Archive - 2017

A is for Adobe Illustrator

Illustrations are super fun to create and Adobe Illustrator is an amazing tool for creating them.

There are so many different ways to create illustrations but a couple of my favourite techniques are tracing an image using a pen tablet (such as a Wacom Intuos) and/or using the Pathfinder Tool. The illustration below was created as my final project for learning Adobe Illustrator and uses both of these tools and techniques.

Illustrated House

Tracing is pretty self explanatory. You put the image you wish to trace on one layer (and fade it out so it isn’t quite as visible) and then you trace! An important thing to remember when tracing is to play around with the fidelity. This means how smooth your pen strokes appear. Whether they are accurate to your movements or are smoothed out between points.

The Pathfinder Tool is much more complicated then tracing but can create some very precise and amazing illustrations. Using basic shapes (Circles, squares, etc.), you can create just about anything. Say you want to create an illustration of a quarter phase moon, you would take two circles and overlap them with the top one moved slightly to the left or right and then use the Minus Front Tool on the Pathfinder panel and the top shape would cut out of the bottom shape and disappear. Boom! You have a quarter phased moon!

There are so many more techniques and tools to use in Adobe Illustrator, so play around and find some tutorials!

And have fun! (Which is not hard to do with this amazing software.)

School, Hawaii, and the A to Z Challenge

I’ve finished school!

Fifty-two straight weeks of learning about graphic design and now I’ve graduated. I even graduated with presidential honours!

For completing school, my mom took me on an 11 day trip to Hawaii. Maui was absolutely amazing! We drove the road to Hana, went in a lava tube, hung out on a beach with black sand, went to a luau, snorkelled in a crater, watched the surfers, saw lots of turtles, went to the ocean centre, and more!

  • Waterfall
  • Laua Sunset
  • Turtles!
  • Tiger Shark

We got home yesterday after a red-eye flight which I did NOT sleep a wink on and I forced myself to stay up so I would sleep at night. Now that I am rested, I decided that I would participate in the A to Z Challenge again this year! I didn’t participate last year because I was in school, but I did the year before and I loved it.

A to Z Challenge

This year I am going to have a very relevant topic to my life… Graphic Design!

So get prepared for regular posts because starting Saturday I will be posting every day but Sundays for the whole month of April!

The Decline of Worth

Nothing has worth anymore. Or at least, most things have very little worth.

It used to be that a consumer must choose 2 out of 3 when it comes to services: quality, speed and cost. If one wanted quality and speed then the service or product would be more costly. If one wanted a cheap price tag and they needed it quick, then the quality would suffer. You get the idea. So many people now expect the whole package. They don’t just want a quality product made in little time for cheap — they expect it. And if they don’t get it, they are being “ripped off.”

And it’s bringing our downfall.

If one expects the services or products they get to be cheap, or even free, then when they turn around to offer a service or a product, you can bet that their customers/clients are going to want it for cheap or free as well!

The more we as a society devalue the time, effort, and expertise of other people, the more individuals will not only feel like they are worthless, but they will not have what they need to survive.

And yes, I know very well the argument that people don’t have the money to spend on these services and products. I live there. I can’t afford much beyond the basics. Pay my mortgage. Pay my bills. Buy food on sale. Wear the same clothing until they fall apart. I know. Believe me. But if you truly cannot afford to pay the price, then don’t get it. Or search out a cheaper option. Don’t just complain that you’re being ripped off. You’re not being ripped off. You just can’t afford it.

Continually devaluing someone else’s time and effort and WORK just means that your time and effort and WORK will be devalued. So in the end, who’s truly being ripped off?

All of us.

 

 

Sorry for the rant.

This topic has been causing me a lot of anxiety lately, and I’ve watched people I care for suffer for the same reason. I think it has become an epidemic for large companies to offer everything super cheap because that’s what people want. It just means that all the little guys get screwed over and, as a result, so does everyone. If things are priced lower than the cost to produce, then how will any of us get ahead?

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