30 May 2013

I survived Blackwater

by chemabola8

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About the designer:

Chema Bola8, 36 years old designer from Spain.Meet him on his website, like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, buy his art on Redbubble!

Tell us something about this design.

Basically It’s a souvenir t-shirt from the most important battle in Game of Thrones t.v. series so far. I was quite tired to see always the same GoT motifs, the starring characters and mash-ups with the most important houses shields, always chosing a side. I just wanted to develop a generic non-house affiliated (you could have been on the battle from both Baratheon sides, or Tully, or even Lanninster, or just being a King’s Landing neutral citizen). Just something different, starring the event, not the characters.  

Who is and where does Chema Bola8 come from?

I’m from the northern Spain, where the sky is grey and the rain is always present and we don’t give a fuck about flamenco or bullfighting. I’m a corporative/branding graphic designer and art director, being in business from more than 10 years, I worked from small studios to toy brands licensed by Star Wars, Marvel or Disney. Geek to the bone from comic books to sci-fi, developing by night some t-shirts for fun. 

How long have you been in the t-shirt world?

I’m barely a rookie, just a few months already. I made t-shirts for garage-punk bands and some clients as part of brand merchandise years ago, but not like this.

What would you suggest to an aspiring t-shirt designer?

I’m not too long in this market to give any advice to anybody, but every designer should remember the Van der Rohe catch prhase “less is more”, never forget the target audience, always draw previous sketches  and question absolutely everything you do.

What’s a day in the life of Chema Bola8 like?

Get up before dawn, work coffe work smoke work, lunch, fun with my wife and 3 years old daughter in the afternoon, and work work smoke, some TV serie or movie, work work…

Mac or PC?

I’m using both already, I have no preferences, nowadays the PC components are just as good as Mac ones, sometimes better, and I don’t like the closed system apple policies. I’m an Android fan and user too. I will always choose my Note 2 and Tab 2 10.1” over any iPhone or iPad.

Post-apocalyptic world. No trace of human race. It happens that you’ve survived and managed to save…

Impossible to choose just 3, in 5 minutes I would change the entire list, but…

3 tv-series: The Sopranos, Carnivale, Battlestar Galactica

3 movies: Empire Strikes Back, Down by Law, Bullitt

3 videogames: As far as I don’t play anything, I’ll chose 3 comic books: V for Vendetta (Alan Moore), Animal Man (Grant Morrison) The Sandman (Neil Gaiman)

3 cds: Raw Power (Iggy & The Stooges) Destroy-oh-boy (New Bomb Turks) The full-custom gospel sounds of (The Reverend Horton Heat)

One t-shirt: Always black

You are the governor of the world. What’s the first thing you would do?

Slave all the footbal (soccer) players to build roads and fix streets and cut the grass and send them to farms, taking off from them their billoinaire salaries and mansions and sport cars.

You ve just won a DeLorean time machine. Which historic period/time/moment would you like to visit?

I would like to go to the future and become myself king of the Morlocks!

Say whatever you want to the Tee Tee community!!

Don’t became somebody like me! Point higher! And quit smoking!

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