For quite a while I’d been doing a “design something every day” project and it was a lot of fun. But recently family life and other projects have taken much of my time and I’ve decided to scale back my ambitions and have instead decided to post a weekly design. I think this will allow me the freedom to continue to create and try new techniques but with out the daily time commitment. Ultimately, I think the design work will be stronger as well has giving me the time to fulfill all of my other commitments as well. With that spirit enjoy this week’s installment…
This is a frame from a video I animated for the Lunar New Year for my work. My father in law did the calligraphy and I animated it, check out the video:
I found the great collection of poems by Robert Graves, Poems About War at the Library the other day. Yes, I still go to the Library, it’s a joy that computers can’t replace, but I digress. These poems deal with Mr. Graves experiences in the First World War, and this poem, Haunted stuck with me. Here’s my little visual interpretation of it. What a great writer!
A little design poking fun at cliché stock photography. It was fun making the subtle texture with layer effects in Phtoshop.
I’ve been creating daily designs made in 15 minutes or so and putting them up on special flickr set. I am using this as a way to experiment and hone my craft. Check them out…
A little goof, an imagined book jacket for Bigfoot’s memoir.
The following 5 logos were proposed ideas for a musical production company.
The following three logos were some proposed logo ideas for a Rock and Soul Revue that I was working on.
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A little practice with compositing using some stock images from www.photoxpress.com and a picture I took of a coin operated Buddha fortune telling machine at the Miracle Mile Shopping Center in Las Vegas. Miracle Mile is a very big and very strange Mall located at the Planet Hollywood Casino complex. The shopping center rapidly, randomly and often disconcertingly switches it’s theme from casino to traditional mall to Middle Eastern bazaar to kitchy Vegas tribute; seemingly the mall was built in stages or the designers had very shot attention spans.
On another note, it was the only place I found that you can get a decent micro-brew on the strip, at the aptly named Sin City Brewing Company. I recommend the Sin City Amber.
Another little test with tilt shift fakery from a picture I took while riding the Dumbo Ride overlooking Fantasyland at Disneyland a couple of years ago.
I’ve learned from this experiment, that tilt shift techniques work much better with shots taken from a greater distance than this one. The people turned out looking much too real instead of looking like models. But the hyper-saturated buildings in the background turned out much better.
As is my way, here’s a video of the Dumbo Ride, mind you the ride just goes around in circles so if you get motion sickness I’d skip it:
Very sad news. The custodian at my work was dusting and “accidentally” knocked over on of my many Tikis. Traumatic to say the least. Hope he doesn’t plan any surfing any time soon or he’ll find out, just like Greg Brady (see Season 4 Episode 1), what happens when you mess with might Ku. Or watch below:
For this entry into my Design Something Every Day project I created a digital doodle for one of the greatest books of the 20th Century, William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. The book pulls back the curtain of civilized society and explores the darker superstitious and bestial side of human nature. It is truly a must read.
Lord of the Flies has had a very deep influence on the culture, with references and allusions in works as diverse as LOST, Survivor, the Simpson’s. Two major film versions of the book have been produced, the fair Harry Hook 1990 version and the far superior 1963 Peter Brook classic. You can watch the Brook’s film on YouTube, if you haven’t seen this disturbing film, please do, it is well worth it.
A little thing I made for an upcoming event at Temple De Hirsch Sinai. It’s based on The Big Lebowski of course. The Dude abides….
To follow this little bit up, here’s one of my favorite scenes from The Big Lebowski.