Last week we had the pleasure of attending our first Adobe 99u Conference and we had a blast, both as attendees and teaching our workshop on Creative Collaboration. Although the 90-minute workshop flew by, we were blown away by the creativity and quick thinking exhibited by all the participants. You can see a few of the completed projects below along with a few other shots from our week in NYC. Thanks to everyone at Adobe for hosting us and to all the amazing participants in our workshop. Hope to see you next year!
Prepare to get cozy this holiday season in one of our brand new cabins! The new Cabin Series of art prints depicts three different dwellings, each in its own environment and with a unique architectural style. Each print is a 14” x 11” three-color screen print on 100lb French Kraft-Tone paper. The series is comprised of Cascade (winter a-frame cabin), La Jolla (modern beach cabin), and Sedona (desert geodesic dome).
Kicking off the release of the Cabin Series is a special offer for Black Friday weekend only! From Friday, November 24, through Monday, November 27, the Cabin Series Mega Pack includes all three prints, plus a cabin-themed embroidered patch AND enamel pin, all for the low price of $50! (a $76 value). Check out additional images of the prints, our initial sketches, as well as a process video documenting the creation of the prints below.
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Cabin Mega Pack
Cabin Enamel Pin & Embroidered Patch
Heartwork is a project designed to raise money for art supplies for the art room at Target House—a wonderful home-away-from-home for the families of children facing long-term treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Heartwork 2017 includes limited edition art prints from 10 great artists, with 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the art prints going to purchasing art supplies for St. Jude patients staying at Target House during their treatment. Our contribution is an 11” x 14” giclee art print entitled “Lead the Way”, with a limited edition of 50.
Visit heartworkart.com to purchase one of the 10 designs while they last, and thanks to Target and Invisible Creature for inviting us to participate in an amazing cause!
Lead The Way
Initial Concept Sketch
2017 Art Prints
Our series of art prints inspired by vintage travel postcards rolls on with two new additions - Los Angeles and San Francisco. Each print celebrates some of our favorite locations in two of our favorite cities.
Greetings from Los Angeles and Greetings from San Francisco are each 14” x 11" three color screen prints on French Kraft-tone Index Off-White 100lb paper, and both feature metallic gold ink which you can check out in the photos of the prints below. All Greetings From prints (including Austin, TX) are now available in the DKNG store.
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Austin, TX is one of our homes away from home, and for this year’s SXSW we created a new art print paying homage to one of our favorite cities, and the vintage travel postcards that are often used to represent it. Greetings from Austin is a 14” x 11" three color screen print on French Kraft-tone Index Off-White 100lb paper, and features a metallic gold ink which you can check out in the photos of the finished print below. Greetings from Austin is now available in the DKNG store.
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In the spirit of holiday giving and protecting our planet, we’re excited to announce our new Polar Bears art print benefiting the National Resources Defense Council. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the print will be donated to NRDC, which works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of some 500 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.
The print itself is an 11” x 14” two-color screen print using two split-fountains on 100lb off-white recycled paper. The print is a timed edition which ends at 11:59pm on Sunday, November 27. The number of prints that sell in that time period will dictate the edition size of the print. All prints will be signed and numbered by DKNG. For orders made within the United States, every effort will be made for the prints to ship and arrive prior to Christmas, pending the final edition size. Please keep in mind orders shipped outside the United States will take longer to deliver, but should arrive by January 2017. Check out our initial sketch and process video of the print being designed below.
Our latest art print series has rolled into town and this time we’re featuring the wide world of bicycles! The new Cyclist Series of art prints depicts five different bicycles each in its own environment and featuring its own unique accessories. Each print is a 20” x 16” four-color screen print on 100lb French Paper cover stock. The series is comprised of Mesa (road bike), Durango (mountain bike), Downtown (fixie), Venice (guy’s beach cruiser), and Malibu (girl’s beach cruiser). Check out additional images of the prints below, our initial sketches, as well as a process video documenting the creation of the prints.
