I feel like my mind races at 120 mph ninety-five percent of the time, but before it gets in gear, I try to find some peace and quiet. This means as soon as I get up I try to isolate myself. I close the door and avoid family ( I have a big one). It helps me prepare for the day ahead. I get some meditative reading done, put things in perspective, affirm what I’m grateful for, and review my tasks for the day. One day this past week, it hit me, even if surround myself with silence, it’s still not quiet. I can still hear myself breathe and feel my heart beat. Yay for being alive! So that inspired me to create this wallpaper I call Silence. It took approximately 3 hours in Photoshop. Enjoy! Feedback is welcome.
Size 640 x 960
Size 1680 x 1050
This source image was taken by Belovodchenko Anton aka african_fi
The main brushes I used are a part of a Bittbox Freebie: 5 Abstract Porous Brushes.
Posted by pindsha21 on March 31, 2013
Happy New Year Everyone! I’m excited for the year 2013 and I hope you are too. Thanks goes out to my new subscribers and to the ones that have stuck with me for the past 3 years. 2012 was a major year for me filled with highs and some powerful lows, but I’ve learned that it’s how you respond to those lows that makes a difference. I accomplished some of my goals from last year and some will be a continuous effort, like blogging more (at least once a week) and producing a monthly wallpaper. Here’s my design for the month of January celebrating the new year. I wanted something strong and dark, but at the same time pops. I also wanted something that both genders could appreciate. My wallpapers so far have leaned toward the feminine. The font I used was Old English Text MT and the outlines were constructed in Illustrator and brought into Photoshop.
2013 Free Wallpaper 1920 x 1080
Whether it’s due to color profiles, some system setup, or the fact that I’m working at different scales, the image in my psd file is slightly different from the final result. I’ve included a screenshot. I like the stronger red tones.
A new year triggers a review of the previous in a culmination of “Best of” lists. Here are a few “Best of 2012″ from some blogs I follow:
From up North – Best of Digital Art & Typography
Line25 – Best Web Designs of 2012
Good.is – The Best Smart Products of 2012
Architnect’s Top 12 for 2012
Blogspoon Graphics – Greatest Tutorial Hits of 2012
Digital Arts – Best Creative Tech for 2012
JUST Creative – Popular Posts of 2012
Wising Everyone a Bright
and Prosperous New Year!!!
Posted by pindsha21 on January 5, 2013
Even though I lived in Chicago for five years, I’ve never experienced a White Christmas, but I’m not complaining. If I never saw snow again I think I would be just fine. I grew up and now live in a warm climate. I can’t imagine not being able to sport a t-shirt and shorts if I want on Christmas day. There are plenty of places that have nice weather during “winter” yet they are very rarely represented. In movies and advertisements Christmas isn’t Christmas without snow. People sing phrases like “walking in a winter wonderland” or “chestnuts roasting on an open fire.” Try sitting around an open fire in 80 degree weather. Well I made something for the warm climates; a free Beach Christmas Wallpaper. Enjoy and leave a shout out below if you will be someplace warm this Christmas.
Wallpaper Resolution 1680×1050
Wallpaper Resolution 1920×1080
I didn’t document the creative process but here are some of the source images I used found around www.sxc.hu:
P.S. technically this is the free wallpaper for the month of June. I’m still a bit behind…
Posted by pindsha21 on December 7, 2012
Here’s May’s free wallpaper. I’ve been a bit MIA these past couple months. Life’s been a bit hectic, but I’m playing catch-up. With this wallpaper my challenge was to be a bit more edgy/dark and to make something that can appeal to both men and women. My past wallpapers have been particularly girly (especially Beauty) and my style is more bright and happy. Well, this time I feel like I’ve just missed the mark. The concept is night and day and it was inspired by the image of the girl in the middle meditating. I wanted two very distinct environments with an air of mystery and desolation. It’s still a bit on the “bright side” and would probably draw a female’s attention first, but I’m getting better at photo manipulation (my bright side). Composition, execution, and filling the space are points I need to improve on. I can’t wait to compare all the wallpapers at the end of the year.
Nevertheless, here is Night & Day. I’ve provided 2 different resolutions because I now have a new laptop with a screen size of 1366 x 768. My former pc was 1440 x 900. I’ve also included a few screenshots of the process and close-ups.
Night & Day Wallpaper 1920 x 1080
Night & Day 1680 x 1050
Posted by pindsha21 on July 7, 2012
So here is April’s wallpaper in May. It’s been a pretty crazy couple of weeks ( in a good way). This wallpaper actually happened in stages with no set plan, completely unlike the others. It started off with me falling for this font called Colonna. It was a possibility for a logo I was working on, but it didn’t really fit. Yet I didn’t want to let it go, so Beauty was born. The challenge I gave myself this time was to compose a piece made of vectors. It needed to be striking and flow. Most of the vectors were files I had already collected from various sources. They’ve been repeated, reflected, rotated, and re-sized and it was harder than I thought it would be to make it work visually. Some placements just clashed horribly and had to be reworked. Let me know if you think it was successful and if not what would you do to improve it? There are 2 versions; one with slight color and the other is primarily black and white. Enjoy!
Posted by pindsha21 on May 6, 2012