After what it seemed like an eternity, Twin Serpents now being simply The Serpents is back in the t-shirt game. I have a list of artists I want to work with or that I’m planning to work with but Craig Robson has remained on top of my favorite designers to work with. He’s ability to transform briefs or crappy sketches into master pieces is nothing short of amazing. The first design is Cold Lives which is a reprint from a while ago but this time in t-shirt form.
The second design is called Destroyer and was inspired by an engraving of Gustave Dore and by Oppenheimer’s famous quote: “I am become Death, destroyer of worlds.” It shows Death holding a nuke, her scythe and in a posture of mourning the fate of humanity.
The third design by Craig is called “Life-Death-Time-Eternity” or simply LDTE. This one was based on an old drawing by an unknown artist that showed four simple drawings and we decided to combine all four into the reaper holding the circle of eternity with life inside of it. Time and Death are eternal and although Life is finite, it is reborn and keeps on going.
Last but not least, I decided to re-stock the classic logo since we ran out of these a while ago. To get into the Halloween spirit, an orange version of the classic is also available in very low quantities. Swing by the shop and snag your favorite drop.
If you’ve been following us for a while, you might’ve noticed that TS sort of went into a hiatus. Maybe you don’t really care, but if you do, keep on reading.
Back in late 2014, I decided to change careers but I thought I’d do it gradually instead of going all out. I knew that in order to change careers into something completely new would take a while. This meant that a lot of the time I was spending promoting, building the site, putting content into the blog and of course, putting new stuff in the store would take the backseat. Although TS was started by my brother and myself, life has taken us into different paths and well, TS it’s now only run by me. My brother’s got a busy life with two kids, a new job and each of us with our respective partners. I was finally able to change careers, get back on my feet and can now focus more on the brand.
Fast forward to a couple of months ago, I decided to make a move I wanted to make back in 2013, rebrand the line as “The Serpents” instead of Twin Serpents. With this new breath of life I’m putting into the brand, I felt the new name would fit the new vision and would mark a new start. You might be thinking, “too many name changes can’t be good” but I really think it’s for the better but only time will tell. I really hope you dig the new name, the new site (the blog still needs to be redesigned and cleaned) and the fresh new designs.
If you’ve supported TS in any way or form, I give you my most sincere thanks. This project could not be alive if it weren’t for your contributions.
About a year or so ago I started to delve into the world of art posters and started lurking a lot of artists. Soon after, I came across the terminator pieces done by Gabz for Grey Matter Art (I’m still scratching my head on how it’s possible to screen print his insanely intricate art). Gabz is an artist from Poland who specializes in producing colorful but dark art for big companies such as Nike, Ubisoft, Hasbro, Reebok and many others. I personally like his movie poster art the best. Take a look at some of his pieces and then head over to his site, you can thank me later.
Pay Gabz a visit www.iamgabz.com/
Who in the world is Ken Taylor? If you’ve never heard of him, you’ve been missing out. Ken is an Australian artist who primarily works within the music industry as well as with MONDO creating limited edition movie posters that are nothing short of amazing. Using only a few colors due to the way silk screening works, Ken is able to bring life to any project he takes on. Complementing the shadows and highlights with bold colors, the end results are true masterpieces that sell out within minutes if not seconds. Here’s a few of his pieces for you to admire but if you give him a follow on Instagram, you’ll be able to stay up to date with upcoming releases and sneak peeks.
So far, we haven’t worked with any German artists but seeing the work of Florian Bertmer, makes me want to do it right this second. Florian is a German artist who specializes in dark poster art. His dark lines and shading really compliment his choice of colors making the final artpiece look colorful but eerie and sinister at the same time. Evil things are somber and lurk in the shadows minding their business but not Florian’s renderings of such creatures. These are all up in your face full of vibrant colors, insane detail, depth and they’re all looking to haunt your house and your guests. If you’re lucky enough to score a poster that is.
If you read this blog or follow me TS on twitter, you probably already know my love for Gustave Dore’s work. I find it fascinating that just by drawing lines, someone can create such intricate works of art. A few months ago, I came across a piece of work called End of the Road by Nicolas Delort and my jaw dropped to the floor. Nicolas is a French artist who’s been making waves in the poster art community and to be truthfully honest, he deserves the attention and then some. By working with a scratchboard, Nicolas is able to transform ideas and stories into fantastic landscapes and scenes that feel bigger than life. Who knew lines could be so damn sexy.
“Nicolas Delort is an award-winning illustrator currently living in the grey suburbs of Paris. Gathering inspiration in the daily and mundane as well as books and any kind of narrative medium, Nicolas endeavors to tell stories, big and small, by working on strong, evocative and intricate black and white compositions.” ~ Shannon Associates
Hedi Xandt is a visionary artist from Germany who comes from a very talented “family composed of painters, illustrators, draughtsmen and writers as well as skilled craftsmen.” His style blends different types of skills into his creations that range from logos, paintings, graphic design and my favorite, his surreal 3D sculptures (which have been made into actual sculptures). At times, it’s hard for me to tell which images are pictures of real sculptures and which are just digital renderings. You can see the light and darkness in his work but the dark tones and the imagery he chooses to depict makes you feel uneasy and yet, there’s enough light to give you a sense of calmness. Here’s a few of his creepy creations which make me wish I had lots of cash so I could decorate my house with some of these sculptures (also to pay for my children’s and wife’s therapy).
Many artists are good at illustrating, others are good at typography but few are good at both. Gemma O’Brien is one of those artists that can do both and be pretty damn good at it. Whatever project she takes on, she over delivers like the boss she is. Although Gemma rarely uses color on her work, no one can deny that she has skills and the Midas touch. Visit her page to see all the badassery she has to offer but here’s a few of her snake creations.
Back in 2005 ~ 2007, can’t remember exactly, I was browsing a popular site that listed popular photoshop tutorials. I came across a killer tutorial on making some comic book art which pointed to GoMediazine. From that moment on, I was hooked to that site checking in daily to find new articles and tutorials for me to practice or to learn from. My favorite tutorials were written by Jeff Finley, an artist from Cleveland Ohio who never ceases to impress. His style, choice of colors and techniques made him one of my favorite designers from around the globe. I recently found out that he left GoMedia and that he’s running MakerMistaker.com where he freelances, does a podcast and writes about personal growth. Here’s just a tiny glimpse of some work he has done.
This is just some of the work Jeff has done in the illustration field, he’s done a lot more. Visit his site or visit his portfolio on Behance.
There’s this one crazy guy in Florida that goes by the moniker of Hydro74. This guys happens to be a very talented vector Jedi who has done work for some of the biggest names out there. From Nike, Adidas, Harley Davidson, Disney, Lucas Films and everything in between. He’s even had a chance to party with the most interesting man in the world. Even though he’s in another level, he’s a pretty humble and down to earth guy. I first came across his work when I started learning Adobe Illustrator and of course, his work blew me away. I happened to had a chance to get an illustration done by him for Twin Serpents and when I opened the file, damn, it made my computer cry. Just some wicked talented and out of this world vector work. He’s always doing stuff for the design community and most of the time, he gives it away for free (donation to the beer fund is always optional). Go visit his site and stalk him on his IG profile, that’s where he hangs out most of the time.