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Spencer Holtaway

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True Stories by David Byrne

Links related to this project:

  • True Stories on IMDB:
  • My pinterest board for the project:
  • Isometric illustration trick:


Blog Posts

May 3, 2014 

First sketch. In the movie (I'm doing a movie because I don't read enough books ...) David Byrne drives around in a big red car. He remarks "this car is not a rental, it's privately owned", an out-of-nowhere comment that seems to stick with viewers. Based on the car, I had the idea to to make the drop cap resemble a hood ornament. There's lots of other themes I'm working on but wanted to get started posting here so here it is!


May 4, 2014

Here's another sketch. One theme in the movie is the idea of filling emptiness with commercialism/consumerism. The area the movie is set in is a wide open space, cut by freeways and little else. Technology companies are building box like structures on the land, malls start to compete with high street stores and residential development is starting. The open land is in the process of being cleared, flattened and paved over, and that's what this sketch represents - the B carved into the land from a birds-eye perspective.


May 5, 2014

I wanted to see if I could actually do this, so found a quick tutorial (

for making isometric art. I think it'll work if I decide to take this route (I'd draw my own B, though, of course!).


May 5, 2014

I had to get this idea as close to finished as possible so I could move on to the next one. Overall I'm a fan of this design but I think for it to be successful and true to the story it should suggest the changes to the landscape are in progress (they look complete here).


May 5, 2014

I wanted to try out some of Jessica's tips for the pen tool last night and thought this sketch would be a good one to work from. I think this concept is kind of distant to the story, so this'll be the last iteration on it.


May 6 2014 - Gutenberg Forms

I was talking to my brother about the project and he talked about a religious theme within the movie. I had noted this down also but hadn't come up with anything for it. He used the word "technoptimism" which I took as an almost-religious optimism around technology: "it will change our world for the better! microchips!". That made me think about technology and religion a bit and reminded me of the Gutenberg Bible - the first major moveable type printed book. 

Right now I'm researching letterforms from that time (the D above is one I sketched out from an example I found on google image search), and I plan to make a dropcap based on that era, where instead of using natural forms for filigrees, I'll use microchip and silicon transistor (and the like) details. I think I'll maintain an illustrative feel so the analogy is subtle, but I'll also explore a more "digital" look.


May 6 2014

A C14 'B' I found on google image search that I redrew by hand then vectorized, just for fun.


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