Although I've made great progress these past six months with starting my blog. I see big things coming in the next year with where my designing, my education, and my blog will take me. I've always been one to make resolutions, so here are my 5 designing resolutions for the year.
- Get more than 10,000 views
- Use Pacifo less
- Not miss a calendar (because October definitely happened)
- Properly organize my design files... I'll go nuts if I loose one more link
- Properly name my PSD Layers
Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013
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Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013
Our second issue of the newspaper is out! I didn't do much for this issue because I was so backlogged with yearbook and literary magazine deadlines that I didn't get to write a story. I really angles and styles used in this issue.
We had a two days of icepocalyps so we were out of school Friday and Monday before we sent off the paper meaning we were kinda rushing to finish and edit pages but I don't think we could have done any better with all the time in the world.
One of my really good friends is our staff artist and she did a huge load of art this issue. She's so talented and the nicest person you'd ever meet. Tell me that isn't some incredible work in there!
In other news we held the first day of Auditions for Martin Idol, a huge singing competition/fundraiser literary magazine does to afford the book. I can't wait to share pictures and let you know how it goes!
- Images: The banners and the Dragon things are preinstalled symbols in Illustrator, the Snowflakes I found a free vector file online with tons of different ones to choose from (but only after attempting to make my own for an hour or so) The trees I made myself with three triangles and a rectangle, I just used path finder to merge the four into one shape.
- Organization: I started from the bottom and worked my way up. First was the snowflakes, after finding my image, I used the align panel to make sure everything was straight. Next I made the hexagons just with the polygon tool. The biggest thing I did as far as organization was create layers on my Illustrator document. I was able to create the background, then lock it in place so I wouldn't accidentally move something later on.
- Changing the color of the symbols was kind of a challenge. I'm too stubborn to actually look something up, so I kept playing around with the selection tool to try and get these things the color I actually wanted. I ended up just clicking individual parts around ten times then changing the color like I would any other text. On the bottom white ribbon I couldn't figure out how to change the color of the gray background, so I literally just drew a triangle and covered up the parts I couldn't fix.
Posted on Sunday, December 8, 2013
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Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013
Things at school have been dandy, we released the first issue of our school's newspaper and we're really proud of it. It was quite large at 28 pages and had lots of color. I did an opinion story about ID policy and made nearly half of the ads (Be sure to glance at the Competitive Camera one and the Regency Counseling because I'm quite proud of those). My other publications are chugging along quite nicely. On another note I've been promoted to an editor in Yearbook so I'm now and editor in every publication at Martin (and it's a handful).
November's calendar features my very own photography! My photo one class has been going really well, and I'm in love with processing film in the dark room. The image used on the calendar is for my most recent project where I'm suppose to capture line, shape, texture, and form with abstract photography. If you can't tell this is an old sewing machine desk I shot.
November also has some wonderful days within it (and I'm not talking about black friday) once again I will give my feable attempt at NaNoWriMo. Which has not gone well in years past, but I'm slightly hopeful for this year. NaNoWriMo is a writing compition of sorts to see if you can write a 50,000 word story in a month. My best year has been 17K.
I'm quite excited to see what November has in store, from a trip to Boston for a National Journalism Conference to working Black Friday for the very first time, I think it'll be a good one.
Posted on Sunday, September 29, 2013
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Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013
Autumn is officially here! Things have been insane with school right now but I've learned so many design tricks from my publications that I can't wait to share.
One thing I learned below is that there are "popular" colors and you can just google something like "color of the year" or season or whatever and get amazing colors. Before I'd use a site called Kuler from adobe, on it you could create pallets from a color wheel or browse other peoples pallets. I like the finding popular colors because I know they'll be accepted well if that makes sense. Quite often in the past I'd choose a set of colors and do my whole project only to put it on my site and not like it. Anyway the color of the year is jade so I thought it fitting to do the autumn poster.
Here's another tip that may seem very obvious. Spell Check. I had made a poster that I was particularry proud of and made it the background of my computer at school. Two weeks after someone finally told me about a misspelled word. The poster is down and I have a new wallpaper to say the least.
Anyway, I'd like to apologize for my absence the past month. Somehow between work and school and publications I forget to do the things I love most, designing.
Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013
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This month's calendar is back to school themed! Be sure to check it out in my printables tab or click the picture above!
Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013
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Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013
Hello everyone! July flew by and it's already August (I realized I had never designed with pink before so I gave it a try for this month's banner...might have gone a little over board).
In July I moved away from typography quotes a little and more toward Illustrator and Photoshop projects. If you'd like to see more typography please let me know in a comment below, otherwise it's full force toward illustrator projects!
August is a huge milestone, not because of any major holidays, but because it marks BACK TO SCHOOL! It seems way too early still but I'm excited to start senior year. Things are going to get pretty crazy around here but I'll do my best to keep up.
In other news I've gotten a job at Bath & Body works in my local mall. I'm really excited to get back to work after only blogging all this time but again time will be a challenge.
One final thing! Be sure to check out the new free printable calendar under my "Printables" tab up top. I really like how the August one turned out and wanna make sure you get to use it.
Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Here's a close up of the work I did. I used a lot of dodge and burn on her headband and shirt to bring out the white as well as on a few features of her face to make her eyes pop.I played around a lot with layer masks to make all the work I did stand alone instead of on many layers. I like how it turned out.
Posted on Monday, July 29, 2013
Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013
- The planner is made for 8.5x11 inch paper and is in full color
- you can print it off at home or have it professionally bound at a print shop
- the planner includes 13 calendar pages, 52 weeks of planner pages, and plenty of room for projects, birthdays, assignments, and more.
- The entire thing is 144 pages long (including a cover and a back)