582 - April Poster Countdown with Mitch Putnam



Mitch Is Back And The Show Is STACKED AND PACKED - 25+ Design Topics And Projects Reviewed

A quick wrap up of Never Grow Up, the second Disney / Mondo poster show, and the social media value of decorating your physical space.

Masters of None returns to Netflix. We talk about Jay Shaw’s working relationship with Aziz Ansari and the show. As well as we learn Jay’s half sister, Caley Hicks, is a full on illustration threat.  

Jeremy Spears has our number 10 poster. We love it’s textures and composition but question a couple of items that feel out of place. 

Rob Jones at number nine shows us the deep personal thoughts of the continuing Grief series and how he remains on top of the collage game for a difficult Third Man Records poster gig. 

Poster number 8 shows us that a toned down print Daniel Danger is still much louder than most folks best efforts. 

Ghoulish Gary Pullin and Jason Edmiston interrupt the poster countdown with some really great work that we believe will find its way into a future countdown. Mitch explains to Mark how a career renaissance for both of these Canadians came a boot. 

How color separations became an industry and the real star of the modern poster making process, even creating new careers for creative veterans like John Smith.

A listener asks “What’s the big deal about the text block rights in movie poster design?” we explain it’s visual and business appeal. 

The Thing, the game, Mondo dives into making their first movie themed boardgames and the creative mind of Jay Shaw is at the helm once again. 

Poster number 7 on our countdown by Sam Wolfe Connelly brings up a discussion on the difference between film posters and video game posters.

We Buy Your Kids pop up with our 6 best poster of the month and start a dialogue on creating truly original work in a saturated creative market. 

PART TWO - The Circle of Trust

Mike Mitchell celebrates May The 4th with a long awaited portrait of Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper. Hear how hard it was to get those beautiful classic amber lenses in the final piece. 

Mondo celebrated the new Guardians of the Galaxy film with a new GOTG art print by Paolo Rivera and a Tom Whalen pin drop. We explore when it’s the right time to change your printing method to create a more authentic product and how Mondo masters the pin game with Strong Stuff.

Leslie Herman is sitting pretty at number 5 with his newest and most ambitious print to date for Ween. This print showcases how composition and detailing will show people you’re a master at illustration, even if you choose to do it a little loose and little sloppy.

Landland shows up at number 4 with a pending plagiarism lawsuit from Mark Brickey. But before the lawyers make us all enemies, we enjoy how much work goes into Dan Blacks process and how you can really tell he’s in it for the love of the game. 

James Jean throws everything at the wall on our third poster and we love it all. Any square inch of this crowded piece would be a reason for any other artist to hit a career milestone but for JJ it’s just another day at the office. 

We go back to midcentury design with Laurent Durieux’s second best print of the month for The Graduate. It’s a real beauty on screen but we explore how the printed version would be a masterpiece by comparison to it’s jpeg counterpart. 

The impossible to predict N.C. Winters steals the month and the countdown’s number one spot with his fresh take on the classic Aliens property. Taking a known element and presenting it in a new creative environment takes the month with this simplified and bright composition for a franchise that’s known for existing in the dark and the chaotic.  

But wait there’s even more!

Leigh Mulley confuses us with a painting that is so damn good it gets disqualified from the countdown because Mark foolishly assumes that it’s a photograph. Now we know Leigh is a painter, and a great one at that. 

Dark Hall Mansion just can’t seem to find the proper rhythm for their ongoing work with Peanuts. Just when we got excited about Dave Perillo’s new print, the best one DHM has made in a number of months, we get confused all over again with the Jeff Granito black light piece. It’s a great illustration and composition, but we just can’t get past the color schemes strange tone. 

Carlos Valenzuela gives us a crowed Masters of The Universe battle scene that is rendered very well, but could really use a hierarchy in it’s composition to make the battle seem more intense and in the process create higher visual stakes. 

Lastly we talk about the epic age of discovery that Kevin Tong has been exploring the last 4/5 years and how he may be the guy that invented many of the new tricks that forever changed what the industry and art world would come to think you could create within silkscreen.