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Cake The Movie

MEADONEMEADONE Registered User regular
edited February 2008 in Artist's Corner
I'm working on a satirical Movie Poster to be used as a prop for an anti-piracy video a friend of mine is directing. It is a work in progress that still needs a tagline and fake credits. Any suggestions so far though? Can anyone recommend a quick way to soften the harsh edges of the cake? BTW this is a scaled down preview of the huge orig file. Also I did not draw the cake, but am considering doing my own version of it depending on if I have the time.

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  • DaxxDaxx Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    If I were you I would draw a brand spankin new cake. The one that you have right now is okay but to me it looks like you just got it from clip art.

    Also the cake's reflection is a bit awkward because the cake looks like it's floating in the air. If your cake is set on top of a reflective surface you should draw a horizon line to show that it is actually on top of something and not just floating in the air.

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  • MaydayMayday Cutting edge goblin tech Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    The reflection is wrong. You can't just invert the image, you have to invert the perspective too.

    And the colours... oh God, why?

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  • MEADONEMEADONE Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Colors on the cake or for the layout? Cause I didn't draw the cake and planned initially to do this quick and dirty with just lifted images from google, but I think I am leaning to just drawing it (and providing better colors), which is why i haven't mucked around too much with proper perspective.

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  • MagicToasterMagicToaster JapanRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Stock photography is your friend. Corbis.com, GettyImages.com are excellent sources, though expensive. You can buy high resolution images for next to nothing at Istockphoto.com, though the quality is not always on par with the previous two.

    As for the poster itself, I hate the contrast between the light-blue background and the white text. And, you should probably build this with all the text you're going to use already in mind, this way you'll avoid design issues later on. Take the cakes reflection for example... how are you going to place credit text there and still have it be readable?

    If you don't have the text at hand yet, use dummy text.

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  • (ohms)Crunchy(ohms)Crunchy Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Your font choice is not that great either.

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  • r-jasperr-jasper Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    the 'cake' text just makes me imagine a gun slingin' sheriff cake.

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  • MEADONEMEADONE Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Yesh! you guys are pretty particular about your satirical prop movie posters. It supposed to not look so good.

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    And I'd love to use stock photos, but I honestly don't even want to spend any kinda money, no matter how trivial, for a movie poster that is a prop in a no-budget student PSA. The reflection is unimportant and namely just poking fun at it's use in these kinda designs so it's no big deal if the "credits" take it over. Making this look like a typical bland movie poster is the joke. Oh, and perhaps the cake is a gun slinging sheriff, who knows... I appreciate the feedback on the layout and color scheme. It does have to read a a moderately competent movie poster.

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  • MagicToasterMagicToaster JapanRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    If you're not interested in making this better... why are you posting here?

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  • LlyLly Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    THE CAKE IS A LIE!!!!

    That second poster looks good. Just because it's a "satirical prop movie poster" doesn't mean it has to look bad. Sure it should look bad like a bad movie, but shitty artwork and stupid colours? Why not just scrawl the title in paint over a bright pink background? That would look bad.

    The reflection looks terrible. Either fix it or lose it. It makes the whole thing instantly amateur, as do the colours.

    And for images? Go to somewhere like imagestate where you can get free stock photos of a certain quality(res).
    Making this look like a typical bland movie poster is the joke

    It doesn't look like a typical bland movie poster. It looks like an 11 year old's first attempt to learn illustrator/photoshop/any software.

    I would offer suggestions on how to improve it but from your response you don't seem to actually want them. If I'm wrong and you actually do want criticism then i'm sure we'll be happy to help.

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  • MEADONEMEADONE Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    If you're not interested in making this better... why are you posting here?

    I am interested, and I did thank you for the suggestion to rethink colors and font choice. Sorry if I did protest too much. I only wanted to explain my intent with the poster, which is obviously unintelligible from what I gather.

    And BTW...

    Lly I appreciate the suggestions and time you took to respond to my thread, but "It looks like an 11 year old's first attempt to learn illustrator/photoshop/any software" is not even a witty or accurate insult. C'mon, with all the bashing that takes place on "bad" art here, I'd think people would reach a certain level of proficiency at delivering insults... Really disappointing.
    /end joke

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  • LlyLly Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Erm, it wasn't meant to be an insult, or a clever comment. It is what it looks like. Silly colours in a gradient, art that you didn't even do yourself placed and reversed to make a "reflection". Bad font in colours that clash quite horrifically with everything else. Did i miss anything?

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  • MEADONEMEADONE Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    That's actually quite more accurate and helpful, whereas the former statement was entirely superfluous and unhelpful, which is what caused me to call it an insult.

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  • emimonsteremimonster Silicon ValleyRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    MEADONE wrote: »
    I'd love to use stock photos, but I honestly don't even want to spend any kinda money, no matter how trivial

    So you're going to free download images to use in a movie speaking out about free downloads?

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  • The_Glad_HatterThe_Glad_Hatter One Sly Fox Underneath a Groovy HatRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    emimonster wrote: »
    MEADONE wrote: »
    I'd love to use stock photos, but I honestly don't even want to spend any kinda money, no matter how trivial

    So you're going to free download images to use in a movie speaking out about free downloads?

    Free stock photo's : http://yotophoto.com/search?kw=cake
    (be sure to read up on the rights, as they differ from picture to picture. But if it's non-profit you're doing it for, you can probably use the lot of 'em.)

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