Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Fruit Salad

One holiday observation I find to be very interesting is Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead.  This day of remembrance honoring ancestors, dearly departed and friends is celebrated throughout Mexico.  It is also celebrated in various ways around the world often known as All Saints Day or All Souls Day.

The artwork depicting Dia de los Muertos often uses skulls designed in many colorful expressions.  I've been working on a graphical representation as a way to practice new acquired skills through the Graphic Design course I'm currently pursuing.  I wanted something very colorful with images of flowers surrounding the skull.

Hey there!  You can call me "Fruit Salad".

Fruit Salad as I've decidedly refer to it, was created using Illustrator and InDesign.  Working with a variety of shapes, colors and layering techniques, I was able to generate this festive skull.  Instead of coins on the eyes for the ferryman, I used flowers.  Hopefully, Charon will accept it as payment for safe crossing to the other side.  ;))

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Eye Read

The graphic design course I'm studying is progressing at a steady pace.  I'm managing to complete a project a week.   I've gone through Photoshop, Illustrator and currently working in InDesign.  All of these are within the Adobe suite.  I love Illustrator due to the ease at which I can manipulate objects.  I work however, interchangeably within the entire suite.  Although still in a learning curve, I've acquired quite a bit of knowledge in a relatively short time.  It takes my work to an all new level.

I continue to practice my drawing skills using the traditional pencil and paper approach.  I love working with pencils and the level of control, detail I can achieve with the medium.  Yesterday, I got an idea to create a piece that represents love for reading.  I read every single day.  Life would be far less interesting without my books and access to doing research.

The piece started out with a pencil drawing of 'my' eye.  Yes, I used my own eye as a model.  I took a close up image of my eye using my cellphone.  Using the photo as reference, I created an 'eye' drawing.

Hello - I see you.  I worked with 2B, 4B, 7B, 8B, 9B pencils to create this drawing.

Using my Photoshop app, I flipped the image to create a "left" eye.  This function is basic but fun to do nonetheless.

I opened the Illustrator app to create the typography elements for the artwork.  Putting it all together, is a piece expressing an interest in reading.

"Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books."  ~ Bell Hooks

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