Tag: print

15 Jan

Zombie posters

Chris Lane / Design / / 0 Comments

Last year I started a tradition with these zombie party illustrated posters for a small group of friends of mine. Every quarter I host a party for my friends where we watch really bad zombie movies and play zombie video games and play zombie board games. It is really just an excuse to get a group of guys together and have some fun for an evening. In 2011 I illustrated the posters. In 2012, I wanted to change the style to something else. So I decided to make them fully typographical with a little extra to make it as if the posters were hanging around in a zombie apocalypse. I was inspired by a couple things. One inspiration was the safe areas in the game Left 4 Dead and the sequel aptly named, Left 4 Dead 2. And the design style was based on a series of ads from a stock photo company. I can’t recall the company anymore and I couldn’t find the ads online, unfortunately, but so it goes.

So, before the event I just email these out and then when people show up they get a free print on 12×18 matte heavy weight paper. I get these printed at my local print shop, Quick Print. They always turn out fantastic and I really like working with them.

Zombie Night 5

Zombie Night 5 poster © Chris Lane Photo

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29 May

Artists of Northwest Minnesota

Chris Lane / Art, Design, Painting, photography / / 0 Comments

Earlier this year I completed a print design project for the Northwest Regional Arts Council of Minnesota. This happens to be my local arts council so I was happy to work on it. The project was to design a booklet to feature all the local artists in a few counties in the region. Being a fine artist myself, I also chose to be featured within the booklet.
While working on this I had to work with my fellow artists to get everything together. There are 31 artists, besides myself, featured in this and all from different backgrounds and art styles. There are painting, ceramics, fabric, and photography artists.

Artists of Northwest Minnesota Cover

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20 Dec

Zombie illustrations and a print review

Chris Lane / Design, illustration / / 1 Comment

Zombie Illustration

Today I have to show a set of zombie illustrations I made throughout the year. These are made for a private event as the invitation poster to give to a select few friends. I wanted to demonstrate first the posters then go in a little deeper and review the two different printing companies I used, shutterfly.com and docucopies.com.

The posters:
Zombie Night poster 1

Zombie Night poster 1 Close up

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22 Feb

Package Design Critique

Chris Lane / Critique, Design / / 1 Comment
I have learned through both college and work experience that one of the best ways to learn anything is through critiques of your work and other’s work. That is why, in the spirit of teaching through this blog, I am happy to critique the work of submissions from readers. If you would like a professional critique from me and learn how to better your artwork, be it photo, design, painting, et al, just read these submission guidelines and submit an image through my critique contact form. You can also email your submission to photocrit [at] chrislanephoto.com.

I was recently sent a design image to be critiqued from Renier. This will be the first design critique posted to the blog, so a big thanks to Renier for sending it in. So to start with, here is the original image:
Canosa designer cookware - original image

Photo

First of all, there is a nice layout of elements with the fresh vegetables. Even the direction of the vegetables is nice, as the pointed top of the onion and the direction of the spoon make a nice movement through the photo. Even the garnish on the top of the casserole adds to this. Personally I probably would have gotten closer with my camera and had less table around, but this composition still shows the product nicely. My main issue with the photo is that it needs more contrast and higher saturation. This would make not only the red of the dish better, but it would make those tomatoes really pop. Here you can see a comparison with just a simple S-Curve adjustment layer.

Canosa designer cookware - color improvement

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