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COMMUNITY! COMMUNITY!!

Two images I did recently for Alex Lee and Shift to represent community.

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Flat design is so fun! This is part of Nick’s ( bulletproofjockstrap ) redesign for his personal website.

Flat design is so fun! This is part of Nick’s ( bulletproofjockstrap ) redesign for his personal website.

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Practicing flat design. It’s a TON of fun!! Takes way longer than I expected it to, but maybe that just comes with practice. 

1. Pastel Buildings - Did this after seeing a bunch of flat design on Dribbble, but got especially inspired by this fanart for WTNV by dialmformichele. Palette from this pixel art by theflowersofred.

2. The Shift House - This is a WIP of a flat rendition of the SHIFT house! Super excited to add on some more small details of the house and put it on some merch.

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Our Family Is Celine Dion's #1 Fan

  • Me: One time I said Celine Dion was pretty to mommy and she was like "... really?"
  • Maymay: WHAT, MOMMY DOESN'T THINK CELINE DION IS PRETTY???
  • Me: We have a traitor in our own household.
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Made some sticker designs at work yesterday. Gonna color these in when I get back to Michigan and put some on my laptop I think. Maybe sell some in the Duderstadt connector - that’s where all the anime nerds are (and heh, does it take one to know one or what).

Made some sticker designs at work yesterday. Gonna color these in when I get back to Michigan and put some on my laptop I think. Maybe sell some in the Duderstadt connector - that’s where all the anime nerds are (and heh, does it take one to know one or what).

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Tuesday Morning - Horror Dream

Had this dream the other night. Hated every second of it.

It’s night time in our basement. Maymay and I are sleeping on the couches. We wake up to some strange noises coming from the back storage closet. 
Maymay: “Did you hear that? I think something fell.”

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Good Art Takes Time

One of the most important things I’ve learned about drawing, and art in general, is that making it look good takes time. Even the sketchy-looking drawings that look elegant and quick - those are good because of the attention to detail, form, and depth.

When I was in middle school and high school, I knew I could sketch really fast. I could pump out some sort of fully-clothed, posed figure in about 7 minutes, so people were impressed and I was proud of my ability to sketch quickly. As a result of being praised on the speed and not so much the art, I learned to be an impatient artist.

I practiced harder on drawing things quickly (which is important, don’t get me wrong, for animating and thumbnailing) rather than drawing things better. Because of that, I didn’t see any clear improvements in my art for at least a few years. It wasn’t until the past few years that I realized how important planning and structure is to making something Quality. I had never had to take a full-fledged art class until college, so I had never worked on a larger-scale project that required more thought than the first thing that popped into my head.

Anyways, lesson learned: Take time to work on your art. Quality work takes quality time.

And a sub-lesson about drawing, specifically: Draw the things in a scene that have structure first, then the more malleable things. Draw the bottle before you draw the hand holding it. Draw the chair before you draw the person sitting on it.

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lubidul:

I don’t really like greens.
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I GIF’D! Making gifs in Photoshop is the worst.

lubidul:

I don’t really like greens.

[ Still, full-res version ]

I GIF’D! Making gifs in Photoshop is the worst.

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Animated something in Photoshop the other day. Very hard. I’m going to learn a little bit of Flash and do some more of these little things though.