I'm super excited to have been selected as an artist for ARTCRANK MPLS 2013 with the rest of these amazing talents.
Big Table Studio
David Paul Seymour
Erik T. Johnson
Jordan A. Smith
Studio On Fire
Here's a taste of what you can expect:
These days, many creative types have their hands in a variety of mediums. This is certainly the case for Clinton Lugert. As part of THEY design for film, he specializes in all forms of design and advertising for features films, from title credit animations, to websites and screen printed posters. He even helps shoot them sometimes. At Olson, he works with both local and national brands as an Art Director/Designer. And as part of the Pencil Project collective, he helped direct the trailer for the Twin Cities Films Fest.
Years spent living in MN: 806 Fortnights
Name three things that are inspiring your work right now:
1. Mythology: For the great stories and archetypes within.
2. Music: I match the genre I'm listening to with each project I'm working on. This is one of the ways I keep myself versatile.
3. Anthropology: Having such deep insights into the people you're creating for can be extremely helpful on public projects. And the left-brain analysis helps bring balance to the process.
Name three things that inspired and/or motivated you as a budding creative type:
1. Comic books. I loved them for all the reasons kids do, and I still love them now. Trying to mimic their style and tell my own stories was the gateway for me.
2. My kindergarten friend Jamin Lackie. In the small world we grew up in we were the only other artist around. We continue to inspire and challenge each other to this day as he focuses on 3d character creation.
3. My surrogate Grandfather Curtis Thormodsgaard. He was a creative pioneer and huge inspiration. He showed me the tools and methods of the trade and was a great example of a successful, self-made creative. His entire family has been a massive factor in my creative and personal life. I work with his grandsons every day at the studio we share in the old Gran Belt brewery.
What was your last big project?
At Olson I'm working on campaigns for large brands often but they aren't only mine. As THEY-design the last big project was Gregg Holtgrewe's Dawning. I thought I was coming on to shoot second camera but by the time it was all done I was an associate producer, consulted on the story and our efforts to land distribution. My biggest contribution was designing all the branding and marketing materials for the film from hand screen printed posters to title credits animation (with Gaardhouse). After a long journey the team successfully had the film distributed through all major outlets. It was an inde-film miracle.
What do you have going on now or coming up in the near future that should be on our radar?
The Pencil Project and I are in pre-production for a documentary about a man seeking to beat a land speed record with a motorcycle he's building in his garage. An electric motorcycle.
Creative/career high point (so far)?
After a couple years of designing and printing gig posters I eventually found an opportunity to create a poster for my favorite musician in the world, Joseph Arthur. It was one of the hardest things I've ever designed in my life–probably because it was so personal to me. Balance and redemption are strong themes in his music and eventually the concept became an illustration of the Icarus & Daedalus story. When I presented the poster and reasoning to him he loved it, drew Icarus for me and then I exploded into stars.
What has been your biggest challenge as a creative type?
Financial was definitely a hurdle being self-employed for so long. Knowing when to charge high and when to accept a passion project is tough. I think my biggest challenge however has been saying "no" to challenges in general. I'm proficient in many disciplines and have a wide range of interest; consequently I've overloaded myself many, many times. Focus is key.
How has the Minnesota scene changed since you began working here?
I've been able to legally drive for almost 2 years now. That's a change.
Since I've been making things here Uptown has been neutered and NE has developed but it's hard to constrain the creative community to just Minnesota since we're all so connected. Maybe that's what's changed. It's felt to me that in a short time the tools of our trade became so accessible that everyone was shooting video or recording a band or designing. But then all at once we started getting our hands dirty too. It's been a pleasure to watch, and participate in, the return of screen printing, letterpress and even craft beers. I'm greatly enjoying this renaissance of craftsmanship.
Name another local creative type that you’re currently excited about:
Fine Art: Paintings by the surrealist Alison Lindburg endlessly enchant me.
Music: I look forward to every Phantom Tails show.
Design: My friend Gary Loo Bun has gone freelance and joined our studio so I'm excited to see what he creates and what we make together.
Name the best movie you have ever seen. How about the worst?
Fight Club. I think it's a modern masterpiece and not just as a film, but as art. It speaks to the emasculation of modern males, urban angst and American escapism. It was entirely self-aware and broke the 4th wall with style. It's satire is endlessly quotable. Fantastic performances, amazing cinematography and a killer sound track. Every piece of that film was perfectly crafted. In my opinion of course.
The worst is definitely the Star Wars Holiday Special. The MN Film & TV Board makes it into an annual endurance match & I have a blast making the mashup posters for it. Sure, it's a great event, but no matter how much fun we have it cannot wash away the blight that creation is on all moving pictures.
What has been the best concert you have attended (so far?):
It was the best and the worst at the same time. The final So It Goes show. "Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt."
Matt Osterman lovingly refers to his Phasma Ex Machina/Ghost From The Machine as "The little movie that could" and this weekend it will. Not only have they already attained distribution (no small feat for a true inde) but this Friday as St. Anthony Main theaters in Minneapolis the film has it's theatrical premiere and first run!
