You may recall that in my last blog post I mentioned that I created more pixel artwork out of some of the previous designs. Here was that design although this one had some non pixel-art elements added in and a bit of a metallic filter:
Below are some new designs I have created and below them is a stop motion I uploaded to Youtube. The video was created all on iPad using iMovie, thus it is simple and some of the zooms did not turn out the way I hoped. However, it was a quick work showcasing what is possible by combining digital assets in an interesting way and one I may go back to using other tools such as Final Cut for Mac.
I have recently started to play around with an old graphic design image I created that originally started out from a single photo at a nightclub. This was a techno nightclub called Luzztro and here is the original photo I took of a lazer light display showing a face with moving imagery on a wall:
Here was a graphic I created a while back from the image above using Procreate on iPad:
I ended up working on it further and ended up with variations such as you see below. Note, however the text with the words Luzztro showing on the bottom, which was the name of the nightclub I previously mentioned and pitched the poster idea to.
However, due to the fact I created additional images as a logo showcase or a poster art showcased I pitched to the nightclub, I lost some files related to other digital designs I created from the single image. Thus, I simply decided to continue working with the second image above I had that did not have any text or writing showing. to see what I could come up with. Despite this, I recently created a pixel art variation you see below:
I used this app called Pixel Art Maker for the iPad for that single image above. I thus, decided to try using it again for the previous images without the Luzztro text to see what I could come up with. Here are some of the results of this:
I have a whole bunch more images that I will showcased in my next post related to these images above in pixel art with a whole battle scene I also created a stop motion short clip of inspired by a game called Super Hydorah. However, for now I will showcase some of the other work I created from the images above.
I ended up liking what I saw, but did not like the lines or grid brush that I got out of Procreate that did not pixelate so well. So I decided to import one of the images above into Illustrator and trace expand it then take some of those strokes out using the pen tool. Here were some of the things I came up with (the image below the ones below I also added a different artistic effect to in Illustrator):
Notice that I added some things to the images above using Illustrator. For one, I added a background layer and used a combination of the scallop and warp tools to add a falling poster paper look to the edges. Also, notice the two round objects or blue spheres. I added them entirely via Illustrator to make the image stand out a bit from its pixelated form. I also used a gradient to make the spheres disappear into the background.
Although I found the back sphere looking nice as a result and almost like a planet or earth falling into the shadow of space, it didn't do it for me with the front image. You can see what I tried to do in the top-right image above with it, but this still didn't do it for me. Thus, I kept playing around with the concept by incorporating the jpeg image into a couple iPad apps, such as Artstudio HD and Procreate.
I kept experimenting with these images further and I ended up adding an older pastel piece of mine to the foreground of a jail cell and bars. Here is what I came up with combining the media of photography, pastel hand art and graphic design:
Although I added a shadow in the two images above from Illustrator, it came out kind of artificial looking once I inserted and kept working on the image into the iPad. Thus, I added another shadow using a brush stroke below:
I liked what I created, however I still felt there is some interesting things I could do with the way the pixelated images came out and before I really started adding any Illustrator filters. Thus, I imported them into my iPad and added some strokes and effects to the eyes, which I also by the way lined up a bit better (although I also did this for some of the images above). Here is what I did with some of them:
I have many other pixel art images I created including a space battle I will post shortly, however I think this is a lot for a single post. Thus, I hope there was at least something in here you enjoyed and learned. Combining various media from digital photography to illustrations using an iPad to pastel hand-crafted artwork is something I really enjoy. If you like any of these pieces, do not hesitate to contact us for a way to collaborate on a poster idea or anything else.
(I posted this update (although not all of the images I created) on my personal page as well in case you want to check it out you can here.)
A while back, I had created a robot in Illustrator within the theme of Artificial Intelligence or AI. I also used a photograph I image traced within Illustrator for the background as well as various brush strokes. You can see the results below (the other variant was a Bitcoin-themed graphic I also created in Illustrator).
