New Logo for birdbrain graphics

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Hi everyone, I know it’s been a while but I think I’m finally back into the groove now that I’m settled into my new home in Nova Scotia. So let’s get right to it. For this post I’ve decided to make myself a new logo. It’s time for a change. Not that I don’t love the old one but I think it’s time to retire “phat bird”. I went through lots of fonts and ideas then came up with this as my final one. I have 3 samples for my final and I’d love your opinions on which one you think I should use for my new logo. Here are the samples.

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Canadian Artist of the month Erica Messing

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I know I haven’t posted anything in quite awhile but I’ve been in the middle of a cross-country move and working without my trusty computer. Hopefully I’ll be up and running normally again in a short while. In the mean time I’d like to take this time to re-feature a painter from BC. I was recently given a piece or her art and absolutely love it. Her name is Erica Messing. You can see what she has to offer and read all about her at www.ericamessing.com. I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do. Here are just a few of her works.

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Amazing Chalk Art!

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For this month’s post I want to show you some amazing chalk board art as well as chalk on sidewalks. I’m not going to have too many samples because there are just too many to show, but I’ll give you the web address for each of the samples I do show so you can check out these amazing artists. And for my header, this is my attempt at doing chalk art via Photoshop using images I have drawn and using pastel brushes to colour them in and putting them all together to create my little scene.

I’ve been wanting to feature this kind of art for a long time. In fact every time I go into my local pub, where they have chalk boards with martini’s or wine or whiskey bottles on them. They are so realistic and so fanciful it’s hard to believe that they are hand drawn. I’m sure that not all of these boards in restaurants are hand drawn what with the computer age the way it is but none the less there are some amazing artists out there doing it by hand.

Here are a few samples of chalk art that I quite like. Below each photo I have the web site that you can copy and paste into your search bar to see more information on each artist. Also if you just type chalkboard or chalk art into Google images you can see a myriad of photos.

 

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Greeting Cards

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I love making greeting cards. I’ve been making them for a very long time now. My favorites to make are Birthday cards because you can make them a little more personal than a Christmas, Easter or other seasonal cards.

I want to share with you the last card I made because it is one of my faves to date. I wish I had documented the whole process, but I didn’t so I’ll just describe to you how I made it. I started with a rough sketch, then a proper drawing. Next I scanned it into the computer and the drawing was tweaked and manipulated a little more in Photoshop. I painted on the colour next using the Photoshop water-colour brush and when I was satisfied with what I had done it was added to Indesign to make the final layout for inside and outside of the card. I proceeded to print out the card once then just the front a second time. I cut and scored the card to the size I wanted. The second printout was used to cut out certain portions to be taped to the front using double-sided tape at different thicknesses. The paper I used was a water-colour paper for digital printing.  Here is the final result.

 

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Once Upon a Time

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I have decided to illustrate & write a fairy book. I have a loose story line and have started the drawings and even started working on the style of painting I’m going to use for each illustration. But today I’m going to work on something equally as important as the former parts. When doing this type of project you have to decide on what kind of feel you want to show through the use of fonts. I would like to share with you my process in choosing these fonts.

First I go through hundreds of fonts on my computer, cd’s & the internet. I take one phrase from what I am working on and type it out in Illustrator (you can use whatever program suits you) then start applying different fonts. Here is what I finally came up with.
Next I take these fonts and play around with them, combining different styles, choosing colours for the font and the background. All in all, for me this can take up an entire day. Here is what I came up with.

I know I will go over these again and again until I make them exactly what I want but this is a good start.

This could be a fun project for you. Take a poem or a phrase you really like, search out fonts, choose the font or fonts you want to use, then arrange them how you want to and make a book mark or something you can frame and put on the wall. Have fun with it. I know I do every time I am given the challenge.

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