Vinyl Wednesday: Joe Satriani – Surfing With The Alien

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Surfing With The Alien! This is one album that any guitar-nerd will be familiar with. In 1987, Joe Satriani released an album that is as noticeable today as it was when first found on store shelves. The music is fantastic on this release but honestly it’s the artwork that is the most desirable for me. I LOVE this record jacket. Big, bold and colorful with the added element of Marvel comic book characters. What’s not to like?

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Vinyl Wednesday: AC/DC – “Rock N Roll Train”

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AC/DC is back on my mind recently. Naners and I were supposed to see them in Cleveland at the Q arena a couple weeks back but they have postponed the remaining 10 dates of their US tour and we are waiting to see what happens before we decide to keep the tickets or not. The rumors are that Axl Rose may end up being the replacement for the 10 dates and that is NOT something I want to see. So, in the spirit of wanting to hear some Brian Johnson-fronted tunes, I give you the 7″ single for the 2008 song “Rock N Roll Train” from the album Black Ice.

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Vinyl Wednesday: Don’t Burn The Witch… Heavy Speed Compilation

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Last week I completely missed the posting on account of a craziness with life happenings. I was gone every day until it was time to come home and sleep. Not a fun week at all. I’m back to a somewhat normal schedule now so posting can resume.

This is a bit of a weird choice. There’s not any design aspects I really want to get deep into with this release so I’ll just tell you why I bought it. Naners and I were at The Exchange in Elyria and I was just kind of browsing the vinyl selection looking for any true gems. Now, I had NO money to spend because I still wasn’t gainfully employed at the time but that never stops me. Anyway, Nancy ended up finding and buying an excellent copy of Pantera’s Power Metal album and I was just finishing up looking through the 7″ and 10″ records when I found this. She found the gem on our trip and I suppose I got a polished rock.

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EB Fonts Collection

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I have a download for y’all today. After realizing I didn’t have a handy, all-in-one download link available for the fonts I’ve created I decided to remedy that situation. This collection features fonts that I have created from scratch, some updated/tweaked versions of existing typefaces and some collaborations I did with other designers/illustrators. Up above is a sample image of each typeface. Click the image above or the link below to begin your download.

EB Fonts Collection

Design credit: “Dil” – David Wilson, “Solidario” – Lou Barberio, “Ef This” – Todd Toborg

Inspiration: Candlefish

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I came across some cool work this morning while looking through my RSS feed. Fuzzco designed all sorts of goodies for the Charleston, NC retailer Candlefish. The wonderful pattern on the matchbox was the first thing that got my attention and then I scrolled down and saw the four-fish illustration on a different matchbox. That thing is killer! Check out the full post at The Dieline below.

Candlefish at The Dieline

Daily Drivers

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Over the weekend I was finally able to finish the Daily Drivers series of digital illustrations that I had been working on for the last couple weeks. The goal was to create some nice, flat-color illustrations of vehicles that are the workhorses of the road. Vehicles that are often overlooked and used in a more utilitarian fashion. I chose 10 different types of vehicles, each one coming from a different manufacturer. The categories were (left to right, top to bottom): SUV, Classic, Wagon, Sedan, Hatchback, Muscle, Pickup, Bicycle, Motorcycle, Scooter. Hit the jump to see larger versions, some of my favorite details, a patriotic variation and a poster showcasing it all.

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Daily Drivers: Part 1

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I’ve been hard at work on a new project lately. I decided I wanted to have a little fun with some digital illustration and I decided to take on the task of illustrating 10 “daily drivers.” These are your every day kinds of vehicles. Nothing too fancy, nothing too expensive. Just the kinds of things that you rely on to get you from point A to point B. When I think of a daily driver I think of a car from the 70’s or 80’s that has been through the ringer. The design of the vehicle will vary but usually it’s more utilitarian and chances are you’ve seen a whole bunch of these vehicles on the road.

The most difficult vehicle so far has been the Harley-Davidson. I knew it would be a test for me but I really didn’t think it would be as rough as it ended up being. Even though I simplified where I could for these illustrations it didn’t make it any quicker or easier. Hit the jump to see some larger versions of the above images and to see an alternate variety I started working on today.

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