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20 May

So this mandala was actually my second one that I did, a bonus mandala you could say.I finished my other one a little early so I decided to scan one of my other pie shape designs and color it pretty quickly. This one is pretty different from the first one. It’s not as detailed and is much “cleaner”.

There’s a couple (well three actually, so several) things I really like about this mandala.

(1) that depending on the way you look at it can be either roots coming out of the center or trees growing against a sunrise

(2) the “cleanness” of it is because I took the black lines out, which makes me (and Ms. Collins ;)) a happy camper since those lines were pretty uneven and definitely not the “cleanness” factor that makes good design pleasing to the eye. To the right you can see one pie shape alone against a white background. I almost kind of prefer the crispness of the white rather than the yellow…

and (3) I’m a fan of the color blocked gradient in the background! It adds depth to an otherwise flat looking design. Plus I’m also a fan of gradients right now, an I think its a great way to add “drama” to a design.

Whatever way you look at it, I’m a fan. 🙂


Nature Notan

17 May

So this is a Notan, a type of Japanese Paper Art, but we did it on the computer which made it MUCH simpler. Thinking of all the detail i put into it, i’m pretty sure i would go crazy if i had to cut out all of those little shapes out by hand. I already have a love-hate relationship with x-acto knives (another art project I’ll have to explain later), but I don’t think I could handle it or at the very least not be near as detailed as this was.

Anyway, basically you started with a black square, cut out a shape with the lasso tool and flipped it along one side of the square. Pretty basic early on in the year, I believe this was only our second project and was to get us familiar with the lasso tool.

This design has a whole wild nature thing going and I like that. There’s animals that live together with the birds and trees of nature. I like the fact that there’s like a little tree, but then there’s a bigger tree when you look at the big picture, at least that’s what i was going for when i designed it like that. I’m also really proud of those curvy things i drew with the lasso tool and a mouse! Looking back on it, I made some pretty rad shapes with the lasso tool, from round curves to even that angular zig-zag.

I haven’t looked at this project in a while, and I’m kind of digging it 😉

Parrot Buddy

6 May

Initials- Bird

So I’m pretty much in love with this little bird of mine.

Aside from doodles and patterns, I’m not really one for creating cartoons (unless you count stick people ;)) But this bird was all hand drawn by me, scanned, and colored in photoshop.

This project was about learning the beginnings of ways to use the dodge and burn tools along with drop shadows.

I was really proud of this assignment because this was the first full-page picture I had done from start to finish, fully designed (background and all), thought out and executed by me  😉

The assignment was supposed to be to make a creature out of your initials, now I don’t know if you can see, but the beak is basically a backwards “c” and the head and body of the bird is a “p”. Maybe it’s not so obvious…

Regardless I think this guy is so darn cute 🙂