Opening night is Friday July 15th at 7pm. There's a Q&A and an after party at Pracna. The film then runs at the theater until July 21st. Here are the details & a place to buy tickets online.
Our limited edition posters will be for sale at the merch table. Hope to see you at the after party!
Many members of THEY were heavily involved in this film.
- Clinton Lugert was an Associate Producer, shot second camera and designed the key art, title credits, press kit, t-shirts, disc packaging & menus, website, etc...
- Co-Writer: Matthew Wilkins
- Composer: Nathaniel Levisay
- Title Credits Animation: Zechariah Thormodsgaard of Gaardhouse
- Post Production Coordinator: Chris Grap
- Disc Authoring: Jeff Strobl
It's been a long journey with a great team and the team is excited to already excited to be moving on to the next project. We hope you'll check out the film and let us know what you think!
Here's the trailer:
Since 2008 We have been intimately involved with Gregg Holtgrewe's "DAWNING". We came on board to shoot 2nd camera and since then we've been fortunate enough to not only become close friends with the cast and crew but also bring many of THEY into the fold.
Matt Wilkins co-wrote, Chris Grap co-produced, Nathaniel Levisay scored, Zechariah Thormodsgaard of Gaardhouse animated the title credits and Clinton Lugert designed the posters as well as the rest of the media kit. We're proud to be credited as associate producers of the film.
The team has taken the film to over 19 film festivals, racking up a laundry list of great reviews, made it on to a few top-ten lists and taken home 4 awards including Best Picture.
After all this, we have some great news. Thanks to Breaking Glass Pictures "DAWNING" has joined the ranks of the small selection of MN films that have gotten distribution! Soon the film we be availble from RedBox to Video On Demand to Netflix and everywhere in between. We're currently finishing up the DVD package design.
One of the most amazing parts of this deal is that the promotional artwork we've created for the film is going to market unchanged. Specializing in design & animation for feature films is our greatest passion and we're always proud when our work can help an inde film get noticed. However, once the distribution deal is signed the initial designs rarely (never) make it through the big machine and out to the audience without drastic changes. Something as bold as the "DAWNING" designs are just asking to be watered down - but this one time it won't be and for that we are both thankful and proud.
The October Country had this to say:
Color me intrigued as hopefully you are as well dear readers. If not, then feast your eyes upon these absolutely stunning posters for the film, which I'll admit are not only the most beautiful works of advertisement I have seen in ages, but are also what initially got me to sit up and pay attention in the first place. As far as successful marketing tools are concerned, you knocked this one outta the park guys, bravo.
To learn more about the film and stay informed check out www.DawningTheMovie.com. We'll be posting about the release and any other big news.
Minneapolis is the heart of ARTCRANK, poster designers, tall bikes & inclement weather. These things came together to make this piece "TOO TALL TO FALL",
It's been a fantastic year for Clinton Lugert & he was honored to be an artist in this show among so many of his local design-heroes. Spring was coasting in to town. It was time to celebrate. Thus he created this poster out of pure bliss. While it's snowy trouble down below, nothing can touch the rider soaring in the sun.
Hand Silk Screen Printed by Erik Hamline of Steady Print Shop Co.
18" x 24"
3 Color - Charcoal, Sky Blue & Blaze Orange
120lb Recycled White Domtar Cougar paper
Opening show at Shelter Studios - April 2
Prints for sale at ONE ON ONE Bikes April 8 - May 6
Art-A-Whirl in the Northrup King Building - May 20-22
And now for a primarily non-verbal creation story:
THE DESIGN PROCESS:
THE PRINTING PROCESS:
We couldn't have asked for a better time. ARTCRANK was extremely organized, clear, fair & fun - even in the face of tragedy. A special thanks to Andy Thieman of Blood+Sweat+Chemo for helping out all of us unicycles out there.
Clinton Lugert's been chosen to be an artist in ARTCRANK 2011! Below is the announcement from their page:
We’re proud and thrilled to present the 40 artists who will create posters for ARTCRANK™ MSP 2011. This is the largest group of artists we’ve had for the Minneapolis show, and it’s a Murderer’s Row of design talent and artistic ability. Check out their sites to see for yourself.
Minneapolis is the best bike town in the nation, the birthplace of ARTCRANK and our biggest show of the year. As with last year, we’ll start the show in the spacious, friendly confines of photographer Chris Sheehan’s amazing Shelter Studios on Saturday, April 2. But for 2011, we’re also adding some exciting new twists and working with our partners and sponsors to pull of a poster party that raises the bar for the rest of the country (and the world). So circle the date on the calendar now and get ready for an epic ARTCRANK bike art throw-down.
2&21 Collective • Aaron Pumort • Adam Turman • Aesthetic Apparatus • Allan Peters • Amy Jo • Angel Bomb • Anne Ulku • Bjorn Christianson • Brian Hartley Sago • Bryan Dunn • Clinton Lugert • Courtney Billadeau • David Dresbach • Derrick Emory Allen • DWITT • Evan Nagan • Joanne Grobe • Joe Hasbro • Jordan A. Smith & Jared A. May • Karl Madcharo • Kelly Munson • Laura Brown • LovelyMpls • Maranatha Wilson • Megan Rademacher • Mettle Velo • Milton Un • Paper Bicycle • Robert Pflaum • Ryan Carlson • Sara Lintner • Spencer Haugh • Steven Jockisch • Studio On Fire • Terrence Payne • Tim Kramer • Todd Zerger • Vadim Gershman • Zara Gonzalez Hoang
Congratulations to Matt Osterman & team on being picked up by Screen Media!
