The Power of Three Words
You might be left wondering what’s behind that audio clip above this text. This is a “song” I created this past spring. Granted, I’m no songwriter, singer, or composer. I have no background in music. But I do have two things: GarageBand… and a story to…
I love this song! It really puts me to work. It gets me in creative mode. I usually use it to slowly plan out what I’m about to do as I listen to the song. By the end of the track, I’ve got my action plan in mind and then I just go for it…. usually while listening to the rest of the album. Check it out. It’s pretty sweet!
I originally made this poster for a friend, but it serves as a daily reminder to me that ultimately, everything works out for the best if we trust in God. I’ve really been enjoying making art that reflects my religious beliefs lately.
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"Let there be light"
This is something I just worked on last night for a while… trying to get the hang of using some of the warp tools, clipping masks, gradient overlays and lighting effects in Photoshop. I’m a Christian, so I love seeing visuals that go with scripture. So, I decided, why not make my own? I think this is something I will do more often.
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First off, I must apologize for my absence these past…many months. I created this blog as an outlet to share my creative projects, but what had ended up happening for some time was that I got so immersed in my creative projects, that I forgot to blog about them! Bad excuse, I know. In fact, I don’t think there’s a such thing as a good excuse. That’s an entirely different topic. To put it more properly: that’s my reason…however justified it may or may not be.
One thing I’ve really been focusing on lately has been my creative workspace. It’s not just about having the right desk, the perfect drafting table, a clean and tidy way to organize creative chaos and a giant, awesome whiteboard (I have almost all of the above…finally)…. it’s about how I “feel” in the space. That doesn’t necessarily mean that I need to tack up every single image I see that “inspires” me. That makes for clutter! I cannot stand clutter!
I think it’s more about atmosphere and how functional the space is. It has to be a space you can feel comfortable working in for many hours….sometimes many, many hours. I’ve strategically placed my workspace in the middle of my large studio apartment, so that I walk past it frequently. My latest projects are alive on my whiteboard, so I’m always glancing at it. I really feel that this causes me to try to think of solutions for design problems while I actually have no idea I’m doing it. A couple days later….I’ll walk by with the answer! Not only am I looking at my workspace frequently, I’m spending time in it. I do have ways to distance myself from that space when I need time to think. But the space is so inviting that I love sitting nearby and I think that’s key to a great workspace.
Well, I also stand firm in my belief that what you fill the air with (meaning, beautiful tunes, of course) is important too. I love listening to music while I work. My favorite genre to work with is electronic, given its abstract sound and absence of lyrics (usually). The song I’ve posted here is a song that seems to motivate me to dig into any creative project, almost anytime. Love it! I leave you with that!
Photoshop is an application that has always come naturally to me. The more I used it, the more amazing options I found, such as the match color option. I managed to use this to change colors of objects to match the colors of another object in a different document. While I’ve been perfectly capable of controlling color in this sense, something has always alluded me: how do you change a photo to black and white but keep select colors? The answer was simple. Yet, it couldn’t be found in Photoshop. I’m sure it can be done in Photoshop, but I found an incredibly easy way to achieve this effect in Adobe Lightroom. This tutorial explains how to do so in a mere five steps. It worked like magic. This is my first attempt, so it needs some refining. I’ll definitely be using this technique in the future!
Drew Some Furbies at Work….It’s All a Bit Fuzzy Now
Never did I ever imagine I’d be creating a digital version of the children’s toy mentioned above until last week when I began working on a very random and humorous infographic. Perhaps I will post it later once it’s officially on the client’s website. Despite the overall creepiness of the Furbies I observed in order to properly create original vector artwork (which I later brought into Photoshop), I learned a trick or two. The challenge here was obvious….the fuzz. I found a decent tutorial showing how to simply create a fuzzy texture with a brush I never had thought to use for this purpose….the dune grass brush! I made some discoveries and added my own techniques, such as changing the color and using the brush as an eraser to clean up the edges. And from there, just some bevel and embossing to make those eyes bulge and tada! ……a fully digital version of the ever creepy and infamous Furby. Truly one of the oddest experiences I’ve encountered at work so far.