Category Archives: Illustration

Halftones Pack – 55 Free Vectors, Brushes, and Images « Media Militia

Halftones Pack – 55 Free Vectors, Brushes, and Images « Media Militia.

18 Different iPad icons by ~Adidadidu on deviantART

18 Different iPad icons by ~Adidadidu on deviantART.

aawerks

Trying to find the best design for a&awerks websight. Started out with something a little high production and implemented it in the “Coming Soon” page here

Coming Soon

Coming Soon


The serif fonts and the gears are something I’m looking to maintain. To me, a serif font is industrious, professional and consistent. The gears and cogs are a further representation of “industrious” and more towards hard-working and technically inclined.

Built up the “steel version” under the high production look of the Coming Soon page. The layout is a good one, but we don’t feel it’s right for our purposes. I could tweak it some more, but … the layout just isn’t right for the project.

Steel Version

Steel Version

Changed the logo to just the cog and started working with a simpler, more white-spacey layout but it’s too open. I abandoned it.

The simpler cog

The simpler cog

But this is the best. The colors just happened and I got the chance to make another robot. The layout is open but not empty. One page website. Exercises all the programming I can swing and it’s neat.

Bobot and a & a werks

Bobot and a & a werks


Turns out CS3 implemented all this fun spry stuff via javascript and jquery. It’s getting me learning jQuery like I want and … well, looks great.

Cheret

I’m definitely going through a bohemian phase

Alice goes through the door

Alice goes through the door

Camille Returns

I opened up Illustrator with a plan for one project but Camille took over. Now to get back to work.

Camille Peeks In

Camille Peeks In

Shelly’s lesson

I need to figure out how to auto-save in Illustrator. I almost lost Shelly here.

Shelly, the keeper of hugs.

Shelly, the keeper of hugs.

Photoshop Learnings

How to text on a path:
Using either the shape tool (A) or pen tool (B) draw your path. Make certain paths mode is enabled (C).

Text on a path in Photoshop

Text on a path in Photoshop



Once your path is drawn (I used a simple ellipse tool) select your type tool. All type tools work, but the horizontals work best. Vertical creates a neat graphical effect.
Select text tool and apply text to path

Select text tool and apply text to path


Apply text to path

Apply text to path


Using the Vertical Type tool on a path

Using the Vertical Type tool on a path



Once your text is applied, all transformations (rotate, skew, etc) can be implemented.
Edit your text

Edit your text


Hal Orb in Photoshop

Hal Orb in Photoshop

Today I learned about Sphereize and how to put text on a path in Photoshop – all too easily done in Illustrator.

Vector Bokeh

No, not the name of a Russian villain, but yeah, that sounds close.

Trying to make some vector bokeh, I started where anyone starts; I googled it and found my model:

Bokeh example found through google search

Bokeh example found through google search

I opened up Illustrator and thought about my approach as it loaded. I’d need opacities, strokes and gradients. Hrmmmm. That sounded more like a job for Photoshop, so I switched over.

In Photoshop I created the obligatory black background and tossed in a rainbow linear gradient overlay. EZ PZ. Some 25%, 50% and 75% opacity circles with 2px and 4px strokes got tossed in and gaussian blurred a bit here and there. This is what Photoshop’s version came out like:

Bokeh done in Photoshop

Bokeh done in Photoshop

Then I thought hay, I can make this in Illustrator. Maybe even make it more elegant. So I gave it a go. In Illustrator I also employed an outer glow effect and some noise in the circle’s fill. While more realistic I’m not sure it’s “prettier” than the Photoshop version:

Boken done in Illustrator

Boken done in Illustrator

Perhaps when I learn more about mesh gradients I’ll kick out something more impressive. All told, I’m glad for the exercise.

Wednesday

Finally broke down and made some grass brushes for Illustrator. These are my first brushes so they need some polishing.

Scatter Grass Brushes for Adobe Illustrator

Scatter Grass Brushes for Adobe Illustrator - right-click and Save As for the .ai file

Proposal for CCDC is coming along nicely. Went shooting for it yesterday and walked about downtown for two hours. Wanted more time but my honey was hungry. Posting images shortly. Got some good stuff. Will be excellent for the proposal.

Backdrop to be painted for the Red Riding Hood shoot

Backdrop to be painted for the Red Riding Hood shoot


Kicked out the background for the Red shoot. Now to get down to Blick and get a canvas and paint it up. Then the hard part’s done. So far cast is:
Red: ?? – I’m thinking Jen, but, and I hate saying this, I can’t have wrinkles. Perhaps Stasi’s girl, Megan.
Huntsman: Alex Hansen
Wolf: Andrew Huesing or Eric Chase – whomever gets the fuller faced beard