Initial Concept Sketches
We’re excited to announce the release of our Grand Canyon National Park poster as part of the Fifty-Nine Parks poster series celebrating all of America’s National Parks. Since the Grand Canyon is such an iconic park and has been depicted in so many different ways, we wanted to capture a unique perspective of the Colorado River winding through the canyon, with a kayaker included to lend a sense of the vast scale of the park.
The poster is an 18” x 24” four color screen print on 100 lb. French Construction Pure White paper and is part of an open edition. Check out our initial sketch of the poster below, close-up photos of the finished print, and an interview with Fifty-Nine Parks where we share our thoughts on the project. The Grand Canyon National Park poster is now available in the DKNG Store.
Initial Concept Sketch
LAYER-BY-LAYER COLOR SEPARATIONS
FIFTY-NINE PARKS INTERVIEW
Tell us about where the DKNG story begins.
DKNG’s collaboration began in high school when Dan and I played in a band together. We started designing our own album artwork, flyers, and posters. Years later when we were both in college in Los Angeles, we had the opportunity to design a few concert posters for the Troubadour. They liked our work and we went on to create dozens of posters for them. After various other jobs, we both eventually came on board as full time DKNG employees and we just celebrated our 10 year anniversary as a company.
What is it about screen printed posters that gets you stoked?
We spend so much time on our computers, it’s nice to work in a very analog medium. We got started printing our own posters by hand, and it was always a welcome activity to be able to see our designs come to life as we printed them. We also love the fact that no two screen prints are the same, and the fact that the process includes some natural variation makes it feel much more like a craft than other more industrial forms of printing. The National Parks have such a rich history of posters and so many have iconic landmarks, they really lend themselves well to being showcased in a larger than life way.
Can you talk about any sources of inspiration for your Grand Canyon print?
When thinking about the Grand Canyon, we knew we wanted to convey the vastness of the park while also showing a perspective that hadn’t been seen on every souvenir postcard. We were inspired by all the fun activities that are available in the park and decided that a sole kayaker would be a good way to give a sense of scale to the print.
What's your favorite National Park?
Dan and I have only really been to a handful of National Parks. I know Dan likes Yellowstone because of the hot springs and geysers, which are pretty unique to that park. However, he has a new appreciation for The Grand Canyon, especially having the experience of flying over the park on a commercial flight. It’s just so breathtakingly huge.
What makes National Parks equally as rad as posters?
The National Parks have such a rich history of posters and so many have iconic landmarks, they really lend themselves well to being showcased in a larger than life way, since so many have features that feel dreamlike, or like they might exist in a fantasy world.
What's one tip you'd offer for working in illustrator?
I would say the most unique and helpful tool we used when creating this print was Opacity Masks. There’s a lot of texture going on in every color and this tool came in hand when needing to fade textures from being fully opaque to semi transparent using gradients. Over all it helped make the ambiance of the print feel more painterly and less like a vector collage.
How about a tip on running a small design business?
It’s easy to get pigeonholed into being the guys that do a certain kind of work, so we like to mix it up and use our business to pursue several different types of projects. We always recommend that designers put forth the type of work that they’d like to be hired for, rather than the type of work you’ve done in the past, which will likely lead to more of the same.
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The latest addition to the DKNG line of art prints is here! The Camper Series celebrates “homes for those who roam” with three of our favorite classic camping vehicles in three diverse California settings. Each art print is a 20” x 16” four-color screen print on French Pop-Tone paper. Included in the series are Mojave on Orange Fizz paper, Sierra on Gum Drop Green paper, and Laguna on Blu Raspberry paper.
Initial Concept Sketches
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The first ever DKNG Mystery Tube Sale is here! You’ve tried the rest, now try the best! Each tube will contain a combination of 5 random posters and art prints for the low price of $30. Mystery tubes may contain “scratch & dent” prints filled with character that perfect prints just don’t have. But don’t worry, all prints that make their way into mystery tubes are still wholesome enough to take home to mom and make their way into frames.