So this week gone my current obsession is turning disney princesses into text. It’s sounds strange and is actually a lot less difficult than I originally image but still a very slow process none the less.
The first step was of course to choose a song that fit the princess. There’s always at least three songs from any Disney Princess movie that will get any Disney fan singing. My first choice was to do Ariel since a friend of mine loves her and she looked the easiest to do. With so much red hair and her green tale, it made for an easier project start. The original photo (below) was my template.
After outlining the photo, filling it, converting it to the proper format and deciding on the song (Part of Your World) it was time to get to work. Aligning words seems simple enough but it actually isn’t. That bit of annoyance though, is what’s makes it so much fun for me. It took about an hour to turn the above colored picture into the below photo. Getting the text to fit where i wanted and giving as much detail to the silhouette took the longest but my little mermaid soundtrack playing in the background helped.
A black and white version of one of Disney more excitable princesses isn’t very fun to look at though. Who would want to hang something so boring on their wall. The final project though is something I’m very proud of and has a spot in my house already picked out.
Isn’t she pretty and so full of color! For a closer look and more Disney princesses, Check out my etsy page RonohDesigns via the etsy box below. Til Next Time!
So it’s been quite a while since I’ve take the time to invest my energy in something creative and that’s something that’s not acceptable at all. I’ve finally graduated after way too many years and after all the job hopping I want to settle down and do something with the piece of paper I paid so much for. I’ve got a fair few ideas in mind, the number one being sharing and selling all the little ideas running around in my head with anyone who wants them. I had quite a fun time making so many of my own wedding stationery, why not make something for others.
Today’s work though isn’t for a wedding at all. As the media manager for my church, one of my favorite things I’m in charge of and also the most aggravating, is our monthly calendar. You would think of course that a calendar is quite easy. It’s just a bunch of boxes and lines and numbers.
Everything seems lined up quite nicely. The numbers are all the same size and an equal distance apart. The words are all the same font and centered. The amount of guides, shifting, resizing, distorting and patience to get everything perfect is tedious but for me always worth the effort. In the end you get something you’re generally proud of. Once you’ve gotten everything to the size you need, for one row, copying and pasting makes most of the rest of the work easy. Each row can be repeated and changed and then shifted over to match. The holidays are inserted and the name of the month put on top. All done!
I love the green in March btw, it’s my favorite color, not to mention my birthday is in March. And for one month I can put aside this calendar and not worry. Until April comes around and everything has to be shifted again but that’s another day. Till next time!
Color. In any design project, color is a key aspect. In my personal opinion color changes everything. Even the absence of color creates a different feel to a piece. A sunset of red and orange isn’t quite the same without the color. A thunderstorm with a lightning striking splitting the sky feels so much more powerful in black and white. Color speaks.
The photograph below is one i’ve edited from my personal engagement sessions. I like both pictures to be honest. The green of the trees, grass, and shrubbery, give the colors in my dress and my fiance’s shirt a bit of a pop. The red brick, the yellow of my dress, the blue of Billy’s shirt all flow so well together. The edited black and white version shows the contrast between us though. His light to my dark. Both picture give a different feeling to the viewer mostly because of the color.
It can be hard at times, in photography, creating an ad, or even designing a logo to know what colors to choose. In photography for instance, the subjects clothes should match their surroundings and both subject should complement the others. Blue and yellow are very common complementary colors which is precisely why I choose them. I find it easy to pull up a color scheme when trying to find colors that intertwine well.
A favorite website of mine is http://colorschemedesigner.com/. It allows you to choose any color from a color wheel, as well as enter an RGB value and then find it’s complementary, triad, tetrad, analogic and accent analogic color. It’s been very helpful to me.
Sometimes, just doing what feels right works well too. In art, and I consider graphic design an art, the beauty is it’s uniqueness. Three colors might not being logically complementary but can still find a way to work together. It’s really all about how you use them!
As the soundtrack to Mulan plays in the background and I write this introduction I’m very much aware of how similar to Mulan I really am. I’m an only girl with three brothers. I love being rough and tough but I also like being all dressed up. I’m the second oldest at 25 and the first one out of all us to be engaged.
I didn’t always want to be a graphic designer. Sometimes I still doubt I’m in the right field. It mostly depends on exactly what field of my graphic design skills i’m focusing on. When I’m taking and editing photos, I adore it. If I’m doing layout for work or just for fun, I’m pretty content knowing it’ll look good. Ask me to design a web page and I will visibly cringe. It’s really not my strong point, web design. Well, more so the actual coding of wed design.
It’s a common misconception though that all graphic designers are adapt at all the different medians the job descriptions involves. This is a complete lie actually. I’m great with editing, video, photo and music. I have an eye (or so I like to tell myself) for laying out graphics and text and making them look great on a page. A friend of mine Rachel is BRILLIANT with Maya. Another friend of mine Rich is AMAZING with web design. We all have our strong points and areas we like doing more.
I started this blog to help myself get more feedback on the numerous projects I like to throw myself into. As well as spreading the knowledge I’ve learned over the years. For example, here’s on of my favorite photos I just recently finished editing. It was taken back in Christmas of 14 but I want to try something new with it. Something with a lot of contrast. I quite like it.
Till next time!
Work-in-progress and rants of a very creative graphic designer