Art & Design
Deadline is July 24, 2012
It's another art contest by DeviantArt.com, this time it's T-Shirt design. You have to be a member of the Deviant Art network to participate, but basic membership is free. Here is the header and description of the contest, link is active too. Good Luck! CJ
"Remember reading about Greek and Roman mythology in school? What about the
folklore you’ve heard while camping or during bedtime stories? We’re challenging
you to harness those tales of old and make a design for a t-shirt featuring
Think about fantastical beasts renowned in folklore and myth -- unicorns,
dragons, and other mythical animals that you’ve seen in films or books. Now, get
inspired by those creatures and let’s see something awesome!"
2. Take self-inventory - the pros and cons
Some people make lists or resumes, others do a mental break-down, but the basic idea is the same: Take a general look at yourself and your abilities, for example your latest projects and acomplishments, the skill set you have developed and the tools and techniques you are currently using.
When listing your draw-backs, be specific. When looking at past projects, which aspects were the most difficult or problematic? What was the most daunting challenge, perhaps there were jobs you declined? Maybe you lack the confidence in your drawing, technial skill or tool set?
The possible list of small kinks in the daily routine of an artist are too long to admit, sometimes. If you have trouble with this step you can ask open-minded former clients or friends to help you with this assessment - sometimes outside opinions can open up lots of new avenues for improvement!
The Winners for the Skateboard design have been announced, congratulations to the Semi-finalists, individual winners and Grand-Prize Winner! Even though I didn't win this time with my "Seeing is Believing" entry for Breathe Carolina, it was definitely fun doing a design for this project. There are galleries on the website link to all submitted entries for all four bands, if you're interested! CJ
DeviantArt.com posted new design Contest - entry ended May 31, 2012
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
As every year, the downtown Block Party will be a blast - although the whole deal of standing in line for hours to 'recycle' your beverages really sucks when you're a lady.
Word of advice: If you absolutely MUST go for the "Irish Car Bombs" (Guinness with a shot of Baileys) drink it fast or not at all. If you leave the mix standing and watch for a few minutes, you'll know what I mean...
Lastly, there are a couple of my shirt designs out and about for Murphy's again this year - check 'em out!
"COLOR HARMONY COMPENDIUM" - how basic is 'too' basic?
Finding new ways to work with color and making exciting color combinations that work for either designs or paintings is an important part of keeping my vision fresh and renewing the inspiration to make art. That's why I make an effort to review books on color, art, design or software to update and complement my methods.
Van Gogh alledgedly used strands of differently colored thread that he braided together to test new color combinations for his paintings. Now-a-days, there are many software options for your computer, online or apps for devices that can mimic the same basic concept in a high-tech fashion. Adobe's Kuler.adobe.com website for example let's you combine up to five colors, mix-and match according to various concepts and also review palettes that others have composed. I am sure there are literally dozens of ways to incorporate these programs into your creative routine.
Now, the 25th Anniversary edition of "Color Harmony Compendium" by Terry Marks, MINE, Origin, Tina Sutton is a color guide, featuring each color and its complementory/ analogous/ monochrmatic/ primary relations, perceived psychology and application in design. There also is a moveable color wheel in the front of the book and a CD with a basic color combo program included.
There are a few problems I have with this book: One is that the combinations are showing more of a symbolic representation of the theories rather than working design choices (they are in many cases very crass, gaudy and not up-to-date). But more importantly, the program on the disk is outdated because it only has a limited, internal use. The functionality of the interactive controls is clunky and badly designed. Moreover, the combinations are not transferrable to other programs and only applicable to the designs featured in the book. Any artist or designer that works digitally already has programs that are the primary software to create, change, and enhance all aspects of a design - there is just no need to switch to the artificial, non-integrated program on the disk.
This book is very highly rated on both Amzon and Barnes and Noble - and I'm not quite sure why. It has a visual catalog of basic color schemes but is otherwise not really necessary for a designer or artist that has a basic understanding of what they are doing.
"Color Harmony Compendium" by Terry Marks, MINE, Origin, Tina Sutton
(2009) Rockport Publishing ISBN-10: 1-59253-590-9
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