Thursday, May 29, 2008

Photoshop Planets Tutorial no.1

I made a Photoshop tutorial on creating planets in the universe. It's a simple, very basic tutorial but it's a good starting point to make your own advanced creations. My version is only Photoshop 7, though some features will also work on different versions.

You may also download the final image as screen saver, just right click and save. A complete tutorial link can be found here .

Looking at the universe makes me feel the vastness of God's creation and how we are linked infinitely with each other. It also reminds me not to give up no matter how big our problems are, because that is actually nothing compared to what is going on out there.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Freebie no.1 free Header

The best things in life are free and I absolutely agree.

This is actually from my first full artwork done on Adobe Illustrator. I could have done much better if I used a pen tablet, drawing with a mouse was really awkward and my wrist ached. I'm really amazed at how digital artists use the digital pen, I just drool over their digital paintings.

Want this happy header for your blog? Just click on the image then right click save. You may use this for your personal blogs or website. I'd be happy if you link me back to your site also. Enjoy!

More freebies coming up so stay tuned...

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Cool Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

I'm not that really familiar with Adobe Illustrator, so I tried browsing the web for some techniques to pump up what I already know. I was amazed there are so many things I didn't know, Illustrator indeed is full of potential. I have some cool links for you to enjoy:

1. Creating a logo

2. Illustrator and Illustration

3. A vector flower

4. Monster

5. Creating 3D

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Posters from Dubai: Case Study no.1

The new land of opportunities for pinoy skill and talent...Dubai. This is where all creatives now converge: from architects, engineers, to artists, shaping together an artificial oasis. That includes a good friend who courageously tried her luck over greener pasteurs. With all the economic and political catastrophes happening around my beautiful islands Philippines, who knows your closest friend might also do the same, perhaps even me.

She buzzed me at ym and asked for another round of critique-ing, she always value my opinion whenever she has doubts about what she designed. The power of information and communication technology and Yahoo messenger combined. As excited for another American-Idolish-critique session, I was also eager to see her studies. I couldn't wait to download them.

Wow I thought, knowing her since college, she has really outgrown herself in her designs. She is now willing to experiment on different things like combining art, illustration and design. And this is what she consulted me about. She was frustrated that she can't seem to fuse them together despite her attempts to make her designs look artsy yet meant for selling. Initially I liked her first study because it was all dynamic, grabs attention, and shows indirect interpretation yet very much relevant to her subject: A poster for a telecom exhibit fair. The second design clearly illustrated the event, but some images she used wasn't that suggestive enough of what she really meant. She asked if the first design doesn't look blasé, like graphic design trends today are going fully ornamental, bursting with Rococo motifs. I told her, well it was destined to be designed as such: posters should catch attention, conforming to the signs of the times, and announcing what it ought to tell.

She opted to develop the second study.