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Image of the Month – March 2014

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Just in time for the end of the month! It has been quite a hectic month for me, both professionally and personally. Luckily, I had this up my sleeve.

It’s a drawing of my son, Aiden, who turned 1 this month. I drew this out in a Adobe Ideas on my iPhone with just a few finishing touches on my desktop using Adobe Illustrator. I feel this is my best drawing yet using Adobe Ideas. It’s quite a different experience drawing on such a small device. Maybe one day I will be able to justify a tablet and see how much different/better the experience is.

Enjoy.

 

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Wallpapers, Part Four

As I have been doing this past month, here is another wallpaper made with the program Frax. I’ve reviewed it before. You can read about it by clicking here. Each wallpaper will come in a variety of sizes. Hopefully you will find a size close to your monitor settings. At the end of the month, I’ll be putting the whole thing up as a ZIP archive.

And now some legalese regarding the usage. Basically, you may use these in your own work as long as it isn’t sold or distributed as part of a commercial work. Please check out the link if you need a more detailed explanation:


Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.


And now that we have that out of the way, here we go:

Frax_003_1024x768


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The previous wallpapers can be found by clicking here, here, or here.

Wallpapers, Part Three

As I have been doing this past month, here is another wallpaper made with the program Frax. I’ve reviewed it before. You can read about it by clicking here. Each wallpaper will come in a variety of sizes. Hopefully you will find a size close to your monitor settings. At the end of the month, I’ll be putting the whole thing up as a ZIP archive.

And now some legalese regarding the usage. Basically, you may use these in your own work as long as it isn’t sold or distributed as part of a commercial work. Please check out the link if you need a more detailed explanation:


Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.


And now that we have that out of the way, here we go:

Frax_003_1024x768


1024×768

1280×800

1280×1024

1440×900

1680×1050

1920×1200

2560×1440

2880×1800

iPad

iPhone


The previous wallpapers can be found by clicking here, or here.

Anatomy of a Designer – The Portfolio, Part Three

Image scanned from some really old reference material I inherited from my grandfather. Source unknown. Circa the 1930s or 40s.

Image scanned from some really old reference material I inherited from my grandfather. Source unknown. Circa the 1930s or 40s.


This is the final part of a three part series. Part one can be read here, part two here.

Mid Career Portfolios

So you’ve been a designer for a while. Maybe found a good gig at an agency or studio. Or you’ve managed a good run as a freelancer (maybe both?). And you’ve maybe gotten a little complacent. That old portfolio of yours has gathered quite a bit of dust and you haven’t updated in years.

Mistake.

Graphic Design is a fun, wacky career where you’ll always be learning new things and can keep oneself pretty busy most of the time. But, it can also be a very volatile one. One day you have all the work in the world, the next day… a very long, dry spell. Or that really great job at the agency? Suddenly there’s a management change and your dream job has turned into a nightmare. There’s a pretty good chance that as a designer you’ll be a bit of a gypsy, moving from agency to agency over the years. I count myself very lucky that I’ve managed some very long term employment at several companies, but you should never kid yourself into thinking that agency life brings job security. It’s nice to be able to hit the ground running should the need arise.

And I’ve noticed that once you let your portfolio slide (and I speak from personal experience) it can be hard to get the gears rolling again and dust off that old porfolio. Even when the writing is firmly written on the wall.

So what to do?

Try to set aside some time every 6 months to a year and evaluate your work to date and see if there’s anything to be added or taken away from your portfolio. This will make it less of a task to update, since realistically speaking, not EVERYTHING you do will be portfolio worthy. That business card you typeset last minute at 4:30 PM ON A FRIDAY to help your Account Executive impress a prospective client? Probably not portfolio worthy. And sadly, there will be a lot of that.

Be careful though. If you do have an online portfolio, and you are working for an agency or some other company as an in house designer, you may not be able to post every project you work on for the whole world to see. At least not right away. That’s just another good reason to have an old fashioned hard copy portfolio you can lug around. You can have an up to date portfolio and not accidentally let the cat out of the bag on a top secret project or violate your company’s copyright policies on posting stuff to the internet.

By taking small little bits of time here and there, you can keep your portfolio up to date and have the added bonus of reviewing your work every now and then to see how you are progressing. And it won’t seem too impossible to update should you need to start hitting the pavement.

Life Drawing 2011 – Early 2014 (Slightly NSFW)

In a previous post from a while ago, I mentioned that I had been taking a life drawing class at the Winnipeg Art Gallery for quite some time. I also posted some samples.

A few years have past. I’m still attending a life drawing studio (though not as often as before) and this time it is at the Cre8ery Gallery in the Exchange District of Winnipeg. It’s basically the exact same set up as the Winnipeg Art Gallery except they start off with much shorter gesture drawings at the beginning and they have long 3 hour poses on Thursdays (that I have yet to attend).

The drawings I have here are a mix of the two different studios with the balance being from the Winnipeg Art Gallery. These range from 1 minute gesture drawings to 30 minute poses.

For those interested, these are mostly conté crayon or charcoal pencil drawings on newsprint.

Enjoy.


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Wallpapers, Part Two

As mentioned in my last post, I’l be posting some wallpapers made with the program Frax. I’ve reviewed it before. You can read about it by clicking here. Each wallpaper will come in a variety of sizes. Hopefully you will find a size close to your monitor settings. At the end of the month, I’ll be putting the whole thing up as a ZIP archive.

And now some legalese regarding the usage. Basically, you may use these in your own work as long as it isn’t sold or distributed as part of a commercial work. Please check out the link if you need a more detailed explanation:


Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.


And now that we have that out of the way, here we go:

Frax_002_1024x768


1024×768

1280×800

1280×1024

1440×900

1680×1050

1920×1200

2560×1440

2880×1800

iPad

iPhone


The previous wallpaper can be found by clicking here.

Wallpapers, Part One

Throughout the month of March, I’l be posting some wallpapers made with the program Frax. I’ve reviewed it before. You can read about it by clicking here. Each wallpaper will come in a variety of sizes. Hopefully you will find a size close to your monitor settings. At the end of the month, I’ll be putting the whole thing up as a ZIP archive.

And now some legalese regarding the usage. Basically, you may use these in your own work as long as it isn’t sold or distributed as part of a commercial work. Please check out the link if you need a more detailed explanation:


Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.


And now that we have that out of the way, here we go:

Frax_001_1024x768


1024×768

1280×800

1280×1024

1440×900

1680×1050

1920×1200

2560×1440

2880×1800

iPad

iPhone


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