“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.” Mahatma Gandhi
“When a man is in despair, it means that he still believes in something.” Dmitri Shostakovich
Miami was on fire last night! I live in this amazing city, and last night the Miami Heat won the NBA Championship against the Oklahoma City Thunder. They played right here at the American Airlines Arena, which is located in Downtown Miami. I wasn’t there at all, I have to tell you that I have some phobias, for example I am afraid of big crowds, enclosed spaces. But yesterday, after watching the game I came home and could see from a distance the huge lines of cars, and could hear all these cars honking non-stop, loud music, people making noise with pots and pans. Yes, Miami was literally on fire celebrating out on the streets our Miami Heat Champions. Shooting late at night, without an external flash, and lots of movement is quite a challenge. Yet, it was a very rewarding experience. Just check out this first guy, people get very creative indeed! Cheers everyone!
Like any creative process graphic design means learning different skills to be able to work with clients and help them to visually communicate their message, brand, service or product. Illustration is part of those skills that we get to learn the basics, but that others have quite a talent and passion that specialize in illustration. I like the art of illustration but I am not an illustrator. I can draw simple, easy shapes. I want to keep practicing. Practice, practice, practice is key. Here are two examples of ads from my school portfolio (brand: Vespa) in which I did the illustrations.
And here, some examples of real Vespa ads using illustration.
Sometimes we forget this. We forget that no matter what people around us say, or what job we have or what hardship we are going through, indeed we are unique. I’m reading a book called ‘ Doing work you love’ by Cheryl Gilman. I think I need it. About this image, I took a few photos of these birds, just hanging out there. They all seem to look the same,,,but no my friends, we all are indeed unique, let’s never forget that.
Painting digitally is not something I do often. In my advanced Illustrator class we learned how to use the Bristle and the Blub brush. Our subject matter had to be a fruit and since I like drawing pears, not sure why, I decided to use a pear. Here is the original photo that I took from google search as a reference.
And here as the results of both types of brushes.
It takes many ‘layers’ to do this, plus some extra patience. The left image is the Bristle brush, and the right image the Blub brush. I also did use the same pear concept and did another digital illustration but now in Photoshop and this time I didn’t have a reference. Remember I said I draw pears from time to time? Well, I just started drawing.
This one created in PSD, has different textures. Which one do you like best?
El Crucero is a small quiet town in Managua (Nicaragua), or maybe I should say it is actually a municipality from Managua the capital city. I went one day there to take photos back in 2009 with my mom. The unique thing about El Crucero is in fact the weather, which is cool and not extremely hot as most of the country. A few people have big houses with lots of land, and in one of them we spotted some cows or should I say oxen. I thought they were so pretty, yet it is a challenge to shoot animals.
When I see some of these photos it makes me feel I was in a different country, not because of the animals, but because of the environment.
I had the satisfaction of witnessing how they can be loving and caring for each other.
During that time, I was studying graphic design but I knew photography was going to become very important for my work and my life. I simply enjoy it.