Saturday, 29 January 2011

Mo' Jazz

Here are some of the early experimentations I have been doing for the NYJC branding. I started using scatter brushes in illustrator to create this kind of fragmented effect but I found the shapes were too small and it was hard to get the right balance considering the logo would have to work on small formats as well. initially I was not pleased with many of these results so I tried some other ideas and tried to simplify the shapes.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Geometric Jazz

When we first started brainstorming ideas in groups about our NYJC branding my personal initial thoughts lead to me thinking of procedurally generated geometric patterns of some sort, these ideas of fragmented shapes forming other things appealed to me as it seemed to have a lot in common with the ideas of jazz, and we all wanted to stay away from any clichéd symbols such as saxophones.

I did some research on generative, procedural, fractal art and all that jazz (excuse the pun) and found a very interesting project called Advanced Beauty which procedurally generates geometric based art by reacting to audio stimuli, i really liked the look of the interacting shapes and also the shading of them as it is I think in some way 3d rendered gives it a nice look and is something I think I may try and imitate in my work.

Friday, 21 January 2011

David Mascha - Fauna

I find it hard to say that much about this illustration as it speaks for itself in how damn good lookin' it is. But nonetheless I love the colour use palette, almost an autumnal vibe, combined with the subtle use of textures and of course the curvature of it gives it such a natural feel. 

You can see more of his work here.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

NYJC branding

Last week I was given the brief for our first project, mine is to re-brand, or rather brand the National Youth Jazz Collective, an organisation dedicated to mentoring young talented jazz musicians. They wanted an entirely new identity to give the idea of creativity, spontaneity almost an explosion of  harmonious chaos. Or at least thats what I got from it.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Particle collection from Matthias Müller on Vimeo.

This is another example of the coolness of Krakatoa particle effects at its swankiest. as I mentioned in my previous post I think the potential not only for motion graphics but the use of a single frame in printed materials is really cool.

I think I need to get better with 3DsMax.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Realflow and Krakatoa

This is a video of a one million particle water simulation render done using realflow and karakatoa, obviously I didn't do this partly because it would probably take a year for me to render, but I just think the potential for use even utilising single frames in 2d print work could look quite spectacular.

Realflow is used for a lot of big budget movies, it utilises something called the hybrido water simulation system which means it is good for rendering vast quantities of water particle simulations which can then be transferred into an application such as 3DsMax and rendered in that using krakatoa which is a particle effects plugin.