We're proud to announce that we won "Best In Show" at Artenbru! Be sure to check out their post to see all the other great posters by a bunch of super talented designers. One of our favorite sites, The Egotist picked up the story as well.
The artist Clinton Lugert had this to say about the poster:
"The basis of the illustration for POWER comes from the colossus of industry himself, Cecil Rhodes. An ardent imperialist and almost certainly a prick, this man founded the infamous De Beers diamond company. His attempted telegraph from Cape Town to Cairo was a dismal failure which we thought was the perfect image for a sardonic look at the ongoing attempts of Great Britain to successfully colonize Africa. Yes, the word POWER is between his legs on purpose."
Thanks everybody for all the hard work & fun. And special thanks to Nick Rudie for getting us involved and Steve Fletty for creating the incredible beer & inspiring us. We can't wait for next year!
If you'd like to pick one up there are a few for sale at our poster store.
ARTENBRU is a first-of-its-kind craft brewing and graphic design event. It's a competition of your aesthetic and sensory tastes. Local designers collaborate, create and showcase their limited edition posters & brews.
ARTENBRU at Black Dog Cafe in Lowertown
Friday, November 19 2010 from 7:00 p.m. - Late.
THEY have been teamed up with the award-laden brewmaster Steve Fletty. We're creating an extremely British IPA called "POWER".
Here is a sneak peak at the branding. The irreverent poster is yet to come. Hope to see you there!
THEY summon to their studio a multitude of friends for a gathering of most unusual magnificence.
MEAT & GREET party
February 4th, 2010
5pm – 11pm
THEY Studio – 77 13th Ave. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413
An affair of the heart, possessed and twisted by the machinery that now sits cold on the stone floor of our Studio. A hideous letterpress with blood as its seal, flesh as its paper.
Dare it insult us all with its mockery? Or shall we revel in defiance?
There will be beer and camaraderie. There will be art and candy. There will be music and… the scarlet-stained ink of movable type.
Come, join us for our Client party and see our space, our work, our new mural and our new letterpress. It would love to meat you.
THEY are opening a new studio. Come celebrate with us.
HEAR: A live concert by "So It Goes"
DRINK: 3 varieties of homebrewed beer, other great beer & martini's.
EAT: Gourmet food
PLAY: Arcade Games
FEEL: Relaxed with Complimentary Massage.
Friday, May 9, 2008 4:00pm - whenever
Ghost From The Machine explores the grey area between life and death and how we reconcile these losses. After the death of his parents, Cody plunges himself into the fringe science of the supernatural and invents a machine he intends to be a conduit between the other side. He becomes increasingly preoccupied with this goal and begins ignoring his responsibilities to work, life and his younger brother. But the real problems come when it works. This story of holding on to grief and the consequences of obsession was fertile ground for a poster concept. After many ideas I decided to focus on the bondage of his creation - the machine - and loneliness of the aftermath.
SHOOTING & DESIGN
For the execution I tested my wire-theory on the mannequin at THEY's studio & then promptly tangled Sasha Andreev up in phosphorescent wire. We shot with the wonderful photographer Clark Patrick at his studio. Everyone was a great sport about the whole thing as we directed Sasha to strike poses ranging from God and Adam in Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel to a marionette. Finally the mood we wanted was found in the solitary pose on the poster today.
Originally the visual treatment was to be the opposite of the photos. In this style the illuminated wires are inverted, so they seem to radiate blackness in an ethereal world.
But the director was wise to focus on the dark nature of the story and request the opposite.
Here are several early proofs:
Jon Maichel Thomas from Studio Collective animated the title credits and co-produced the film. He also oversaw this project from their end and was excellent to work with. Jon continually pushed me and my design to be cleaner, stronger and tighter insuring that the concept was king. In the final round we all had a tough time deciding between the final and this alternative:
I hand silk screen printed 100 posters using our then-freshly-built screen printing vacuum table which was constructed by my good friend, the ever creative and kind, Lucas Shank of Lucas Brand Co. They are printed with silver metallic ink on thick metallic black paper. Because of the shiny combo you can lose the image entirely in a glare - we love this and think it adds a necessary mystical feeling to the print.
I loved being involved with Phasma Ex Machina & working with the team. It's one of my favorite pieces I've created and are honored to have been selected as a winner in the AIGA Design Contest. If you'd like to see these in person as well as the tremendous work from the show the exhibit of the contest will be up at Chris Sheehan's Shelter Studio May 9th & 10th, 9:00am - 5pm at 2112 Broadway St NE # 150 Minneapolis, MN 55413
And as always, the posters are up for sale on THEY'S POSTER STORE. Here's the final:
And here's the big metal cube to celebrate:
- Clinton Lugert of THEY design