One of my favorite shirts is a black one that says The Beatles and every time I wear it I get asked “You know about the Beatles?” My reply, “Yeah, of course!” I guess at the ripe young age of 24, they’re supposed to be beyond my generation, even though I think all my friends know who they are and some listen to them too. Anyway, there’s an installation at the Miami Airport made out of flowers that inspired me to create the piece below. It said “All We Need is Love.” I couldn’t help but smile when I saw it and of course think of the Beatles. With my image I wanted the word Love to be the main focus. It needed to be big, very red, and pop off of the page (view in portfolio).
I’ve been eager to work with splashes or the liquid effect. They bring such a sense of life and movement. Not to mention, they’ve been quite popular and appear in many different graphic works. Just check out the Ultimate Roundup of Photoshop Tutorials from 2010 by Pixel77 and see how many involve liquid of some sort. My awesome resources though, came from the wonderful folks of Media Militia. They made a High Quality Paint Tossing Pack, FREE to download, and free for commercial and personal use. They even have their own tutorial showing you how to use them. Enjoy!
If you’re a Beatles fan you may like the movie Across the Universe, a story told through Beatles songs. Here are a few of my favorite songs from the Beatles:
I Saw Her Standing There (always perks me up!)
I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
Come Together (I like Michael Jackson’s version)
Let It Be (from Across the Universe, this scene makes me cry)
What’s your favorite Beatles song? Do you have a piece using splash effects that you love?
Posted by pindsha21 on October 22, 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
I subscribe to some really cool design blogs, two of which being BlogSpoon Graphics written by Chris Spooner, and Dzine Blog. Why do I like them? Well, they have really interesting and relevant content like tutorials, design principles, resources, and list of some of the best graphics/sites/designers on the web. Not to mention, they don’t flood my inbox. I’ve subscribed to some sites where the share volume of emails can become overwhelming, particularly if you miss a day or two. BlogSpoon Graphics and Dzine Blog sends just the right amount and are a constant source of inspiration.
Great! (but what does this have to do with space?) A couple weeks ago Chris Spooner wrote a tutorial on how to Design a Beautiful Cosmic Space Scene in Photoshop. Intrigued, I marked the email and set it aside to complete later. A few days later Dzine Blog released their own tutorial on how to Create Your Own Galaxy. So I’m thinking it’s in the stars (pun intended) to combine the two. Of course that meant I had to complete each one first.
First up was Create Your Own Galaxy. I must say I followed this one very loosely, so my result lacks in intensity compared to theirs. Towards the end I simply read what they did. The tricks I learned however, are priceless.
Next, was Design a Beautiful Cosmic Space Scene. The comparative result is below. With this tutorial the images you choose to work with will greatly effect the outcome and may require extra tweaking to get it to look right.
I must say I was quite excited to combine techniques from both tutorials. Below is “their child.” Feel free to save as a wallpaper if you would like and do please check out the above mentioned blogs.
Posted by pindsha21 on September 6, 2010
I StumbledUpon this blog and while searching through it I was immediately impressed and inspired. Media Militia is loaded with quality resources like Tutorials and Freebies. Download high grade textures, brushes, vectors, and images, even a few abstract renders. They encourage personal and commercial use. I felt like a kid in a candy store! The content is pretty straightforward, so the posts are easy to read through. I also found them extremely informative; within ten minutes I learned 3 new techniques (although an expert I am not).
Also, be inspired by their inspiration. Media Militia has a section dedicated to work they find stimulating. You can follow them on Twitter (if that’s your thing), subscribe to their feed (my thing) or even submit your own work. Media Militia gets 2 thumbs up. Check it out!
Posted by pindsha21 on February 27, 2010
I must say that I had a lot of fun doing these watercolor tutorials, maybe even a little bit too much fun. Both are found on the psd tuts+ site and both were written by Fabio Sasso, the Brazilian web designer mentioned in my earlier post .net’s Top 20 Web Designers. The first tutorial, Dynamic Recessed Watercolor Typography, uses a variety of brushes and vector art (mostly free) to create a vibrant color rich wallpaper. The second tutorial, Create Cool Watercolor Effects in Photoshop, uses one set of brushes (completely free) to make a playful yet stylish image.
Sometimes when I do tutorials, I don’t follow everything to the letter. I try to get the basic techniques and improvise. The final result is usually an interesting surprise. With the watercolor typography tutorial, I opted to use different brushes, text, and vector art from the author; the final wallpaper is below. I’m still deciding whether or not I like it.
My Watercolor Wallpaper
I went a tad bit beyond what was required for the cool watercolor effects tutorial, but I think it works. I used several pictures of a friend of mine to create the image. They are from one of our camera wars. I always lost because my Nikon was considerably slower, but that’s another story…
My Watercolor Collage
Posted by pindsha21 on September 23, 2009