Parts of the poster design will hopefully be incorporated into a basic web redesign sometime this summer.
What I have discovered is I REALLY, REALLY like cityscapes. After combing through my photo archives, I realised how often I take photos of buildings. I've gone back to some buildings a number of times over the years to capture different angles. It's been illuminating. Second thing is how much I like urban and industrial design. No, not the wretched concrete boxes that are often mistaken for design. I'm talking about metals, gears, wheels and factories. I take photos of the most unlikely things, including rusted hinges, patches of interesting metal or cracked brickwork and layer them underneath urban scenes. You don't get to see much of it because I often toss the work into a big folder titled "experiments" and move on.
I also seem to like rust. Yes, rust as in the stuff you scrap off metal. Rust offers up so many textures to play with, it's unbelievable. Oh and shades of brown. No idea why, I just like brown. It's quite hard to move away from it. So I let myself go with the poster and pulled together a few of my favourite things: rust, skylines, night shots, clean simple fonts, space and the colour brown:
My first poster draft had coffee beans in it. While looking at it, I figured they weren't necessary - this site isn't about coffee or even espresso so why have a coffee bean on the page? I eventually settled on this cityview. I used a companion photo taken in 2010 on a brochure for someone last year and decided to see if I could transform it into something completely different. It's a view of Yonge Street from my balcony on an april evening around 11pm. I must have stood out there taking photo after photo that chilly night. I layered another photo of a spot of rust underneath, then on a brown layer to give it the right feel.