Fun with CLIO
I did the CLIO training today! I had a hard time with the CSS earlier, but it came to me today. For my course content, I “taught” some basic Spanish concepts.
I mocked up a few new logos for the V-Labs site. Suloni gave me guidance on how they should look and edits to make as I was going through this. I think all three of them came out nice enough for the site. They all seem to fit tightly with the theme and look clean on the page. Now we just wait to see what the client thinks.
This is my blog banner! I’m going to talk about the process of making it and my personal style.
My favorite illustrations are oftentimes whimsical, ominous, lo-fidelity, and hand-drawn. I also like it when you can see some sort of strong emotion/aloofness in a character. Or when it looks like a character is caught up in / very dedicated to what they are doing. I mentioned I like bunnies earlier, so I wanted to have hand-drawn bunnies in my banner. I thought it’d be interesting to have the bunnies interacting with my name in some way and brainstormed on what that would look like.
Then, I started to make the banner. I drew the sketch on a piece of paper with a black pen. It generally looked like what you see in my banner, but it did not need to be exact because I could make small changes in Photoshop. Then, I used either Tinyscan or Snapseed to get a clear scan of my illustration. I emailed the file to myself and opened it in Photoshop. Unfortunately, I do not have the paper with me right now, but I can show you what the scan looked like.
Then, I took the quick selection tool and got rid of all the white in the background, the gaps between my name, and the yarn. Using the quick selection tool, I separated the individual bunnies from the text and yarn so I could do a color overlay without changing the color of the bunnies. I then recombined everything and used the brush tool to add more pink yarn in the background to make it seem as if the bunnies were stuck in a world of yarn. Abriella said it reminded her of Tim Burton, which I can see! I thought it kind of looked like Harold and the Purple Crayon. Thanks for recommending Edward Gorey, Suloni! I read over the link you sent, and I really enjoy his style and all his book illustrations. I always thought it’d be really cool to write and illustrate a children’s book.
Happy first day of classes! This is what I’ve been working on for today and last week. Online Course Graphics for the class GOV 312L: Elections. I’ve also been doing shifts in Mezes (RSC Support) which has been a nice addition to my usual tasks. It’s nice to see other faces and excited professors lecturing 🙂
And just some more photo IDs~
Bridget has been writing up instructions for how to create a game on canvasser that will be used as part of the CLIO training. She asked if I could help come up with some banners so these are what I made. I ended up going with the second option as a GIF since the text was easier to read on that one. Suloni came back with feedback that this wont really be a retro looking game and too make the banner more abstract.
The next two weeks I’ll be working on setting up a part II training for inDesign to later be added on the KB. I’m excited! Currently going through my old yearbook and some other inDesign tutorials online to see what else should be added. I think the main things are to sort of explain font pairing, degrees of separation, and photo crediting in print formats. Megan will probably have some more input on this so I look forward to hearing from her. In the mean time enjoy the only picture of myself in my high school yearbook, of which I was editor-in-chief.