Tee i did back in March for Architects, not sure if the type is on the front or not, its just their logo from the new album. Either way, found this one quite nice and relaxing to do..its simple, but it was really nice to not have to do the most brutal design on earth for once.

  • danmumford

    Details

  • quakerninja

    I wish that deer head were a real mask. I would wear it all day long.
  • danmumford

    Frenden said: I'm not a big fan of the "everything rendered as if made from tree bark" style - except when you do it. Rather than being an affect, it comes across as the genuine way in which you express an idea. The style doesn't obfuscate the subject most of the time.

    Your line thicknesses have a nice heirarchy to them. The importance of the interior lines is diminished in an appropriate way by the spotted blacks and thicker, outside lines allowing for readability despite the inherent complexity of the style.

    The way you used complementary colors for shadows and highlights, but none too dark so as to overpower the linework, helps a lot.


    Thanks Ray. This is exactly the sort of comment i would much rather read when i am trawling through the new designs..!

    Its funny you should mention the 'tree bark' thing..i have often thought that myself when i have finished a piece. ( i am also often not a fan of how it has turned out..but hey, that's artists for you i guess) With this one especially though i was trying to create the feel of a carved statue to some extent, hence the limited pallete. It was quite therapeutic for some reason..
  • RustyEight

    Frenden said: I'm not a big fan of the "everything rendered as if made from tree bark" style - except when you do it. Rather than being an affect, it comes across as the genuine way in which you express an idea. The style doesn't obfuscate the subject most of the time.

    Your line thicknesses have a nice heirarchy to them. The importance of the interior lines is diminished in an appropriate way by the spotted blacks and thicker, outside lines allowing for readability despite the inherent complexity of the style.

    The way you used complementary colors for shadows and highlights, but none too dark so as to overpower the linework, helps a lot.


    It would have been much easier to say "This Is Rad!"
  • Tom Philibeck

    RustyEight said:
    Frenden said: I'm not a big fan of the "everything rendered as if made from tree bark" style - except when you do it. Rather than being an affect, it comes across as the genuine way in which you express an idea. The style doesn't obfuscate the subject most of the time.

    Your line thicknesses have a nice heirarchy to them. The importance of the interior lines is diminished in an appropriate way by the spotted blacks and thicker, outside lines allowing for readability despite the inherent complexity of the style.

    The way you used complementary colors for shadows and highlights, but none too dark so as to overpower the linework, helps a lot.


    It would have been much easier to say "This Is Rad!"

    Here, I'll say it.

    This is RAD!!
  • Beadler

    this is my favorite of yours man. I really like when you use your complex style to do a simpler image.
    I think it is more balanced. Nice job! o:)
  • derekdeal

    i love that you left some larger negative windows this time, makes the composition way more dramatic than the typical rectangle. Its got a really nice flow about it.
  • Matt Borchert

    This is wild style. Wyld Styllynz
  • 1000eyesdesign

    ha '.its simple'
  • Adam Vaudin

    make a book !
    I have your gallows poster framed on my wall, looks great man.
  • 110specialblack

    what deal said
  • Sol Amstutz

    this is one of my favorites of yours Dan, going along with what Ray was talking about. Most of your pieces are a little overwhelming (not that thats a bad thing), and I enjoy this one because it's a little more simple than usual. The colors are ace, it's nice to see something thats not neon green/blue/pink once in a while. Nice work!
  • SKUMMIE

    Of course its the Mum! So damn cool.

    I like them the same color actually.
  • rabmcmlxxxvii

    Frenden said: I'm not a big fan of the "everything rendered as if made from tree bark" style - except when you do it. Rather than being an affect, it comes across as the genuine way in which you express an idea. The style doesn't obfuscate the subject most of the time.

    Your line thicknesses have a nice heirarchy to them. The importance of the interior lines is diminished in an appropriate way by the spotted blacks and thicker, outside lines allowing for readability despite the inherent complexity of the style.

    The way you used complementary colors for shadows and highlights, but none too dark so as to overpower the linework, helps a lot.


    haha. just had a flaskback to last semester's class wide crits. ray, i would say you that you would have earned your class participation points for the day.

    dan, think you def got that "carving feel" mix with a feeling of the wood being trained to grow into the shape of the skull like bonsai style.
  • danmumford

    Frenden said:
    danmumford said:
    Frenden said: I'm not a big fan of the "everything rendered as if made from tree bark" style - except when you do it. Rather than being an affect, it comes across as the genuine way in which you express an idea. The style doesn't obfuscate the subject most of the time.

