Who's excited for Game of Thrones Season 5? I know I am. As a reader of George R.R. Martin's sprawling saga since before the turn of the millennium, I held out on watching the show for several seasons, convinced that no TV show could ever capture the books, and that the hype was just the usual chatter that surrounds anything heavily-promoted. Turns out, I was wrong. "Game of Thrones" is a fantastic piece of entertainment that earns its hit status and then some.
Anyone who's spent time in Westeros knows that weddings aren't the happiest of occasions. Sure, there was Robb's marriage to Jeyne (or Talisa in the show), but only for a while. My personal favourite is, as the fans nicknamed it, the Purple Wedding, where monstrous boy-king Joffrey Baratheon got his just desserts. And it's the Purple Wedding I decided to honour with this project, a conceptual mockup of wedding invitations merging historical and modern styles. The content mostly explains itself, but check the notes below for details. Hope you like 'em!
Nerd Notes: The “coat of arms” motif is intended to represent the union of Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell. The design incorporates the emblems of Joffrey’s parents, the Lannister lion and the Baratheon stag, and those of Margaery’s parents, the Tyrell rose and the Hightower keep. (There’s also a seven-pointed star as seen in “Game of Thrones”.) The basis of the design is actually the Alberta coat of arms.
Credits: Medieval design and heraldry elements from WikiMedia and various stock sites. Monogram from a scanned 19th-century book at Project Gutenberg. Mockup template from Envato. "A Song of Ice & Fire" series by George R.R. Martin.
Woo Hoo! is finally here! Over a year since we first conceived the comic, we’re ready to go live with a whole new site and community.
Click on over to see some of the great content we’ve cooked up. Fan-art, character bios, the works. It was always our intention to come out the gates fully prepared with a workable site, and I think we’ve about done it. In building the site, I used WordPress with Comic Easel’s technology, with a lot of Jak’s own art. I tied it all together with a dark palette to make the colours pop (this comic gets brighter and more fluorescent by the page — just the way we like it). Hope you enjoy it!
This is what a designer who needs a mental break gets up to on a stormy Sunday afternoon. Because I'm the kind of person who wonders about such things, I got to thinking: What if some of my favourite '80s musicians had the same aesthetic as the big butt-rock boys of the day? The answer to that question is a few patches I wouldn't be ashamed to sew into my Canadian tuxedo.
Film promotional materials designed for Industry Works Pictures and New Image Entertainment. I created the logotype that's now used in all the promotions. For the poster element, I utilized a 3D rendered image from the film's post-production work (by Black Arts Media) as the basis, along with a bunch of urban stock photos. I also wrote the film blurbs!
This design ended up being featured on CNN, Badass Digest and several other outlets as an example of memorable film marketing. (They even quoted my copy directly.) New Image wanted to change the title, but somehow we convinced them not to :)