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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Feb. 9th, 2013 @ 07:17 PM Reply

It's quite rare that I do random little doodles but today was just one of those days as I sat down with some Monty Python and for some reason made this bit of crap.

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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Feb. 19th, 2013 @ 01:06 PM Reply

3D purple planet, been a while since I tried 3D.

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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Feb. 27th, 2013 @ 09:01 AM Reply

At 2/19/13 01:06 PM, Decky wrote: 3D purple planet, been a while since I tried 3D.

Using the same sort of technique I've started to make what I think I might use as a title page in my portfolio for up and coming university interviews. What do you think so far?

Yes, the cliffs at the bottom were an existing image that was edited. It's only the bottom and the rest is original.
It's original size is A3 so this is scaled down. I tried to link to the original here but the dump is being slow.

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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Feb. 27th, 2013 @ 12:09 PM Reply

At 2/27/13 09:01 AM, Decky wrote:
At 2/19/13 01:06 PM, Decky wrote: 3D purple planet, been a while since I tried 3D.
Using the same sort of technique I've started to make what I think I might use as a title page in my portfolio for up and coming university interviews. What do you think so far?

haha that looks awefull! I know you can take it.

The opposing light sources make no sense. bright light on the mountains from the front and pretty bright light on the planets from the side/back.


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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Feb. 27th, 2013 @ 08:57 PM Reply

At 2/27/13 12:09 PM, Tomsan wrote: haha that looks awefull!

Blunt but to the point, guessing awefull is the same as awful ;).

The opposing light sources make no sense. bright light on the mountains from the front and pretty bright light on the planets from the side/back.

I see your point about that, it was a stupid mistake on my part. I've done my best to mend it and try to make it better in general, hopefully this is more to your liking. It is me trying something almost completely new to me remember.

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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Mar. 16th, 2013 @ 12:29 PM Reply

Well, I got one offer so far to study graphic design at Chester University and this has brought around a sudden realisation, I'm expected in september to turn up with a good knowledge and skill with Illustrator, a software that I really can't stand. I'm currently sorting getting a copy but does anybody know any good tutorials for it? I'm going to try and teach myself form the basics over the summer.

Below is just a random sketch I did the other day, might as well post it.

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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Mar. 16th, 2013 @ 10:35 PM Reply

At 3/16/13 12:29 PM, Decky wrote: Well, I got one offer so far to study graphic design at Chester University and this has brought around a sudden realisation, I'm expected in september to turn up with a good knowledge and skill with Illustrator, a software that I really can't stand. I'm currently sorting getting a copy but does anybody know any good tutorials for it? I'm going to try and teach myself form the basics over the summer.
Below is just a random sketch I did the other day, might as well post it.

http://vector.tutsplus.com/

Nice thread, i'd just like to say when you are colouring in digitally try not not use the soft brush and use a hard brush with transfer and shape dynamics on providing you have a wacom tablet. This is if you are using photoshop which i'm assuming you are.


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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Mar. 17th, 2013 @ 04:47 PM Reply

At 3/16/13 10:35 PM, Lemmiwinks91 wrote: http://vector.tutsplus.com/

Thanks for the link :).

Nice thread, i'd just like to say when you are colouring in digitally try not not use the soft brush and use a hard brush with transfer and shape dynamics on providing you have a wacom tablet. This is if you are using photoshop which i'm assuming you are.

Not quite, I tend to use freeware like Sumo Paint as I'm not into forking out a lot of cash for software and I hate using tablets, I've always used a mouse. Tried to make the jump to a tablet a year or so back in college but I really didn't like it.


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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Nov. 5th, 2013 @ 12:58 PM Reply

From one of my uni projects. Basically I had these dimensions and a circle in the center, with this I had to portray one of the planets from the Gustav Holst's orchestral suite The Planets using just colour and type, this one is Mars - The Bringer of War. It's been quite a good exercise in getting to grips with typography. Two more coming soon.

Also it's been a while.

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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Nov. 12th, 2013 @ 11:12 AM Reply

Second in the series. Saturn - The Bringer of Old Age.

For this one I placed positive quotes about ageing on the outside of the circle and then a more dark, cynical view point of ageing in the centre. I think I got the theme across well but feedback would be nice.

Seriously guys, feedback would be awesome.

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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Nov. 12th, 2013 @ 12:40 PM Reply

When working with typography, legibility should have a high priority I think. Text over text is usually a big no-no, but I'm also looking at the hands of the clock, specifically the one for minutes. Squishing and stretching text *can* work if it's only by a very small percentage, otherwise you'd be better off choosing an extended version of that typeface, or adjust the tracking. That also goes for the quote at the bottom.

I do like the way you've sorted the background text though, compared to the Mars one it's much more interesting to look at. However, I don't think the words are following your concept of positive on the outside, dark on the inside. "Death" is one of the more prominent words getting repeated, which is as negative as it could get I imagine.

Composition wise, I'm not really sure what's going on. My eyes are drawn towards the hands of the clock because of the high contrast between the hands and the background, but other than that I don't feel like there's any direction to it. I didn't really get the idea of dark inside positive outside, but that might've just been me.

Continuing on composition, I think making the inner circle dark with white text on top would make that idea more obvious, but I'm assuming the colour had to be recognizable from Saturn. What I'm thinking instead would be flipping that whole concept, so the text inside has a positive view, while the surroundings are all dark, cold, and cynical (like space!). That way you could also have all the word in the background just spell "Death" at different sizes, so as to clear up any noise there too.

Another thing is the composition is almost entirely playing on one colour tone. Maybe more colours could've been applied to the composition?


