#31 Bats Rats & Black Cats

#31 Bats Rats & Black Cats
#31 Bats Rats & Black Cats
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As if planned by the spirits themselves, this edition of AmperArt happens to be #31, the very date of the holiday it was hauntingly designed for.


Bats Rats & Black Cats…
Lizards Gophers Birds & Snakes

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These are Halloween creatures?

No, not all of them, but they are all “gifts” that my black cat, Jeepers Creepers, proudly brings me once or twice a week. Yes, bats and snakes. Definitely ejects me out of bed faster than my shrill alarm clock.

Jeepers Creepers, 3 years old, was named after my black Jeep (he can plow through anything to get to food), but this time of year his name takes on the spooky meaning of October 31.


PRODUCTION NOTES:
Program: Photoshop
Original dimensions: 20″ x 30″
Fonts: Visigoth, French Script, both modified
Images: Traced and modified from reference
Effects: Noise added to background layer  

#10 Crazy & Different

AmperArt #10 Crazy & Different


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Upon reading of Steve Jobs’ passing, I felt almost the same way as I did on December 15, 1966…

As I was folding papers for my paper route, the headline caught my eye:

WALT DISNEY DIES

I went numb and cried. Both Disney and Jobs were visionaries, creative geniuses, demanding perfectionists, and they both died much too young.

My first laptop was the very first Titanium G3–it couldn’t even burn a cd, it was such an early model. (I’ve since learned to wait for version 2 or 3.) I was so proud of that thing. It was the ultimate in stylish design. I didn’t even care if there was a computer inside the case, it was just beautiful to look at. That’s what I appreciate most about Steve–he made everything with class, from the way it works to the way it looks and feels, even down to the marketing and advertising.

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M-I-C… See how insanely great this world is today.

K-E-Y…Why? Because of visionary genius.

After Walt passed away the company stumbled for awhile, but the “cast members” and fans of Disney have so much soul that they got it back on its feet. We’ll always wonder what else Walt would have created had he lived longer, and surely we wonder that about Steve. But just like Disney, Apple has such a strong desire to be a class act and produce class products, supported by its incredibly loyal fans, that Steve would probably be proud of what his people continue to invent and polish.

I designed this poster honoring Steve Jobs, as a special edition in my AmperArt poster series.

The words are straight from of one of Steve’s speeches.

No doubt Walt and Steve are thinking up the next insanely great idea in visionary heaven.


Production notes:
Original size: 20 x 30 inches
Program: Photoshop (coulda used Illustrator—probably started out as an entirely different concept for which Photoshop would be required)
Font: Myriad (Apple’s marketing font family)
Ampersand: Myriad, sans one delicious byte

#3 Black & White

3 Black & White


#3 Black & White
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The basis of most design is black & white. Of initial sketches, anyway. (I always use a black pen & usually scribble on a white napkin.)

Black is my very favorite color—& yes, it is a color. So is white. How is it so that black & white are both colors, you ask? & what about the popular (but erroneous) theory that states black & white are not colors? Read “chaz sez” below.

Black & White, my third AmperArt piece, is probably when I decided to create a series. One per month, more if inspiration hits & time allows. [Update: As of April 2017 and the 100th issue, at least one AmperArt edition has been released per month, albeit sometimes just minutes before the calendar flips to a new month.]

Some editions are full color, some grayscale, a few just black & white. Many contain an ampersand that is custom-drawn as part of the main image. Others feature type to convey the character & meaning. Some rely on the ampersand itself to carry the message. You can always see the current AmperArt release on the home page of AmperArt.com. Or see them all here.

If you are interested in the creative process of each piece, scroll to the bottom & read the production notes.

Please tell your friends (especially ampersand fans) to visit AmperArt.com. Once they subscribe, they will receive AmperArt #3, Black & White, as well as the premiere edition, AmperArt #1, Art & Design, to start their own collection.


listen up!Back is a color! Not the absence of color, nor the combination of all colors. It is color. So is white. So why do people say it’s all the colors or no color? Because they don’t know the definition of color. “Color” means the description of the hue, value & tone. Pure yellow is a color that has a hue somewhere between orange & green on the color wheel, a very light value (high-key, or very bright compared to very dark such as navy blue), & minimal tone (grayishness; mauve & sage green have medium tone).

The color black is defined by no hue (red, yellow, blue, etc.), the darkest value, & zero tone. White is defined by no hue, the lightest value, & zero tone. So you see, black & white have no hue & no tone, but they are both colors.

If you want to have some fun with all the other colors, check out the Crayola website, especially the history & the Crayola Experience where kids (including big kids) get to play & create among all things Crayola, & see how they are made. If you can’t make it to the factory in Easton, Pennsylvania, watch this video: How Crayolas Are Made.

I love Crayolas. (I won’t use any other brand; the colors aren’t as pure, they’re waxy & they just aren’t Crayola.) I remember when the box of 64 premiered, with the awesome Built-In Sharpener. I probably have the few stubs that are left of my original set somewhere, but today I have The Ultimate Crayola Collection—152 different colors!—on my desk. I use them frequently, & always to sign important legal documents. For that task, of course, it’s Crayola Blue Green.


PRODUCTION NOTES FOR #3 BLACK & WHITE:
Original size: 10×15 inches
Program: Photoshop (I have no idea why I didn’t create this one in Illustrator)
Fonts: Kabel, Broadway
Ampersand: Broadway, modified