The uncreative part of being a creative with the Master of One Podcast.

blake stevenson aka jetpacks and rollerskates illustrator podcast interview on master of one podcast

Got back in the hot seat with the Master of One podcast crew this week. If you don’t know what that is you must be living under a rock somewhere!? Just joking, It’s a great show that airs a few times a week and talks with creatives about the what they are working on, releasing and just general shop talk.

We rambled on about all sorts of goodies like getting your online store up and going, social media marketing, different sales channels, how to work with in constraints and so much more. Always a good time time with these guys!

Here is the episode I was on:

Checkout Episode 56 of the Master of One Podcast with Blake Stevenson aka Jetpacks and Rollerskates.

Fantastic Mr. Fox Adobe Illustrator Speed Drawing.

Recording another speed drawing session. Once again for the monthly sticker club, Slaptastick. This months theme was fictional characters from books. My illustration was based on on of my favourite children’s books of all time Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl.

Fantastic Mr. Fox vector illustration by jetpacks and rollerskates

This illustration shows a way to design more symmetrical characters. By working on a single side, flipping it and then adding subtle modifications so it doesn’t look like an exact copy. In my opinion it’s all the little details that gives an illustration character and sets it apart, especially if you are working in a clean vector style.

I hope you enjoy the video and I would love it if you subscribed to my channel.

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Ghosts in the Groove time lapse process video. Illustrating with Photoshop and a Wacom Cintiq.

Another process video for you guys. This is for a piece I call ‘Ghosts in the Groove.’ This was created using my 12″ Wacom Cintiq (older model) tablet. With this illustration I was trying to mimic the overprinting process when doing silkscreen. To do this I chose 2 colours and used the multiply effect in Photoshop. When taking this to press always take Photoshop’s multiply effect a grain of salt. 9 times out of 10 it will not be exactly what you see on screen. It’s a constant trial and error process until you get the results you’re looking for.

In future videos I will show some of the other techniques I have used to mimic the silkscreen process. Until then stay tuned and thanks for checking out my speed drawing process video.

Deadpool vectorization process video

Back at you guys with another process video. This time I am doing everyone’s favorite foul mouthed superhero; Deadpool. This process video goes from sketch to final vector to show you how I do what I do. This one is a bit different than some of my other videos cause you can see how I do a symmetrical vector illustration.

Here is a better look at the final piece. I ended up with 2 different versions of this. I couldn’t decided if I liked the softer red outline or the more solid black outline to make it stand out better.

deadpool vector illustration by blake stevenson aka jetoacks and rollerskates.

Slap Stickers Alternative Logo Process Video

A few months back I was asked by Slap Stickers to do a fun reimagining of the brand. After some discussion we decided to go with a handmade script lettering approach. Whenever I get the opportunity to do some custom scripts I cannot refuse. It’s one of those design muscles that can never be flexed enough; in my opinion.

Here is a my speed drawing/process video for the project. You can see how I take the sketch all the way to final vectorization on my Wacom Cintiq drawing tablet.

Here is a better look at the final piece.

slap stickers typography logo design by blake stevenson aka Jetpacks and Rollerskates

Weapons of Mass Creation festival shirt design and process video.

I have attended the Weapons of Mass Creation Festival for the past 3 years. It’s an event like no other. The people, speakers, and vendors compliment each other and create something very special. Last year I was asked to do an alternative art print for the festival. and this year I was so excited when they asked me to do a shirt design. Giving back to this creative event that has given so much to me is a no brainer. Here are a few of the artifacts that came out of this.

Process Video:

Shirt Design:weapons of mass creation blake stevenson tshirt design

5 Not so Creative Questions with Aaron Scamihorn of Ronlewhorn Industries

5 questions with ronlewhorn industries

I have not yet officially met Aaron (or should I say Ronlewhorn) in person but I chat with him via the internet once a week or so. Getting to see what he has in the hopper is always awesome. His clean line work, composition and ideas stood out to me instantly. Which eventually prompted a delivery of the sacred “5 not so creative questions.” Enjoy this edition with Aaron Scaminhorn of Ronlewhorn Industries.

