Prompt: This totally awesome highly detailed panorama, which I will have to return to for little vignettes of city life. But at least initially, I wanted to do something that showed more of the skyline. tokyo


Aaand I didn't realize until I was all done that in a sunset the gold light is at the *top* of the buildings, and the red light creeps up from the bottom. Oops?


Literate Minuteman

Once again, my webmonkey has afforded me an opportunity to pay him back for his monkery.

This time, he wanted a logo for a neat little tool he wrote.  This tool works with a Goodreads 'to-read' list and a local library system to give you a nice clean list of books you actually intend to read that are currently available at various branches of your library system. Well, our local library system. If you're in the greater Boston area and use Goodreads, give it a whirl.

This is the cutest robot I have ever drawn. I'm not big on robots so it's not a particularly broad selection, but still. Lookit his little underbite. D'aww.

The lines of this piece were not particularly difficult (thank you Netflix, for having Iron Giant available for inspirational purposes) but I am pleased by my integration of revolutionary war and robotic elements. Although on review I think I should have added a glow to the eyes.


InDesign Practice: Flyer redo

I've been doing some reading on basic graphic design principles lately, so I thought a re-vamp might be a good excuse to practice a them a bit in InDesign. Here is my spectacularly unsuccessful flyer from two years ago.

In order to make the redo, I needed to make two short lists based on the original poster: one of the necessary elements, and one of what's wrong with the original poster.

Requirements: Header/Teaser, three informational statements, tear-off contact info, and what is hopefully a good graphic.

Fixes: Too low contrast. Everything has approximately the same visual emphasis, which defeats the whole 'eyecatching' requirement. In an effort to show as many drawings as possible, I've pretty much eliminated true white space, which doesn't help with the contrast issue. Also, alignment? What alignment?

Much better. Still, there are a few things I think I could improve if I wanted to spend more time on it. The graphic is not my best work, I'd prefer to replace it with something a little more recent. And I'm not sure how to resolve the header. The zapfino font 'd' makes horizontally centering the header problematic. Also I'm pretty sure the alignment between the header and the three statements should be consistent, but that leaves the header looking like I meant it to be properly centered and didn't succeed. Foo.

The original flyer is old, but the special is current! Valentine's day is approaching rapidly, and now would be a good time to begin to panic... that is if someone weren't to hypothetically offer you a totally affordable and unique gift option. Just sayin'.