About admin

I am an artist interested in many different media. I have created this blog to post my current projects and interests.

Reality Check

I have to admit to being a person that tends to stand in awe of people who make money through their creative prowess. This includes fine artists, people working in video and animation, sound, and graphic design.

Recently I was given the task at work —sort of a favor to me— to create a new mail logo for the university. Once I made a few possibilities, I was to send it on to the graphic designers that work for THE communications team. I was happy and nervous.

I came up with three different mail icons, one very simple, one more complex, one simple but with Google colors —which I wasn’t completely certain was allowed anyway.

I didn’t get any direct feedback, but when a mailing came out to the entire university, I got to see what icon they went with. Wow, it’s horrible.

Here’s my original:

my mail icon

Here’s what they did to it and sent out:

Their ugly envelope

And look at this. I had to verify just to make sure I wasn’t crazy, but not only did they decide to make rounded corners on an envelope, but they rounded them unevenly!

yellow to trace uneven rounding of corners

Lesson in all this: don’t stand in awe of someone just because they have an official title. Even professionals can make bad decisions. And even more important: I’m not professional, but I’m not terrible either.

Not-cute Faces with Adobe Draw

At work I saw that my coworker was creating some graphics of people, but they were a little too cute for the audience. With my new Apple pencil and an iPad, I thought I’d see what I could come up with. So keep in mind: I’m new to drawing on the iPad, and new to Adobe Draw. Here are two beginnings I made, not in any way cleaned up. Adobe Draw is quite fun! And sharing it to Illustrator…oh my gosh! It’s fast and amazing! My jaw dropped. Seriously.

New Year, New Fun

Photohop Shape and Texture Experiment

It’s a new year, and I’ve been thinking about resolutions, although I haven’t committed to any one. There are so many good resolutions to make. Take play, for example. That’s a great resolution. Play every day. For today, at least, that will be my resolution. Of course, today is almost over, but then, I’ve already had lots of play time. I think I’ll make it a resolution for tomorrow, too. Join me?

Photoshop painting

It’s hard to know how to even get started with software as powerful as Photoshop, but I’m determined to learn how to paint with it. I’ve been working in Illustrator so much that I’m having trouble remembering Photoshop again. It’s time to refresh my memory.

Here is a drawing I did (digitally) in October. I just added a new layer of color to it. I’ve got a lot to learn, but I’m having fun as I go.

 

Personal Design Project: Business Card Redesign

A goal of mine is to be more conscious of the design I see around me, to study the choices made and to decide if and how I would do it differently. Here is a business card I was given:

And here is my one-hour redesign:

I couldn’t find the same image they had used, but I tried to keep to the same theme with what I found in the public domain. I can’t decide if I like the border or not. Perhaps not. It’s funny how different it looks here on my blog interface compared to in Illustrator. If I were going to have these printed, I would definitely do several iterations and test prints first.

Ups and Downs

Two months since I last posted! This does not give me a warm, fuzzy feeling. How does one finally face a task that has been put off for so long that it becomes something to avoid altogether?

I question whether “task” is the right word for posting to this blog. Sadly, it has become a task, because honestly, I see no benefit to doing it —except for occasionally looking through my past projects and having that moment of —hey, I did accomplish a few things!

What I would love for this blog to be is a place where I am communicating with someone (or several someones) and that a dialogue begins; where I can hopefully inspire or motivate someone out there, and where perhaps knowing that someone put a tiny bit of effort and time into looking at this will give me a little extra motivation for posting more.

But for now, I will just keep plugging on —sharing this with the vastness of outer space and hoping to hear signs of life from beyond!

At work, I am often given the task of creating some page headers for online courses. After a while, they mostly all look the same —a pretty picture and the title of the course. This time around, I’ve been trying to push it to be a little more interesting and creative. Also, I’m studying to take the ACA test for Adobe Illustrator. ACA=Adobe Certified Associate. It’s a goal to work towards —and I’m learning a lot of little tricks I didn’t realize were there in Illustrator. Yay!

Somewhat typical:

Typical Course Header

Experimenting with clipping masks:

Slightly less typical header

Experimenting with opacity masks:

Less typical course header

My favorite, made in Photoshop:

The header I like best

Notice the inconsistency of the I vs 1? Yeah, I don’t know which one they want. It bugs me, too!

Hours of writing

Okay, “hours” might be an exaggeration, but seriously. Have you ever written and re-written something, trying to make it look really good, but definitely hand-written? I thought I’d throw together a little quote poster. I saw one in a book I was given recently: Fifty Years of Illustration by Lawrence Zeegen and Caroline Roberts. It was by artist/illustrator Robert Massin. It intrigued me. (I started searching for it online so I could share, but it’s not coming up immediately and I don’t have the time to keep looking right now.) Anyway, I wrote the text over and over and over and was never satisfied. In fact, I gave up and then tried again days later, er… today that would be. So finally, in frustration, I just wrote and scribbled and wrote and scribbled. Not sure if it’s a look I’ll go for in the future, but it certainly is a breath of fresh air after what I’d been aiming for.