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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 2:23 PM


Art Not Bombs
Your Ultimate Creative Arsenal




This shirt is best worn while making art with big gestural lines and fast rapid-fire marks. Get wild in it. Bring scribbles to your vectors, and put some geometry in your contours. Pow!

Since a young age, I have always been fascinated with flight. Growing up, my parents were good friends with a group of pilots. They specialized in cinema stunt work for movies. Every time I had the opportunity to go up in an airplane or helicopter, I took it. In the photo below, I'm in the center seat of a friend's helicopter. It was so fun!


As a youth, I would draw all types of planes -- jet fighters being the most exciting. Growing up on a healthy dose of Star Wars and G. I. Joe also fueled my love for flight. Other kids were infatuated with jets, too, and could rattle off all sorts of information about their technical aspects. I constantly checked out huge reference books from the local library because I was always more interested in drawing them than studying how fast they could fly or how much their payload was. 

As an adult, I am still enamored with jets, but now my focus isn't on playfully blowing things up from above.


Straight out of my sketchbook, here's a drawing of a jet from the front view, a composition I was toying with before deciding to push the dramatic perspective.


I used to draw planes like this, heh!


The inspiration for the composition of this piece came from studying photography of military airplanes where the whole arsenal of the jet or bomber is laid out on the tarmac. 


In my studio, I have drawers of categorized art tools ready to overcome artistic challenges during the next bombardment of creativity. I took these out to get the arsenal of inspiration flowing. The piece started out as a much larger type of aircraft, but the sleek design of a jet really struck me.

 
Here's the concept alongside many others I've been working on. I love to draw thumbnail-sized compositions just to get ideas out of my head and onto paper.

The process of moving the design from paper to my Wacom Cintiq is where the piece really tightened up. It's always a challenge to keep the essence of a paper drawing when transferring into a digital format.  

I drew the art tools and the jet with the same dramatic vanishing points and even played with the idea of putting some geometry below for drama.





My focus was on establishing the right light source and shadows on the jet and the tools so they would visually read correctly. When placing the tools and jet in the same space, lighting consistency is an important element for visual continuity.


The color scheme went through several rounds of changes. The cockpit was even orange for a minute.


After the design was polished up, the color scheme was similar to the original intentions for the piece. I enjoyed the process of breaking this piece down to 7 colors while maintaining the look of direct light and cast shadows across the surface of the jet and onto the art tools.


Ultimately, we decided to make this piece in two colorways.


I'm definitely happy with the final design, and I'd say this is one of my favorite pieces of the collection. It has a good mix of hand-drawn line work and halftone patterns. I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed making it.


This piece is now AVAILABLE for Sale in the Shop, too! Click here to shop. 
Click here to shop the new Art Not Bombs Hoodie!


Thank you for reading. If you have any questions or comments, I'd love to hear from you. I'm really enjoying having an artistic conversation about this and all the pieces we'll be sharing with you over the next weeks. Simply post a comment below, and I will be thrilled to chat with you.




This journal walks you through the making of deviantARTGear's Art Not Bombs design; an interview with the designer.
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:icondraweverywhere:
draweverywhere Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you all for the kind words and inquisitive questions and feedback! It is a pleasure to share the artistic conversation with you all!
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geckoZen Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012   Digital Artist
How long did the designing process take, by estimation?
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:icondraweverywhere:
draweverywhere Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
As you can see, the process from start to finish can be long. The actual design work for the piece once the intention was set and concept decided took a good work day to complete. Thanks for asking!
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:iconartstrac:
artstrac Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
good idea and artwork.
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Tenchi8 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist
Incredible concept. I've been fascinated by fighter jets, and have at one time even considered joining the air force.

The concept of your art shares to me an approach of ideas taking flight, while zeroing in on specific targets that you can attack any challenges creatively.
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:icondraweverywhere:
draweverywhere Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
POW! go get it!
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:icontenchi8:
Tenchi8 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist
Going full throttle. :)
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:iconkairu-hakubi:
Kairu-Hakubi Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thought this was gonna be peacenik crap but it was actually jet porn :D
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:icondraweverywhere:
draweverywhere Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I am not sure what you mean, but that sounds funny! Thanks!
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:iconjameshoppy:
JamesHoppy Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
beautifully done.
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:iconcoloredinlove:
COLOREDINLOVE Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic concept! This is a constant reminder that the world can be better through art and love for each other! I am sharing this on FB and wish you all the best!!
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:icondraweverywhere:
draweverywhere Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the cross social media pollination!
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:iconstevestanleyart:
SteveStanleyArt Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great concept! Is that a Bell Jet Ranger in your upper photo?
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:icondraweverywhere:
draweverywhere Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I think it is a Bell Ranger. Thanks!
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:icon009-1:
009-1 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Very coool =D
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Moonstripe-The-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Filmographer
I like the concept, it's really cool!

