I’ve moved my blog

April 18, 2011

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. I’ve been going back and forth, looking at pros and cons trying to get the big picture. And after a while I made the decision to merge my blog with my portfolio. Therefor it is now located over at my other domain www.danieleek.com/blog . I’m not sure if I’m gonna close Encina or not, or for how long I’ll keep it online, but there won’t be any blog posts here from now on. I’m really sorry for any inconvenience and I hope to see you over at my “new” domain!


My Evil Dead on Posterwhore

April 8, 2011

My Evil Dead poster over at Posterwhore
The best days always (?) begins with some good news. This morning I got a nice email from Joshua telling me that my Evil Dead 30th Anniversary poster is featured on Posterwhore. Thanks, I appreciate it!

Solitude – Ricochet

April 4, 2011

Solitude - Ricochet
I’m proud and happy to announce the new artwork for Solitude’s new single “Ricochet” that I’ve been working on together with my friend Christian Lindberg. It’s the first single from their upcoming album that will be released later this year. And I can tell you, there’s been an itch in my fingers for quite some time now to show you guys this cover, but I promised not to publish anything until the single was released.

If you head over to my Behance you get to see some of our process and concept sketches up to the finished result. And don’t forget, if you like metal/hardcore music like I do, make sure you listen to Solitude!

Lissie is catching a Tiger in Stockholm

March 28, 2011

Gig poster for Lissie in Stockholm
Less than a week ago, the very charming Lissie came to Stockholm for a visit with her band and had a fantastic show at Göta Källare. I made this poster inspired by her latest music video “Everywhere I go”. At first I had an idea with an elephant (as in the video) but decided to play along more with the title of her album “Catching a Tiger”, but staying true to the colours, atmosphere and feeling of her music and video. And instead of showing everything, I played around and I’ve hidden some things in the poster that you might not see unless you know it’s there.

You can see some more of my process over at Behance.

The Evil Dead 30th Anniversary

March 19, 2011

Evil Dead 30th Anniversary
It’s been 30 years since it first hit the theatres and it was probably the most scary movie I’ve seen as a teen. And to celebrate that I decided to make a tribute to Sam Raimi, and my personal favorite Bruce Campbell, for their classic horror movie Evil Dead with this poster. I did a different approach than the original but used elements and details from the movie to create this abstract dark theme.

I have posted the whole process over at Behance so if you want to see some of the sketches and early process, have a look!

Monsters – another ruined movie poster

March 12, 2011

Since I was a little kid I’ve always been a huge movie fan. I used to have a big collection of VHS and loved walking along in the big movie stores looking at the covers, trying to find the coolest one. This was even before I started out as a designer (or knowing I would work as one). The best part of the day would be finding a special edition of my favorite movie or maybe the UK version (that used to have a different artwork than the Swedish one).

The ugly version of Monsters movie coverAbout a year ago, I first saw the teaser poster for the movie “Monsters” and was really curious of what kind of movie it was. The poster was a bit different and not the typical hollywood “lets-show-all-the-faces-of-the-cool-main-actors-so-we-sell-more” kind of poster but a very simple but strong one. And it got stuck in my head. Later on I saw the trailer for the movie and I was really appealed by the feeling and atmosphere. It didn’t feel like the normal monster movie. And since we have been drained by remakes and sequels it’s a refreshing sight to be able to see something new.

I’m not gonna go in and talk further about the movie other than I felt that the teaser for it felt right. It had the atmosphere and feeling of the movie all over it. And I find that very rare. So when I now had a peek on the swedish release of the DVD and Blu-ray, it was like ripping my designers heart right out of my chest. They went back to the more “classical” poster and showing another expectation of the movie that is (in my mind) totally wrong.

The teaser had it all and is executed so well! Then this new version shows up and is a perfect example of how to ruin great work. To summarize it – it sucks! And I refuse to buy the DVD now until I find a version that has the “real” artwork (shown here below).
The Great teaser for the movie Monsters (2010)
Beautiful. It’s not only a good artwork with nice handwritten type -it also speaks the language from the movie. The way posters and promotional material should be made.

Solitude – The Extended Revival

March 3, 2011

Solitude - The Revival
A while back, Christian Lindberg and I worked with Swedish hardcore/metal band Solitude and helped them with their identity and first album artwork along with some other things. I’m sure some of you already seen the cover and is now wondering why I’m writing about it again. The reason is simple! We put some of our old sketches and process and published it over at Behance. So feel free to head over there and have a look, comment if you like and tell us what you think.

Ricochet is coming
When I’m already talking about Solitude I can also tease about their new single “Ricochet” that will be released any time soon. Behind the design…? Yours truly together again with Christian. As soon as the band release it we will show you the process, the finished artwork and who knows, maybe even some bonus material!

Karey – Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

March 2, 2011

Wonderful design made by Moruba. Don’t know what it is but a simple bottle with nice typography always make very happy.

Late night sketching

March 1, 2011

Skull sketch
I haven’t been drawing much the past couple of years so I thought it was about time. So the other night I sat down on my couch glancing at what was on the tv and doing some scribbles. Not very long into it I found something I like. This goofy looking skull is the start of it. I haven’t really decided where to take it from here but I have some ideas.

Lucha Girl & Lady Killer Tees

February 13, 2011

I’m not sure if these two t-shirts were just released or not, but I had to write something about them. Usually when I see clothing from Affliction there is pretty much always a skull or wings or something of that kind, and I guess that’s why I like these two even more. Two hot girls and nice typography. I couldn’t ask for more!