Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Getting down to some video graphics work at last...

Finally getting round to work on some briefs for Silcock Leisure. Working on some plasma screen adverts and animations. Got a bit rusty since it's been a while since I have used After Effects. Find a great site for some advanced tutorials. Check out Video Copilot for some great tutorials.

Here's an example of what I have created for them in the past:


Beautiful Door-handle in Liverpool

Found this stunning gothic door ornamentation while walking around Liverpool city centre. Couldn't resist tweaking it with my arsenal of iPhone photo apps. This time using my all time fav 'Cross Process' and 'Adobe Photoshop Express'.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Monday, 26 March 2012

Plates to Die For

The Full Collection
My Fav, The Skull Plate
Anybody want to buy me these gorgeous plates? Found them for sale at 'RE' a shop that sells all things 'recycled, reclaimed and reappropriated' and have fallen in love. This shop will be my first port of call when the other half and I start decorating.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Rejoicing In The Rain

Today I thought I'd post some music I've been playing around with. Some ambient relaxing music this time inspired by one of those fresh rainy days spent staring out of the window... So therefore it's called 'Rejoicing In The Rain'. Hope you like it! Download it here (right click and then 'save as').

Friday, 23 March 2012

Made North Conference Liverpool


Bit late but here's something I just had to share from my trip to the Made North Conference held at FACT. During the talk on designing for the future we were shown this menstruation machine by Hiromi Ozaki.


It allows men to experience menstruation. It was accompanied by a song and music video that did well in Japan which you can see below:


I was part shocked part inspired. It never occurred to me to design imaginary projects for the future. It has definitely changed my 3rd year final show work direction. Sadly I learnt the FACT shop is no more. If anyone knows anywhere to buy fanzines and self published items please get in touch.

Liverpool Local Publications


Here are some of the great free mags and papers available to pick up around Liverpool city centre.

I picked up:
LOUD AND QUIET - The Alternative Music Tabloid
WAXXX
Good Vibrations
& finally my favourite...
The Stool Pigeon. It's marvellously surreal. In the copy pictured there was a feature on 'The Critterati of the Animal Kingdom' such as this:

Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae
‘BeyoncĂ©’
Lessard, 2011
Horse fly, discovered in the Atherton Tablelands, Northeast Queensland, Australia


It also features comics usually based around musicians such as this Pete Doherty 'game' by Krent Able:


Get a copy today!

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

'Drive' Little White Lies D&AD Competition Entry

Little White Lies - Drive - Thomas Briers Entry

Here is my final design for the D&AD student awards competition for the Little White Lies magazine cover illustration. I chose to illustrate the film 'Drive' as I loved it. My theme was to show the contrast between the pretty boy character Gosling played and the hyper violent side to character. Fingers crossed till the winner is announced!

Illustration Work for Southport Pier Brochure


Here are some illustrations I created for a brief I was working on to create a brochure for Southport Pier for Silcock Leisure. The brochure was scrapped before it got to the content stage but I am quite fond of this illustration style and feel it would have worked well as a brochure.

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Typographical blast from the past!


Found this typographical 'WOW' experiment I did in an old folder from 1st year. Something about it is making me want to revisit it. Nice colour palette if I say so myself!

Brilliant Guardian 'Open Journalism' Campaign Advert




Just saw this clever advert for the Guardian 'open journalism' campaign. Brilliant idea developed by ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty. Really interesting concept and beautifully shot.

'Genderbread Person' Sex & Sexuality Diagram



Thought I'd share this cute little graphic depiction of the sex and sexuality scale I saw represented by a gingerbread or 'genderbread person' by www.itspronouncedmetrosexual.com via James St. James' blog.

Might have a go at one of these visual guides myself when I find time... Any suggestions on a topic?

Saturday, 25 February 2012

The Banksy at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool

Banksy 'Cardinal Sin'


Caught the Banksy sculpture at the Walker Art Gallery today. Not generally a Banksy fan but found this piece interesting. Controversy aside, what I found interesting is how the work looks like a normal sculpture from afar. The closer you get to the piece the more you start to notice the pixelation.


The further you get from it the more like a normal statue it seems.
From the other room you would think it was a classic sculpture.

Bit gutted he's done this to be honest as I had my own period of using pixelation in my own work you can see below...

My first 'pixel piece'
My second pixel experiment working with imagery from dreams


Saturday, 18 February 2012

Hand Rendered 'Zine' Style

Zine Cover
Julie Wem Spread


Here are some samples from the mock 'zine' I am creating for a uni re-branding brief. I took the hand rendered style I used on the Valentines card I made a few posts ago and tweaked it a bit to give off the original DIY punk zine ethos. The zine will showcase students work, for example in the spread you can see an awesome photo taken by fellow student Julie Wem.

I'll be uploading some scans of some fanzines I've picked up over the years. Great place to find some interesting ones is the shop in FACT.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Things that terrorise me: Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

There is something sinister about a mirrored face.

