25.4.12

7 Steps Doodling Lion’s Face Out from a Rectangle


I'm having problem with my laptop last night and I have no other choice but to clean it up and reformatting the hard drive. Doing this technically consumes patience. Since I started late at night, I finished by 3 o'clock in the morning. And to avoid  getting stress, I took my drawing pad and pencil and do the doodle. 

What is a doodle?
A doodle is an unfocused drawing made while a person's attention is otherwise occupied. Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be abstract shapes.



Stereotypical examples of doodling are found in school notebooks, often in the margins, drawn by students daydreaming or losing interest during class. Other common examples of doodling are produced during long telephone conversations if a pen and paper are available.

Popular kinds of doodles include cartoon versions of teachers or companions in a school, famous TV or comic characters, invented fictional beings, landscapes, geometric shapes and patterns, textures, banners with legends, and animations made by drawing a scene sequence in various pages of a book or notebook.

Okay, wanna know some steps how to start doing a doodle? Just follow these simple seven steps on doodling a lion's face out from a rectangle. 

Here's my doodle steps done with Photoshop just to make it easier for you to follow.



 1. Draw a rectangle. 


2. Add a triangle at the bottom part inside the rectangle. 

3. Draw a small triangle vertically-flipped pointing the big triangle and connect the two triangle with a line. Then draw a small isosceles trapezoid just above touching our small flipped triangle. 

4. Now add zigzag pattern inside of the big triangle for the teeth. 

5. Let’s add the lion’s eyes, ears and jaw. WOW! Our lion’s face now looks splendid. 

6. Eight whiskers will make our lion’s face great! 

7. Be a child, do the scribble! Create the mane. Do it around, circling our lion’s face. Add some fun on it and don’t stop until you satisfied on what you've done. 

Don’t bother how it ends; the important is… you’re relieved being stress out and you are having FUN!

DONE! ^^

DID YOU KNOW:

The doodle designed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin of 1998 was the first Google Doodle, in honor of the Burning Man Festival. They made it to notify users of their absence in case the servers crashed. And then there was Dennis Hwang who designed the logo for Bastille Day in 2000 and  many other Google Doodles until now. 

By clicking on a Google Doodle, you will directed to a string of Google search  where you can see the results about the topic.

But my most favorite Google Doodle was the Pac-Man interactive logo, shown in May 21, 2010, in commemorating the 30th anniversary of the arcade game Pac-Man. And it was the first interactive logo, created in association with Namco. 

Wanna play Pac-Man? click this link: Google Pac-Man site. You can also visit the Google Archive to see hundreds of doodles Google created.




19.4.12

The Sketchbook that I Kept

I haven't kept any sketchbook before when I was in my elementary years. I used to draw anything I can think of at the back pages my notebooks. And it made my mother angry at me every time she saw it, when she checked my school bag at home. But that's who I am. You can't stop me doing it, most often when I am bored or even when I am excited, or even when I am with somebody on the phone. 


Only one thing can stop me – "Hey! Where's my pencil?"


When I was in high school, I spend much of my money buying art materials and yes! of course – sketchbook. I can't recall how many sketchbook I've used and wasted. Some of it were forgotten and misplaced, sometimes stolen or borrowed and never returned.


I envy others which still now been keeping their sketchbooks. 
I have a friend before who still had her sketchbook since preschool and another one when she had taken a fashion designers course, she used it as her illustration for fashion references. Sometimes, I got to thinking, if I keep my sketchbooks before maybe I have a dozen of it now and a lot of sketches I might shared with you. 


And so I decided to get a sketchbook and a sketchpad now and promise to keep it for life. lol!


Here are few sketches I've done on my new mini-sketchpad.










Terms:


SKETCH

according to Wikipedia

is a rapidly executed freehand drawing that is not usually intended as a finished work. A sketch may serve a number of purposes: it might record something that the artist sees, it might record or develop an idea for later use or it might be used as a quick way of graphically demonstrating an image, idea or principal. Sketching is generally a prescribed part of the studies of art students.


And it is often applied to graphic works done by dry media such as graphite pencil, charcoal or pastel. It may also refers to drawings done in pen and ink, ballpoint pen, water color and oil paint. A sculptor might model 3D sketches in clay or plasticine.


SKETCHBOOK 
is "a book or pad with blank pages for sketching," and is frequently used by artists for drawing or painting as a part of their creative process.


18.4.12

10 Amazing Photoshop Tutorials | My Choice

These are my collections of the most interesting and amazing Photoshop tutorials. In this collection, be inspire with these 10 various tutorials as your references upon doing your own artworks. Enjoy!

