Push It Backwards

These are a few pages from the comic I got to do for Nobrow’s Graphic Cosmogony. The book had a 4 colour printing process, so I wanted to use a more graphic approach similar to the old adverts using grid design. I bought the book Grid Systems by Josef Müller-Brockmann and decided to go for a 20 field grid. Using it as a base to start work upon I found it very useful.

It is over. Inspiration is on the shelves of supermarkets and the cycle has begun. I wish I put my hand up in class. I fell over yesterday and Dorothy saw me spill my can. There was no undo (ctrl-z) like when I’m in my room alone on the software. Do you bother the furniture when you hoover? or is your patience 1gsm thin? Computing design has allowed humanoid with flimsy patience.
I’m the generation of the wire untangler. Untangling controllers and then wires at the back of computers, I am faster than you. Elders are supposed to teach me how to lay paving, mend the broken fence and pass on the knowledge of the man. However I show them how to use the computer. Barbara and Philip have no keen eye, but they are very chuffed having managed to dial in a design for the lovely tea rooms in the town centre. It is over.

– 20 field grid, scan from Grid Systems by Josef Müller-Brockmann.


29 thoughts on “Push It Backwards

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  2. Patrick

    Wow! I’m loving so many aspects of this – your style, the colours and retro feel. I can’t wait to get my hands on the printed version. The grid really brings it together too. I will post about you when I get time. Well done.

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  6. Matthew Lyons Post author

    Thanks everyone.

    – Patrick
    I agree about the grid. I think it makes each overall page work visually rather than just one or two individual illustrations cluttered by surroundings. Josef defends the grid a few times throughout the book. He must have run into humanoid telling him the grid limits creativity. Using the grid as a foundation to start work on, I am on Josef’s side.

    – Carina
    Thanks, the great guys at Nobrow actually chose the 4 different spot colours as that’s how the whole book is printed, so you should check out the other 23 artists comics in the book. The printing method allows you to overlap the 4 spot colours to create many different shades, but I wanted to keep the colours simple as it compliments the grid structure in my opinion. It also ties into the theme of the story.

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  14. Jason

    Hello from 2047. Well, actually its 2012. I had to come back for my dam wallet. On some planets this even weights as much as hoover dam. but dont tell mr. dyson this, hes already angry at me for hooovering up water, as he hasnt invented a deepsea divers hoover yet. can you believe i left my girl waiting in tescos at the check out, we only wanted a tomato and tesco are asking for 52 grand! I hope tesco fold like when i play origami while tripping on adrenaline!


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