Last weekend at Connecticon, I met with digital artist Aaron Wood. Aaron creates what he calls “social media propoganda” posters, which can be purchased on his etsy page, justonescarf. I was drawn to his table because of his minimalist “nerd art”, which he also creates; in fact he recently completed a superhero collection that includes each of the Avengers, Batman, and Spiderman, to name a few.
Aaron was bitten by the art bug young–he says he’s been drawing and painting since he was about three or four. His art tends to have nerdy leanings, though, as has his career: his first job out of school was actually with Lego. Now he designs giftwrap in addition to running his etsy shop, which may explain why he works with such simple, clean lines and shapes.
He got started working with social media propoganda when he signed up on Google+, and noticed how picky we can all be about our technology brands, and how we connect with people online. “I joined Google+ last July and I found that everybody on there is very Pro-Google Anti-Apple, Anti-Facebook, and Anti-Twitter so I did up the first three posters as a parody of everybody’s Oh we hate this, we hate that. I made it into a war in the style of the old World War II propaganda posters and then it just went from there.”
In fact, the posters are now compiled into a hardcover book that you can also buy off Aaron’s Etsy shop, which he created with the help of a kickstarter campaign. He says he is “eternally wicked grateful to everybody who helped me out there, and everybody who sponsored got their name in the book or got a copy of [it], depending on their prize level. It was great.” The book includes 26 of Aaron’s propaganda posters, and a description of each image’s inspiration.
Of course, like any good artist, Aaron is continuing to move forward with his craft and hopes to expand his shop. Currently all the posters found on justonescarf were created digitally, but Aaron says he’d like to get more hand-crafted work up soon. But he’s not leaving digital arts behind; in fact he already has his sights set on his next project, in which he hopes to mash-up his two themes into one to create Star Wars Propaganda posters. “I am going to do something along the same lines as my superhero ones, maybe top of the head or some distinguishing feature from the head gear and then a symbol and then maybe the background is something on their suit. There is so much propaganda Star Wars stuff out there now that it’s hard to be unique, but I figure these [would be] unique so I’ll try to go along that route. “
You can find Aaron’s full etsy shop, including his new book, Avengers posters and Social Media collection, at his Etsy shop, Justonescarf.
All images from Justonescarf.