Creating an Abstract Watercolor Wallpaper
by: 10 Steps


How to Create a Realistic IES Lighting Effect in Photoshop

How to Create Stunning and Bold 3D Text 
by Six Revisions

Create a Shiny Earth with Photoshop 3D Layers 
by Psdtuts+


How to Create a Vintage Radio Poster in Photoshopby Adobetutorialz


Manipulate Smoke to Create Hyper-Real Images 
by Psdtuts+


Create Vintage Traveler Diary in Photoshop
by Abduzeedo



How to Create a Hellacious Flaming Skull in Photoshop
by Psdtuts+

Create a Stunning Text on Wild Fire Effect 
by 10Steps

How To Create An Abstract Floral Explosion in Photoshop 


9.4.12

My Top 10 Art Blogs

Here's my top 10 Art Blogs that may also suit to your list. 



1st Drawn! The Illustration and Cartooning Blog


Drawn is a collaborative weblog for illustrators, artists, animators, cartoonists, and anyone who likes to draw.


2nd Art Fag City

Art Fag City is New York-based art blog dedicated to providing exposure to emerging contemporary art and under-known artists. We believe that engaging in smart, critical debate helps us better define and shape the world we want, and that creative production of all forms is essential.


3rd Doodlers Anonymous



Doodlers Anonymous is a permanent home for spontaneous art.


4th Wooster Collective


The Wooster Collective is a website founded in 2003 that showcases street art from around the world. This site is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating ephemeral art placed on streets in cities around the world.



5th FFFFOUND! / EVERYONE

FFFFOUND! is a web service that not only allows the users to post and share their favorite images found on the web, but also dynamically recommends each user's tastes and interests for an inspirational image-bookmarking experience!!


6th Illustration Friday


Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation.It was created by illustrator Penelope Dullaghan. Brianna Privett is the genius who helps with the technical side.


7th Buy, Sell, and Research Fine and Decorative Art online


artnet features international galleries, artists, artworks, auctions, and the latest updates in the art market.



8th BOOOOOOOM!


an art blog with a soft spot for hand-made work by unknown people. A community designed to cultivate and inspire creativity.


9th Motion Served Featured Projects

Served is a collection of sites that showcase category specific content from Behance, the world's leading platform for creative professionals across all industries.

10th Art Threat



Art Threat is an online publication devoted to political art and cultural policy.




7.4.12

Using All-Purpose Glue Instead of Photo-emulsion for Photographic T-shirt Printing



Lesson # 1:
Here's a simple instructions on how to mix all-purpose glue (if no photo emulsion available) and sensitizer (Potassium Dichromate) for Photographic T-shirt Printing.

Materials: all-purpose glue, Sensitizer, plastic spoon and empty container with lid.

The mixture should be 5:1, that is, 5 parts of glue and 1 part of Sensitizer. It is a ratio, for example you're going to mix 5 cups of glue and 1 cup of Sensitizer in a container. 


You can buy Sensitizer (Potassium dichromate) in any Tulco or other T-shirt printing shops. Which I've learned once you buy unmixed of it on Tulco stores, usually they will give you a packed about 10 grams of Sensitizer to be mixed for a kilo of emulsion. And you can always ask assistance from them if you are unsure on mixing the two.

Since our topic is "when no emulsions are available", then let's stick our topic with our All-Purpose Glue, which I know have the same result anyway. 

The usual preparation for the Sensitizer (Potassium dichromate) is to mixed-dissolve it with luke warm water first. The measurement would be about 10 grams of sensitizer and 4 ounces of water. But I am much comfortable directly using the crystallized Sensitizer on processing. 

You may follow the mixture ratio, 5:1 or you can determine it by carefully checking the color produce by the combined mixtures . Since both works the same. 

The correct mixture should have an egg yolk color. It shouldn't be pale or light-yellow and it shouldn't be dark orange either. 

Materials: glue, sensitizer, plastic spoon and empty container with lid.
Mixed glue and sensitizer granules in a container.
The correct mixture should have an egg yolk color.
After mixing, keep the container close and put it in a cool place away from children.
You need more extra patience while doing this. You may not get this instructions right away just get a little more time of practice. Once you mastered the techniques and timing, then you'll get the satisfying result. 

Be cautious handling with Sensitizer. As with all hexavalent chromium compounds, it is potentially harmful to health and must be handled and disposed of appropriately. Avoid direct skin contact and wash hands thoroughly with soap after mixing. Use disposable gloves for added protection.





