Creation #282. Bonsai 26.


Much better time ion the computer this evening. Turned out to be some corrupted elements in the file I was working on yesterday. Here is another bonsai tree. This style is called raft, or ikadabuki. The style reflects a tree that has fallen but survived by reestablishing its root system and issuing branches upward like several individual trees.

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Creation #280. Bonsai 25.


It’s been a busy weekend for me. Yet I have still not completed all the tasks I had planned to finish. Here is a possible bonsai style image created for Bonsai Empire. I have four more to create for their website. This image represents a Broom, or Hokidachi Style bonsai. This is a redo of one I created over the summer which didn’t turn out quite the way I had wanted.

I did manage to finished two projects over the weekend, a redesign of The Potomac Bonsai Association’s website should be launched in the next day or two. I also completed a book cover design this afternoon. Progress.

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Creation #275. Bonsai 24. Congratulations to Bonsai Empire!


When I started this blog over 2 years ago my intention was to improve myself as a creative professional. I also hoped to connect with other graphic designers in the process. I believe that I have become a better, more educated and practiced designer for my efforts here, but I have not really connected with other designers as I had hoped.

Despite my lack of creative connections I have not been disappointed. This blog has a very small following in the blogosphere and on Facebook that from time to time has given me some recognition and allowed me to form some great friendships.

Tonight I would like to recognize one of those friendships. The website Bonsai Empire founded by Oscar Jonker and Youri Van Pinxteren recently exceeded 10,000 Facebook fans which is quite an accomplishment. I would like to congratulate them on all of their hard work promoting bonsai education to the international community. They have certainly been a great resource and inspiration to me as I have committed to improving my knowledge and skill. I am also honored for the small part I have been allowed to play in their mission.

Once again, congratulations guys on exceeding 10,000 fans! You are doing a great job and I’m happy to be at your service.

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Creation #212. Bonsai Wisdom 15.


Today I present to you yet another identity concept for Bonsai Wisdom. I will continue to refine my ideas for Bonsai Wisdom’s identity and style in the coming days and weeks but I fear I may be boring my audience here by posting every little variation.

I will admit, as I have done previously, I am prone to being lazy with the posts. Circadian Creative 2012 was probably not the best plan for me this year as it has interfered with several other personal projects. Projects I hope will yield me more paid work in the long run and this is my excuse to you for getting lazy with the posts.

But enough about that. I am as committed to Circadian Creative 2012 as any other project and I am not giving up! I am also committed to you who follow and have felt a bit guilty for just throwing something up some days. So, with that being said I thought of a neat idea for an August theme today as I was researching Japanese culture and concepts.

I have been doing some light research for the Bonsai Wisdom project. Without getting into much detail my research has pointed me toward a few eastern and Japanese concepts, one being wabi-sabi. Wabi-sabi is easily translated, unfortunately from what I’ve read the translation or definition does not actually capture the essence of what wabi-sabi is. Over the next several days I will tell you a little bit about my knowledge of wabi-sabi and accompany the commentary with a photo taken by me from that day. The photo will depict wabi-sabi.

Tune in tomorrow for wabi-sabi 01! Until then I leave you with tonight’s Bonsai Wisdom design.

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