So if you know me.. Ok maybe you don’t, but hopefully you will one day.. I am a screen print addict. In case you’re not very familiar with screen printing, it’s one of the most popular and efficient way to transfer images through the process of using woven screens to block out or reveal ink in precise areas. Ok fine, here’s a video tutorial..
There’s just something about the process and the atmosphere about getting down and dirty with your work that really makes Graphic Design that much better. There have been a bigger demand for screen printing now more than recently while America goes through a huge design boom, and for good reasons. There have been huge strides in providing safe and affordable methods that almost anybody can afford (seriously you can even use solar power to transfer and screen print your images to shirts now.. check out Lumi‘s new solar transfer inks project on Kickstarter here, they deserve it!
So now for the meat of this blog, I’ve decided that for my first blog post, I’m going to showcase some of the most inspiring screen print designers and provide you links to their work. Some of them are elaborate, while others typically use no more than 3-4 colors to get the job done. Kudos to them and Enjoy!
Hydro 74 - www.hydro74.com/
Hydro 74 (a.k.a Joshua Smith) is a really down to earth designer. I’ve run into him occasionally and it has always been really inspiring conversation. He typically sticks to symmetry and tattoo line work but for good reasons… it’s intricate and visually stunning.
Pale Horse - http://palehorsedesign.com/58523/personal-work
Ok, so most of his work isn’t screen printed but you have to admit..THIS..GUY…IS…SICK! It’s so amazing watching his speed paintings. When I first saw his work I swore it was all vector because his penmanship is sharp but he gets the job done with Photoshop. Keep it up.
Brad Klaussen – www.artillerydesign.com
Most screen print are mostly associated with T-shirt design or Gig Posters. Brad Klaussen has to be the Master of both. These designs are not only intricate but really have a vintage rock poster feel to it. It doesn’t that he also does alot of Pearl Jam and Black Keys posters either. He gets brownie points for that.
Sepra4Life - www.cargocollective.com/sepra4life
I’m not to familiar with this guy but If you can pull off a good design only using one color then he deserves some credit. His art style has a unique 50′s art style and his typography is very distinct as well. If you want something very different from the norm, I suggest following this guy.
TStout - www.tstout.com
TStout (a.k.a Tyler Stout) has gotten a lot of pull on the internet because he takes a lot of what you love and adds his own style to it . Like this Big Lewbowski poster, Minimal colors, elaborate composition, and simple line work. The perfect recipe for individuality.
Ken Taylor - www.kentaylor.com.au
Ken Taylor is another great example of how minimal colors can look extremely intricate. What I love most is the curvy styled shading he uses in his figures. It’s a great signature and it doesn’t hurt to reference some movies to.
Well there you have it. Screen printing is a great medium to explore because it really test your drawing skills more than anything. If you like any of these designers show some love and follow their social stream or buy some work, I guarantee you won’t regret it. Also, show some love to your own blogger/designer ;-) and subscribe to my blog or following me on Facebook, Twitter, Behance, Dribbble. Enjoy!