Art for All; British Posters & Lithography

This image shows 11 lithograph proofs that combine to create one of Edward McKnight Kauffer’s posters for the London Underground. Kauffer also produced posters for the London North East Railroad.

This workshop contains rows of tables topped with large stone slabs used for lithography. The image was drawn directly onto the stone slab. This workshop produced large posters long before they produced posters for the London Underground.

“Angel Falls; Loyalsock Trail” I created this monochromatic lithograph using an aluminum sheet and a grease pencil. I remember also using water and gum arabic. Water stuck to the gum arabic areas (negative spaces) and ink stuck to the grease areas.

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Michael Moppin Serigraph Poster

This poster advertises the 16th Annual Gallery walk & Art for the People, art events in Harrisburg, PA. The ad was produced by artist Michael Moppin of The design features stylized Chinese characters riding on back of a tiger. The two-color poster saves the client money, yet the design is eyecatching and quite busy. Flat planes of color contrast with areas filled with decorative motifs as in Japonisme. There is no sense of 3 dimensional modeling. Only line, shape, color, and text are components of this composition. The blocky text used for the headline is very legible.

Michael Moppin, 41, of Harrisburg, PA, runs Art Boy Products—freelance illustration and design services. According to his biography, “he is the visionary behind the ‘Art is Freedom’ movement, a grassroots effort that celebrates the spirit of creativity, promotes emerging artists, and helps support (Harrisburg’s) art scene.” Moppin describes his style as “Technicolor Soul Pop.” He notes his influences are Salvador Dali, Keith Haring, as well as his “cartoon filled youth, alternative and mainstream comic books, psychedelic poster art,” etc.

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Japanese Influence; Jetfire Transformer Part II

I am now attempting to post a portion of the images that did not post in my first attempt.

SR-71 Blackbird is the basis for the overhaul for the Transformer movies...a pivotal change as the Blackbird is an American spy plane conceived in the 1960's. It is no longer in service since satellites do the same job now more safely.Note, the old jetfire is based on the Macross VF-1 and is pictured below. The new version of Jetfire based on the SR-71 Blackbird.

This is the old jetfire based on the
Macross VF-1. Below, is the new version of Jetfire based on the Blackbird.

Jetfire; Revenge of the Fallen.

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Japanese Design Influence; Jetfire Transformer

The Jet design from Japanese Anime cartoon Macross. This is the inspiration for the Jetfire design, though not originally intended to be used as a Transformer.In 1983, Takatoku Toys released a range of Macross toys. Their first release was the 1/55 VF-1 Battroid Valkyrie, which was the first fully transformable replica of the VF-1.This is the Japanese Anime cartoon Macross which features the fictional jet VF-1 Valkyrie.The toy was licensed by Hasbro for release--in the US and elsewhere--as part of the Transformers toyline, and was retooled to become the character Jetfire. Due to Hasbro licensing the toy, Matchbox was unable to release it as part of the Robotech toyline. Takatoku released the smaller 1/100 VF-1S Battroid Valkyrie later in the same year.Transformers meet G.I. Joe

Comic Book Revelation: I discovered that Jetfire was originally a Decepticon and later converted to Autobot status.Jetfire; Storm-bringerJetfire Glorified

The Make-over; Jetfire is now based on the SR-71 Blackbird. Notice, he is marked here as a Decepticon.The extremely retooled Jetfire matches the look of the Decepticons in "Transformers 2; Revenge of the Fallen."This is a SR-71 Blackbird conceived in the 1960's as a spy plane. It is no longer in use since it is safer to use satellites for spying.This is the SR-71 Blackbird conceived in the 1960's as a spy plane. It is no longer in use. Satellites do a safer job at spying.

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