Join Von Glitschka for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring textures for design, part of The Creative Spark: Von Glitschka, Illustrative Designer.
We're in beautiful overcast Salem Oregon and we're here to collect a bunch of surface textures. It originally started back when I was in art school and once I graduated I didn't do it for quite a few years until digital came on the scene. I've been doing it ever since. We're with my daughter, Savannah. She has the good camera. I have a point and shoot. She has a nice SLR.
(MUSIC) (SOUND) I don't worry so much about making any kind of edits or delete anything at this point. If it catches my eye, I shoot it. (MUSIC). Even ones like this that are, you know, really tall and vertical I just look at that and just what's yellow here would just make a really cool graphic image just to do a border treatment or something. This is perfect. Just the coloring green and this rust orange. It's just really cool looking. There, the whole reasons I like using textures is I, I love digital art, and I love creating with vectors and stuff because once you have your artwork built, you can reuse it in so many different ways once it's in that format. But you, you run the risk of it looking too, too computerized, too perfect almost.
And so that's why I say, you know, textures brings humanity to digital art. You know? It really embeds that nice organic flair that is usually missing when you're dealing with, especially vector art. This one's awesome. because everywhere that's light, just imagine the piece of art flowing through it. It just looked really authentic, it looked really nice. (MUSIC) Really cool texture. I just like the fact that it has bolts in it and holes, it's just, it's fun. But just the coloring, yeah, like this grayish kind of purplish gray and whites, and seafoam greens, and dark browns.
I mean, it's just, it's really cool, colorwise. Get the drums, Savannah. Yeah, with the, with the type SALVAGE in it. That's cool. (MUSIC) (SOUND) I'll create something just for the sole purpose of using a texture. I want to find a way to use it because I like it so much, and like that way I did that a few year's back. I did illustration of an owl and it wasn't because somebody hired me to do that. It's, I saw a program about owls and I thought it was cool.
At the time I had done some texture exploring, so I kind of put the two together. it's actually, lead to work because people like what they saw and they hired me to do something that same style. So I think too many times we limit our creativity by, you know, what a client hires us to do and I think you need to push yourself to go beyond that.
Take a trip to Salem, Oregon, and watch this master designer at work as he sketches his ideas and refines them in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Then join Von at play as he trawls junkyards on the hunt for color, texture, and patterns to use in his designs. He also lets us in on his 5ive Minute Logo project, a tongue-in-cheek response to the rise of cheap online design clearinghouses that turned, ironically, into a great creative outlet. As he says, even if he wanted to make it, "life is too short for bad art."