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Darwin's Cookbook by Altalamatox Darwin's Cookbook by Altalamatox
I never remember to post my classwork here.

I graduate in three weeks with my BFA in graphic design, still hesitantly hopeful that I'll never have to work in graphic design. Not that there's anything wrong with graphic design, I'm just relative shite at it. As I've been ceaselessly reminded by professors for the last four years, I rescue my designs with my illustrations. And as I've ceaselessly reminded them in turn, I wouldn't have it any other way.

This was an odd assignment. We had to insert some fallacy into history then pass it off as legit. I like Darwin, who liked eating exotic animals. He could absolutely have penned and published a cookbook on the preparation of penguins and pangolins, but he didn't, so I claimed he did. Ultimately, the pieces I designed revolved around an advertising campaign for a lecture series by the author of a book about this fictitious cookbook. Three posters, two mailers, a ticket, a pamphlet, and also the cover, dust jacket, and opening dozen pages of Dr. Megan Thessup's Darwin's Cookbook, whose name was one of many lie-related easter eggs (dr. "makin' this up").

These were the poster trio and mailers.
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Given 2013-05-22
:iconjadine:
Jadine Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
what school do you go to pray tell?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Boise State University, until just recently. I've graduated. (:
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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XPator Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Imma buy that book! D:

-Seriously though, as harsh as your teachers might have been, I think the overall design is gorgeous.
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GenzouHunterssonn Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations for the new Daily Deviation!
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Titanium-Alex Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
This is awesome!
Makes me think of Marie Curie's cookbooks, which are still too radioactive to touch.
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:iconpokii-kun:
Pokii-kun Featured By Owner May 22, 2013   Digital Artist
This is basically the ending of "The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!/Band of Misfits"
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KateCollett Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I've worked as a graphic designer for the past several years, and I think your design is WONDERFUL. The illustrations carry it for sure, but the layout and typography are lovely too. Anyway, I can assure you that being a professional illustrator will be way more fun, so keep at it!
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6133 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Cool!
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
:heart: Congrats on the DD! :clap:
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orangecranestudios Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful, beautiful work!

Your illustrations are beautiful, quirky, and most importantly, make me curious about the (fake) event. As a fellow artists/graphic designer, I often find it funny that what impresses professors and what impresses the masses can be extremely different. No need to worry about finding yourself though. You got it.
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dofaust Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
....and....I was just about to google "Megan Thessup"....hahaha
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student General Artist
That is quite clever. :hug:
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AnnaLena250199 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on the DD :glomp:
Very much deserved :)
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Hiland-Rose Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Love it! Your sense of humor alone makes this golden!

One of these days the educated aristocracy is going to get their heads out of their you know whats and stop looking down their noses. People are bored with the run of the mill stuff. (How often do you pay attention to ads or signs on the street any more?) You have to be original to get noticed. Pass your tests, pass your class and then go do your own thing... sometimes it pays off to be you and not just another body to fill a slot. ;)

For the record, I'm a neophyte, on the verge of technophobic when it comes to using the computer. I would be happy to tackle a few college classes to learn how to use it as a medium but I will always prefer using my hands and feeling the work I do come into fruition. I guess not all of us can be designers and graphic artists. My hat off to any of you who can do that.
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iRedBull Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
I l-o-v-e i-t!
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ChristopherNawara Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
this is really impressive. nice job!
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chinopisces Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Absolutely brilliant.
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing - congrats on the DD
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Evolve your Palate!

