Rod Serling Illustrations as Die Cut Stickers

3 Rods Giveaway - 3 [Starting today until March 13th, I’ll be giving one of these away in the special edition packaging. Head over to my Instagram page for the simple contest rules: instagram.com/vinylsmacked]

 

My latest product from VINYLSMACK.com features The Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling. I got this idea a while back. Here’s some of the back story for the inspiration:

I’ve always been a fan of the Twilight Zone and would watch it all day whenever one of the marathons came on. If I remember correctly, they aired on Thanksgiving and on the fourth of July. As a younger kid, I’d watch it from a safe and curious distance. I knew that some of them were creepy so hence the need for a safe distance. As I got older though, I loved some of the weighty topics that Rod Serling would tackle on the show. Many have written on the topic of Rod Serling and how he dealt with social and philosophical issues so I won’t belabor that here. There was something about that feeling after most episodes where I felt I was taken through a nightmare and left unscathed. I learned a lesson of sort through the subject matter. And how could you not love Rod appearing on those intros and outros of the show. He was like a Willy Wonka, taking us through his factory from another dimension. I wish he could’ve done more. 156 episodes weren’t enough!

Now back to the 3 illustrations I designed. Since Rod Serling was such a prolific writer and steered his vision of what the show was, I thought it would be awesome to feature a version of Rod in every illustration; with a twist of course like every episode.

3 Rods 16The first I developed is Rod Serling as himself. This first design came from a sketch I did a while back of Rod Serling with very large, black, zombie-like eyes. I did this because of the creep factor of the show at times. I kept it simple and added those Twilight Zone swirls from the show’s intro.

 

 

 

3 Rods 15The next design I tackled was inspired by one of my personal favorites, “Time Enough at Last” which starred Burgess Meredith. For this, there’s a few things going on. First, I wanted it to look like Rod but also like “Henry Bemis,” the episode’s main character. Early on I decided that the characters should have Rod’s facial characteristics and have other external elements that make up the actor he’s “portraying. For the Bemis illustration, he’s all Bemis but still Rod under the glasses, crazy hair, and mustache. I also implemented his love of books into his suit, an element most fans would get!

 

3 Rods 17The third design is taken from “The Nick of Time.” For this, instead of having Rod illustrated as William Shatner’s character, I made him the more obvious choice, the mystic from the diner table. He has Rod’s features but shares most of the features from the show version. For the box itself, I brought in elements from his suit to wrap around the box. Instead of copying the words from the box, I thought it fitting to use a portion of Rod’s words at the closing of the show, “Counterbalance in the little town of Ridgeview, Ohio. Two people permanently enslaved by the tyranny of fear and superstitution, facing the future with a kind of helpless dread. Two others facing the future with confidence – having escaped one of the darker places of the Twilight Zone.”

 

3 Rods 1Once I finished designing the 3 illustrations for the die-cut sticker set, I went on to develop the a special edition package that features an envelope in the shape of a TV set complete with a stand on the back. Everything I design at VINYLSMACK has some handmade elements. The set is made of die-cut card stock and a plastic window. I hope you enjoy them. They’re now available for purchase over at: vinylsmack.com

My Never Ending Story

Alas, the time has come for my next product release over at vinylsmack.com. This is my ode to The Never Ending Story. “The Auryn” is a leather textured envelope package with a separate silver and gold multilayer decal on the inside.

Fight against the sadness! No other film from my childhood impacted me more than this. It equally spurred my imagination and terrified me beyond belief. The unforeseen enemy, a disappearing world, 2 heros; both my age, and an empress so beautiful I blushed every time she appeared on the screen. And Falkor, that majestic dog of a dragon; hope delayed, arrives just in time. As the title suggests, The Never Ending Story continues to play out in my life. Be brave. Fight against the sadness.

Now available at vinylsmack.com.

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Updates for VINYLSMACK | Much More In The Works

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Last August I started up a new business venture making creative multilayered decals over at vinylsmack.com. It started with the Flux Emancipator, a decal inspired by Back to The Future’s “Flux Capacitor.” Since then I’ve got some good feedback and demand for my product. I’ve also developed many new ideas on the type of products that I will produce. Moving on from just decals, I plan on also making papercraft collectibles and other products. I also have a new focus on developing packaging that reinforces the theme of every product. I want every package to be an experience in itself. Something that just blows you away. Something that’s fun to even hold in your hand. I love this new venture because it allows me to have a creative outlet without the boundries that I have in my day-to-day design work that I do in Moving Pixel Media. Please stay tuned to exciting new stuff around the corner over at vinylsmack.com.

The Papercraft Time Travel Kit - Slide Out Tray Papercraft Time Travel Kit - Intricately Cut 2 Papercraft Time Travel Kit - Intricately Cut 1 Papercraft Time Travel Kit - Car 3 Set Papercraft Time Travel Kit - Car 1 Set
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 Watch Screen Time Lapse and thoughts on design & video

Apple Watch Screen Time Lapse from Moving Pixel Media on Vimeo.

Every time Apple releases a new product, I’m amazed at how much better each successive video is. I think at this point all video is probably CG just like IKEA is doing. There is so much fine control over the various aesthetics and they control it well. The motion, focus, lighting and other areas are downright amazing. It really pulls you in. Pretty remarkable, considering the thing is about a square inch. I love their products but am equally inspired by the level of production they put into selling it.

Introducing “The Flux Emancipator” decal by VINYLSMACK

 

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I just started up a new small business called VINYLSMACK®. My goal is to design some high end decals that have depth or complexity to them. Think multiple layers, colors, and materials. My 1st release is inspired by one of my favorite movies of all time, Back to The Future. I’m taking advantage of the glowing apple on Apple laptops. After several versions and shopping for different materials, I nailed the look and feel I was going for on the final product. It features over 5 layers, transparent film and a clear polyester window to give it a glass effect like the real box. Once I figure out how to activate the time circuits and make it transport me to another time, you’ll probably find me in the 1940’s; it’s a nice round number.

Now available at: vinylsmack.com.
Thanks for the support. Your my density!

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Drawing inspiration from my interactions with my son Noah, this is Inspired Illustration project #13, “Michael Jackson’s.”

The other day when we were out, Noah said “I want to go to Michael Jackson’s.” Des and I look at each other a little puzzled not knowing what he’s talking about so I asked him, “Where is Michael Jackson’s?” He said “it’s that place we went the other day when I got chicken remember?” The other day we went to Jack In The Box. I got the connection. He was calling it Michael Jackson’s. I love it! Of course we didn’t correct him because he’ll get it on his own. He’s a super quick learner but a trigger word will get him mixed up sometimes and he’ll connect things that aren’t at all related . The word was “Jack, as in Jackson.” The connection was made and he ran with it. If you’ve ever been around a 3 year old, you know this happens often as they are learning. Whenever Noah does this, my mind also goes racing to visualize the connection he’s made. So this is Michael working the drive thru in his own fast food joint. Interestingly, whenever Noah hears a Michael Jackson song come on, we ask him who’s singing and his reply is always, “Captain EO.” As a little bonus, he calls the golden arches “Uncle McDonald’s.” These are drawings for another time though.

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Inspired Illustration project #13, “Michael Jackson’s.”