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It Was The Moon... by Simanion It Was The Moon... by Simanion
"It Was The Moon That Stole My Slumber"


Third typography poster for uni. This one illustrates the type for an extract of lyrics from the Silverchair song "Across the Night".

The line is about being unable to sleep because of the arresting luminosity and power of the moon, and the song in general is about falling in love with the night and the escapism and freedom it provides, but also the associated frustration that comes with insomnia. The song's elaborately orchestrated, and in a way that harks back to a bygone era.

So I tried to encapsulate all this imagery in my illustration. I took inspiration from the video

see here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoL5Q7…

which has an old silent-era film look, with flickers and areas of obvious brightness and contrast, and I looked specifically at George Milies' "A Trip to the Moon" (the one where the rocket lands in the moon's eye, brutal lol).


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Given 2009-11-30
It Was The Moon... by *Simanion ( Featured by Sander-Seto )
:iconrach95:
Rach95 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
I love this song and I think you encapsulated the imagery from the video amazingly. It reminds me of the part in the video where 'Act 1' comes up.
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:iconwarthog-flammarion:
Warthog-Flammarion Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
AWESOME!!!!!
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:iconlila-hani:
Lila-Hani Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow that looks really fantastic and professionel.. i wish i could workl that great with typo :O
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I bet you could if you gave it a go!
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:iconlila-hani:
Lila-Hani Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh now i really would give it a try:3 ive never been a typo-hero but..this way its pretty much fun i think((:
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Did you ever do bubble writing as a kid? Or block letters and then colour them in? That's where it all started for me, and really it's not that different! Just...a continuation and refinement :D
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secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is just stunning! Enchanting details and styling within the letters. As I said, stunning work and well-deserving of a DD.
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much for your wonderful words :aww: They mean alot!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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StaRMonshtaR Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
what did you use on these? :)
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, well this is a combination of things. I used Artline felt tip pens to draw everything, as well as some graphite pencils, and then inverted it so it reversed the black and white to give it that scratchboard effect ;)
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:iconstarmonshtar:
StaRMonshtaR Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
so whats the original size of that poster? :) :squee: its made in the computer but its not :)
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmm, well the original drawing was about an A5 page from the top to the bottom, then I scanned them at really hi-res and inverted to white on black, and arranged all the pieces exactly as i wanted them :D But all the sections are drawn in pen first.
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:iconsilverchyld:
silverchyld Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh.

Oh I want. *gimme hands*

This is absolutely gorgeous. I love that you stayed with the video's silent film look (as you stated). It hits all the right spots of me, the spots that love steampunk and Rasputina and especially the giant spot that adores silverchair. I would gladly hang this in my house. You very much deserve the DD you got for this. Well done.
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha *unnecessarily fends off gimme hands with fly swat*

So glad you like it, especially as a fellow fan. They may be over for now, but we'll always have the imagery. Thanks for your kind words :aww:
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:iconlilyas:
Lilyas Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Beautiful work. Congratulations to the DD. :iconflowerheartplz:
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou! :peace:
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
My pleasure. You're always very welcome! :hug:
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:iconmicka-angelo:
micka-angelo Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
best. i need to get a print of this methinks!
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll fix you up with a discount price :D Don't buy it from here, haha.
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:iconmicka-angelo:
micka-angelo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
w00t, sweet as man. This and the dead lines one, and the food chain. those three are my fav's. I probably ought to try and start collecting peoples art at exhibitions and whatnot. I just never have money, but now i quit my shit job and hopefully will have more cash to throw at art.
i think jesse is trying to organize another exhibit at verb syndicate some time this year. that postcard auction was the best. you got any shows or work going up in the not to distant future?
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Dude, art is way too expensive. Lol. If I was made of money I'd love to have a collection, but in the meantime I'll just slowly build up works from mates acquired through swaps, as gifts etc. Or prints. But sounds like you landed something nice jobwise! I'm pretty anxious about gaining actual graphic design-related employment...Still got one session to think about it though.

Yeah I got a fb message from him the other day - you gonna be in it? I have no exhibitions coming up, so I think I'd better attempt to be in this one...despite having no idea what i'm going to do for it, I'm not good with "themes" heh.
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micka-angelo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
I'll do an art trade with you anytime mate, just say the word. the job i got is nothing too spesh, its a small company (the girl who started it was an honours graduate from wollongong) they make stickers, lables, bag tags, wall art, height charts, etc. everything is printed in house, so this being their busy period i'm mainly helping pack orders, sort and pick through different printed stickers and cutting hundreds of things with guillotines, putting and sealing envelopes. they said they'll train me to use the computers so they can leave me to do the printing and whatnot on my own. it'll just be good to get the experience, whatever i can get, you know.
all the good jobs ask for experience, and i dont feel confident trying for those jobs yet anyhow. ill probably do a tafe course in learning the adobe programs better some time.
if dropshadow (thats what hes going for) goes ahead i will try and get some work ready. however, dropshadow as a theme sounds pretty shit to me. i was thinking of doing some really detailed large scale prints which are cut in funny ways on the edges, project a light onto them which will cast a shadow on a wall bringing the whole lot together.
i dunno, i'd like to do an exhibition, but drop shadow seems to be a very very weak theme.
i dunno, jesses a great designer and all, but this concept just sounds awful to me as a theme.
so i'll do what i do everytime i have a theme i dont like. i'll just do what i want and piss some bullshit about how it fits the criteria. it's worked every other time. hahahaha
lets call it 'challenging convention'
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It sounds like it'll be good experience, especially the printing side. Either way it's in the field, which is dynamite.

