21 September 2007

A humble circle

Yep, you guessed it, more experimenting in Illustrator.

Today, tweaking this, distorting that, I created this intricate and delicate star/flower design from a single circle. I did not at any stage duplicate my circle to get multiple lines. This is just one single circle, somewhat changed. Once I had my base shape, I saved it as a pattern brush (I love the way brushes work in Illustrator), and here is the final result. If I can remember the steps, there may just be a little tutorial on this.

18 September 2007

Again with Illustrator

I can't seem to get enough of playing around in Illustrator, it really is a fun program and I'm learning more about it all the time, but have barely scratched the surface.

I made these floral spirals today, when I was experimenting with circular designs.

Ideas are starting to float to the surface of my brain on how I can use these, and a bunch more when I make them. Have I mentioned yet how much fun Illustrator is? Hee hee

15 September 2007

More Illustrator playing

I just had to make another one, this one is slightly more Autumnal in tonings. For the life of me, I couldn't make a nose to suit her, so she is noseless, poor thing. It kind of suits her though, don't you think? I don't know what to call her, any suggestions?

Playing around

I was playing around in Illustrator again last night and I love it's versatilty. I've created one basic Diva face and simply by moving this, transforming that and changing brush strokes, I can create an entirely new face, that only bears a passing resemblance to the original.

A few days ago, I had downloaded some foliage vector brushes from BittBox and I wondered what some of them would look like as hair. Yes, yes, I know, but regular visitors should know by now I have some unusual ideas.

So, do you want to know what my Diva looks like? Here she is, I've called her Flora (what else could she possibly be named, Fleur perhaps?)

14 September 2007

It's amazing what you can find

I was 'being inspired' by my links and visited Illustration Friday. This weeks topic is Momentum. I looked up the definition and this is one that I found which I think applies to my leaf.

Philosophy: An essential or constituent element; a moment.

About the leaf

I was looking through some of my old folders on my hard drive last night and I found several pieces of art that I had painted in Photoshop; just after I was gifted with my Wacom tablet. I was learning two new techniques, how to paint in Photoshop and how to use the Wacom. I wonder why I only ever made a few pieces? It's a lot of fun and the results are wonderful. There were techniques for trying to make your art look like oils or acrylics, but I had the most success with water colour.

The leaf is the first one I ever did. love Autumn leaves, they are so beautiful.

The quote, in case you can't read it says: Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower

I chose the quote because depending on where you are in the world, it's either Autumn or Spring.

13 September 2007

ATCs - Scrapbooks in your Pocket

An article I wrote for a newsletter - enjoy.

Artist Trading Cards, or ATCs as they are known, are a wonderful way of carrying your layouts with you. The only rule with true ATCs is that they are 2.5” x 3.5” (or 750 x 1050 pixels at 300 DPI), which is roughly playing card size.

The beauty of this size layout is that you can make a whole pack of them, literally, being 52 (standard playing card pack) and put them in your purse, handbag or pocket, without them being cumbersome or bulky, like a brag book.

While it is true that there are no rules with ATCs, if you are making them as layouts, I would recommend keeping embellishments to a minimum, and keeping the focus on the photo. Here’s an example:

You can see how too many bits and bobs would overwhelm the photo.

When you are making ATCs, you will probably need to reduce the size of your elements by 50% to 70%, depending on the original size, and the effect you want to achieve.

Try your hand at making one or two, you will find that you can’t stop once you start.

The Header

I finally managed to get the header image uploaded, I'm so happy.

The face in the corner is one of my Divas. I really like the way she turned out.

Image upload

I was having trouble getting my new header in place. Blogger just wouldn't accept it. I know it's not too big or anything, so it has me confused.

I tried grabbing it from the computer, no go.

I tried uploading to ImageShack and Photobucket, still not working!

So, in desperation, I searched the Blogger help groups and found a solution, I hope!!

I'll share this little tidbit, to save you from searching high and low. Make a new post and upload your image to the post, but make sure it's from the computer. When you view your draft, your image will be in the post COMPLETE with an image url! Copy and paste that image url into the web address bar in the header edit section.

Now, let's see if it works.

ETA: No, it didn't. I'm going to scream in a minute. Sigh.

Well shoot, it looks like it may because I'm using Safari. Bleah

I switched to Firefox and everything worked! Whee!

12 September 2007

So, I've been thinking ...

I'm on a bit of a hiatus at the moment with my digital design work.

It didn't stop me from playing around with Photoshop and I had a lot of fun doodling in Illustrator. I actually made some really cool Diva Doodles. The few people that I have shown them too have really liked them. The only problem is that I don't see how they would work in digital scrapping.

So, I got to thinking ... they would work great in collage projects. Digital collage or mixed media. The Divas could be printed on vellum; transparencies; textured card stock; canvas - anything really. They would look super cool.

I'll admit, I was heavily inspired by Traci Bautista's book, Collage Unleashed.

So I thought a bit further. A lot of my fellow designers are opening up blog shops, and I thought that maybe I could do that too, but I would only sell my Divas and other related doodles. The more I think about it, the more it appeals to me. It really does. I need to go and confer with some designers.

I feel inspired for the first in ages.