I have a similar fascination with aircraft now, and am hoping to join the airforce in a few years.

This concept resounds well with me and the antiwar propoganda is stunning. Great job!
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:iconlemontea:
lemontea Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Wicked. Though I do like the bombs part too.
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:icongeek96boolean10:
geek96boolean10 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you ever considered making this into a series of shirts? using other popular anti-war phrases, i'm sure you could have several of the same theme!
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:icondraweverywhere:
draweverywhere Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I was talking about this idea with some peers, it would be fun to follow it up with other art tools of different crafts. Thanks for the feedback!
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:iconjetfreak-7:
Jetfreak-7 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Nice looking F-15!
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:icondynamicability:
dynamicability Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Awesome!!! :love:
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:iconspindlewinter:
SpindleWinter Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But... Art is a bomb! :icondeidarastaresplz:
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46Kibahime Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant concept! In turbulent times such as these, perhaps this is a good introspective tool, as well. Why fly death in when you can just as easily fly in the joy of creativity? Love it. I wish I could afford one.
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:iconcoralsnake:
CoralSnake Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
i think I'm actually going to want this shirt *u*
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:icongracefulwings:
GracefulWings Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012   Photographer
It's really great to read the whole process for this shirt and hear a little about what inspired it. A lot of times we get to read artist's notes but they're only a sentence or two long. Or worse yet, the dreaded "..."
I'm amazed that the whole design only utilizes seven colors and looks as dynamic as it does. It's really great. :clap:
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:iconka-d:
ka-D Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aggressive but it is very creative :D I like it
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:iconisashi:
isashi Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
n_n I have never bought any T-Shirt on DA...
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:iconrekalnus:
Rekalnus Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yours a most excellent design, and concept. Tools of the trades, mixed in a illustration.

Similar backgrounds, been drawing planes and building models plus later Radio control and then cockpit time.

The message is very important. Would like to think that all those years actually informed me to the point of not pursuing a career of dropping bombs.

Maybe we can put all conflict into the video and gaming arcade, someday.
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:icondraweverywhere:
draweverywhere Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
cheers to that!
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:icontjoepoe:
Tjoepoe Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nothing but too cool
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:iconrobotsketch:
robotsketch Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
I like the concept, cool!
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:iconsatania:
SaTaNiA Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really awesome article concept ! :clap:
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:icondraweverywhere:
draweverywhere Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
high five!
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:iconkaty-l-wood:
Katy-L-Wood Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Very cool! It's gonna be super fun to hear the rest of the stories as well.
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:iconsolitae:
Solitae Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I took very big lesson from your message!
And I'm really satisfied! So big history of the one image... Hope, one day I'll say something like this about my artwork.
Great job!
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:icondraweverywhere:
draweverywhere Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You can to! I am happy you are inspired by the piece and the process!
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:iconsolitae:
Solitae Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Because of amnesia I remember only three last years of my life, so I can say only something like "I remember first snow in December 2009 when I was in hospital. It was so beautiful!". However, I think that I have childhood evenly now and it's great! I can look from different sides at one thing and always ask questions "why? how it works? what does it means?" and feel really happy when get good interesting answers! :)
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:iconkovowolf:
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Refreshing and unique! I love the personal story behind it and the inspiration that molded this beautiful piece of art! :heart:
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:iconviolinvixen:
ViolinVixen Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is so amazing! i think it is so neat to see how other artists get inspiration!
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:icontiamatheart:
TiamatHeart Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great idea and design,with a humane message:clap:
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:iconzaylee1021:
Zaylee1021 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love seeing the ideas that led to the finished piece! I'm also floored that just 7 colors led to such a dramatic finish. Thank you for sharing !
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:icondraweverywhere:
draweverywhere Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Yeah, seven colors were tough to distill down to.
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catluvr2 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool.
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