Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Dragon Scribbles

I LOVE dragons.

They are probably my favorite animal, both fantasy animal and real animal (yes I know they aren't real, what I mean by that is that I love animals that are referred to as dragons, ie: olms, komodo dragons, chinese water dragons, sea dragons...etc)

With as much as I love them, I really haven't drawn many dragons at all.  I can probably count on one hand the number of dragon pictures I have done in my entire life.  I tend to avoid them because I like them so much.  They are so complex and I am a very simple artist, simplifying this creature would just ruin it in my opinion.  And I really do admire the artists that can successfully simplify the dragon figure and make it look amazing. :)   My favorite style of drawing is scribbling, it's just so much fun.  So, I decided to scribble out this dragon head and neck.  I am pretty pleased with it.  I added the yellow color because I plan on printing it out and putting it on my wall in my yellow, black and white themed room.

And of course, what good is design of mine if it's not slapped on an article of clothing?
In my opinion, I see this on a white tank top with a black or grey open zip up hoodie over it.  Couldn't find a stock photo of a black or grey hoodie over a plain white tank or else I would have used that.  This will have to do for now as an example.

I would totally wear this. :)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

rLOVEution 2012

Here are a few stickers I have designed for the 2012 election.

As you can see I'm a Ron Paul supporter.  Don't like it?  Go read the Constitution again.

Anyway, I plan on potentially redoing these, tweaking the colors a bit so they are a little more visually appealing, etc..  I also plan to design shirts centered around this design... maybe a hoodie as well.

I have so much fun making these things.
I would love to be able to actually manifest these things that I design and sell them... or hell even just GIVE them away!  That would be the ultimate awesome for me.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Chem-trails Shirts and Truth Poster

The other day I was talking with my sister about my recent interest in designing t-shirts, especially those promoting InfoWars...
One of the things she finds the most interesting on the site is the information on Chem-trails... No, not Con-trails... Chem-trails.  She asked me if I could design a shirt on the topic.. I said of course!
Here are my two designs so far.. This first one I am not the happiest with.. it gets the point across and is pretty bold, but there's just something about it.. I had a really hard time finding the right placement of the image and the words..

This second one, I enjoy a lot more, and actually the more I look at it, the more I want to flip it around and make the front the back and have just infowars.com on the front of the shirt centered, but lowered down a bit so it's on the chest area...
they aren't the best designs in the world, but I had a lot of fun with them, and that's really all that matters.
I plan on making a few more, possibly one where there are multiple planes flying in the actual grid formation with the trails making a pattern.. It's something to play around with.

Another project I had quickly put out was this poster I just designed a few days ago. I had wanted to make another 9-11 Truth tshirt design, but decided that the layout would make it difficult to place on a shirt so I made it into a poster.  In the future, I will play around with this concept and see if I can come up with something a bit more versatile that can be depicted on a shirt or a bumper sticker or something.. We shall see..
Here's the poster.  Again, not the best design in the world, but yet again I had fun making it. :)

If you are interested in more information about 9-11 Truth or Chem-trails visit Infowars.com.

<3 Sara

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

9-11 Truth Shirts

You may or may not be aware that I am a 9-11 truth advocate.
To get more information on this topic feel free to Google the subject, there are tons of informative sites out there. My personal favorite is http://www.infowars.com

I have designed a few 9-11 truth t-shirts.
here is what I have so far, enjoy:

my personal favorite
The top row I made first with large logos taking up the entire front of the shirt..
Then I figured it might be too big, so I shrunk down the logos and moved them to the bottom left corner for a more artistic look.
The bottom most shirt is one that I tweaked just a little more and I actually really like a lot.
I chose to put infowars.com on the back of the shirts only because they are my favorite website for this information.  Obviously the website can be changed if need be.
The blank t-shirt pic was downloaded from psdgraphics.com


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Hand Struggle

Hands have always been the hardest body part for me to draw in a realistic way.
Recently I created a digital painting of a girl and a dragon and completely butchered the girl's hand.  After a thorough critique from a fellow artist, I got back on the painting and redrew the entire hand.. It still isn't perfect, the proportions are still completely off, however I am happier with it than I was before.  I may continue to tweak it in the future, as I can still see there is a problem I just can't seem to connect what's in my brain with the tablet and the image on the screen. :(
Anyway, here are both versions for comparison:



If anymore improvements are made in the future, I will be sure to share.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bamboo Fun - Wedding Painting

I just got my very first Wacom tablet! :D Super excited about it.
I wanted to share in this post my first ever digital painting done using the Wacom Bamboo Fun in Photoshop CS4.
It is a work in progress, and I have no idea when I will find the time to finish it. I outlined a picture of one of my wedding portraits and built the coloring up layer by layer using the picture as a reference.  It is merely a practice piece but I am a little proud of it non the less considering I have never done anything like this completely from start to finish on the computer. :)
Please full view to get the full effect.

Friday, April 15, 2011

My Tattoos

I thought I would compose a post entirely about my tattoos, which by the way I designed. :)
I currently have three, the latest one being one I just had done about two hours ago.  I thought up and drew out all three of them myself and with little to no modification on the tattoo artists' part, had them permanently etched into my skin.

