Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Calgary Expo Poster








Original Sketch
I don't know about you but I always have to fight the urge to complicate things. The original concept had clouds, sun rays, mountains, the silhouette of a horse standing on two legs, leaves coming from the top Ieft, a vintage custom logo, etc, etc. etc, jeez! I'm loving the end result for its sheer simplicity and cleanliness, I had a lot of fun making the hair the main attraction, I wanted to let the viewer's eyes dance around a bit, little clues here and there so the eye can fill in the rest of the torso, hopefully to have as much fun as I had while drawing it. I love the fact that I arrived to the final image entirely by chance. Happy little accidents :)


I'll see you all there!


Abrazos,
-Alberto

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's a great cover Alberto. Awesome. Rand

Chrissie A said...

Beautiful!! Simple and bold...I really love this one.

MWICHIRIA said...

I frequent your blog but never left a comment so here's one:

I remember reading a while back an exposition on your aversion towards ass-kissing but allow me this once...Nice work Alberto.

Process Junkie said...

Thnks, guys & gal :)

Chrissie: That 'thing' is on the way ;)

Mwichiria: heh, heh! We all love ass kissing, I'm no different than most, I like hearing encouragement when something I do turns out decent, but I'm not driven by praise, that's not why I do whatever it is that I do. A true story: growing up I was the only artist in my family ('cept for my way-removed cousin Elias who went into carpentry) my family and friends loved to brag about my 'accomplishments' as an artist, ass-kissing was not only acceptable, it was I way of life. I used to walk around with my portfolio full of drawings I copied faithfully from photographs, showing them around, fishing for compliments, at one point it became crystal clear to me that I wasn't improving, I wasn't taken chances, I was stuck on doing the same things over and over because that was what people liked and obviously, their ass-kissing fed my naturally huge ego, most of it was a collection of laboriously and painstakingly detailed renderings of absolutely no consequence or substance, polished turds as we say in the business.
I remember the day it all came to a crashing halt, my cousin Tomás brought home a very talented art student to show him my work, Tomás had hyped me to heaven and the artist wanted to meet this young prodigy. He flipped through my stuff really fast and said: "very nice", more out of being polite than anything. I became so sick, I wanted to vomit, not because he didn't like them but because I realized then that I had been so blind for all those years, all I wanted was for him to validate me as an artist, validation has to come from within yourself but what the fuck did i know. I went home and I ripped the pages of the portfolio to shreds and cursed my existence. I started improving dramatically soon after.

geenpool said...

I'm a big fan of open spaces in art, but the original was full of goodness as well...you...you are good. keep on postin'.

Scott Neely said...

Alberto,
You are just damn awesome! I'd sure hire you! Great cover concepts and use of space!
Scott Neely

Candy Minx said...

True, valedation comes from within, but it's nice to hear. Good stuff. As usual I'm playing your playlist!
Candy

Scott Tolleson said...

Beautiful work Alberto. I love how you made the eyes demand the most attention while keeping the rest simple. Bravo!

FrogDaddy said...

i wish I could quit you.

Rebekit said...

this is sooooo my thing right here, so my thing, I lovvve!

Kevin said...

Thats a great cover, if thats what the Albertans get I'd like to see what us folks in Vancouver would get...that is to say if someone could put on a half decent show.

John Beatty said...

Yep...a nice one.

Great use of negative space.

I'm sure the sketch version would have been nice too had you went in that direction!

Your color choice and balance is always so dead-on too!

ONESICKINDIVIDUAL said...

less is definitely more. turned out nicely bro.

Brooklyn Bluesman said...

Dude-those eyes and that mole are stunning and make the whole piece. Muy suave.

Sylvia Menéndez said...

Hacía mucho tiempo que no venía a visitarte y me encuentro con estos posters increibles. Cuando empezó a bajar la imagen del primer poster pensé que era una de esas cosas antiguas buenísimas, fue apareciendo la cara de la chica y reconocí tu estilo, qué maravilla!! Me encanta la tipografía también.

1 said...

love the final...the sketch is so beautiful too. i'm attracted to complications as well. have fun.

radimus said...

Hi Alberto,

Ive been reading your blog for a while and I very much admire your work.

A silly question;

On most of your sketches, the rough text is organic and wavy/bendy but is usually replaced by straight and solid text in the finished peices.

How come?

Chrissie A said...

Chrissie: That 'thing' is on the way ;)

Wheeee!!! Can't wait! :D

Monkeyfeather said...

COOL! Great image! Wish I was going to be there, I'd show you the sights since it's my hometown! Been far too long since I was home.

Have fun!!!

UrbanBarbarian said...

I'm sure you did the right thing but it must of been tough not to find a way to implement that great lighting idea you had in your sketch. You resisted the urge and that's something I would not of been able to do!

nickbaltagi said...

Sweet art, yet again!!! Interesting story, love reading them. What happened to the Scribblettes? I miss those :(. I'm currently saving up money for those books, so please don't forget about me :). Keep up the great work!!

heri said...

