The Art

The art part. Where does the art come from?

We collaborate on art design, playing off each other’s interpretations of an idea. In the video, Ben was the one who came up with the idea about an Idaho represented within the radio waves of Joy Division album cover art.

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Ben and Jules collaborate on art design, playing off each other’s interpretations of an idea. Ben was the one who came up with the idea about an Idaho represented within the radio waves of Joy Division album cover art. He didn’t describe it much beyond that, and Jules ran with it. When Jules showed Ben the final product in the form of a t-shirt given to him for his birthday, he loved it. He remarked: “Whoa, that wasn’t at all what I envisioned. It’s way better.”

We work well together that way, playing off each other’s ideas and perspectives. We gain our inspiration from life. Kids, mostly. Fascination with the idea of impossibility and trying to imagine a life beyond what we’ve been told is impossibility. Kind words. Color. Straight lines on buildings. Architecture. People’s perspectives and how very differently we all see things. There’s inspiration in everything, really. Like this cool building! building

 Our medium is 50/50 pen and ink and computer-generated graphics. In the video, Jules is using good ol’ computer paper to sketch out the video. We use technology as a graphics tool, but we try to stay away from using it too negatively, such as researching too much. That tends to lead to an infinite hole of comparisons.

After coming up with the design, Jules draws on clear acetate that will be used for the actual burning process. Any opaque color will block out the screen to generate the image. The pen she’s using is an excellent one from Idaho Blueprint.

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