I also continued to work on it, but using an iPad raster-based app and inputed it into this story. Here it is below:
The other day, I've decided to continue working on the graphic within the theme of robotics in an abstract or science fiction fashion. I did it all on the go using my iPad. and two apps called Procreate and Artstudio. Here are the results:
Here I fixed a couple of issues all on iPad using Procreate with the antennas and the body coloring that transitioned strangely as I moved the images across apps and from vector-based Illustrator to iPad raster-based apps:
I also experimented with inputting one of the images into Illustrator, image tracing it and adding various effects as well as additional objects or assets I had at my disposal and came out with this:
I also would like to add that the background you see in most of the images, including the TV sets and walking cut-out figures, I took from a photograph of a unique place near where I live. I created the other things within the graphic, however, as either brush strokes or inputted from objects I had saved.
I was browsing through the Illustrations section of the site and came upon the bird image on top, which you can see here:
I originally created this image all using an iPad, a stylus and a little illustration app called Procreate. Note, I used one of the older styluses as I did not own an iPad Pro or one capable of supporting the official Apple Pen.
I imported this image into Illustrator earlier and decided to vectorize it by using the trace command. However, it looked unchanged when I traced it as a high fidelity photo so I decided to try seeing what the low fidelity photo looks like and it came out a lot more interesting to me, however I must admit the eyes became closed.
It has more of a watercolor and plastic-like feel to it and I liked it more. I then decided to play with it and see what I could come up with. Needless to say, I started adding new backgrounds as rectangles and layering them below the bird layer. I also decided to use the Fish Warp effect for good measure, but I will get to that later.
Here I changed the background gradient a bit and used the Warp tool to add an interesting effect to the edges of the design:
I then decided to Warp it and see what happens. The Warp I decided to use was the Fish Warp:
You can see the results came out pretty interesting, particularly when I also added a shadow to the layer or object, which you can do with the Stylize command a couple commands above Warp. Here are the design variations I came up with:
Here is the Crystalize effect done to the gradient background layer:
I took the effect out for a second through the Appearance panel to see if I could truly turn it into an abstract fish without the bird on it. It also turned out quite interesting. I forgot how I created the sky or cloud effect, but it was either doing an effect to the grayscale gradient or simply with expand appearance. Either way, here is what came up as a result:
However, I wanted to put the fish back onto this texture background to work that in further and turn it into something unique. I also added a shadow to the intermediate background layer and an eyeball. Thus, this is the final image that came out thus far:
Combining digital drawings using a stylus and iPad apps -- or other tablet apps and using the professional Wacom tablets -- with Illustrator is truly an interesting way to create a full digital drawing further-refined graphic design projects. I enjoy working with different media and sometimes even start out with a charcoal or pencil drawing that I scan or take an image of with my iPad and then input into Illustrator.
Cloud computing is a term that refers to today as storage or data and in the cases of virtualization even entire operating systems being accessed remotely on servers usually hosted in a data center somewhere away from where you are accessing this information.
Apple has iCloud, for example, while Google and Microsoft have their own cloud services in the forms of Google Cloud and Microsoft ONeDrive. There are also a wide range of public cloud storage companies that offer secure cloud storage and various options for accessing it remotely, such as Dropbox, Box.net, pCloud, Sync.com and many others.
This is a complex topic, however, because I could get into virtualization of entire systems or OSes as well as private clouds done within company's own data centers for employees to leverage and various enterprise or B2B cloud technologies. However, for now I want to showcase some graphic design I created for this Forbes article I also wrote and edited myself:
I have many other variations of these images in different file formats. However, for our purposes here, I wanted to keep the files small, so I exported them from Mac using Preview to jpeg and lowered the quality a bit to get the file sizes around 55 KB, with the exception of the last one which should be around 75KB (down from original JPEG of 100).
I hope you enjoy these as I used them for my article about Sit Tim Berner-Lee's company and ideas, but got inspired by a previous story I wrote about distributed cloud platform Cubbit while the start-up is currently in Kickstarter (or recently finished). You can read that story below and compare my ideas to theirs (by the way, everything here I showcased I also created from scratch using both the iPad stylus for the clouds in Procreate and Adobe Illustrator):
Check out these Forbes Articles as all the visual imagery or graphic design is done by us and almost all of it done completely from scratch. The data piece started out as a screenshot from someone who took of a concept of data on a computer screen, but even that has been modified so heavily it is almost recognizable. The rest are completely from scratch.
