Basic Texture 1


Today’s post is lazy on my part. It is perhaps the easiest effect to create using Photoshop. By applying a grain filter to a neural gray and adjusting the hue suddenly you get sand. Other variations of this technique will give other grainy effects which come in handy in a myriad of  ways depending on your design need. Today I am thinking about the beach.

basic texture 1 sand

Enjoy.
Sean

Basic Shape Forms 20


It’s the last official basic shape forms post. Again, I chose to use circles radiating outward. One originates in the upper left corner and the other in the lower right corner of the document. As I started working on the color scheme I chose to keep the variety of colors minimal, as apposed to yesterday’s wavy gravy.

basic shape forms 20

Being close to our nation’s capital, it is hard to ignore the politics with all it’s battles and scandals. As I began to include color in this design I imagined the two political parties influencing the canvas of our nation. In the upper left corner we have the Democrat party. Since the Democrat party is the one in power it is given the upper corner. It is also no accident that it is also given the left, upper corner. The Republicans, currently the party out of power, get the lower corner and, of course, it is the corner on the right side of the document. The radiating circle represent the on going influences of these political powers over time. Hopefully we see them balancing out over time to make our country a better, stronger nation. I will stop there and save you my opinion as I’m sure you all have enough of your own.

God bless the United States of America and I will see you all tomorrow.
Sean

Basic Shape Forms 19


Today is the second to last post for basic shape forms. Not sure why I got off of my illustration kick, but there will be more of those in future posts I’m sure. Today’s design demonstrates visually what I shared with you previous when I wrote my thoughts on each of the basic shape forms.

basic shape forms 19

Here I see the circle and the triangle as the dominant shapes. The circle visually represents motion as the many rings radiate outward. They also exhibit a certain pattern as they radiate. Each band spreads further from it’s predecessor and the color pattern changes more or less consistently with the natural color spectrum. The circles represent a beautiful routine, on going, throughout the composition. The triangles indicate a non-uniform change, unorganized and chaotic. Like shards of broken glass they fracture the entire composition. The shifting that takes place in the color banding because of their presence helps to define this effect even more clearly. What you may or may not see are the squares. There are 4 of them, 5 if you count the actual boundary of the document. They represent the underlying structure of the composition, dividing it subtly into 4 stable quadrants. Whether it be the 4 quadrants or the actual boundary of the document, the square shape appears to contain the chaos, preventing it from escaping.

That’s it for today. See you all tomorrow.
Sean

MacQuber!


Today’s design is a spoof image in honor of the new MacGruber movie in theaters today! I honestly can’t say I am a huge fan of MacGruber and I probably won’t see the movie until it comes out on DVD/BluRay/On demand. But I think the original Saturday Night Live bits are pretty funny. Mostly I like the intro scenes of the explosions with MacGruber standing in front of them.

MacQuber!

MacGruber is a spoof of the hit TV show MacGyver. I have always enjoyed spoofs so today I am posting my cat, Q, in front of a MacGruberesque explosion and overlaying the logotype to spell MacQuber (I actually do call him MacQuber sometimes). It is a spoof of a spoof!

Here is a side note on the logotype since, after all, this is a design blog. In the Saturday Night Live skits the logo type is set with a font called Copperplate and modified a bit. They have modified the logotype a bit for the motion picture using a font that looks to me like Banker Gothic. I chose to use Copperplate for the MacQuber logotype since I am partial to Saturday Night Live’s skits.

See you all tomorrow.
Sean

Basic Shape Forms 18


Today’s design is a simple illustration of a bee using mostly ovals. Nothing too exciting to say other than I think its pretty good. Enjoy.

basic shape forms 18

I urge everyone to check back tomorrow for a special post in honor of the new MacGruber movie. I will give you all a hint – my cat, named Q, is sometimes called “MacQuber”.

See you all tomorrow.
Sean

Basic Shape Forms 17


Today’s design is a simple illustration of an owl. I have been noticing a lot of owls around lately which inspired me to create this one. No, not real, live owls. I’ve been seeing them drawn in some other illustrations and in clip art. I was also at a garden center last week and saw some owl sculptures created from round stones. I didn’t have my camera with me at the time or I would have taken a photo. They were kind of neat. Anyway that’s my owl story. I may be inclined to create some more detailed owl illustrations in the future.

basic shape forms 17

If you haven’t read my supplimental post from yesterday about submitting ideas for the next project please read the details here. I am looking forward to your ideas. Thanks.

See you all tomorrow.
Sean

Basic Shape Forms 16


Today’s design is a simple illustration of a light bulb, but I used basic shape forms to create it. This is were I’m headed with the Basic shape forms, using them to create simple illustrations of common objects.

basic shape forms 16

The bulb is created using a circle, the filament is a triangle with repeated circles to represent the coil. The base is created with a square with overlaid ovals to create the basic effect of the screw threads. Very simple stuff but with the proper placement of all the components and the right colors, it’s a pretty effective image.

If you haven’t read the previous post about submitting ideas for the next project please read the details here. Thanks.

See you all tomorrow.
Sean