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.