Tag Archives: Spray Paint

New Website Have A Look

So basically when I was doing my HND we had a brief to create a website for ourselves, overall I wasn’t happy with this at all so I have taken it upon myself to create myself a more professional site, in which possible clients etc. can contact me on and look into myself abit more.

I will be updating this site all the time and it isn’t 100% yet, I have a lot more planned.

So if you get a chance have a look on: http://alexrichardson93.wix.com/alexrichardsondesign

Any questions or know how contact me on either the new site or via here!


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Printing Error’s and Complications

It’s all good designing something on a computer but when you print it out there can be error’s that stand out more on paper than on a computer, this is what happened to me there weren’t any overwhelming problems there were just some little minor things that needed to be changed to make the over all design work on paper.

The designs printed very nicely onto my ivory card and they look exactly how I envisioned them, but some things weren’t as expected, but this is why I first did some test prints to catch these problems. The main thing that wasn’t right on the reverse of the postcard print outs was  that the lines looked very bold and dark, this isn’t how they looked online and on other postcards, they are a lot less prominent, but this was very easy for me to change, the lines went from being 2 pt thick to being 0.5 pt in the end and this made a huge difference to the overall design.


I also removed some text from the being of the top line of text, but overall this was an easy design to edit, the front of the postcard was easy to edit as well, the background image came out a lot darker than I expected but this is because of the darker ivory card instead of the usual white paper, I simply went back onto my document on Adobe Illustrator and created a box over the background image on the same layer, I next coloured this an off white colour and I changed the opacity to make the background image nearly invisible on the computer but on the paper as I though It came out looking just right.


The original darker version.


This is the final copy that worked on the ivory card.

To finish these documents I just need to cut them down to the correct design and glue them together, this is made easier for me because I printed out the design with an outline border which will allow me to cut and glue the pieces together easier.

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More Obey

These aren’t postcards there posters but I can use the same processes, I chosen to look at these designs because of the overall feel, I personally really like the mix matched collage background with a Strong, bold printed message or design, This makes for a unquie design because every piece will be different if I was to create more than one, If I perticually like a Collage I could always scan it in and develop it on a computer.

When looking at this design I really want to create my own collages, Back when I was doing my Art A Level’s I did a whole personal project using collages in my own work to create a background, ( giving the canvas/piece an artificial history). This design works for me because of the strong printed black design and this is something that I want to use in my own postcard design, because of time restrictions with work and other commitments I wouldn’t be able to do printing in this project but I could possibly in later ones, for this project I am just going to but creating my designs on a computer and printing them out normally.

Even though there’s not much going on colour wise for both designs I think that the way the black has been printed out has been though about a lot, to create shading or less of the black faint lines have been made on the ares were shading is wanted, this in turn puts less black on the final price creating a subtle area.


This is a screen shot I took from a video on how “Shepard Fairey” creates he’s work and this is really good inspiration for my own work.

These design is amazing, the way all of the usual negative space has been transformed into an eye-popping design that attracts the viewer to look about at each element of the design, I really wish that I could use printing in this design but I can’t so… end of, but the wy it changes a design is really fascinating, I Know need to come up with some design using what I have learnt from my ” Shepard Fairey” research.

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Shepard Fairey

I’ve always been a huge fan of “Shepard Fairey’s” work and designs, so I though this project could be a good one to incorporate some of he’s processes into a postcard design, Previously in my Art and Photography A level’s I have used layers to get a specific look or feel for a design and I think that this could work very well for this design project.


He’s bold and in your face designs could work very well with what I’ve got to use, I need to some how create an eye-catching design for my “Garamond” postcard on the front and the back and I have been finding this very hard, Mainly because I couldn’t think what images and style I could use but influences from “Shepard Fairey’s” work, I could kick-start myself to come up with some unique designs.

On the postcard above I really like the fact that the design isn’t on a usual coloured background/paper, this could be something I could brief look into because of time restrictions but none the less it could be the difference between a rubbish design and a good one. The limited colours works very well, its bold and in your face but not over power I feel it’s just below that, as soon as I looked at these designs I felt that I could create a pattern out on my type, in different sizes and at different angles, this is sort of what I was talking about on my previous postcard post, the way an object whether it’s a photo, a colour or a piece of text can be positioned at an angle is different to a lot of designs out there, so this is something I want to look at.

After watching this video on YouTube I really want to just experiment with my own designs, Fairey’s work is very political and personal to himself but my work won’t be I just want to use some of he’s processes that I have before in my own design work to give it a unquie and one-off feel, this is only possible for a project like this, because I only need a single printed design for each of my postcards, if these were to be printed on a larger scale I would have to think a bit more on how they would be made and printed.

These are some screenshots from the video above, these show the textures and layers for some of Fairey’s work.



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Shepard Fairey

A really good video, a behind the scenes shot on the process and techniques that Shepard Fairey “The creator of  Obey” uses in he’s mix media pieces. He’s by far one of my favourite Artists out there because of he’s style and themes he uses in he’s Artwork.

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