Dude I was thinking exactly the same thing. That's the main reason I was hesitant to say I was interested in being it...perhaps it could work really well for some, but I just felt nothing from it. It's a potentially good theme for an individual, but as a theme for an art show it's very specific. Might as well have it themed "shadows", because that's probably going to be what it ends up as. Which I think would be cooler, and it leaves room for the "drop shadow" concept.

Your idea sounds awesome. Obviously you can imagine yin doing cool stuff with shadows too. But all I could think of was a type poster that said "drop that shadow" or "drop it like it's a shadow" hahaha, wtf....wtf. Otherwise it'd be paper sculpture based. But that kind of stuff (as well as yours) will require specific lighting and a degree of darkness too, and it's all the one room. Guess we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. but if you do see Jesse, let him know I'll probs be in. I'm going away camping for a week from mon/tues and won't be able to confirm if he asks.
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micka-angelo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
yeah im pretty sure nothing is set in stone yet, i was asking him the other day but i dunno, our organization skills seem to be lacking hahaha. i like your idea, i aslo agree that we should drop the 'drop' and just let the concept be shadows. sort of broadens the possibilities.
yeah yin could do some pretty amazing stuff, her laterns last year were fucking awesome, it was kinda scary being in that room in pitch blackness though. i was thinking about the one room issue before as well, i was thinking of buying some large sheets of ply wood and just knocking up some sort of dividing walls to try and manipulate some darkness, but it would be incredibly hard to co-ordinate especially with other people using lighting also.
it would be fun to do 'shadows' as a topic for a film or animation too.
i think drop shadow, like you said, is far too specific. jesse's shown me some of his work for the thing so far, and while it is good its still somewhat predictable. i wont tell you what it is in case he wants it to be suprizing or whatever but its just not a strong enough concept.
if the theme was just 'shadow(s)' it would be good. but i kinda like drop the drop shadow now hahaha.
but you know you may as well make a theme called 'lens flare' or 'glow'. actually i kinda like 'glow' but lets not get off track ahaha. naming a theme after a photoshop function (which is always misused to horrible effect anyway) just seems a bit weak.
SHADOW on the otherhand sound like we're being cool and artsy and angsty hahaha.
have fun camping man. dont go alone into the woods if you hear a creepy/weird noise.
its just me getting back to my roots.
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CROK06 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing work; beautifully done. <3
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou very much :aww:
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:iconsvhlove:
svhlove Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
So lovely. Words can't describe.
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
But words can describe, visually. Ha. Thankyou very much :aww:
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:icon8megz8:
8megz8 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
this poster is stunning, really, and i can't get the phrase out of my head! i haven't even heard the song...
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou! Yeah, i love them. It's a great song :D Well it depends on your taste..but I like it :lol:
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8megz8 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
:D
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MikeleArapi Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
This is a great masterpiece well done !!!
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, thankyou! :aaw:
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:iconfabriceg:
fabriceg Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
im curious how did u make this??
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I drew the type in ink on paper, scanned it in, put it in photoshop, inverted it (so everything that's white here was actually black).

You can actually see some of the original drawing here n my facebook page: [link]!/photo.php?pid=5015973&id=121576915476&ref=fbx_album

And so I drew the other words separately, pieced it all together and put some background textures in. That's pretty much it!
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eckopf Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Student General Artist
beautifully executed!
only thing is the 'N' of 'Moon', it's hard to identify.
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou! Yeah, I guess it takes a while of looking at it to realise
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paulares13 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Student
nice typography
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :boing:
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toasted-tinapay Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
this is really nice.. you got a good thing goin. keep it up!
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou! :peace:
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:iconisissousa:
isissousa Featured By Owner May 19, 2010   Digital Artist
Very nice, well done, and has wonderful details, thought a bit dificult to read. Stylish.
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! Great comments, I appreciate it :aww:
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:iconevgeniysi:
EvgeniySi Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
Beautiful work!! [link]
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou! :peace:
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:iconevgeniysi:
EvgeniySi Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
Splendid!!!!
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :heart:
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:iconevgeniysi:
EvgeniySi Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
Mutually!
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