Apr 08

I recently went to a masterclass with Bobo. He’s such an awesome teacher. I’ve learned a couple of his pieces to get ready for an episode on triple laterals coming soon!

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Dec 06

This was a fun project!

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Jul 10

Worlds largest xylophone? Mountains and bach? Awesome!


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May 24

Out with the Old, In with the new!

Old VS New

So why the change? Well one one reason is that I wanted to make the logo a bit brighter. But the main reason is that now that I’m embedding the logo in more places, I’m running into issues with the original format. I ghetto rigged the original logo back in 2009 with GIMP 2.6 and I had no idea what I was doing.

Since I didn’t have a lot of experience in illustration, I unknowingly did the logo using raster graphics with a rather small 200×200 pixel canvas. It worked for what I needed at the time.

For the uninitiated, raster graphics use set pixels to store the image. Vector graphics, on the other hand, use equations. This means that if you want to scale your image to different sizes, raster graphics start looking really pixelated while vector graphics remain crisp!

raster vs vector

This time around I used Pixelmator to draw the image. I’ve been a long time Gimp user, but it’s lack of integration with OS X has always really bugged me. (At least now you can use the command key for your shortcuts unlike 2.6 where you had to use the control key…eww)

Let me tell you, I think I’m in love 🙂 After a day of watching tutorials online I was able to recreate my logo easily in about 20 minutes. Everything about this program is done right. The UI is pretty, the OS integration is seamless, the drag and drop is flawless, and most importantly, the snapping of objects was unobtrusive and well implemented into the workflow. In fact, it worked just like Pages and Keynote which is what a mac user expects.

Here is a picture of my workflow…

Screen Shot 2013-05-24 at 5.54.19 PM


So mad props to the Pixelmator team! Check it out from the app store.


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May 13

Also known as the “independent roll”

Download the Exercise PDF here.

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