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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 )
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P0UL Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
Wow!! This has certainly cost a few hours of work and a lot of concentration. Great work.
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou! Haha, it did take a while..and is still nowhere near perfect, but that'll do pig.
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MariaKoch Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I Love the details!
Great job!
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou! :heart:
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:iconausgebombt:
ausgebombt Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Great typography work. Did you make those fonts?
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I did. They're kind of based on the stereotypical circus/show kind of fonts, which I don't actually know the name of lol. Surely there must be an umbrella name for all these fonts. The "The" and "that stole" are based on silent film captions, and "Moon" was kind of just made up.
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:iconmr-ben-wu:
Mr-Ben-Wu Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
Majorly LOVE this!
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Good to hear mate, thanks :D
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:iconmr-ben-wu:
Mr-Ben-Wu Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
^_^ You're welcome!
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sultry-poptarts Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Student General Artist
Amazing job! My jaw literally dropped open at the sight of this!
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, I am not responsible for any damage to said jaw. Thanks so much :)
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sultry-poptarts Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Student General Artist
:XD: Hahaha, darn! I thought I would get a good lawsuit from this! :P

You're very welcome! Keep up the great work. :P
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Hurricane-Jeanne Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is wonderful! I love the fonts! :heart:
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :aww: Glad you do!
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:iconhurricane-jeanne:
Hurricane-Jeanne Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! :D
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:iconn-szewski:
N-Szewski Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
cool!
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :peace:
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Layla1978 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
much love for this piece <3
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :aww: :heart:
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Doctor-7 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I saw, thankyou! :hug:
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Crystal-Master Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
This is very amazing!!
I love it, LOVE IT!!

and congrats for the DD!
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! It's great that people are enthusiastic about it :aww:
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LunarLadyLupa Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
:wow: This is amazing!!!
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha thanks. The most amazing thing is that I managed to get it (almost) done to hand in on time! Wish I could say the same about the rest of my assignment, lol.
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LunarLadyLupa Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
Well I wish you the best of luck~! :D
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xxladouleurexquisexx Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
beautiful work :heart:
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Simanion Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you think so :aww: Cheers!
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:iconmaybe2day:
maybe2day Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
THIS LOOKS SOOO COOL!!! LOVE IT!
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:iconsimanion:
Simanion Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! :heart:
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:iconmaybe2day:
maybe2day Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
YOUR WELCOME HUN!!!!
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ImperfectMagnolia Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
we watched "trip to the moon" in a graphic design course i took... brutal is right! haha. great work.
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Simanion Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
We watched it as part of graphic design too! ...Or maybe it was art theory. But yes, it was unecpectedly brutal. Shocking cinema, lol.
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FakeKraid Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
This is really pretty and well-proportioned, but I think it's a little hard to read in some places. Am I the only one who's said that? If so, it might be just me.

I do really like the symmetry effect you created with the word "moon", though.
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Simanion Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Don't worry, you're not the only one to say that :D One of my explorations in this project was "legibility vs expression".

When I was researchig illustrative typography examples, I came across so many that were really beautiful and intricate, but I had great difficulty in reading. But these were by the top players in the game, and being shown around the world in various forms and I think I consciously said to myself "If they can do it, why can't I?" lol.

Also, I think when you have difficulty in decoding a message, it stays with you longer and involves you more in the work as it can create a more memorable experience.

Sorry for the essay, lol. And thankyou!
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FakeKraid Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
No, no, no. Thank you for the detailed reply. I asked because I was interested, and I'm actually pleased that my initial impression was central to your piece - it reflects well on both of us.

I do wonder very much about your last point, though. I rather suspect that it serves to heighten a reaction to a message in one direction or the other, rather than render it more memorable unilaterally. I say this because of my experience with word games in puzzle magazines. The little "quotes" that you solve the puzzle to get are banal and empty more often that not (no shame on the writers - no one could be pithy in such volume), and after a particularly hard puzzle I am actually prone to pay less attention to the actual message than I would if I had simply read it. On the other hand, the song lyric you used in this typesetting has at least some poetic depth to it, and I do notice the effect you mention in that case. What do you think?
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Simanion Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah I guess you'd have to look at it in a case by case scenario instead of applying the notion, as you said, unilaterally..

I didn't actually mean to focus on the "difficulty", it's more about the act of decoding itself as opposed to simply reading something. If, after closer analysis, you see something that you didnt immediately recognise or comprehend then it's like this little victory of yours that you can keep :lol: If a work involves you expelling energy to penetrate the message, it makes it seem more complex and clever. That said I encountered so many example of illustrative type where I didn't even bother trying to read what was being said because the process seemed so complex. I mean, there's artistic value there but if they present it as impenetrable then their whole point of using type is lost I think.

So I guess the key is striking a successful balance between being completely literal/obvious and abstract/coded.
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FakeKraid Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
That sounds reasonable. I guess you've found your artistic goal, then, huh?
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Simanion Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I actually have no idea, haha. I think i need to get more feedback in general. I know there's more I could have done with this piece. Maybe I'll ask my teachers what they think. But I'll have plenty of time next year because it's going to be the focus of my Masters :) So I'm glad we had this conversation!
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FakeKraid Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Me too! Thanks for indulging me.
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taylor-heath Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
Okay I've gotta know: did you draw those wispy, smoky fibers with pen, or did you add them in PS? The entire piece is gorgeous, but they came out so well and are very pleasing to look at :D
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Simanion Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I drew those in pen :) The ones on the bottom have some editing done, like stretching and such, to fit the proportions, as well as dimming out the parts that near the centre so the words there aren't obstructed.

The original pen drawings are uch crisper :D It was hard to let go of that but this style suited the atmosphere I was ging for more.
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TearsInTheDark Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
This. Is. Mindblowing. :heart: :D
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Simanion Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, thankyou :thanks:
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Plaguedog Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009   Digital Artist
I am thoroughly enamored with this! Especially all the detail in "it was" and "slumber"

You're rekindling my love for typography and I demand you stop! ;)
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Simanion Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, *attempts to rekindle further by carving carrots into type and throwing them in you general direction* Glad you like it :aww:
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oOWhiplashOo Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
now that is something amazing >_>
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Simanion Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou :thanks: I appreciate it!
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oOWhiplashOo Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem!
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BatmanWithBunnyEars Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009   General Artist
That's an interesting sentiment. My mind went immediately turning into a werewolf at night before I read the description. In any case, the elaborate pinstriping within each letter and artful caligraphy definitly capture the mood of times long past.
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