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iParent 2011Poster and Logo


You may have noticed this bears a very similar design to the Got Plans? poster and this is due to my Got Plans? poster not being chosen as the best design choice. Since I was working on another poster for people that also managed Got Plans?, they wanted me to use the Got Plans? poster design for the iParent. I was working over the summer and met with my clients to discuss further changes to the poster. Thus, I implemented design changes such as the raffle tickets, large text/papers, placement of objects, etc. I was also asked to make a logo if it was possible. So here are the current drafts of the poster and logo.

Experimentation: 3-D Planets


I experimented with this a while ago in May. Basically, it uses the same steps at the Billiard Ball tutorial.

Though not necessarily anything new, I found it useful and worth posting. So, let’s say you want to make a 3-d planet like Earth but don’t know where to start.

Here’s a quick guide.

First, download the earth texture by going here. Then click the picture titled “color map” to download it. Or for simplicity sake, download the 2nd picture I posted.

Then drag this picture into the Symbols window to make a symbol out of it.

Now create a half-circle. Rotate that using Effect>3D>Revolve. Map the sphere by clicking the Map Art button.

Now select the Earth texture from the symbol drop-down menu.

Additionally, you can click the More Options button. Set the surface to Diffuse Shading, the Ambient light to 30%, and the blends steps to 100. Now you should have a 3-d planet similar to mine.

Graduation


As I graduated high school and get ready for college (San Diego State University) next, I hold dear to my word that I will still try to keep my blog updated with more tutorials and other content. This is one of my legacies dedicated to Valhalla and the Mac Lab.

I was enjoying much of my summer vacation so far yet still I want to keep my blog updated. So I will post more experiments and tutorials for the next days/weeks.

Currently, I am also working on an iParent poster over the summer and hope to finish it soon.

Gradual Change


With the events after the art show, I had ran out of things to work on. With day after day, I decided to help some students with tutorials they follow such as mine or others. Luck would have it, no one has worked on an iParent poster and that the competition for Got Plans was still open. With those two in mind, I decided to put some effort in these last days of high school.

This is the final efforts on my Got Plans? poster. I will have an exuberant amount of time for the iParent poster, which is what my current focus is as of now.

I will make a tutorial on how to create a cork-board effect in Illustrator.

Game Physics


Finally updated my Physics poster to the current state that I’m happy with. There might be some mistakes in there but I can fix them.

First Video Tutorial


In light of the confusion faced on my recent tutorial. I came to the decision to make a video (without audio) tutorial to quickly show the steps I used. I plan to reupload a better version with sound.

Sorry, forgot it was blocked at school. Go here to view it.

Buttons are Back


I received a job some while ago to redesign the API score badge. I took some time to design two (for now) new versions of the badge. One is presented as a target. The other is designed as arrows interacting with each other to form their opposites through negative space. There might also be a new tutorial soon.

UPDATE: The Gallery page was enhanced (fixed icons) to accommodate new pages such as the WallPapers page and the Photos page.

Abstract Track


After looking back to my old bird creation, I took time sketching out new similar ideas in my notebook. Here are the birds I created using one type of shape (triangle, semi-circle, etc.). Some of these shapes do resemble some real-life birds like the Toucan, Ostrich, etc.

“New” Galleries


I have been meaning to update my galleries and today I have managed to finally do that. In the Galleries page, click the different pictures to get to the designated page. The pages can also be accessed through the page widget on the right side. I (re)uploaded pictures in each page and took out some old pictures that weren’t as good as now. I hope you take time to look through it.

Finals Finale


I finally got done with my finals and I can’t wait for next semester. I have so much things to work on.

As for the picture, I would like to credit Michael Weekly for his original sketch. I thought about how cool it would have looked in Illustrator which led me to ask for permission to use his design. He willingly obliged. I worked many hours on this and it is “finished” as of now.

I plan to update my galleries and other pages soon.  Look forward to that.

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