Looks great.
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
"Megan Thessup" *HEE HEE HEE ROFL* Well done! The entire set is delightful, and the conceit behind it is wonderful! I ove all the different images you put together as visual plays on cooking, eating, Darwin, evolution, animals and so on. Congrats on the DD! And good luck in your career, whatever that ends up being!
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kishi-san Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
what a nifty concept to work from! the more you know...
gorgeous style! thanks for sharing :)
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Comedic44 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Very cool concept and graphics! Congratulations on your DD! :clap:
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:iconmea00:
mea00 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work! Congrats on the DD
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lintu47 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
    Have a nice day! :heart:
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, these are awesome. If it were real, PETA and Creationists would both be there to protest or burn the books :lmao:
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LadyElenaNaylor Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
great work!
I have studied graphic design, but I also don't like it and prefer to draw)
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Icecradle Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you never work in Graphic Design, then the world of marketing will be a lot less pretty as a result. These are gorgeous designs and I wish I could come up with something even half as good.
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vanmall Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on the Daily Deviation! :happybounce:
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Kirschenwasser Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations to the well deserved DD! :lol:
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MrWolfeConcoctions Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
I had a similar idea once about the many ways Darwin might delicately prepare finches. :XD:
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Illusioninme Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
this is great! is this a real book?
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superxtoon Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student General Artist
How do you make the pictures float like that without any background. did you do it on Photoshop?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Yep, a Photoshop file saved as a .png with a transparent background.
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Phageous Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That evolution progression thing really amuses me. Look how far cooking has come, we have coattails now! XD Also I don't understand how these designs are not fabulous?? They look professional to me. D:

Ahaha, I almost never post my classwork online. I've got some 3D animations but they're kind of pathetic, on account of my school having a very weak animation program. I'm graduating now and I still feel like a newbie... Anyway, I think you'd be great working in graphic design, but maybe you could find something more awesome like doing character designs somewhere? The world is a big place, hopefully you can work that you really enjoy!
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MikeMahle Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nicely done.
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UndeadZombieGirl Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
I don't see anything wrong with your graphic design work... i mean... it's clean, simple and direct... you can understand the message

I have a master of art in graphic design (witch doesn't help me for finding a job) and i can't even do 10% of what you are doing..... mainly because i had to learn all by myself with books, tutorials and internet as my teacher was a hell of an idiot.....

Anyway, i think you're doing a great job :)
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MooreCreativity Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
if you're bad at graphic design then I'm going nowhere...these are awesome!
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Deadmenkil Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really amazing you should post more of your classwork here.
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seanwthornton Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Don't listen to your professors, this is awesome, illustration AND design.
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
I really love that one poster at the bottom left! It's hilarious to see the waiter evolve into a human like that, and happily serve a happy Darwin customer. xD I like the textures and letter designs you used on all of your works too. And the old-fashioned looking yellow-brown color tones!

Haha oh man, I can totally relate to that feeling when teachers hate your illustrations and only want things without any. :'D I had the first time of trouble early when we had to design letters because I wanted something really fancy, and they said NO it looks too illustrative. So I made simple shit that you've seen a thousand times before. A+ in their eyes, they loved it, no victory for me at all. But I need to study design in order to get closer to better artistic jobs. I'M RANTING SORRY.
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Agatha-Macpie Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think that's a great work ! Fun, creative and attractive at the same time !
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HyenaTeeth Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not an expert in graphic design by any means, but these mostly look awesome to me, especially the turtle (and, y'know, the concept is a-friggin'-mazing). The second poster looks a little detached from its kebab, though I like all the design elements. I could try and say something GD-related that'd probably do nothing to help, but maybe someone more useful will come along. Overall, I love this. I would love to see an actual baloney illustration book of this. It would be awesome.
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AbysmalSecrets Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student General Artist
I wish I had to do projects like this. Then again, I don't even HAVE an art class, so that sucks. I don't know who Darwin is (Though I have a hunch you had to make him up) But this is an awesome looking cookbook and stuff. :)
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HyenaTeeth Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Darwin's the guy generally credited with the whole theory of evolution, though the theory's been built on and readjusted quite a lot since Darwin penned his ideas. He had the "survival of the fittest" thing going on.
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AbysmalSecrets Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student General Artist
oh right I forgot about him. the part of 'eats exotic animals' threw me off.
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Furrama Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013   Digital Artist
Charles Darwin is the guy who wrote The Origin of Species. He was a real dude, he just never published a cookbook.
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AbysmalSecrets Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh, Charles Darwin...I never knew that he would 'eat' exotic animals, that I never really learned about, so that was the reason why I thought he was made up. So thanks you two for the help. :)
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Canadian-Rainwater Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Filmographer
"Saving my projects with my illustrations" sounds awfully familiar, as I'm constantly reminded not just by my teachers, but by some of the other productions by my peers, that while I can draw prolifically, I'm really shite at actually animating anything to show any semblance of personality and proper timing. These look fantastic, though, and I got a good laugh out of it. I love your quirky sense of humor.
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