Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tablet Sketch Practice

Brainstorm Technique

This brainstorm technique is useful for coming up with ideas for editorial illustrations:

Think of pop/local/entertainment/political news that is popular today that is shifting our culture, and list as many as you can.

List events in a year such as "New Years, Spring, Tax day, 4th July, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc etc"
  -from these words, list three words that associate with the events above.

With the associated words, try to combine it with the news of your choice. So if I thought of "New Years Party", I can combine it with local earthquake news, i would get: "earthquake party in new years". Then try to pull ideas from that, making it literal? allegorical? symbolic?

Project 2! Technical "How to" Illustration!

get it? please? please get it?

Monday, October 18, 2010

InDesign Tips for Today

How to organize pages to be just spreads, and or to organize pages manually - go to pages panel, right click one of the pages and uncheck "Allow document pages to shuffle".

If you have a lot of text, and it needs to continue on to next page - select tool, click on bottom right where + sign is, then with that clicked, go to second page and click in the text frame and it will continue.

If you want to adjust column numbers, go to OBJECT > TEXT FRAME OPTIONS or right click on a text frame and click TEXT FRAME OPTIONS

You can align all text to BASELINE grid to bring some unity in all text. Click on paragraphs window, then on bottom right click "align to baseline grid"

Make sure justification and letter spacing is appropriate

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Etta James Album Cover!

One of my favorite blue's soul artist, Etta James!

sigh whatever happened to soul music?

Illustrator Tips for Today

mesh tool - make color gradients more specific to shapes and lines

tween - transform a shape to another shape. you can also add a gradient so that the colors can change as they transform

you can make strokes into outlines. click the stroke, go to object and create outline. then expand

knife tool - cut a shape apart to split them

In Class Exercise

Practice with a brush tool in illustrator

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Current Desktop Background

So here's a simple desktop wallpaper I created for myself. Just a way of keeping myself reminded.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010