5.1.06

The Making of a Cereal Box Part V

5. Aging & Fine-tuning: Exported from Flash as a high res jpeg and brought into Photoshop for some texturing, noise effects and desaturation. I made my other cereal boxes kinda look like the front of the box was gently ripped off and scanned. I wanted this one to look more like an actual box that was placed face-down on a scanner. So, I backed off a little with the rips and folds and focused more on what the edges of an old box would look like head-on. I also added a city silhouette to give the piece a little more depth and interest. And I couldn't leave out the big, bold message to moms about vitamins!
So there you have it! 5 (very condensed) steps to digital cereal box construction glory! Now onto the next one!

1/07/06 edit - Upon further reflection (and some quality critiques), I've decided to lose the cityscape (see above). It works better as a vintage style cereal box without it. Maybe I'll save the city version for the book cover ;)

22 comments:

Serapio Calm said...

You certainly are the master of cereal box cartoons! I can't stop visiting!

Todd Kauffman said...

these are just so great. thanks for the run through. i get so jazzed when i see the work in progress.

paublo said...

I love the g-raff, great work ridd.

geenpool said...

I'm in awe!! Very, very nice. Keep it up.

Dan Thompson said...

wow! I like this a lot. It is great to see your procedure. Is there a reason you work in Flash instead of Illustrator? Well done.

ridd1 said...

Thanks a bunch, everybody. Dan - I'm not as comfortable in Illustrator as I am in Flash, but I'm going to soon spend some time figuring it all out. I've heard there are some significant advantages to using it. True?

mr-dunn* said...

good to meet-greet you!
i am also a flake-freak-and have for no other reason than obsession/madness rebuilt-re-illustrated boxes for my own pleasure-!maypo-wackies-several tony t boxes-crazy...
i will post them up on my blog-
cheerio-i will return!
mr-dunn*

Sean said...

Really awesome boxes! I want to see more!
-Sean

Mukpuddy said...

Dude, what an awesome idea, I love it, and these all look rad!!!

Stef said...

Superb! and very interestng to take us through your different stages,
Beautiful work you have on your blog, very inspiring!

Denis Goulet said...

Cool blog. And I love old cereal boxes. But I think I like the part IV best. I don't think the skyline in the last one is necessary imho.

ridd1 said...

Thanks all! Yeah Denis I was actually thinking the same thing earlier today. It looks kinda cool but it takes away from the whole vintage kind of style. I'll probably age the one without the city and swap this one out. Thanks for the comment.

Jay D Smith said...

wow, this looks great! cant wait to see some more!

Tyler said...

Very nice indeed, Have you done a back side? With one of those mind bending mazes or connect the dots. I found this website a long time ago though you might be interested. http://theimaginaryworld.com/bxback.html
Again, amazing stuff!

ridd1 said...

hah! great idea tyler. maybe a cut-out mask would be cool for the back. thanks for the link!

leif said...

Wonderful, wonderful work! Thanks a bunch for sharing these beautiful cereal box designs ( and your other artwork, too ) - as someone who's spent a career under the oppressive thumbs of package design firms and their cowtowing to visually illiterate clients, your inspired creations are like stepping into the wonderful world of "If Only..." Can't wait to see what you come up with next! ;-)

Bobby Chiu said...

hehe.. I've never wanted to eat ceral so much in my life. These are great. check out my blog when you get the chance. I just updated

SteveLambe said...

Wow, Ridd! Kicked some serious cereal ass on this. Really digging the behind the scenes tour as well. Very educational seeing the journey.

Pat Pakula said...

AWESOME, AS ALWAYS RIDD

Miah Alcorn said...

Fantastic is the only way to describe this one! It was really great to see your whole process as well. Lookin' forward to the next masterpiece!

Chris Battle said...

Awesome stuff, man! Now I'm all hungry for some sugar cereal....

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