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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Nov. 13th, 2013 @ 06:36 AM Reply

At 11/12/13 12:40 PM, Havegum wrote: Feedback

Cheers for the feedback Havegum. Did a couple of moderations here and there and now I think it's much better. Going to go back and work on Mars some more now.

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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Nov. 13th, 2013 @ 11:17 AM Reply

Improved Mars now too :)

I know the quality of these picture is bad. They seem to have a file size over 1mb :(. Guessing it's because I'm using Illustrator, not my favourite software. Anyway here is some good quality links too:

Mars - The Bringer of War
Saturn - The Bringer of Old Age

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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Nov. 13th, 2013 @ 05:50 PM Reply

At 11/13/13 11:17 AM, Decky wrote: Improved Mars now too :)

I think the quadruple text is working really well but I notice some of the lines are not properly aligned. I also like how the "War is hell" quote is placed in the open spot, but I think it lacks a real "punch" so to speak. I'm not a big fan of using Arial, I think you'd be better off choosing a grotesque with more character.

I'm also not liking the gradient and text in the background, it looks bland and boring to me. Perhaps you could make their size proportionate to how devastating they were?


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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Nov. 13th, 2013 @ 08:06 PM Reply

At 11/12/13 11:12 AM, Decky wrote: Second in the series. Saturn - The Bringer of Old Age.

For this one I placed positive quotes about ageing on the outside of the circle and then a more dark, cynical view point of ageing in the centre. I think I got the theme across well but feedback would be nice.
Seriously guys, feedback would be awesome.

I think that this one looks a bit busy with all of the words everywhere, I would say maybe lose the transparent overlayed words just keep them as the background. I get what you are going for with the moving hands and the "motion blur" thing but I think it might look a bit sharper if were just the solid words. The clock as a whole could take up more of the canvas in my opinion but I'm not 100% if that will help much.
That's my input. I'm by no means a professional and may have given you bad advice, but hopefully some of it will help.

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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Nov. 13th, 2013 @ 09:46 PM Reply

Cheers for the feedback guys.

At 11/13/13 02:45 PM, Amaranthus wrote: Tried touching them up in Photoshop yet?

Can only use Illustrator on this project.

At 11/13/13 05:50 PM, Havegum wrote: I think the quadruple text is working really well but I notice some of the lines are not properly aligned.

I had noticed that myself although I'm finding it hard to get it just right on Illustrator, not my best software.

I also like how the "War is hell" quote is placed in the open spot, but I think it lacks a real "punch" so to speak. I'm not a big fan of using Arial, I think you'd be better off choosing a grotesque with more character.

The idea behind the very basic, standard font choices in the Mars piece is a reflection on the same choices used on the British war posters so I'm reluctant to change that.

I'm also not liking the gradient and text in the background, it looks bland and boring to me. Perhaps you could make their size proportionate to how devastating they were?

Hmmm, I see where you are coming from about the gradient as it's my least favorite aspect of the piece but I'm not sure if I want to completely get rid of it. Maybe make it diagonal and have it going from black to grey as apposed to nearly white.

At 11/13/13 08:06 PM, JackDCurleo wrote: The clock as a whole could take up more of the canvas in my opinion but I'm not 100% if that will help much.

Sadly the circle has to be that size, the brief doesn't allow for it to be changed.


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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Nov. 14th, 2013 @ 06:46 AM Reply

At 11/13/13 09:46 PM, Decky wrote:
I also like how the "War is hell" quote is placed in the open spot, but I think it lacks a real "punch" so to speak. I'm not a big fan of using Arial, I think you'd be better off choosing a grotesque with more character.
The idea behind the very basic, standard font choices in the Mars piece is a reflection on the same choices used on the British war posters so I'm reluctant to change that.

Googling British war posters I get showed tons of different typefaces, the "Keep calm and carry on" seems to be the only one seen using Arial, and even then it's only in modern takes on it (since Arial wasn't released until long after the war).

From the image below showing some of the typefaces I came across, and I'd say they're fairly varied maybe you can google up some inspiration?

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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Nov. 19th, 2013 @ 07:28 AM Reply

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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Dec. 24th, 2013 @ 01:14 PM Reply

Decided to submit it with just the three that were needed for my project as I'm currently pushed for time with other things. Anyway, give it a vote and if you're feeling nice a review.

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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Jan. 21st, 2014 @ 07:19 AM Reply

A bit of collage work.

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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Feb. 4th, 2014 @ 11:11 AM Reply

An Implicit Treasure Island poster.

Feedback would be most appreciated.

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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Feb. 12th, 2014 @ 06:02 AM Reply

At 2/4/14 11:11 AM, Decky wrote: An Implicit Treasure Island poster.

And and explicit one :).

Feedback?

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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Feb. 12th, 2014 @ 10:47 AM Reply

At 2/12/14 06:02 AM, Decky wrote: And and explicit one :).

Made better, I think.

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Response to Decky's Warped Mind Apr. 2nd, 2014 @ 04:26 PM Reply

Just messing around with a lino print that I made, scanned and then edited in Photoshop. Think this could look good with a bit more work. Think I'll be using this for a uni project where I have to make a graphic with several techniques. Just gotta get a song lyric and something from a digital photograph I have taken and I'm gone. I think...

I'll have to read the brief again.

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Response to Decky's Warped Mind May. 13th, 2014 @ 07:50 AM Reply

A new poster. Anybody still looking through this thread?

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Response to Decky's Warped Mind May. 13th, 2014 @ 10:10 AM Reply

At 5/13/14 07:50 AM, Decky wrote: A new poster. Anybody still looking through this thread?

Better version.

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