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More ground level news: their latest release is by the breaks giants Pyramid. The picto-brain was asked to create the cover art for the track ‘Steal Tonight’, which is awesome, and to turn it in to a short promo video. As the image was created in photoshop, it was quite straight forward to animate the layers in premiere pro and sync to the sample of the track, both can be found below.

The track is available on beatport [here] and you can also follow pyramid on twitter [here] too. Enjoy.

pyramid steal tonight 1440x 1440

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Flipping back to the positive, a new release for Ground Level means another piece of design for music goes out to the ether today too. This time round its Joe C with the track ‘Kamikaze’ and a remix from label boss Andy McAllister, which you can listen to (and buy… *coughs*) here.

Joe C kamikaze 1440x 1440

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jo lewis lovers cover art

Recently, the picto-brain offered to create the artwork for the talented Jo Lewis’ next release. After a conversation over a beverage or two, armed with the titles, a little insight in to the stories behind the songs and a page of notes on appropriate colours, moods and themes, the ‘brain set to work whilst listening to the ep.

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The concept artwork was delivered, and although Jo liked the layered image, she has opted for a more traditional cover with a striking self portrait.

You can’t win them all, so the saying goes, and it was an interesting creative project none the less.

Check out Jo’s music here and keep an eye on her facebook page for updates on the forthcoming ep.

 

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Happy Friday folks, here’s a little question for a sunny evening:

If the typographical element is removed from album sleeve design/single cover design, can the remainder be considered art?

Discuss!

 

Below are a few pieces of design for music from the picto-brain with the text removed or cropped away…

sasha kahn global meltdown no text fisso and spark freefall no text rebel_sketchy_up_and_down_no text joe c - skunky no text remixes_2011_cover_ no text fisso and spark do it baby concept no text

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Another piece of work for Ground Level, this time a composite image with opposing perspectives for Leuce Rhythms’ next release, Illusion Reality.  For more information, look [here]

Leuce Rhythms illusion reality amended

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A casual hour long composite piece, made as an example for a workshop creating fantasy worlds to learn Photoshop techniques. The picto-brain has been reading about Egypt recently and seems to have influenced this image a little… Nice.

Floating pyramid

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I have a few friends who are graffiti artists and in recent conversations, I was informed of some of the ‘etiquette’ of the art form. Some of these rules included: a- to not spray near an established artists work to gain kudos from their piece, and b- to not cover over another piece of work if it still looks reasonably fresh, just to get a good location.

Well…

In defence of the picto-brain, it was done digitally – no actual art was harmed in the creation of a piece of design.

A brief required an image of a wall by a road… stock image sites had been trawled with no luck… Then I remembered a photo I took just off Brick Lane… with a little photoshop magic it was the perfect wall…

I really like this piece by Guy Denning and ‘painting’ it out felt quite wrong but, its a great wall and at least it wasn’t real. The finished piece of design is for a music download (hence the square crop) and can’t be revealed until the tracks go public – keep your ears and eyes open people.

Here’s the before and after – sorry Guy:

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guy denning painted over

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Another piece of work for Fisso & Spark. This weighty track needed an appropriate image to fit it, so the picto-brain wrangled pixels to make this composite:

Fisso and Spark Earthquake 1440x1440

 

Featuring remixes by Drumattic Twins and Sasha Khan, check it out on the Ground Level label blog [here]

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The 1623 theatre company provide theatre performances, learning workshops, award-winning participatory activities and inspirational training courses all formed from or inspired by the works of Shakespeare. They’re currently conducting a research-and-development project that engages people creatively with King Lear in the context of dementia, a part of which is an open submission asking for creative responses to the quote ‘Let me not be mad’. [details here – closes 20th Sept!]
Here is the pictographik submission, a photoshop composite that hopefully echoes the tone of the phrase. (…maybe?!) Once the image is uploaded to their site, a link will be added.
Let me not be mad - pictographik submission
The original stock photos (below) came from sxc and were uploaded by user Leroys, check out his awesome detailed images here. The type is a combination of Times New Roman and Fusion.

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Here’s another piece of download artwork for Fisso & Spark for their next single ‘Dynamics’. It’s from their album ‘Future’ on Ground Level records and will be out in the er… near future! Here is the full series to see it in context:

fizzo and spark dynamics 1440 x 1440

 

Fisso and Spark 'You Can Do It'

 

fizzo and spark come with me

 

fizzo and spark future 1440x1440

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A short while ago, the legend that is Neil Gaiman asked for submissions for his A Calendar of Tales project, and the website has now gone live! [here] I’m also really happy to announce that pictographik was a runner up and has work featured on the site which can be found under February! Check out the full twelve stories, and the great selection of images too. Awesome!

A Calendar of Tales screengrab

 

 

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Here’s another piece of promotional work for the talented Miss Cakehead, this time a zombie twist to the classic Pool Rules sign as part of the campaign for the next Resident Evil game from Capcom.

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More details can be found here: http://misscakehead.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/zombie-pool-rules/

It was a great opportunity to get sketching again using good old fashioned pen and paper – and no – that’s not Comic Sans!

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Here is the first in a series of re-imagined cd covers. ‘Music has the right to children’ by Boards of Canada is a pictographik favourite and April 20th was the 15th anniversary of its release – and celebrates the news of a new album from them due out in June, so it made sense to begin with it! The idea was to approach the the covers as though it was a new release and be guided by the song titles and music for creative direction. Once a concept was settled on, the design itself was created in the time it takes to listen to the album – no pressure then… Enjoy.

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Keep an eye on the ‘re-imagined’ tab for more in this personal project.

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This image was created for the cover of a cd that will be winging its way to America this weekend! Ground Level label owner Andy McAllister as been awarded the chance to meet TV and film producers to offer music for licensing – what an opportunity – lets hope he comes back with some good news!

GL synchronised cover cropped

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Pretty Litter is an awesome independent Arts and culture magazine made in Brighton, featuring creative work “from Brighton, the UK and beyond”. They recently had a postcard competition on the theme of ‘Wish You Were Here’, so the picto-brain conjured up three composite images of non existent beautiful places that you may want to go to.

Will let you know if it tickles their optical receptors.

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wish you were here 3

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Just a quick update on the BrewDog competition – Pictographik was voted as a winning design by the craft beer drinking community! Thanks to everyone that showed some love and voted, its much appreciated! The BD crew decided to turn the design into a beermat to happily sit on every table in their bars! Awesome! Keep up to date with BrewDog activities [here] too.

brewdog beermat

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Independent and tasty craft ale makers BrewDog put a shout out for some poster designs. Here’s my typographic piece. Enjoy.

If you get a spare minute, please click [here] and give it a ‘like’ – Cheers!

BrewDog poster #posterdog

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As the post title suggests, this is a work in progress, with the latest version (not shown here) awaiting approval from the artists as album artwork. Will show the final thing when they say its okay!

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Woop! Pictographik made it in to the Computer Arts magazine online inspiration gallery for a second time! A piece of work for Ground Level records artist, Rebel Sketchy is up there. Check it out [here]

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Image made for bUTTONpUSHER  bookings and promo, used as a background for a gig poster. Apart from the concrete texture, all made from scratch.

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pictographik artwork for Ground Level records

Here’s some more artwork for a forthcoming release from Derby based record lable Ground Level

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the A Plastic Rose guys and their record label Di Di Mau decided to do a cd release as well as the digital download, so here’s the updated artwork.  enjoy.  the pictobrain is currently working on the artwork the bands forthcoming mini album ‘The Promise Notes’ too.  boss.

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