For those who don’t know you. Who the hell are you?

My name is Aaron Scamihorn. I operate my illustration, design & screen printing operation under the name Ronlewhorn Industries. Ronlewhorn is a pseudonym that started as a typography class project in college where you take parts of a word and re-arrange the characters. Using my full name aaRON LEWis scamiHORN i came up with RONLEWHORN and it has kind of stuck.

ronlewhorn industries projects

What do you do? OR what are you working on?

I primarily create illustrated portraits. I love bold, clean-line illustration that has a touch of comic book and retro aesthetic. Right now I’m working on a series of posters for the Indianapolis Museum of Art highlighting the films they’re showing as part of their Summer Nights Film Series. I’m also doing a couple pieces for upcoming Gallery 1988 shows and have a couple gig posters in-progress for Bayside and Frightened Rabbit.

Ronlewhorn Industries Projects 2

What’s a tip you’d give to people? Something you’ve picked up along the way.

My advice to people is always “do what you love as much as you can, put it out there for as many people to see as possible and eventually people will pay you to do just that.” This philosophy has always worked out pretty well for me and it results in the most fun projects.

Ronlewhorn industries Beer Labels

What are you into. Or something that recently inspired you?

I started an organization a couple years ago called the Craft Brew Doodle Crew. We meet once a month at Indiana City Brewing and do musical-chairs style art. There are some seriously talented artists, illustrators and designers around the table and it always inspires me to collaborate on a handful of pieces with other creative people. You can see all the work from that group on CraftBrewDoodleCrew.com or @CraftBrewDoodleCrew on Instagram & Facebook.com/craftbrewdoodle

Waffles or Pancakes? and why.

Legit Belgian waffles with the chewy dough and crunchy bits of sugar! Those things are like crack!

 

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Master of One T-Shirt and Speed Drawing

 

I originally stumbled upon the Master of One Podcast while combing through Andrew Kolb’s (An extremely talented illustrator) social feed. I noticed he was a guest on a recent episode of the show. I listened to that episode and said to myself “Hey these guys are having a good time and promoting all the things I am very much interested in.” Since then I have listened to almost every episode, I even got to be a guest on one of those episodes (Mof1 Podcast Episode 77 – Canada’s Greatest Import). Then when Andrew Sale (One of the show’s hosts) approached me with the idea of doing a collaboration T-shirt for there trip out to Creative South I couldn’t help but say yes.

Master of One Podcast T-SHirt Collaboration Graphic

Hope you guys dig the design and if you are heading down to Georgia for Creative South, pick one up!

Kinda Funny speed drawing process.

 

As a person who works from home a few days a week I find myself in need of some sort of companion. Whether that companion comes in the form of a podcast, audiobook or youtube series. The addition of white noise or people talking in my ear as I work makes the days breeze by. This speed drawing video is me putting my spin on the Kinda Funny youtube series logo/typography.

Kinda Funny follows a group of friends who sit around a table talking about video game news, movies and other pop culture related events. It’s a great listen as you plow through a mountain of work while they go on rambling about the finer details of superhero lore. Feeling very much like you are just sitting around the table with them eavesdropping in on a group of your peers.

I hope you enjoy this installment of my speed drawing series.

5 Not so Creative Questions with JP Boneyard of the National Poster Retrospecticus

jetpacks and rollerskates and the national poster retro specticus

I originally met JP at the creative conference WMC Fest 2014. I was wondering aimlessly around the event space when I noticed a group of people heading to the second floor of the building. Curiously, my friends and I followed the group. When we arrived up stairs I couldn’t help but be completely taken back. The walls of this space we lined with posters of every artist I had ever followed in the gig poster scene. “What was this magic?!” I asked myself.

