This was my 8th birthday as I remember it…
Just got back from this years Canvas for a Cause event at ReelFX. Lots of great entries this year. Lots of variety!
Here’s what I submitted:
While visiting my Aunt over Thanksgiving, she kindly asked if I could design a graphic for a charity fund raiser she was involved with. Being my favorite aunt (determined by proximity at the time, I love all you others too ;) I said of course!
This is how it came out:
They both came out better than I could imagine. The designers at the T-shirt shop did a FANTASTIC job of adapting the design to show up well on the shirts.
While surfing the internets, I stumbled upon this:
Immediately thinking to myself, “FINALLY! The technology has arrived for me to become Gizmoduck!”
I only had one problem to work out, and I think I’ve got a reasonable solution ;)
Found a nifty new animation app for my android tablet, Rough Animator. Did a couple rough animations to test it out:
Thought it would be a fun first test, having him hold up blank cards, then finished by filling in my opinion of the app.
This next one is now my goto reaction gif for work emails :)
I’ve been doing these How I See Things posts to breakdown the elements of composition I find when exploring with photography. I find it fascinating how these elements lead your eye around an image, and I intentionally try to use them to my advantage when painting a picture. It’s like mind control!
I put a fair bit of thought into this painting I did for my brother a while back:
I want your eye to start at the face, so I made sure to make it the greatest point of contrast. Both in terms of value and saturation. Starting there, you’ll visually go for the ride down the path. Which I originally had receding to the horizon, but realized I could pull it right back into the face. Soon as I did that, I noticed my eyes repeatedly went around this happy little ride of doom, and was super pleased with how visually exciting it was to look at.
Two other things I’d point out, is that I attempt to enhance the visual impact of the hill by angling all the dominant straight lines toward it, and made an effort to place the two key points of interest on the 3rds grid to keep it reasonably balanced.
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