Had a friend who runs a side screenprinting business ask about a sticker company, Rockin’ Monkey (no association to Data Monkey). So, I decided to try them out as they offered glow-in-the-dark stickers.
The test run came in today. I got out my little photo studio box and took some quick snaps of the stickers. Please note, I’m not a photographer by any real means.
Do designs just magically pop from mind to screen? Lord I wish so. Any artist will likely tell you that design or art is a process. A thought or inspiration sparks in the mind, then the fun of making that spark into something real.
My prime design, the data monkey, was no different. Born about 7 years ago, it started off in a much different fashion. The concept was fairly simple: make a path with a monkey and tabs to say ‘secret’ and ‘data monkey.’ Seemed easy enough. Well… As you can see below, the early attempts were pretty basic. You’ll also see a multitude of spin-offs that came quickly from the original.
Most of these early iterations were very much design, not so much art. Combine elements to get a thought across. Since then, as you can see from the overall theme of this blog and my portfolio, I found a little more art to use with the design.
I admit at times to fixating on the initial design/concept, but have learned to sometimes stop and let it rest for a bit. While elements may carry through, the difference between initial and final can be striking at times.
I recently discovered a company that makes PVC-based patches. Now, there aren’t the 3D ones you might’ve seen. Instead, these are 2D flat patches. So, I gave it a shot with my flying monkey design and a few word-based ideas.