    Your line thicknesses have a nice heirarchy to them. The importance of the interior lines is diminished in an appropriate way by the spotted blacks and thicker, outside lines allowing for readability despite the inherent complexity of the style.

    The way you used complementary colors for shadows and highlights, but none too dark so as to overpower the linework, helps a lot.


    Thanks Ray. This is exactly the sort of comment i would much rather read when i am trawling through the new designs..!

    Its funny you should mention the 'tree bark' thing..i have often thought that myself when i have finished a piece. ( i am also often not a fan of how it has turned out..but hey, that's artists for you i guess) With this one especially though i was trying to create the feel of a carved statue to some extent, hence the limited pallete. It was quite therapeutic for some reason..

    No problemo. Happy to provide input.

    I think, clarity wise, this is a slightly more readable image than, say, your Hades piece. But, that's partly due to a) the slightly smaller scope in terms of subject matter and b) the # of colors used.

    You said you consciously limited the palette of the piece to try and achieve that simplicity and I think adding a second, complementary palette to the non-central elements of your pieces would REALLY increase readability and focal point (while not forcing you to limit yourself).

    Quickie hue shift:



    They're obviously fine as-is, and a lot of this comes down to personal stylistic choice. So don't worry; I'm not trying to be the jack booted art gustapo. :p Besides, I know that we work in a medium where our spot colors are severely limited. Often, the luxury of a secondary color palette isn't afforded.

    Yeah, i sometimes definitely overdo it, especially with that Hades one, but then i guess thats half the fun! But as i think many of us know, once you get stuck into a style you can be asked to repeat it again and again, but im slowly doing my personal work such as this that is a lot more free and open..i have some nice ideas in the works that are like this :) i also have some that are the complete polar opposite and take stuff like the Hades piece to the next level!! But i have found recently with the more complex pieces its even more important to be careful with your line width to make certain areas pop out from the rest..that and lighting.

    Anyways..yeah bonus colours could definitely had given it even more clarity i agree, but i do like the way the antlers become the branches, and the eagle is also one with them! In this case it was mainly down to the printing colour limit though..as is usually the case, which is also good for me, as i generally get way more colours to play with!
  • danmumford

    Sol Amstutz said: this is one of my favorites of yours Dan, going along with what Ray was talking about. Most of your pieces are a little overwhelming (not that thats a bad thing), and I enjoy this one because it's a little more simple than usual. The colors are ace, it's nice to see something thats not neon green/blue/pink once in a while. Nice work!

    thanks, i feel the same way! haha!
  • danmumford

    adamvaudin said: make a book !
    I have your gallows poster framed on my wall, looks great man.

    one day..i hope..!
  • danmumford

    derekdeal said: i love that you left some larger negative windows this time, makes the composition way more dramatic than the typical rectangle. Its got a really nice flow about it.

    yeah, i do too many rectangles :(
  • uzi

    danmumford said:
    Frenden said:
    danmumford said:
    Frenden said: I'm not a big fan of the "everything rendered as if made from tree bark" style - except when you do it. Rather than being an affect, it comes across as the genuine way in which you express an idea. The style doesn't obfuscate the subject most of the time.

    Your line thicknesses have a nice heirarchy to them. The importance of the interior lines is diminished in an appropriate way by the spotted blacks and thicker, outside lines allowing for readability despite the inherent complexity of the style.

    The way you used complementary colors for shadows and highlights, but none too dark so as to overpower the linework, helps a lot.


    Thanks Ray. This is exactly the sort of comment i would much rather read when i am trawling through the new designs..!

    Its funny you should mention the 'tree bark' thing..i have often thought that myself when i have finished a piece. ( i am also often not a fan of how it has turned out..but hey, that's artists for you i guess) With this one especially though i was trying to create the feel of a carved statue to some extent, hence the limited pallete. It was quite therapeutic for some reason..

    No problemo. Happy to provide input.

    I think, clarity wise, this is a slightly more readable image than, say, your Hades piece. But, that's partly due to a) the slightly smaller scope in terms of subject matter and b) the # of colors used.

    You said you consciously limited the palette of the piece to try and achieve that simplicity and I think adding a second, complementary palette to the non-central elements of your pieces would REALLY increase readability and focal point (while not forcing you to limit yourself).

