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Creative Project 4: Self Portrait ver. 2

22 Nov




Version Two
Obviously a lot more to correct and add, but I actually started having fun with it.

Made with Adobe Illustrator


Illustrator Tutorial

20 Nov

The website Vector Boom is an outstanding resource for Illustrator tutorials and tips.

Here, Natalie Ulrich has a tutorial series,

Effective Methods of Working in Adobe Illustrator

(8 in total), ranging from how to use the very basic tools to the more advanced. She is very detailed in her instruction, and has many picture references. A wonderful reference for the learning novice, or the professional who just needs a little reminder.

Realistic Vector Artists

10 Nov

Art by: W Forrest

This piece, by W Forrest, is incredibly life-like! Yet you can still see the “brush-strokes” in it, and I think that’s why it stood out to me, from the rest.

Another photo-realistic vector I found, just completely floored me. The (Im)Maculate Complexion -by AngstromAlliance
(!Browse with caution, contains some adult-male stupidity!)

Both artworks were created using mesh and pen tools. I cannot believe this kind of imagery can be obtained through Illustrator, it’s really impressive and inspiring.

One day, I aim to become this skilled …..with Photoshop!
*runs and hides*


Gerard Huerta

8 Oct

Gerard Huerta’s portfolio (http://www.gerardhuerta.com/) is filled with his fantastic designs from iconic logos


popular magazine covers, and other entertainment graphics. His logos (like above) are sleek and minimalistic, as well as detailed and nostalgic.


His graphic design work is very intricate, with the striking type (font and placement), strong colors, and use of patterns and borders. I really love his magazine covers and posters because of this.

Huerta’s work is very inspiring!

Nancy Stahl & Jean Tuttle

23 Sep

This week’s blog assignment was for us to study the styles of Nancy Stahl and Jean Tuttle.
Both designers’ have a very vibrant taste in color, although Nancy’s is a bit more subtle (maybe even more mature) compared to Jean’s cartoon brightness; they are also similar in their use of shape and line.

I really liked Nancy’s strategic texture working in her paintings, such as in this one, where she uses the brush strokes to frame the figure as well as make her pop out.Image

In this one, she uses implied texture in an overall wash (so it appears) seen mostly in the background, accented with simple graphics that help tell the story.


Jean’s style is definitely line focused (which I really relate to and appreciate, because I feel my style is as well) and her bright color and bold pattern themes are well coordinated and encite happy feelings.




She also is able to clearly represent a message in a very clever, and (frankly) cute way.
I wanted to mention her doodle style too, it’s so precious! captured my heart.


It was really interesting looking at their portfolios and bios, as they are both great designers.


Creative Project 1 -Mythical Creature VER.2

22 Sep

Creative Project 1 -Mythical Creature VER.2

Our current creative project using Adobe Illustrator. (This is stage 1 -it will be our project over the next few weeks)

Added a face, some shading and more to the background, using shapes and pencil tools.


Creative Project 1-Mythical Creature

19 Sep

Creative Project 1-Mythical Creature

Our current creative project using Adobe Illustrator. (This is stage 1 -it will be our project over the next few weeks)

I originally chose a fox/centaur collab, however, it turned out a little too Nintendo and not enough Mythical. So I resorted back to the…normal…centaur.
Using shapes to build the main base, I then formed some together or traced over them with the freehand tool. I’m excited to add a ridiculous amount of detail, now that I’ve gotten the gist of how to use this crazy program.

Ron Chan

11 Sep

One of my assignments this week was to study several artists who use Illustrator, and Mr. Ron Chan was the springboard –well, I didn’t end up jumping off into the pool of other artists because I was so enamoured with his own artwork. (Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be browsing the others too…eventually)

His simple, clean-line (yet chalky), retro style instantly took me back about ten years to my favorite children’s book, “Harry the Dirty Dog“.


I’m just smitten with this simplistic 2D figures and use of line. So charming!Image

I also love how each of his pieces tell a story -this one just cracks me up.Image

And although his theme carries a very nostalgic (50’s-)60’s sense with the block shapes, color scheme and layout, the more you look the more you see that it’s equally relevant and modern -a story of it’s own . The only thing I didn’t like, was that there weren’t more pages of his work to look through!

Mr. Ron Chan’s artwork and legacy really makes me smile, and inspires me to keep moving forward.

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