Stuff happens. Some projects die before their time. No harm, no foul. No fee, except for the starting payment, for services up to that point.Kill fee: |kil fē| noun. Payment made to a creative for work done but not used.
I learn something no matter what — in a technique, a relationship, step more skillfully taken. And I have fun.
Here's one project that didn't go to production, for a bicycle motocross racing group in Sydney, Australia, which sought a jersey redesign. Things didn't work out. Here are some of the sketches.
the Australian aboriginal people. As fascinated as I am by aboriginal art, especially the "x-ray" style that seems to expose creatures' bones, I'm uneasy about using it.
I feel the same about the entrancing art of the Pacific Northwest, in which native cultures have advanced an extremely spare graphic style. It demonstrates life's interconnectedness, depicting animals whose limbs and parts are made from other animals, all distinctive by their ovoid black, white and red eyes.
I'd love to draw inspired by that art, but I don't feel it's mine to mess with, that it's sacred to those cultures. Maybe I'm glad the racing club didn't choose this.
|These designs are inspired by Reko Rennie, a Sydney artist known for his aboriginal-inspired geometric|
forms, so simple yet so unsettling in their vibrancy. It would be an obtuse reference, but I figured the
Sydney folks would get it. Just in case, I tucked shapes of the opera house room, the Sydney Tower
and the Sydney Harbor Bridge in among the lines.
|The shirt would have been printed using dye sublimation, which affords subtle variations in color and detail.|
I tried to take advantage of this with transparent angel flame-wings, and a gradient behind the repeated
hex nut pattern.
|Because who doesn't love a monstrous eyeball on a racing jersey?|
|Two-color version of the original full-color look,|
featuring a frog.