I opened up Illustrator with a plan for one project but Camille took over. Now to get back to work.
Camille Peeks In
I need to figure out how to auto-save in Illustrator. I almost lost Shelly here.
Shelly, the keeper of hugs.
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
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
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
Perhaps when I learn more about mesh gradients I’ll kick out something more impressive. All told, I’m glad for the exercise.
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 - 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
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