Sunday, January 25, 2015

Posters that become T-Shirts

Posters qui deviennent T-Shirts
Posters que se convierten en camisetas

T-Shirt from a design that I originally made as a contribution to the 2014 PosterForTomorrow poster competition to defend the right to work and the right to work right (poster entry here).

Think about it, what would it mean for you losing your job? Or without thinking about the most dramatic cases, what would it mean for you losing your enthusiasm about it? 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What is there behind the drawing in your T-shirt?

I recently made a personalised t-shirt, for someone who loves fishing. He told me he wanted a fish, and the fish he wanted, a gilt-head bream fish. We discussed a bit his ideas, and agreed on a basis for the design style, which for an optimal result would also drive the color of the t-shirt. In this entry I will show the whole process, and the final result which I am very happy about.

The gilt-head bream fish is one of the most tasty Mediterranian fishes. In latin, its name is Sparus aurata, where "aurata" refers to the golden bar between its eyes. Ok, this is all I know about it, besides that it is indeed very good! Wikipedia will probably tell you more, so I will talk about the design part.

The idea for the T-shirt was that the details and the characteristics of the fish were visible, and at the same time, that the design was simple enough to be easily printable. 

The first step is of course to draw it, for which I used ink, as it allows to draw details using clean and simple traits, and it is easily transferrable to the computer.

Hand-drawn gilt-head bream fish

The second step is to make it printable in a T-shirt, and create the whole design. An idea that came when working on it: actually one could draw the fish in the front, and the bones in the back of the T-shirt, so when people sees you coming sees the whole fish, but when they see you going away they only see the bones, the head and the tail, as if you'd eaten it. So I went back to the drawing board and drew the bones.
Hand-drawn bones

Then I scanned everything and started the design process. What happens when you scan something? You have pixels, the white background of the paper, or the white background of the scan machine itself. But you do not want the white square of your paper or your scanner to appear in your T-shirt, so some treatment is required before printing. In this case, I chose to vectorise the image, to be able to work on its elements separately. This is an option you don't always have, and has to be done with care, but here it worked out quite nicely. So I removed the background, and I worked on the image to remove some of the white filling in the fish body and fins to give them an "unfinished" appearance that would suit for a T-shirt, and at the same time, highlight the fish head and tail. While preparing the image, I added a black background to easily see all of its elements, and make sure no unwanted white areas from the paper background remained.

Front side fish as it will go in the T-shirt 

For the back side I followed a similar process. When all background was gone I merged it with the head and the tail from the front side, to give the fish the appearance it would have after it has been eaten.

Back side fish as it will go in the T-shirt

The final images must be background free, and the only additional color will be given by the T-shirt color. In this case, the person who ordered it wanted it in black... and here is the final result! 

T-shirt in black, front side

T-shirt in black,  back side

There are many ways of designing T-shirts, most of the times one starts directly with the computer with vector images and the process becomes different. It also depends on the clothing one wants to use, and of course (and very importantly), on the final printing process. But this would be another entry...

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Je suis Charlie... nous sommes Charlie

Monday, January 5, 2015

Music Posters

A couple of posters I recently made to advertise two upcoming events in Thoiry. The first poster is to announce a concert, the second one to announce a Masterclass. The two posters have a total different finality and hence they have been conceived with very different styles. 

Poster Concert Echo du Reculet Fev. 2015

The design of a poster for a concert will of course depend on the nature of the concert itself. In this case, the music will be quite varied, so the poster does not evoque a specific style. The poster features most of the elements of the harmony who will play the 1st part, as well as the four flutists that will play the 2nd part, displayed in the circle that drives the whole design. The background color is black, and it is the magenta featuring the music floating in the background (in the atmosphere) which gives some warmth to the design (does music warm us up in a winter day? I'd say yes!). 

Poster MasterClass for flutes Fev. 2015

This poster belongs to the Masterclass series initiated already last year (see this entry), and so it keeps a similar style, with some specific changes for the occasion. Aside from the picture featuring the new musicians, colors are warmer, and the background displays a landscape made of staves, so that the lights and shadows from the musicians picture seem to come from the drawing behind, don't they?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015 ! 

Happy 2015 from the ATLAS experiment at CERN, with a card I did for the ATLAS Outreach & Education group. The card uses the official typo and color palette of the collaboration. The physics from the experiment is integrated all over the illustration. The card was printed in A5 format to be given to ATLAS members and at CERN, and is being posted in the social media to wish everyone a Happy 2015!

Some details about the various elements in the card:
  • The Higgs very elegantly dressed wishes everyone a "happy 2015". It wears a smoking for the occasion, and it's holding a cup of champagne while toasting for the new year, with lots of bubbles coming out of it, like the many particles that have been detected, and will be, through 2015.
  • Behind the Higgs there's the ATLAS detector, half-hidden in mountains made of histograms (the representation of the data distributions in some given parameter like energy, mass, etc), which represent the Jura and the mountains that surround CERN, as well as the amounts of data the LHC has delivered to the experiments. 
  • On top of the last mountain (histogram) there's the data, following very well the physicists expectations in the left side, but showing an excess (new physics? a discovery?) in the right side. Because this is what physicists wish for the next run, and the next year.
  • The New Year and time for celebration is represented by the many fireworks up in the sky, all made of ATLAS event displays, with the tracks of the fireworks pointing all to the collision point in the center of the detector.