Aug 29, 2010

Guns, Guns and More Guns!!


Another video! I know it's been quite a number of weeks since the last video, but this time it's gotta be good, right? Well, I hope you think this one is.

We're planning a guns video and we had to do a test thing. Before I start blabbing on and on (I'll do that after the video), here it is (finally). Please drop a comment below on what you think, no sappy stuff, be real!

Yes, I know, no guns. Well we couldn't find any easily (or cheaply), though I did come up with an interesting idea: Invisible guns!
Not finger guns, because invisible guns give us more freedom! If you think about it, finger guns restrict you to pistols. You couldn't use a heavy-machine gun, a turret, a shotgun... well, you could but how you'd get your fingers like that...
On the other hand, invisible guns are cool because all you do is hold a gun and the viewers imagination takes over from there and puts a gun, which means I can use whatever gun I want, heck I can even decide to throw grenades and get myself a heavy chain-gun. :-D

This is one idea I'm really going to explore!

Aug 27, 2010

Album Artwork - Concepts

Album artwork isn't very easy, in fact it's quite difficult because you have to put text and a picture into a relatively small space... or rather that's how I feel when I'm creating artwork.
I've been experimenting quite a bit with it lately, here are 3 designs I did a few minutes ago. Check them out and lemme know what you think

(In case you haven't realized, these aren't real artists! I just made them up as I went along.)
I especially like the "Jack in the Box" text and placement. Anyway, the experimentation continues

Aug 16, 2010

Photoshop Basix

Yea yea, I know, I'm trying out the whole "Title Images" thing. It's not too bad though it'll mean I should get rid of the title... but then that'd mean you wouldn't be able to see it in the archives or read a separated "Read More" post... oh well!

Anyway, moving on!

I remember when I was starting out in Photoshop, it was hella difficult finding the basics, somewhere they'd explain how to add layers, how to use the pen tool and just how to do the basic stuff. Everything was something complex (to a beginner) like how to add a vintage effect, how to color an object, how to mash up pictures for a manipulation, using gradient maps...
I got the same problem from people who just got a version of Photoshop and wanted to start using it and they'd fall to me to explain to them how it works, how to do stuff and so on. It's hard to teach someone the basics when they are always asking "Ok ok the brush tool is cool, but how did you do the pic with the many faces in one?" And that'd mean explaining "Place", Maps, filters, adjustments, just to pull off one thing and that's a horrible way to start.

So I've been pondering, what if I wrote a "Photoshop Basics" book... something short quickly explaining how Photoshop works and how to effectively use it... explaining what to do and what not to do and good practices like non-destructive editing... Well, it'll be based on roughly the same process I used when learning and also feature lots of vague areas where I'll need the reader to experiment and figure out what would work best...


Well, here's the chapters I was thinking of implementing:
  1. Introduction to the layout and pallets
  2. Opening, Creating and Saving Documents
  3. Layers
  4. Brush Tool, Eraser Tool, Text Tool and Shape Tool
  5. Placing and editing images
  6. Gradient Tool and Blending Modes
  7. Filters, Adjustments and Layer Styles
  8. Grouping Layers, Adjustment Layers and Solid Fills/Gradient Fills
  9. Selection Tools (lassos, marquee)
  10. Quick Masks and Layer Masks
  11. Pen Tool
  12. Clone Stamp
I don't intend on covering EVERY SINGLE THING. I'd like to leave stuff like magic wand and burn/dodge tools to the reader. This list is up for amendment, I'm thinking of adding/removing some of the items from this list, it's not final. Anyway, if you have an idea or if you'd like to contribute to the book, please drop a comment or send me a message (I think people would trust a book more if it was a collaboration of various artists doing it).



Aug 14, 2010

Photoshop Tutorials - Just Remember

If this is your first time running a tut on Ideas to Creations, please read this post!

First off, my tuts are on a Creative Commons Licence: BY NC. Mention who hooked you up, and non-commercial use, however you are free to share it and make derivations of it ("derived from davdalx's Ideas to Creations" including a link here would be appreciated).
Second, I'm using Photoshop CS4. If I should stumble upon anything that isn't supported in previous versions (to my knowledge) I will write something

Aug 13, 2010

African Digital Art Inspiration

Yaaay! Some of my work was featured in African Digital Art's Weekly Inspiration. Wow, I'm like super-flattered, seriously. It feels awesome seeing that someone appreciates my work. :-D Wooosh!

It's inspiration 34

African Digital Art is a really cool stuff to get some inspiration and get in on the vibe on what's going on in the digital universe of Africa, and if I'm not wrong it was started by a Kenyan, which is awesome! You know, sites like Abduzeedo and Smashing Magazine can really psyche you up, but when you're seeing something from someone who probably lives next door to you... it's really something else!

Oh ya, the NEXT post is gonna be a tutorial... sorry about that...

Aug 7, 2010

Battle of the Bands (Episode 2)

Yes, we had mad fun at the last Battle of the Bands "Rebirth" on 4th July, and today is the next installment when the winners of the bands battle it out for the next stage, it's Battle of the Bands "Black Parade".
It's the anniversary of the bomb blast attack in 1998, and the rockers are going to be leaving their mark on the wall of the bomb blast site (damn, I can't remember the building's name), then a long parade all the way to Choices, Baricho Road, where the battle continues.

I'm really psyched for this one. Especially since UETA is playing and they have quite a reputation. And especially Murfy's Flaw after their deadly performance at "Rock vs Benga" at Zen Garden last weekend!
Wow, this is really gonna be great! I can't believe how psyched I am, or how awesome these events usually are. Woooow!!!!