The first one I designed when I was 17 and made it official for my 18th birthday present from my mom. 
At the time I had little to no reason to actual have a fetus tattooed on my hip other than the "cool" and "different" factor, the tattoo artist admitted that it was his first time doing a tattoo of that subject matter, and I have received many compliments since.. Unfortunately, the more I grow to love my fetus, the less it looks like a fetus and more of a blob of colors.. I guess that's what you get when you let the artist tattoo the outline purple instead of black. :(

The next  on I got a year later when my best friend at the time wanted to get a tattoo of a moon and a star on her wrist but was a little scared to go alone..
So me being a good friend, designed her tattoo then designed a "matching" sun tattoo for myself that way we could go through the pain together. Hers went on her left wrist and mine on my right.  Well, we aren't close friends anymore, in fact it's been about a year since we even spoke to each other, but life goes on.  This tat gave me a bit of trouble.. the center of the sun was supposed to be inked yellow, however about a day after I got it it began turning orange-ish pink.. then once the rest of the tattoo scabbed over and healed, the middle formed a huge hard as a rock ugly scab and eventually fell of leaving behind no ink at all, only a gaping hole in my arm.. It sucked. When it finally did heal I opted not to get it fixed  because the gradation of the orange to my flesh color actually looks better than the yellow did.

And finally my latest tat. The Jesus fish with the Bible verse Colossians 3:17 inside of it, "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."  I thought it was fitting. It's also a good size tattoo, taking up about 1/3rd of the length of my left arm.  I designed this honestly only about 3 weeks ago. This is also the only one so far that the tattoo artist didn't modify AT ALL. He literally ran my drawing through the machine and printed out to stencil on my arm as it was, which I thought was pretty impressive. There isn't really a fun story to go along with this one yet, but we haven't started the healing process yet either.. I'm sure I'll have something go wrong as I did in the past.

As for the future, I honestly have to say that there will be more.. Not sure when or what yet, but I have a few places picked out on my body (ankles, back of neck, ect), that have yet to be filled. :)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Partial Wrap Design

Here is yet another advertisement for my family's cleaning business.
The graphics will be put on my mom's car (which is a PT Cruiser like the one in the picture), and I may end up putting a small decal on my car's rear window of the logo in hot pink to also advertise.

(the bad quality happened when I converted it to a jpeg. The pdf looks much better.)

I took a few photos of a PT Cruiser, drew up the designs in Adobe Illustrator, then simply positioned them on the car photos where the decals will be put on the actual car. It was actually pretty fun doing this.

The next step is to have an old buddy of mine who wraps cars do his thing. We are so excited to get the ball rolling with this business, and I am thrilled to have more designs for my portfolio.

I will be making business cars featuring a layout similar to this and in similar colors and will make sure to post the finished design on here.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

First Uniform Design

I have designed a logo and t-shirt layout for the uniforms for my family's cleaning business.
This was my first attempt ever doing an iron on transfer... The next shirt will turn out much better now that I have had practice.
The step by step process is shown below.

Logo Designs

T-Shirt Designs

Iron On (WIP)

The front didn't turn out very good.. I didn't cut the paper close enough to the design, so there is a glossy ring around the whole thing.. Also when I pealed it it off some of the gloss came off on the left corner, so it looks very rough.
At least I will know what not to do on future shirts.

The over all layout is OK at best.  It came out a little tilted to the right, which will easily be fixed by positioning the shirt differently when Ironing. The size of the logo on the shirt could maybe be a little larger.. but it's not too bad.

The back came out pretty flawless.  It gave me a scare when pealing it off only because it was so large.  The iron didn't heat the entire image so some of the picture was getting left off of the shirt.  Easy fix, just had to re-iron the whole thing.

As far as the layout on the shirt goes.. I am not too happy with it.. It's in the correct spot, however it is very small.  Way smaller than I would have liked it to have been.  If you look back at my designs, the image was supposed to go from shoulder to shoulder and take up a good amount of the shirt. That unfortunately can't be fixed with the paper I am using. 8.5 x 11 is what I have to work with right now, and I refuse to waste it.

Feed back is welcome! :)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Art School Taught Me Nothing

I think I have figured out how I will organize this blog.  I am going to start off by posting a few of my older pieces of artwork through out the next week or so, and eventually I will be caught up and would like to start creating something at least once a week and post it here. There really is no rhyme or reason to my organization of my works of art, so this is a start for me.

With that said, I thought it would be fitting to start with my earliest graphic design work.  I attended the Art Institute of Austin from 2008 to 2010 and I can honestly say I learned nothing about graphic design while I was there.  In all fairness I was going for a BFA with a focus on Animation.. Didn't work out.  Not my thing.  Where I did discover my interest in Graphic Design was when I took a Basic Graphic Design class at Austin Community College last summer.  Which is where I completed my first ever actual works of graphic design art.
I would like to share with you the 3 assignments.
The first 2 are basically the same concept, take a word and demonstrate it in simplistic graphic form (1)Jaws (2)Fish... The third one was to demonstrate a graphic design term using only 4 black squares (this one can double as "Bold" or "Congested")...

I have to admit, this class was where I developed my affinity for black and white designs, as all the assignments had to be completed in black and white. They may not seem like much now, however these three designs really helped me realize that I can do this. It's not really hard, it just takes effort and time.  Probably one of the most effective classes I have every taken.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

First Step

The sole purpose of this blog is to post any and all graphic design, photography, and jewelry related topics.   These three things are my passions.
I also have a personal blog "One Blue Topaz", where I write about all the random happenings in my every day life.   Making this blog is my first step in separating my personal life from my creative life.
I will continue to update my personal life blog with little creative snippets, since it's impossible to separate the two completely, but the majority of my artistic efforts will be displayed here.
And with that, I welcome you to the creative part of my brain.
Enjoy your stay.