Upon further investigation I meet two of the nicest gents, JP and his well dressed sidekick Brian. They informed me of the poster installment insanely titled the NPR (National Poster Retrospecitcus) and how they’re essentially travelling circus people for the arts. I dug the story, the cause and the crew.

JP and I have crossed past a few times since. I even got to be apart of the NPR show when he dragged it up north to Toronto to be apart of the North by Northeast Festival in 2015. Since then I have been following the NPR as well as JP and his antics non-stop. He’s a great guy and I am super excited to his new project 59parks.net as it takes shape over the next few months.

Enjoy this edition of “5 not so creative questions” with the nomadic poster slinger, JP Boneyard.

For those who don’t know you. Who the hell are you?

Hi! My name is JP. Some people know me as JP Boneyard. I’m originally from Massachusetts but I’m currently based out of Austin, Texas. I got my start doing creative work through setting up DIY music events in high school. I’ve helped put together over 300 art and music events around North America since 1998 and I’m still at it! Eventually this effort led to my career in graphic design, web development, designing mobile apps and producing events.

National Poster Retrospecticus

What do you do? OR what are you working on?

I currently produce a traveling art show called The National Poster Retrospecticus. The show features the work of over 150 amazing poster artists from all over North America. We typically hang 100-400 hand printed gig posters and art prints for one-night-only shows. In addition to The NPR I produce a poster series called The Fifty-Nine Parks Print Series. This series celebrates the US National Parks and screen printing. Over the next year or so we’ll be teaming up with even more amazing artists to produce posters for each of the National Parks! I’m really stoked on this new project!

fifty nine parks debut posters

What’s a tip you’d give to people? Something you’ve picked up along the way.

In my 16 years of putting on events and doing design work I’ve found that things typically work out if you’re honest, work hard, and have faith in the process. It’s a challenge to keep all three of these balanced. Sometimes we betray ourselves and aren’t honest with what we’d really like to be doing or how we feel. Sometimes burnout happens or other distractions keep us from our work. Sometimes it’s easier to settle on being pessimistic because it takes effort to make positive things happen. I’ve found that striking a balance and being mindful of these three areas makes all of the difference in life and in work.

wall of posters the NPR

What are you into. Or something that recently inspired you?

I’m totally into basketball. I was born in Springfield, MA, birthplace of basketball but I didn’t catch the bug until 2011. I never played or watched a game in my life until that point. My roommates in college always insisted that I worked too much and needed to take a break. On occasion I’d take their advice and hang out with them while they were watching Celtics games. I became totally intrigued by the personalities, the team histories, the rivalries, and the poetry of the game. What I love most about basketball is the fact that it’s truly a team sport. Five players on the court perform best when they operate as five fingers on the same hand. I love that mentality outside of the sport too. Things are better with friends and when people work together. I feel my best work is often done with the input, support, or enthusiasm of those close to me. I’ll go all day about basketball so I’ll just leave it at that for now!

NPR illustration

You’ve travelled around the country a bunch. You don’t have to go into much detail but what is one of the craziest things you’ve seen?

The craziest thing I’ve seen? Out running a tornado one Summer. I was on an epic two week trip drive around the US. A storm came suddenly while getting a bite to eat somewhere in Wyoming. Everyone on the news was freaking out about multiple tornados were passing through the area I was in (small town, population fewer than 900 people). Fortunately the weather was heading East just like myself which meant we’d only cross paths if I stayed put or was heading West. I chirped out of the restaurant parking lot and did about 95mph for over an hour in some crazy weather. Some real doomsday looking stuff stayed in my rearview mirror that whole time. Fortunately I was in the middle of nowhere and not many other cars were on the road. I just drove straight East forever. That was the first time I’d heard all of Willie Nelson’s “Red Headed Stranger”, too. That ride was nuts.

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Facebook
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https://www.facebook.com/nationalposterretrospecticus

The Web
http://www.59parks.net/
http://nationalposterretrospecticus.com/
http://jpboneyard.com/

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