That’s exactly what we did. The idea came from the exuberant mind of my aunt/coach/boss (she prefers the first 2 titles), who wanted to celebrate her 50th birthday in a very special way. So she dropped the 0 and came up with an event-filled weekend that tapped into our inner-child. There was kite flying, arcade games, balloon toss, bumper cars, bowling, and home-made funny hats. Months before, we discussed which events she wanted (and her love of Pac-man), and I designed the invite seen below as my gift to her. I made versions in Adobe Illustrator for print and web. All in all, the entire weekend was loaded with fantastic activities, friends, and laughter, but one thing I found truly commendable was that she requested that she be given no material possessions. Instead, she asked that attendees donate their time or the money they would have spent on a gift toward 2 local charities:
WOW: Women Empowering Women – A Helping Hand for Single Mothers! They provide “Helping Hands” ready to help educate, inspire and “empower” single mothers to seek out solutions to their challenges. Help by donating money (their first preference), beauty products, clothes, and diapers or volunteer. Their website provides other ways to help.
Community Project for Seniors – Their mission is to enrich the lives of low income senior citizens who reside in subsidized housing. They provide critical services for elderly individuals without a family support system, and mobility-challenged individuals over the age of fifty. Help by donating money, toiletries, blankets, games, cleaning supplies, or food. A detailed list can be found on their website.
Birthday Invite Created in Adobe Illustrator
Posted by pindsha21 on August 24, 2011
Need some inspiration? What about advice for that problem in Illustrator you’ve been having? Maybe you just need a new photoshop brush to put the finishing touches on that project? Well, I just created a new resource page! It’s a list of sites that I feel could be useful to designers, photographers, architects, artists, or anyone in the creative/technical field. It includes blogs that offer tips and advice, tutorials, freebies and more. For about a year now, I’ve been collecting sites either by bookmarking or adding to my Google reader. So making this page has also helped me get a little more organization to the madness. Which reminds me of another resource Xmarks (syncs and backs up your bookmarks). My resource list is definitely not the end-all-be-all of resources, so I look forward to finding more. There’s so much great stuff out there on the world wide web. Do you have a site/resource that you’d like to share? Leave a comment on my Resource Page.
Posted by pindsha21 on March 27, 2011
So last week, I felt this strong urge to sketch and work on a typography piece. I didn’t have a particular concept in mind, but I just had to DO SOMETHING. Question is, what word or phrase do I use? Answer: ask the Random Word Generator (Plus). You choose the word type and then the complexity. I went for Type: Adjective, Complexity: Obscure, and kept sifting through the words until it pumped out one that spoke to me. That word was revibrant. Pardon me? I thought it was so obscure that they made it up. I couldn’t find it anywhere online (even spell check is telling me it’s wrong), but it does exist as a footnote in The Random House Dictionary of the English Language (with no definition). So here’s what I think it means: animated again with vigor and energy. Below is my sketch and final piece I created using both Illustrator and Photoshop.
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Posted by pindsha21 on November 5, 2010
I’m not entirely sure how I was introduced to the work of this artist. Todd Alan Breland is a skilled graphic designer who has already made quite a mark, working with brands like Absolut Vodka, Boost Mobile, and Coco-Cola (I prefer Pepsi, but he’s got that covered too). Breland has a distinct fluid style, primarily incorporating the female form. His inspiration comes from everything around him, while his major artistic influences are Alphonse Mucha and pop-art icon Roy Lichtenstein.
Breland, who never would have guessed that graphic design would become his profession, is now the Creative Director at RYZ, an outerwear company that wants to “challenge convention.” One of the things I loved about RYZ was their approach towards their label The Slash. “Located on the side of each heel, The Slash is a minimal branding effort to allow more room for our artists to shine. Think of our shoes as fine art.” Actually Breland is the winner of one of the RYZ competitions. The image of his shoe Trust is shown below. Take a gander at his selected works or read more about the artist himself in an interview by Coke Art.
Posted by pindsha21 on March 22, 2010