Without further ado let me introduce to you my fan art of E. Honda from Street Fighter, created in Procreate with a stylus on my Ipad.
Made some minor changes to the final piece.
I hope you guys like it!
I recently was recommended a website called Font Squirrel. It’s a pretty cool site for fonts with a really easy to use search engine of hand-picked fonts with Designers in mind.
Design created by deep-etching image of the dancing woman, and overlaying textures and gradients over brushes in Photoshop.
Design created from hand drawn sketches, scanned in and live-traced and coloured in Illustrator, then constructed in Photoshop with brushes applied.
So, it’s the morning after and surprise-surprise the sun has risen and the world continues to turn ;^P
After a good night’s rest, and after realising that this truly is a new beginning for me, I thought I should share a few beliefs I now hold dear, after working at a design agency-type place:
Always exude an attitude that makes others confident about your graphic design abilities.
Be very will versed when talking about your designs. Be prepared to justify and stick up for your designs (but not in an aggressive way) and always be able to effectively explain why you think your design works or what can be improved.
Maintaining good time management is KEY. Once you’ve selected your design approach, breakdown what needs to be executed into stages and time yourself to reach the deadlines you’ve set. At the end of the day, You are working for a business, and the Boss is mostly concerned about keeping the clients on schedule and making money.
Never turn off that part of you that is Creative. Be open to the World, Be open to the worthwhile opinions of others. Remember that Design is osmosis, so learn to creatively think for yourself as inspiration can happen everyday!
Train your mind to be mentally tough. Be prepared for client rejections, for designs that you invested in being scraped, for putting in long hours redesigning elements, and for even getting fired. Never take it to heart, and NEVER let it EVER make you want to give up and not keep moving forward. (But remember to stay healthy, OK)
Research! Research! Research! Stay ahead of the curve on current trends and Design techniques, research the mantras of your favorite designers and always be on the lookout for better tools as this will lead you to more innovative and successful ways to tackle age-old Design problems.
Make Typography your best friend. There are always new ways to design text, so that it is more visually arresting and also more harmonious with your images.
Never close your mind to new Design approaches. Always strive to push the boundaries of what you can achieve as a designer, in the time you have been given. Practice makes perfect and pretty soon you will have a really well-trained eye for discovering attractive Design aesthetics.
Never try to execute to many techniques at once. Remember, your Design can achieve so much more with simple accents or pops of colour, so when in doubt just strip away a few layers.
Take the time to get to know everyone, equally. Working in a team means being social and not playing favorites. Also be approachable and transparent, as miscommunication can happen easily if people haven’t had the time to understand you.
Be happy in what you do and trust your instincts. Work hard, have integrity in all interactions and challenge yourself everyday, BUT if a workplace isn’t right, don’t force yourself to stay.