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.

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


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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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