Silhouette Cutout Photography Project Part 1

November 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

A few days ago I saw a post on someone’s site that featured David Reeves’ photographs of silhouetted cutouts of his favorite video games and comics. It made me want to try this as well. I’m nowhere near as good as he is, but hopefully I’ll get better. My first attempt was of a painting I saw from a scene in Game of Thrones, with the character Sansa walking across the castle grounds. I also wanted to take a picture of the setup, but only remembered about it after it was all down. Hopefully I’ll remember to do it if I continue with the project.

Silhouette Game of Thrones


webPotato: Bringing Hollywood to the internet

July 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

In my senior year of college, I took an e-commerce class. A semester-long project was a large part of the grade. Each group’s task was to come up with an online business, propose a business plan, and build a prototype website. Part of my responsibility for the project was designing that site.

Our consulting group logo.

We discussed for a few days ideas about the business before we came up with a site that would make deals with television and film companies to provide free streaming content in one place. Sounds a lot like Hulu, doesn’t it? The funny thing is that about two weeks after we came up with the idea, launched. We ended up deciding to continue with our work, modifying it to be a competitor to Hulu and learning from its problems.

Get it? The interwebs + couch potato? Sort of a play on words.

I’m not going to detail the business side of things as this post is to highlight the website. I’ve uploaded the webPotato and eVolvingWeb sites online for anyone that wants to check it out ‘live.’ Small parts of the layout got messed up with new browser updates, but, for the most part, it still works.

We wanted to really focus on building a community with the site, so we included a personal message system and an integrated wiki.  We also had a page similar to Facebook’s favorites section, so that users could find people with similar interests. In current terms, I guess I would describe it as a mix of Hulu, IMDB, and Screened.

In the end, the site doesn’t look that great, but after all the presentations were done in the class, we were rated as the most professional looking. Either way, I had a lot of fun making it (and got an A).

A Computer Drawing of Vivi (FFIX)

July 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

Color outline version

Final Fantasy IX is probably my favorite of the long-running series of video games. I’m not that good at drawing, but I thought I’d try drawing the best, and possibly most popular, character in the game. I first did it by hand and then scanned it into Photoshop and outlined/colored it in. I had two versions: One with black ‘ink’ lines and one that looks more natural with similar line colors to the fill. It was a pretty long process, but it came out better than I expected it would.

Tobias Fünke

July 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

It wasn't really the pronunciation that bothered me.

This is mostly for people that are fans of Arrested Development. I just really liked Tobias’ business card and wanted to have a full-size version of it. Remember, Dr. Fünke is a revolutionary in psychiatric medicine.

Banners Over the Years: Part 4

July 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

These are my most recent banners. I haven’t made many recently, but I think the quality has improved. I’ve started using patterns to use as a background overlay pretty often. The Hester and Lidstrom banners are good examples of that.

They have been a big part in my improvement of Photoshop skills. I’m sure I’ll make some more and eventually make another post, but that’s it for the banners for now.

Banners Over the Years: Part 3

July 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

After my frames phase, I began learning about more of Photoshop’s tools that I hadn’t used that much. Brushes got much more prominent during this time. I also had a lot of designs that used levels and curves layers to create an overexposed look, as can be seen in the Kobe Bryant banner.

Banners Over the Years: Part 2

July 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

It is the year 2005. I’m steadily improving my skills and during this time I really got interested in putting tech frames around the banners and using a lot of motion blur. I’m really not sure what I was thinking, since those frames don’t go well with sports. Around this time, I had a long-running thread on the message board. A large number of the banners I’ve made over the years were made for people that put in requests on those boards.