It’s a g thing…

g thing

So I created this in an hour or so tonight for my nephew Grant. I’m trying to think of something I could make my nephews and neice this Christmas that a) would be cool and personalized and b) would be something they could look back on and say, “My Aunt Pex made me that and I love it!” This is what I came up with. It’s a font/typography look with the fonts I have on my machine at the moment. I wanted the thicknesses and styles to vary and for it to look very clean. The clean style is something I can do, but isn’t normally something I do on a day to day basis. If you are wondering, I’m going to have to make this a standard size…hmm, now that I’m actually thinking about it, I made it 11×17 instead of the traditional 11×14 size that most frames come in. CRIKEY! Well, I can rework if neccessary. I am just wanting to know this: Did I succeed or does it need more work? I’m opening myself up here for critique, so if you have some, please throw it my way. I want to know if I’m going in the right direction, so thanks in advance! Oh, and I put that border around it, cause I’m afraid that if I do print it out, it would have to have a border around the edge of the page using laserject inkjet printers. I guess I could go another route and do it on a wide format printer, but I didn’t want this to be too costly of a task or gift, ya know?

So, tonight I went to a meetup of the Twitter folks here in Lex. At first, I really didn’t want to drag myself outta the house to go (I was working on the above project); however, I’m glad I went. It’s good to be social. Sometimes I let any worries or stress I’m feeling keep me huddled at home, but being social can really make me feel better. I saw all kinds of cool people and got to know and meet a few new too! We will see if they end up doing this as a regular thing!

And just a few minutes ago, I stopped at Thornton’s to get gas (my light is on E). For the life of me, I couldn’t get my gas tank open! I tried to pry it open, but I’m really afraid that I’m going to break it! There really wasn’t anyone around to help either, so I just went on my way. It has been snowy and icy out, so I don’t know if it won’t open due to the freezing or not, but I hope it is working by tomorrow morning! I HAVE to get gas then! I stop on my way to get gas at a place outside of Nicholasville that has tons of construction worker type guys milling around. Hopefully one of them can help me! I don’t know how well I can play the damsel in distress. Ha ha!

Hope all is world in your worlds Swellions! Until next time!

Designs of my past

In my graphic design life, I design a lot of stuff. Most of the time, I will whip up a project and then it never sees the light of day again. I was perusing through some of these projects and thought I’d share some of them with you. Some of these projects were used, others were just mere ideas that never came to be anything. But one thing is for sure, they all came from my little ol’ very random brain. Here’s asampling of some of some of these projects..

Here’s a little design for Creative Techniques magazine I made that was never used. The magazine isn’t with us anymore, but I worked on a lot of random ideas and projects for it at one time. This is my friend Molly. Her last name isn’t Carter, but she was a perfect subject for this little faux invite, cause she’s super cute and photogenic…I seem to do a lot of projects with her in it it as you will see below!

This illustration I did for a former co-worker who was leaving. I guess this is my more fine art side coming through in this one.
photo illustration

I created this as an invite for my friend’s party, but it never was used or printed. These are my favorite colors.
party invite

OK, I must do a lot of invites or something! Here’s one for a jewelry show I hosted like 4 years ago.

And here’s a CD cover I designed. Psssttt…don’t tell anyone, but I used an old Lita Ford’s album cover as the inspiration for my body.

And lastly, you know those photo cakes people do? I made this design for Molly for her b-day like 5 years ago. Of course, if you didn’t already know, I was inspired by Andy Warhol. She got a big kick out of it!

It’s nice to look back at these things every now and then. Fortunately, they aren’t as painful as looking at old diary entries (those make me cringe).

Until next time Swellions!