My latest endeavor has been teaching myself to use Illustrator. As a friend put it, “The pen tool is the devil.” I decided not to let that discourage me. I decided that I need to create something, anything, so that I would feel that I am getting somewhere with the program. The colors are weird and icky. It is too plain. But yes… I made something dammit.
In December 2009 I house/ pet sat for my aunt and uncle in Dixon California. I had never been to California.
Besides house privileges I also had the use of their Prius. I was able to travel about quite a bit. San Francisco, Sacramento, Sausalito, Redwood City, Calaveras County.
It was an amazing time that I will never forget. This rambling bit is inspired by the experience.
I’ve come to realize that I have been subscribing to Photoshop User magazine since 2009. I was going through my collection and realized that I still have some of them in the plastic sleeves, never looked at. Why have something if you are not going to use it. In the April/May 2009 issue I found a tutorial titled, “Illustration Effect on Photos”. I decided to play with it. Perhaps I should go through all the magazines and do at least one tutorial in each. The only way you get good at something is to practice. I spend too much time doing my “JOB” and not enough doing the things I really enjoy.
This is my refrigerator. As you can tell I have no children. Iggy looks like a little boy who just discovered that it feels good to touch himself. Someone was nice enough to Photoshop Alexander Skarsgård’s head on someone else’s body. I don’t know who the surfer is. He just has a bad attitude. The magnet on the bottom came from a friend in Europe.
Although I thought of getting a cat for some time, when I got Triton it was kind of a spur of the moment thing. While making space for the new girl I just threw down a sheet of cardboard where her feeding area was. After a time this grew to be a bit gross. I decided she needed a special spot just for her.
The top is the original concept that I worked up in Photoshop. Things evolved as it went. The cat in the bottom right was left out. I found print duct tape at Joann’s. The letters did not come out exactly as I wanted. The whole thing is covered in clear contact paper. It is not as sticky as I would have liked. However, overall I am happy with the end result. Triton? I really don’t think she gives a lick.
I live in a small apartment, but I decided to make room for an easel. Sure it takes up space in my living room and the cat has to walk around it to get to her food, but I always have access to it. This is something I spontaneously started. It is made with acrylic paint, lipstick, and eyeliner. I found some cosmetics I had sitting in a drawer and did the math. They were 11 years old. I think they were **WAY** past using for what they were made for. I will work on in more on the weekend. I’ll post a photo of the finished product.
Brand New Start
I am an enthusiastic student of Photoshop and Web Design. I love a creative challenge and I am always looking to learn new things. This website is about exploring my creativity.