San diego eighties landsacape t-shirt for both male and female now available at Red bubble

Eighties Series

Graphic Design

5 years later… In a world where Corona has become a feared word, you need a face mask to go outside, and the closest you can come to a human being is 6ft. What started as 15 days is now what feels like a million years going on 5 months. We have survived murder hornets, raging fires, heat waves, sudden inland winds of up to 145 MPH, riots, and double hurricanes.

In this post-apocalyptic world, your writer re-starts the blog. With a sudden obsession for 80’s graphics and oh, so much time on her hands. As an effort to keep my skills sharp and bring some distraction to the unsuspecting reader, I’m making a series of graphics based in the eighties esthetics, with all its glorious gradients, and textures, and loud colors, and type treatments that bring you right back to the, now, end of the previous century.

First up is the most famous landscape of the City of San Diego, CA. I started it up as a simple sketch in photoshop, based on several photos.

San Diego_Landscape-Sketc and inspiration

You can see the inspiration of both the 80’s graphics and the pictures the sketch is based on

After this, some color blocking, that makes it easier to interpret once I move to vector format in Illustration.

Color sketch

You can start to see the idea, I also decided to add a little sailboat, to emphasize the water. I went crazy with the gradients here. Afterwards, I took the sketch to illustrator and traced all the buildings, the sun, the sailboat, played with the typeface and colors until I ended up with this:

Final product of the eighties looking san diego landscape
Color sketch

This looked like it would look great on a t-shirt,

San diego eighties landsacape t-shirt for both male and female now available at Red bubble

I’d love to hear your thoughts, whether they are on the world we are living in, or the graphic you see.

PS if you click on the image, it takes you to my Redbubble shop, where you can get the t-shirts or other products with this graphic printed on it.

Oceanside, California – 80s

Graphic Design

Oceanside is a beautiful city, with a beautiful ocean front, it also has one of California Missions among other touristy places. I wanted to go a little classical type treatment with this one design.

Oceanside makes me think of saved by the bell, I know it is not in the 80s, but still, the name of that city was Bayside if I remember correctly, so I think that is why I can’t get it out of my head. I did find a random advertisement from the eighties, where I loved the type treatment:

That half s and n in Thompson Twins look soo cool, I just had to use it. Had to adapt it to Oceanside, thinking of sand and waves clashing, here is what I ended up with:

Oceanside California in the 80s type treatment

And since I cannot take saved by the bell out of my mind, How about we see it in a backpack?

oceanside backpack

I have all my inspiration in a pinterest board, if you would like to see it you can visit the board here.

You can also buy any of the designs of the 80s in all sorts of products at my redbubble shop

Imperial Beach, CA 80s style

Graphic Design

Continuing these series, this time I tryied to eightify Imperial beach. This city has a very 60’s 70’s vibe, so I hesitated to break my rule and just keep it’s vibe, but this is just for my amusement, so I don’t need to keep it to the city’s vibe, but mine.

They have several sculptures at the beach, and the main one is what you could call surfboards, a bridge (or pier) and the name of the city. I took that sculpture/sign and made the type similar to the walkman, because, it was such and amazing thing at the time.

City of Coronado, eighties

Graphic Design

I just had fun with this one, not trying to emulate anything specific from the eighties, just a gut feeling I guess.

The City of Coronado is an “island” there is some controversy if it is a peninsula or something, I am not sure, it is connected to Downtown by a famous bridge, and to the south part of San Diego county through a long stretch of land. All in all it is surrounded by water, and boats, hence the sail in the shape of the background. I don’t think residents of Coronado might like this as representation for their precious city, but I happen to think it is cool.

City of Coronado, California.
Eighties Style