This is a short film from 1943 I want to share with you. It is called 'Meshes of the Afternoon' and is something that has stuck in my mind ever since I saw it. I think I caught it being shown in the Tate Modern and there's two particular images/scenes that have stayed with me or tapped into some sort of innate fear that I have never forgotten them. Firstly here's the film:



The two things that have stayed with me are the mirrored faced character that haunts the film and strangely the slow manner in which the woman runs up the stairs. Her feet barely touch the stairs as she tries to run. I think this taps into some memory of dreams where I have tried to run or escape something fearful yet my legs and feet won't move or are going in slow motion like hers do. I think the film is based on a dream with the character being asleep at some points and I wonder if this is a feeling they were trying to capture on film.

It took me a long time to actually find out what this film I saw was. I had also exaggerated in my mind the struggle the female character has trying to run up the stairs, possibly merging the scene with a past memory of a dream.

I will be working with some illustrations of some nightmares I have had and no doubt this film will be in the back of my mind while I work.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

My Inspiration: David Byrne's 'Strange Ritual'

Images from David Byrne's 'Strange Ritual'

Today's post features something that has inspired my work. Here you can see a set of photos from David Byrne's (of Talking Heads fame) book Strange Ritual. I love the way he has taken photos of such everyday objects and places such as bathrooms but through the colour and lighting has captured the emotion of the spaces. I saw something in these and they inspired my video work on a short 30 second horror/slasher film I created for a uni brief. Here are some stills from my film:

I think you can see the influence here with the tiled floor.
More of a Psycho influence here with the plughole.
I tried to play with colour here to add emotion to the scene.

You can see the whole short on my portfolio site here.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Older than me...

Older than me...

Well for today's post I thought I'd try something a bit different and make a composition using three found objects that are older than me (I'm 27 by the way). The base is a gothic photo of a grave I found in a jumble sale that caught my eye. Then there's an elephant taken from a photo of my mum as a child and overlaid is a ticket stub I found stuck deep inside the pocket of a vintage tweed jacket from the '60s. It must of been the original shop tag that has survived being in the jacket all those years. I got the jacket from a charity shop (surprise surprise!). Anyway I hope you enjoy and are inspired by another daily piece of weirdness.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

You + Me = Forever

Here's the Valentine's Day card I made for my other half. Happy Valentine's my love!
More of my work here.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Accidental Beauty

Accidental Beauty

Sometimes beauty can be found in the strangest places. Here is a photo I took of an almost Swiss style angular shape created by the light and shadows in the corner of the room. Enjoy.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Random post of the day - Badass Grannies



Couldn't think of much to post today so why not post these pics of badass grannies I found in a folder somewhere? Not sure why I saved them but I'm sure they will inspire an idea some day...

Saturday, 11 February 2012

More flyers from the collection...

Neon Indian Flyer

Few more flyers from the collection today. First up this awesome hand drawn flyer for Neon Indian and guests. Gotta love the beard typography here.

I Am Arrows

Next up is this simple front to the flyer for I Am Arrows's album 'Sun Comes Up Again'. Yet another hand rendered style. I think I much prefer this than vector imagery and digital type. I actually caught these play at the Old Blue Last. Good night!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Drive: New favourite movie!

"How bout this… Shut your mouth. Or I'll kick your teeth down your throat an I'll shut it for you…"





New favourite film! Drive with Ryan Gosling (never liked him before, now love him!) directed by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn.

Must admit it had been off my radar until I saw the cover design brief by Little White Lies.

Not bought an issue for few months as I felt it lost it's original aim of being the 'truth about movies' offering 'The Worlds Deadliest Cities' for the Sin City issue and being more the boring truth of movie finance etc. Anyway I might start picking it up again when I get some damn cash!

Anyway lots of ideas for the cover, none of which I will be sharing publicly ha!

Monday, 6 February 2012

Charity Shop Find - Album Cover

I Just Can't Stop It by The Beat

Another charity shop find. I bought it mainly for the cut out style cover design. Not a massive fan of the album as a whole but have always loved Mirror In The Bathroom.

1978 Skate Annual Charity Shop Find





Had to grab this while rummaging through the boxes of books at the charity shop. Lots of awesome pool skating pics and some interesting examples of 70s design. These are probably the best spreads, there are a few awful ones too but these make up for it! Well worth the few pennies!

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Charity Shop Find




Got lucky and found some Creative Review back issues in a charity shop!

Sketchbook Sneak Peak

Sketchbook spread

A peak inside my sketchbook...

More artwork at - www.thomasbriers.co.uk

Random Inspiration



Inspiration for the day: Some trippy cloud textures...

Something from my collection...

BODYWORK by Paul Rodriguez



I might start uploading some scans of some postcards and flyers I've collected over the years. Got this postcard in Blackpool and thought it was a weird but interesting image for a postcard.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Childhood Memory

"That will probably die now you know..."

My first blog post! I'll probably use this blog as a visual diary so what better way to start it off than with an image created from a childhood memory.

More artwork at - www.thomasbriers.co.uk