Looper: Future Chinese Banknotes

HD screencap, lightened.

Isolated & Contrast Enhanced


Metropolis Money: a Preview of Coming Attractions

These banknotes are deceptively complex. And some of the vector art I’m creating is very large, for an Illustrator file. I am therefore going the unusual route of compositing these in Photoshop, which handles large files much better than AI. Here’s an example:

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Jaws: Chief Brody’s Badge

Out of all the times I’ve seen Jaws on TV, and having just seen it a month ago on the big screen for the anniversary, I never noticed Chief Brody’s Amity Police badge. I noticed the shoulder patches. But I could have sworn he didn’t even have a badge! But he does:

Badge 2The only excuse I can make is that the actors and the action on screen is so riveting, I never had cause to let my eyes wander around the costumes…

Current Events: July 29, 2015

I’m going to ask the question that I’m sure is on everyone’s mind: how is Elvis, and have you seen him lately What am I up to when I’m not watching movies or working?

Well, you already know I’m working on replicating the graphics from the Jurassic World trackers, building a Marko Ramius costume from The Hunt for Red October, and to those I’ll now add replicating the money from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.

I originally attempted this in 2003(!), using low res pics and Photoshop. Now I have much better refs and the power of Adobe Illustrator. I am certain these will be the best replicas on the market when they are finished. I’ve already got the 100 bill done. Some of the design elements from the 100 are reused on the 500 and 1,000 with no changes. I have re-drawn by hand the signatures. I have meticulously tweaked the colors, and I have even recreated the watermark in the paper. I have tweaked and completely redrawn individual letters and numbers.

When ‘close enough’ isn’t close enough.