Feb 212015
 

Early last year, I had an opportunity to take a class in Adobe Illustrator. It was pretty great. Prior to taking the class, I was quite leery of Illustrator and InDesign. For the most part, I’d been doing most of my work in Photoshop, including typeface.

What I learned from my Illustrator experience is Photoshop is the oddball out while InDesign and Illustrator have more similarities. Now, I’m not an expert after my Illustrator class, but I found it a valuable experience, which has allowed me to use Illustrator somewhat effectively. I’m hoping I can squeeze in time to take an InDesign course, cause I have to admit, that program still baffles me in many ways. Yet I know it’s the right tool for book covers and even putting together books.

Moving on… One of my favorite projects was trying to put together an advert. I have to be honest, I struggled with this assignment. In fact, I struggled so much, I tossed my original idea, which was quite tame… an advert for account software training. I decided to go for something a bit more racy….

Taking Charge-01Looking at this, I could picture it as a book cover. What do you think?

 

Apr 162014
 
Adam - Comic

I haven’t done any serious writing for… well, longer than I care to admit. However, my mind still is writing, even if it’s not making its way to paper. The past year or so, I’ve been (mentally) dabbling with a story line which focuses on the bible… loosely. 🙂 And of course, in the beginning… or a little later in the beginning, there was Adam.Adam - Original

Above you see my original adaptation of an early scene in the bible. But I’ve also been playing with style a little. I do a lot of straight renders with little modification. Lately, I’ve been wanting to see how different effects work in Photoshop. So, we have the lower picture. I rather like the blotchiness of it.Adam - Comic

 

3D Graphic Design created with:

DAZ Studio 4 Pro

Jan 042014
 
Dragon Fly Woman

It’s been awhile since I’ve played around with Daz Studio. These days, I’ve felt a wee bit more motivated. Well… actually, my mood has improved greatly since I started my new job. It’s put a bit of spring in my step. And that feeling of lightness has led to a little productivity.

I have to admit… I didn’t put much effort into this. However, I like the lighting and the feel. This design was completely rendered in Daz Studio with no touchups.

Graphic Design: Dragon Fly Woman

Dragon Fly Woman

3D Graphic Design created with:

DAZ Studio 4 Pro

Aug 182013
 
Babysitting Respite

Beyond the weekly PC Challenges, DAZ also offers monthly challenges which awards 3 winners twice a month. Last month, I submitted an entry for the second half of the month and earned second place. Have a look see at my entry! My entry didn’t include the author & title label I like to add to my eBook Cover Arts.

As I mentioned in the previous post, I promised to show how renders can be used within renders. My entry for the first half of the month does just that, using my weekly PC Challenge Entry.

What I Did

DAZ 3D offers a variety of content. In fact, everything in the room (bed, door, people, clothes etc) are individual pieces which can be positioned and modified. I had a western sketch in my arsenal that came with a frame. Using a layer mask in Adobe Photoshop, I modified the png file to substitute my Family Photo. And voila! I’ve got a new framed photo which is more appropriate for the overall picture.

Notice I used the same kids who are bouncing on the bed in the photo on the wall.

Because I was able to do the preliminary work in Adobe Photoshop, I was able to do a straight render for the entire picture.

Inspiration

The theme for this month was “Time for a Break!” Honestly, I have no idea where I pulled this particular idea from. However, I do know what it makes me think of… a middle-grade book series. Remember the Babysitter’s Club? Yes. I’m dating myself. I look at this piece and a modern series, featuring a couple of problem kids and their babysitter (or sister) come to mind.

Babysitting Respite 5x8

3D Graphic Design created with:

DAZ Studio 4 Pro and Adobe Photoshop

Aug 152013
 
Ruined Family Photo

Last time I talked about participating in the weekly PC Challenge at DAZ and presented my unedited render. This time around, we’ll take a look at the photoshopped picture. I only made a few changes this time around. It only includes two additional photoshop layers. The first layer is a background of a picture frame, which I set to multiply. That layer gave the picture the dirty texture. The second layer is a duplicate of the same background. This time I left the layer as normal and simply used a mask to reveal the actual picture while leaving the frame.

Simple enough. 🙂 Like I said, it didn’t win the prize, but here it is. Stick around and I’ll show you how I integrated this render into another render.

Graphic Design: Spoiled Family Photo

Ruined Family Photo

Spoiled Family Photo framed and given a ruined look

 

3D Graphic Design created with:

DAZ Studio 4 Pro and Adobe Photoshop

Aug 122013
 
Spoiled Family Photo

A couple of weeks ago, I participated in the weekly PC Challenge at DAZ. Didn’t win this time around. Even so, it gave me an opportunity to create. Today, I’m sharing the initial render before I did any photoshopping. This is part 1 of a 3 part series, so check back in a few days for the next piece.

Graphic Design: Spoiled Family Photo

Spoiled Family Photo

 

3D Graphic Design created with:

DAZ Studio 4 Pro

Jul 132013
 

A while back, a buddy friend of mine asked if I could put together a logo for his new website. I admit, the concept that came to my mind was was embarrassingly lame. In fact, I’ll be honest. I often have difficulties conceptualizing my own projects and often look for inspiration elsewhere to help me along the path. So… I failed him.

The Incredible Toy BoxNext, I put the task to my daughter who is an aspiring artist and photographer. She also had a bit of trouble thinking outside of the box. Lucky for my friend, he had a back up plan. 🙂 He hired someone with experience and know-how. The end result is pretty nice, I have to admit.

Squirrel! As odd as it may seem, I’ve never considered turning the word “the” vertically. I’ve often struggled with finding something to do with that useless word. 🙂 I can’t wait to use it in a cover art design.

Graphic Design Websites: Logo Makers

Like my friend, many businesses struggle with creating effective logos. Recently, I was surfing the web and came across a post which lists quite a few nifty tools for logo designs. Rather than reinvent the wheel, I direct you to a couple of posts which list a few free logo makers.