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With no job and no luck getting hired in a corrupt industry, my options are... 

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No deviants said Death


P.O.Holland — 楓MEDIA
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
For those not familiar, one of my esoteric pursuits is the Toyama-Ryu Iaido, a school of Japanese swordsmanship.  With an event coming up to test for rank — which entails a bit of air travel across half the continent — I decided to properly tag my new gun-cum-sword-case for the trip.

I had no problem with the basic black of the case itself, yet as a fully-trained graphic designer, "customization" meant more than just slapping a mass-produced sticker or two on things, or stenciling a label.  Instead, I prepared a full custom decal set to not only to make clear its contents, but to transform it into proper samurai gear featuring my own unique kamon.

Since my printers are unable to output white ink, I had to make do with opaque white decals and black overprint:  an imperfect solution that produced decals slightly darker than the case surface, but not enough to be an issue.  Print quality aside, the pebbled surface of the case meant that a good volume of decal set fluid was required to ensure proper adherence.

Shown here is the completed application prior to cleaning up the slight white halos on the edges.  For aesthetic reasons, I blacked out the original, obtrusive product logo.
Applied-140712 by Phaeton99
Once the decals were set and the edges touched up, things needed to be properly sealed and protected to survive regular handling, not to mention the bumps and scrapes of travel. Over the course of several days, I applied a thick layer of clear coat to each decal, then a single coat of matte to take off the gloss.
Masked-140714 by Phaeton99
The final results...
Detail-140716 by Phaeton99
Walkaround2-140716 by Phaeton99
The real test will be the trip itself, of course.
  • Mood: Tired
I'll be at CONvergence 2014 (July 3-6) this weekend at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota!
CVG-2014-PostCard-Front-RGB by Phaeton99
If you happen to be planning to be there, too, be sure check out my display and prints in the Art Show — just look for the mark of MomijiMedia.

Until I find another website to host my prints, these will only be available at the few conventions I manage to personally attend.  With any luck, I might even be lurking about.  See you all there!

deviantID 120805 by Phaeton99

CONvergence Art Show - 140702 by Phaeton99

2014-07-02 14.34.12 by Phaeton99

  • Mood: Eager

Journal History

In Need of Paying Pro Work!

Have a lead on professional design jobs? Contact me! POHOLLAND@YAHOO.COM


Odyssey class (If it's not too much)
Tue Jun 5, 2012, 1:55 PM
How about colossus class
Fri Jul 29, 2011, 5:47 PM
Pangea Class O.o
Tue Jul 21, 2009, 2:10 PM
Titan Class
Wed Feb 4, 2009, 6:02 PM


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mambasnake Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
you're welcome. 
Destiny3000 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What an incredible gallery you have!
SoupNaziMark2 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Sorry I pester you so much, Phaeton.  I mean no disrespect.  On the contrary...if I don't think stuff is darn good, I don't bother commenting.

After all, DA is vast and I am but one man.
Phaeton99 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
So far, you have kept to relevant topics, so it isn't pestering yet.  ;)
SoupNaziMark2 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
 to hear.
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