Introducing "The Patron Saint of Make Believe." This one was a long labor of love and a VINYLSMACK ode to the man that sparked the imagination of generations. If Mr. Rogers was ever elevated to sainthood, I'm sure he'd be the Patron Saint of Make Believe. He was a creative genius in his own right; playing many parts bringing the puppets to life. Here's to King Friday the XIII! These 13"x19" fine art prints are now available in the shop.
Behind the scenes of my first Multiplanes, The Yeti. Developed Q1 2016. Here are some photos and thoughts of the process I go through while designing in general; also specifically for the Yeti.
PROTOTYPE 1: When designing, my first idea is often garbage. The point is to get the idea out into the physical world. Refinement comes much later.
PROOF OF CONCEPT: Here’s where I make a super crude first pass on the Yeti Multiplane. This is where I hold the product and take in this concept and let it speak to me. If it works on a very basic conceptual level, I go forward with it and devote hours to fleshing out as many revisions on the Yeti until it grabs me on some emotional level.
FINAL YETI DESIGN: Once the main character is strong enough to add sufficient drama to the scene, I go in and spend lots of time developing the scene. I also spend time at shops obsessing over paper, colors and other materials that can add to the scene.
YETI FLAT ART: In this step, I proceed to further refine and cut out art from my vector designs. Anything can change at this point but it’s pretty close to finished.
FINISHED PRODUCT: Once the final version is set I create and assemble a finished product and look it over for a few days to see how I feel about it. If I’m still thrilled in the end, it goes to final production and into your hands!!! With the Yeti, I also added a frosted acrylic layer to simulate snow, real wood for the foreground trees and added an LED lighting system to pull it all together. Also speaking on the final scene, I felt it was just right when I saw those poor hikers off in the distance. They’re completely unaware that either they’re about to be disemboweled or sent off into the ether. Who knows. 😱
For all of you that have been asking, MULTIPLANES will be available online at vinylsmack.com for the first time in December!!!
Mark your calendars. VINYLSMACK will be at Designer Con this November 19-20 at the Pasadena Convention Center. After our first appearance at DCON last year, we have since been hard at work with an amazing new product line that will make its debut at DCON 2016! Stop by and visit us in booth #1706 which is located in Hall C.
About DesignerCon: Designer Con is an annual art and design convention that smashes together collectible toys and designer apparel with urban, underground and pop art!
There is so much in the works from here till then so stay posted and make sure to stop by our booth for more Marvelous Multilayer Creations. Sign up for our newsletter for more info and subscriber only specials that are soon to come. If you’re a fan, show some love and get the word out.
Last August I started up this business, VINYLSMACK, a new business venture making creative multilayered decals. It started with the Flux Emancipator, a decal inspired by Back to The Future’s “Flux Capacitor.” Since then I’ve got some good feedback and demand for my product. I’ve also developed many new ideas on the type of products that I will produce. Moving on from just decals, I plan on also making multilayer paper craft creations, stickers, and shirts with original designs by myself and other artists that join the team. I also have a new focus on developing packaging that reinforces the theme of every product. I want every package to be an experience in itself. Something that just blows you away. Something that’s fun to even hold in your hand. I love this new venture because it allows me to have a creative outlet without the boundries that I have in my day-to-day design work that I do in Moving Pixel Media. Please stay tuned to exciting new stuff around the corner.