Monday, June 12, 2006

old school labels (part one)

once upon a time i worked as a 'production artist/illustrator' in the 'product id label industry' (circa 1995-'98). these are some horribly blurry digital shots i took from my plastic sleeve portfolio. i didn't want a glare from the flash so the compromise was the 'shaky hand blur'. ;) by the way, most of these labels were for canadian products. i became really good at typing 'french' food ingredients. yay. :p enjoy! :)

4 comments:

Macro said...

Nice work. How do you get these gigs? I think it's funny how the butcher for "burns" is cute and somehow sinister-gregesque. Do you have any of those alien head stickers still in stock =) ?

greg oakes said...

hey david! thanks man! well, all that stuff above is day job work! i never did any freelance label design. i worked in ad agency biz during and after college (circa 1991-94) and eventually got laid off and had to hunt for more graphic arts work. i went to the unemployment centre and found a job for production artist at a company named 'labels unlimited'. i worked there for approx 6 months and then the competition (ccl label) took me away ('95)and i pumped out product labels 'til i had a nervous break down in mid '98 or so. you know it's time to quit when your spouse says "greg, i think it's time you look for another job." lol... i basically never left work. i was doing production art in my sleep. i literally kept working in my sleep. i'd sit up in my bed at night (fast asleep)and carry on working, talking to people that were not there, checking negs, yappin'bout 'choking & spreading' (LOL... that's colour separation production talk). i'd be talking out loud whilst typing french and english food ingredients on a keyboard that wasn't really there. this went on for months... waking my wife up almost everytime until she had enough and decided to step in and stop the madness. :) that's my story. hope it was entertaining? ;)

Macro said...

Ok, so it wasn't quite as fun as it looks like it would have been. Still makes for an interesting story from your past, and gives you some cool pics. for the ol' blog. So about the alien heads...

greg oakes said...

oh, yeah, sorry... nope. LOL... only have those samples you see there. when those things were first being printed everyone at my job was hording over-run sheets. when the samples from work were gone they were gone for good. i don't think they ever ran them again? i had tons but over time i stuck them to items that i owned and gave a bunch away to people. before i knew it they were gone forever. :( that alien ahead is based off the alien i drew on the cover of 'sunburn #4, 1996'. you can see that in gallery #3 on my main website.