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Apparel Collection: Sunset Burner

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 1:16 PM

Sunset Burner
Legibly Balanced Design

The celebration of letterforms is a timeless and globally universal art form. When pushed towards the abstract, the individual letters become more about the overall shape than the words they form or meaning. The graphic becomes about the marriage between the whole design and composition and the letterforms seemingly hidden in plain sight.
Contemporary graffiti is often done in this style. As you may know, artistic graffiti is powerful global art movement where artists choose more non-traditional ways to execute pieces and more publicly accessible places to display their artwork. 

This specific piece is done in a linear Wildstyle fashion and symbolizes the wearer’s proclivity for pushing the boundaries of abstraction and taking risks with their work. In this garment, you can feel free to take your style, put it in a blender, and mix it up with your inspirations, influences, surroundings, and emotions. Pour this concoction into a cup and paint with it, do the unexpected, and develop new ways to say things that are perceived as banal. Enjoy the creative explosion! 
There are a million ways to write our comparatively short alphabet. In the art form of graffiti, many fundamental styles have been developed and are universally recognized. In my first rounds of work on this concept, I was really pushing for the letters to be abstract. This piece below really has a lot of energy, but it was really hard to read and was more composed for the rectangular orientation of a sketchbook, not the anatomical features of the body under a shirt. 

The second piece I developed was in a style of letter that is much more legible. This version was conceived on a trip to Art Basel in Miami, where deviantART had a pop-up art gallery. I was able to paint a bunch of graffiti pieces there and sketched a number of different letter styles for the name “deviantART.” 

After many exploratory sketches, I found the right composition, and I wanted to flesh out in color. Of course, there’s a huge difference between hand-drawing a piece based on graffiti style and actually painting a huge beautiful graphic with spray paint. Making this illustration digitally gave me the ability to really explore the colors and attitudes of the letterforms. When painting with cans, you usually hatch your plan and stick to it. No control-Z on the wall ;) 

This was a nice piece, but, if you can believe it, I thought it was almost too legible. Graffiti lettering often has the curse of not having enough Style with a capital S, and I didn’t think this version was up to deviantART’s style standards. I was on the right track, but I needed to head back to the drawing board with a more stylized eye for this graphic. 
At this point, I reached out to one of my favorite artists, sonnywong001, and he gave me some hints on how to push the piece in the right direction. His sketch added on some landing gear, ticks, and letter connectors. It’s always valuable to talk to other artists and get critiques on your work during the working process. A fresh set of eyes can make all the difference when you’ve been staring at so many variations that you’re not sure what to do next. 

I really appreciated his input and wanted to start fresh with his ideas in mind. So, I jumped ship and went for a totally different thought process. The intention of the next version was to make a piece in a Wildstyle lettering where the overall dynamic movement and composition would supersede any hope for legibility. 

I was able to settle on the final outline of the new version’s lettering rather quickly. The color scheme was a whole different story. It took many tries to find a happy medium between too many colors and too few colors, not to mention which hues worked best with each other. Here are six of what felt like 50 colorway attempts. 

After what seemed like an eternity of trying different color combinations, the clear winner emerged, and the sun set on this design process. I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. The Wildstyle lettering is legible after a bit of searching, and the color scheme is reminiscent of a sunset, giving it an overall solid composition. 

Connect with your inner wild style, and wear Sunset Burner with pride. 

Graffiti is an art for near and dear to Forest's heart. Read more about the exciting challenge in building Sunset Burner.
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bluechil Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Artist
hey this is unique and cool dude awesome good job
Transylvanian-Angel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013   Photographer
Not really my cup of tea... but each to their own...
slender33 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Misa want:P :glomp:
ruiddho Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumbsup: Excelent!... I Like So Much...
freakhope Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
where's your piece on the wall ????
SyncThaRealEmcee Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
dooope i've always wanted my shit on a shirt
Wator Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
прикольные олдскульные куски. техника редактирования скетчей, а именно рисование основного скетча на бумаге, потом сканирование и за тем дальнейшая редактация, обсолютна такая же как и у меня) приятно видеть что этот способ ещё используется другими художниками граффити. прикольные футболки. пазтивно и смело)
SP4RTI4TE Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Do you sell the first t-shirt? one in black and white? it's much better!!!
KevyMetal Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Flahorn Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
WANT :la:
Virus158 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
ANGELICA-LILY Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
That is wicked awesome ,dude !!!!!!!
Coolness ... Love it ><><
PLEJGROUND Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the 2nd design is so poor you shouldn't even show this
look like kid doodle
very disappointed with Dev again ...
PLEJGROUND Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
crap !!
the projects are wack and final design copy of WildStyle graffiti


DevArt proved again that it's on;ly after money !!
Ayula Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
love it! :love:
ThatWhiteKid Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
for once deviant arts graffiti taste isnt ridiculous
tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome !
The way it should be !
RavenReble Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
graffiti is an awesome art these are to ^°^
it's "just not my cup of tea," if you know what I mean <:3
still awesome art through
draweverywhere Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! and I agree.
BEKTR Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like it!
NightDeviant Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Jspeed384 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Won't THIS be an interesting little challenge. ^^
Arichy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice :eyes: :D
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