4.4.12

Stretch Me This Way | Silkscreen Tutorial




Lesson #2:

Make your own silkscreen frame by simply following these steps below.
The instructions are the same as any How to Make Silk Screen Frame Tutorials, I simply add a little bit of idea I've learned that I guess may help you out on how to stretch the organza much more easier than the usual pulling.^^


We need 2-inch x 2-inch wood, saw, hammer, nails or screws, gun tacker, organza/synthetic screen mesh, scissors, masking tape and hand sprayer for this project.  

Instructions:

1. Cut two 30-cm lengths of 5-cm by 5-cm (2" x 2") wood  and 40-cm lengths of 5-cm by 5-cm (2" x 2") using a saw. Build a square frame with the wood using nails or screws. 


2. Sand every sharp corners or edges of the frame where the grooves meet up to make it smooth and to protect the fabric.




3. If your pattern is for long lasting use, coat it with polyurethane finish to seal and protect the wood.


4. Prepare your organza/synthetic screen mesh, by using your gun tacker (you can use regular stapler). Staple the synthetic mesh along one side of the frame. Wet the organza using a hand sprayer. This will help you stretching the synthetic screen mesh easier. Then staple on the opposite side of the frame in the same manner. Proceed on to staple the remaining two sides.


5. Wipe it with dry cloth or put it under the sun to dry. Remove the excess fabric with scissors. Then sealed each sides with masking tape. 


And we're done. It is so easy, you can even do it alone.

READ Lesson #3: Lay-outing and Color Separation





3.4.12

CMYK Pattern for T-shirt Printing Using Photoshop



Lesson # 3
Tomorrow will be Holy Week Day Four – Silent Wednesday. It was Scholars speculations that Jesus and his disciples spent this day resting in Bethany in expectation of the Passover.  Bethany is the place where Jesus Christ raises Lazarus from the dead.




Remembering Holy Week & my work
It reminds me of the time when I was still in the Philippines and managing my Art and Sign shop when Holy Week comes. I marked it as one of the busiest months in the Philippine calendar. Since more than 85 percent of the Philippine population is Roman Catholic, you will expect the whole nation are observing and mostly participating the event. Just like in our municipality, 90 percent are Catholic devotees that gathered every Lenten. And aside from candles, rosaries and any religious artifacts, T-shirt printing was also in demand on that day.  Religious group are mostly the customers we encountered the whole month or even before that month. Some of them brought sketches and samples of their group logos for T-shirt printing design.

And I hate deadlines. So, additional manpower was needed and spending extra time to finish everything before Wednesday ends. Because everyone need to spend a day for resting and commemorating the sacrifices Jesus Christ had given us to be saved. 
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Preconcept design
Preconcept is a rudimentary idea intermediate between an ordinary precept and a fully developed concept.
The problem with preconcept designs is redoing the layout that consumes additional time. You can ask additional charge for the job anyway.

Color Separation using Photoshop
With Photoshop, making pattern for t-shirt printing becomes easier.  
Let me share with you my knowledge about doing the step-by-step procedures on Color Separation using Photoshop which I guess all layout artists of the best t-shirt printing companies also did. Even the known Printing Companies use this methods before feeding it  to their Automatic Silk Screen Printing Machine.   

1.       After carefully enhancing your design in RGB (Red, Green and Blue) mode, convert it to CMYK mode (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, BlackK is used instead of B, so that it does not get confused with Blue) for process-color offset printing.



2.       Open Filter / Pixelate / Halftone. Just leave the default setting:  (Max. Radius: 8 / Channel 1: 108 / Channel 2: 162 / Channel 3: 90 and Channel 4: 45.) Then press OK. Wait till color halftone processing finished. Take note: If the output is larger dots or smaller dots than the desired result, adjust your image size first before applying the halftone effect.


3.       This will be the result.


4.       Click Channels at the palette menus (located at the right side of PSD workspace), select only one channel per print.  Prepare it for printing.


These images below shows the dotted pattern. It was my intention to select two channels for the first 3 images to emphasize the colors (Please refer to step #4 for the printing matters).

Color Halftone | Cyan + Black
Color Halftone | Magenta+ Black
Color Halftone | Yellow+ Black
Color Halftone | Black

5.       Setup your printer. Make it sure to set your printer into grayscale printing. 

This Grayscale setting will depends on  your printer options. 

 Now we are ready to print our pattern per color.



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As GOD's servants, let us allocate time to worship Him not only during Holy Week but the entire days of our lives.  I want to leave this verses of what Bible says about having a busy life. GOD bless us all.



"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."


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