bob - behind the scene - hugsss


February 15, 2010 // Monday

Here I'm trying to create my own mark. After some self-reflection, I felt the Amazon parrot and waves had characteristics that best represent me. Waves are flowy, a constant characteristic of my designs. They can also be gentle or strong, opposites which I'm capable of. The Amazon parrot are beautiful creatures from the rain forest. They're friendly (compared to other birds), coachable, green (mostly) or colorful, bright, and intelligent. I also want to work for a nonprofit organization later on, or do something that involves helping animals or the environment, so the parrot, in this case, was chosen based on who I felt my audience will be.

However, I'm afraid to say I'm not much of an illustrator, which means parrots are a little difficult to draw. I hate that I have to do this mark on the computer this early in the process because there's no time for me to refine and improve my drawings.

I'm having trouble getting excited about this project, probably because I didn't realize beforehand that this was something we had to do, and when I am not prepared, I cannot commit. I want this to be a mark I'm proud of—that says something about me—that's deep and meaning, as with all marks.

But I'm also doing corporate identity for John's class, and so far, I haven't gotten any good feedback from him. I'm a little worried and dreadfully dejected. Thinking of John's class actually makes me want to break down in self-pity.
stargate - walk the stargate



I was lurking in the icon_tutorial community last night and with a struck of good luck, I stumbled upon a tutorial on Photoshop curves. This little guy has always baffled me. Heck if I know how to use it. Seems too overwhelmingly complicated, but ah, I played around with it today and wowser, is it powerful.

Armed with a camera and good, sunny November weather, I was photographing the ugliest of things and transforming them into wonderful art.
ncis - ziva - thoughts

John Hughes 2010 Film Festival

One more project done. I'm breathing a little easier. I've succeeded in exploring different design styles without taking away part of my essence in my designs. The John Hughes Film Festival was a success. Hopefully John (teacher) likes it because I am proud of it. I was able to create a system consisting of several pieces of designs that work together as a whole without looking too "rubber-stamped." In other words, they didn't look exactly the same. Some of them I wish I had more clever ideas on how to execute them, but sometimes what I have is all I have.

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Dragons Playing Cards

This is what I started with for my deck of playing cards design. These—which took me a whole day's work to do were abandoned because my teacher didn't think they were part of a system. I know he's right, but I hate myself for wasting so much time on them. And I hate it even more that I couldn't use any of it.

Then I spent another day redoing the dragons, almost completely changing my whole design. So these were what I ended up with. Click for a larger image.

And yet, they're still not working right. I'm frustrated. Every single king, queen, and jack has to be different from each other. Four kings, four queens, and four jacks. Four suits. Twelve dragons, all different. Right now he said the three dragons I have are too similar to each other, which means I have to draw more dragons—different ones—so people can tell them apart.

When he was critiquing me, I was going through two days with 3 hours of sleep, and all I could do was stare at my dragons and wonder if I should bang my head against the table or if I should tear up my paper and make a dramatic exit. I wanted to half laugh and half cry. There's just no winning in life.

As much as I'm starting to hate this project, I'm determined to see it through. What a milestone this will be. 53 cards, including the joker, and a package design, all part of a [hopefully awesome] system. What the hey, I might be so proud of it I'd print these babies out and use them.
mash - well hello there

Princess Bride Title Sequence ... continued.

I did some edits for The Princess Bride title sequence. I'm afraid it might be too image heavy. It plays fine on my computer, but considering my Mac is only a year old and it has a very good processor, I'm afraid it lags quite a bit on other computers. I tested it on the school computer, which is a little bit older, and it has a difficult time running.

Here is what I have so far.