Hey Alberto, I felt the same thing, I never really fished for compliments, and just recently I'm pushing my self to experiments with different styles, mediums, different art, and just a few months ago, i started my blog just to keep me drawing more and often, and I do enjoy compliments, specially from artist like your self.

I always like when artist post their concept sketch and their final rendering.

-heri

Process Junkie said...

nqaduuzbHey you guys, thanks for the comments!

Kevin: You must admit their province does have a great name ;)

radimus: You are right! One of my favorite passtimes is calligraphy, I used to draw all my type before personal computers came to existence (that should give away my age) I still sketch the type but these days I wimp out of the tedious work and use a 'poster' font such as Avant Garde (the modernist choice), Futura (the swiss school favorite) and some of the 'elegant but simple' sans-seriff fonts that do not compete with the image for attention but are bold enough to carry the message, my drawings are all over the place, the fonts have to be consistent.

I do love the old mid 19th century type treatment I sketched for this poster, that would have cemented the vintage label on this poster but the clash of two periods makes it more of an oddity, a post-post period piece if you want to get pretentious, I like strange things.


Urbanbarbarella: It still one of the hardest decisions to make, what to leave out it's just as important as what to leave in. Personally I enjoy more the drawings/paintings where a lot is left to the individual to fill in, Martti Mykkänen's earlier works are a masterful example of this. In a way the spectator is as much a part of the process (and of the final image) as the creator.

The key to make things like this work lies in the choice of colors and placement of such, you chose a base color that serves several purposes, as neutral ground color, high-light color and skin tone, the slightly dark red in this case is also multitasking, it gives you a 'rich' shadow, hair & hat color and surrounds the face making the base color appear somewhat lighter than the background, the black is what brings everything together, it draws attention to where you want the eye to go first, the black around the eyes also affects the 'greenish creme' and makes the eyes pop, overall the human eye will perceive a lot more subtleties and richness in hues, texture, volume and continuous tone where there is nothing but one flat red blob.

Monkeyfeather: Come home, buddy! you know you want to :) I'll see you in San Diego for sure.

Nick: I haven't forgotten about you :)

Iván said...

Well it seems almost all of your visitors are in some way related to "design matters"...however i might say
this site is quite full of many thing i enjoy a lot.

&Rew said...

...jaw drops... you rock as per usual.

&rew.

Sylvia Menéndez said...

Ahora sí que me has puesto en un dilema!¿Con cual nos quedamos? Del primero me sigue gustando la tipografía, pero... en el segundo también!
En general tiene más "impacto" el segundo: el degradado que le diste al rojo pega mucho, la tipografía abajo "abrocha" muy bien el conjunto. Y el detallecito del pendiente me encantó...Parecía difícil pero lo has mejorado!!

Process Junkie said...

Radimus: This is for you.

Android: Wade showed me those books you guys are collaborating on, simply gorgeous stuff, I want in on that action :)

Sylvia: El segundo es lo que tenía en mente al principio -en cuanto se refiere a la tipografía- Radimus me hizo sentir culpable :)))

Ivan: Thanks for visiting, don't be a stranger.

Kristen McCabe said...

Woah! That's Awesome Alberto! I love the top version with the old paper. Wow! oh Wow! I LOVE this!

Alberto, You Inspire me!

radimus said...

Oye!

Now you're talkin'

I think they are spot on.

Cheers ~:D

william wray said...

I agree simple is better, less is more, nothing is everything.

Process Junkie said...

Kristen: No, you inspire me! you two-headed superstar.

Thanks,Bill & Rad.

kiko said...

veo tus laburo y me agarran dos cosas como buen futbolero me dan ganas de colgar los botines y no jugar más o dibujar más.
Pero como tambien dibujo son una injección de adrenalina, soy un incondicional de tus trabajos, me hizo adicto Grillo, un abrazo.

Process Junkie said...

Nada de colgar los botines! :))
Gracias por la visita Kiko, un abrazo!

Kristian Antonelli said...

holy moly, badman...this is o so so f-f-f-resh..love the girl, love the design..fabuloso

Mat said...

Hello! I discovered your art a few days ago, and it's amazing! Thanks for what you do! I have a question: do you accept comissions? Your sketch are so fascinating! Many thanks!

Mat said...

Hello! I discovered your art just yesterday, and it's great! Love your style, and your sketches are really great! I have a question: do you accept comissions? Thanks!

Process Junkie said...

Thanks Kristian & Mat.
Sorry, no comissions.

Mike Feeney said...

I love it...as usual :)

Stef said...

this poster is beautiful Alberto! superb color work.

Connor Willumsen said...

hey! that was so weird to see you comment on my blog, I've been following this one for a while now and I was going to send you a link to mine. This poster is fantastic, the ones we have floating around already leave a little to be desired. Look forward to seeing your work

Process Junkie said...

Thanks Mike & Stef.

Connor: I'll be seing you in 2 weeks. btw, your work is superb, can't believe you are only 19 years old!

Connor Willumsen said...

and thanks for sending those images my way, the Los Borrachos is my new favourite painting of the week. You can't help but smile back at the guy holding the bowl

pitzerboy said...

Freakin' Awesome.