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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Fun With Photoshop

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It’s been a while but here is my latest Photoshop painting. For this project I found a pattern that tweaked my interest in Filter Forge and used it through the entire painting. I made several different shapes in a number of sizes, then added textures, shadows and reflections. I also made use of the 3D plugin that’s Photoshop CS6.

All in all it was a fun project that took several hours  of time that I should have been using doing house work. Which do you think is more interesting and fun. Hmmmm! Enjoy.

Lines, Colours & Swirls

 

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Something to Add to My Portfolio

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He everyone. I know it’s been a while but I thought I’d share with you two new logos and business cards I designed in the last few weeks. These were two jobs totally opposite to one another. One being very classic lines and the other very flashy.

The first on is for a contracting company and I thought it should stay fairly clean in design. Here are a few samples shown to the client.

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As you may have noticed, I am showing two samples per idea. The client has a dark grey truck and I thought it would be good to show  the logo  on a dark colour so he could visualize how it might look on his truck. After seeing these samples the client had a few more requests and I came up with the final logo for DBW Contracting and here it is.

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For the second logo (same client, different business) I went for a more flashy concept for the logo. The business is Island Movie Nights, which is a portable movie screen that is hired out for parties and events for outdoor movie events. I had an idea in mind for this one before I even finished my meeting with the client. Here are the samples.

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As you can see in the first two samples I went for a little splash and colour and in the second two for something that evokes the feeling of movies or movie making. Again after the client mulled over these samples, this is what was decided on for the final logo.

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Now I will be adding these logos to my portfolio. I have to say the Island Movie Nights was the most fun to make. I can’t wait to see it on the side of the truck.

For my next blog I will show what was decided on for the business cards for both companies.

Until next time. Be creative!

 

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Fabulous 3D Illustrations by Paul Sherstobitoff

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This month I am featuring 3D Illustrations by Paul Sherstobitoff. Paul has an amazing talent for producing the most exquisite 3D art. Paul has so many beautiful images, I found it very difficult to choose just 9 images. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

Here is a short bio of the artist. Paul began his career in Vancouver, BC as a commercial artist in the early 80’s. Completely self-taught in all of the ways of the airbrush, Vancouver became his stomping ground to perfect and hone his skills. From there he moved to LA where he began collaborating with his airbrush heroes on projects for the entertainment industry. After 5 years in the LA illustration market he began a career in Fine Art where he was soon represented in galleries across US and into Europe. Commissions for the City of LA, Bank of Colorado, VP Disney, Charlie Sheen, Tom Cruise, Mark and Brian, countless Music Industry Execs and Entertainment Dignitaries, etc kept him busy to a point where Paul concentrated strictly on fine art.

Whew! He was one busy guy.

From there he found himself in the world of digital 3D imagery where he has been for the last 15 years and now is back home in Vancouver where he started his journey.

Here is a link to his web site where you can see what else he’s done and also see the process of how he creates some of these images http://www.illustration-3d.com/

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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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