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UK agency TADO have unveiled their 'nose' designs for UK charity event Comic Relief. TADO are reknowned for creating a cheerful world of cute (and sometimes quite dark) characters. They have previously worked with the likes of Kidrobot, MTV, Nike and Star Wars.
Comic Relief's mission is to "..drive positive change through the power of entertainment." The charity encourages people to gain sponsorship for acts of entertainment or to purchase and wear a red nose on the day with all profits going to the charity. This year's Red Nose Day takes place on the 15th March.
Ben Lavender, UK office
Whenever I can I like to do my own illustrations for projects. As well as helping to push my skills further, it makes a nice break from the day to day design process. You can plug your headphones in and immerse yourself in a slice of creativity for a good few hours. A lot of my previous illustration work has started with a pencil sketch which gets scanned and then redrawn in Adobe Illustrator to create a nice, easily scalable, vector illustration. But, one of my latest pieces required something with a more 3D feel to it, meaning it needed to be done in Photoshop.
To help speed up the process and allow me to work with a much more natural feel, I managed to get a new toy to play with at work – a Wacom Intuos 4 graphic tablet. After the geek-gasm of unpacking, peeling off the protective plastic (the best part of any gadget unpacking according to Howard from Big Bang Theory) and installation it was ready to go. I can’t show the final results for that project yet, but with a new tool on my desk, and the new bristle brushes in Photoshop 5 now available to use at their full potential, I couldn’t help but try it out some more.
So, over a few lunch breaks I started my first digital painting. It’s of Thom Yorke from Radiohead. It’s not finished, but the result so far is this…
Here’s part of the process, firstly a sketch with a pencil brush....
Then blocking in some light, dark and colour...
Then, bit by bit, more detail....
As I said, it’s not finished yet, but I think I could have just found a new hobby. The combination of a Wacom tablet and the Photoshop bristle brushes has certainly created a much more natural look and feel to digital painting, and hopefully one that I will be able to take advantage of in future packaging design projects.
Sam Masters, UK office
It was with extreme sadness I learnt of the death of Ralph McQuarrie last Saturday. To many his name will mean little, but for me - a child of the 70's and early 80's - his influence on popular culture and the films I grew up with was immense. His vision, his talent and imagination styled the look and feel of some of the most popular films of the time. He is most noted for Star Wars, the series of films which brought his work to my attention, but he was also instrumental in crafting the look for Battlestar Galactic, Cocoon, for which he won an Oscar, and the spaceship in ET.
George Lucas paid this glowing tribute, "When words could not convey my ideas, I could always point to one of Ralph's fabulous illustrations and say 'do it like this'."
Read more on his visionary work on his official website.
RIP Ralph McQuarrie, my childhood would not have been the same without you.
John Hunter, UK office
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