    Quickie hue shift:



    They're obviously fine as-is, and a lot of this comes down to personal stylistic choice. So don't worry; I'm not trying to be the jack booted art gustapo. :p Besides, I know that we work in a medium where our spot colors are severely limited. Often, the luxury of a secondary color palette isn't afforded.

    Yeah, i sometimes definitely overdo it, especially with that Hades one, but then i guess thats half the fun! But as i think many of us know, once you get stuck into a style you can be asked to repeat it again and again, but im slowly doing my personal work such as this that is a lot more free and open..i have some nice ideas in the works that are like this :) i also have some that are the complete polar opposite and take stuff like the Hades piece to the next level!! But i have found recently with the more complex pieces its even more important to be careful with your line width to make certain areas pop out from the rest..that and lighting.

    Anyways..yeah bonus colours could definitely had given it even more clarity i agree, but i do like the way the antlers become the branches, and the eagle is also one with them! In this case it was mainly down to the printing colour limit though..as is usually the case, which is also good for me, as i generally get way more colours to play with!

    I've learned so much reading all this. Haha.
  • whyball

    That's gorgeous !
  • xjoshuabelangerx

    glad to see an honest art dialogue going on in the comment section. ray's always good for this kind of stuff!

    dan, ballistic work as usual man. i like how you can take something with this kind of hard texture and make it so fluid.
  • Sam Montana

    This is so damn awesome. Is it for sale yet?

    @Uzi: Yeah, me too (; One of the many reasons emptees rocks!
  • Sam Kaufman

    Yeah this seems like a nice shift for you man aaaaand this
    derekdeal said: i love that you left some larger negative windows this time, makes the composition way more dramatic than the typical rectangle. Its got a really nice flow about it.
  • kevinluong

    beautiful.
  • PitchGrim

    I'm getting yelled at right now because we are suppose to be leaving in an hour to board a fairy to go to macao but I have to comment on this. I too like the fact that you changed it up a bit and didn't do the usual rectangular composition and left some more negative space. The line work is ace and allows the viewers eyes to flow nicely around the piece. To me this is one of my favorites because it's a simpler idea but executed as if intended to be another masterpiece (which it is). Looking forward to the other similar ones to this and again excellent work.
  • adfreak

    you can change pretty much like everything on it and it will still be a huge artwork, crazy details!! love it!
  • everybodylovesirine

    rad!
  • Betraydan

    super cool , like the hue shift that frenden is proposing , but your mock is great.awesome.
  • LiviuMatei

    i've enjoyed the comments/discussion on this almost as much as the artwork. it was refreshing!
  • kennybanzai

    this is really nice!
  • danmumford

    /Thea\ said: YOU CALL THIS RELAXING AND SIMPLE?! verrry nice.

    Well, yeahh..this was not a headache to create like most of my pieces, so thus..relaxing!

    xjoshuabelangerx said: glad to see an honest art dialogue going on in the comment section. ray's always good for this kind of stuff!

    dan, ballistic work as usual man. i like how you can take something with this kind of hard texture and make it so fluid.

    Thanks! yeah, it is really nice to be actually talking about art for once..!

    I'm really glad this went down so well, thanks everyone. x
  • danmumford

    godmachine said: ALIENS!!

    where?...i will tell you where, in the new ALIEN prequel that Ridley Scott just confirmed he is directing..so there.
  • Namsing

    dammmmmmmmmmmmmmn mumford.
  • Christopher Lovell

    Wow, I love this, soo soooooo stylish
  • heat.

    Amazing man! And love the new Architects album too!
  • litoQ

  • tidyink

    danmumford said:
    godmachine said: ALIENS!!

    where?...i will tell you where, in the new ALIEN prequel that Ridley Scott just confirmed he is directing..so there.

    REALLY?? AWESOMEEEEEEE!!!!!

    Sorry my only comment is about Aliens.

    This piece rocks too (by the way). I do very much like Ray's colour way, yet I like how yours is ambiguous and makes the viewer have to look and work bits out. It's fun.
  • mikechardcore

    why does this guy gotta be so good! what the hell!
  • Random

    Normally skulls is not my kind of thing, but I'll make an exception for this... WOW!
  • vinbasshred

    would be cool to just take the freakin logo off the front and put it on the back. or maybe modify it to wrap more. only thing that kinda bugs me.

    fyi: I came on here and said to myself, "let's see what's blowing me away right now" and then I saw this!

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