Research point: desktop publishing software

The software I have available to me is Corel Draw, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Sketchbook Pro, and Procreate.

I find I’m very open to exploring new software and to test and find out what I like from each (I also tend to mix and match things from each, such as paint brushes, textures, and other various tools).

Since I have an iPad, I think it’s also important to test out ways to incorporate software with it, which leads me to also try out different apps and explore designers & illustrators who utilize iPads as well to create their pieces.

I’m pretty familiar with all of these programs, since I have spent countless hours in from of my computer or iPad screen, and since I used them when I was working on my previous degree in Illustration Design.
What I guess I could learn is a little more about photo manipulation. Since I’m not that all concerned about photography, I haven’t taken the time to look into all the options for “correctly” manipulating photos.

Exercise: Too much or not enough information

To created the posters for this exercise, I began with identifying an event that would take place. Since I couldn’t find anything here locally (and it would all be in German), I decided to go with an event that took place in Texas a while back, and just update / create a new poster for it. Continue reading “Exercise: Too much or not enough information”

Reasearch Point (self-criticism)

Being self-critical is something I’m no stranger to, I feel. I see it as a chance for me to look over over my work before allowing anyone else to see it.
Although I do this often (in fact, the more I go back and look at sketches and prior projects, the more I dislike them and see things I really need to change in order for me to be happy), I feel like it does hinder me in some regards. Continue reading “Reasearch Point (self-criticism)”

Book Cover Design: Take Two

So after reflecting upon my last entry with the book cover mock-ups, I decided I didn’t like them. The feel they gave me was that of a self-published manual or textbook.

I decided to take my idea of the color schemes and still run with it, but this time make the covers more graphic. In the end, this is what I came up with:  Continue reading “Book Cover Design: Take Two”