The workers, or manufacturing combined with machine learning theme, were first created in pixel art on an iPad and imported into a raster program so that shadows were added as you see below. Then we used Illustrator to add the different effects, including mosaic. Below is phase two of this as the original had no shadow, but I have to find the file somewhere (it was all pixel without the shadow).
Later, we created the other image with the car and some weird machinery and an abstract setting in pixel art and also imported it into Illustrator and other programs. Then we added the workers in via layers and mate it a complete piece. Here was the final piece as showcased in the Forbes article.
I have recently been working on doing concept work related to data flow, or the idea of a data breach. So this is some of the fun and abstract concepts I came up with. Some of these were used in this article on Forbes.
Here are some more things I came up with totally changing the style and theme:
Lately I have been working on learning some pixel art or pixel graphics. I have been doing this on an iPad app after uploading photos to it and later fixing the colors and overall look up with my own pixel dots I add in.
I actually published an article on Forbes lately with all of the graphic design and writing being my own and edited entirely by me. The topic was AI and natural language processing focusing on a company called OpenAI's efforts. You can read it here. The art below is my further implementations of what I added to the article originally and have been modifying since.
Here is my Metroid implementations of a piece I previously hand drew with pastels and I ran it through the pixel maker app and later back into Illustrator for the Mosaics effect.
I have recently published a post on Forbes -- where I am currently a contributor for related to topics of innovation and technology. You can read the article here and it is titled 'Robotic Process Automation Aims To Shake Up Various Industries.'
The theme of the post was robotics, automation and machine learning. Thus I decided to create my own graphics for the article and other similar content in the future. The images inside the article including the main feature image and the two others within the text were all done by me. I think that this is a great idea of using multimedia journalism to the fullest: combining graphics with text and video for articles, web content, blogs, web design and other things I enjoy doing.
I created these pieces in Illustrator, but the underlying layer or images of the robots battling I created all using a stylus, iPad and Procreate (some effects by using ArtStudio HD as well). Here are the three samples included in the article and below are many other samples including GIFs that I created using my work and GIF image creation software.
Below are some other interpretations of this work as I have many other variations than those I included in the article.
You can see more interpretations and the whole process of how the images evolved through added layers, effects, transitions and both Illustrator and raster software on my personal blog. Below, are some GIF animations I created using these assets.
If you are interested in using any of these assets or other interpretations of them, let us know here through the contact form or firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, if you are interested in us creating animations for you or other graphic design with a similar or different theme, do not hesitate to drop us a line. I also have the original .ai vector samples saved and some of them as PDFs as well. See sample below:
I was looking around at some graphic design resumes (CVs if you are in Europe) to see what they looked like, and I realized the ones where you can get free templates online are pretty subpar quality. Many of them have a rough outline of a headshot done in Illustrator, but without much color or visual flair. So I decided to try making my own. Because of my experience I have decided to add resume or CV creation services to my list of services on here.
Here is a basic template or style I found online I kind of modeled after, but it turned out being a completely different thing or design in the end:
It gave me an idea to upload a previous hand-drawn (in pencil and pastels) self portrait into Illustrator, trace it and make it a vector object and add it to my resume/CV; thus, make it a bit more interesting than the dry image above of a graphic of a self-portrait (obviously it is missing eyes and features, but even then it would not be that interesting in my opinion).
So here is the original image and some graphics I created with it as I was experiencing on how I want it to look (these are not in Illustrator yet, just bitmap or raster effects and experimentation):
Here are some images I created when I uploaded the above into Illustrator and created various artistic effects and traced the originals. I later turned it back into bitmap or raster and again on my iPad played around with some effects to make the walls or divisions between the images seem more alive (liquify tool).
Despite all of these interesting images that came out as a result of the effects and traces using Illustrator, I still ended up using just the original image traced and with the feather effect if I remember right. It worked real well as a CV or resume portrait.
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