Pen Tool Practice Results

As mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been practicing on my pen tool as part of my skills training. Here are some of what I’ve done so far.

1/3 done. Of course I practice my name first!

1/3 done. Of course I practice my name first!

After some tweaking and editing, here's the finished product!

After some tweaking and editing, here’s the finished product!

Just a little bit of freehand hello. I didn't put a scanned sketch under.

Just a little bit of freehand hello. I didn’t put a scanned sketch under.

The last but not the least is this face! I used the Width Tool (shift+w) for the hair!

The last but not the least is this face! I used the Width Tool (shift+w) for the hair!

Have you been practicing? Email me your work at blog@isabelsilva.com. Yay!

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The Pen Tool on Illustrator

Ugly confession: I’ve been using Illustrator for years now but never really got the hang of using the pen tool. I never took classes so I just learned as I went along the way. I would cringe whenever someone would suggest I use the pen tool to illustrate or make typography.

Learning it is long overdue. The need for me to learn this skill was 5 years ago. I needed to learn fast.

Luckily, I found Philippa Berry Smith’s youtube channel  containing links on how to use the pen tool. Out of the dozens (?) of videos I saw, hers are the ones that I found most informative and useful.

Find them here.

Will post my practice pieces in a bit. In the meantime, enjoy!

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The Difference between Art and Craft

My friend Missy chanced upon this video and she shared this with me. What a great educational video! Thanks TED-Ed for posting videos like these! Happy watching!

 

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Arvin’s Photo Journals

It was a privilege to make journals for Arvin to give away as his Christmas gifts. He wanted something unique to give to his colleagues and employees, and since everyone knows he’s an avid photographer, I thought it best to design journals that would highlight his skill.

I pitched the idea of using his photographs as part of the cover of the journals. I had long wanted to try this design to collaborate with photographers who want to showcase their photos and place them in a practical canvas that’s easy to transport and easy to hand around.

Here are the finished products. Photos taken by Arvin Yason.

Here are the finished products. Photos taken by Arvin Yason.

Arvin’s photo, despite them being black and white, are very nostalgic. The photos he took were designed by his 5 and 7 year old sons. The boys dropped food coloring on bottles filled with water. It was a beautiful experiment captured and translated into art. (Segue: These photos also hang in their home.)

I asked Arvin to prepare 3 photos for each journal. One of the 3 photos is placed on the frame-like cover, while the other two are placed in an inside back pocket.

The sheets are dotted making it more unique than the regular lined sheets.

The inside cover of the journal is a back pocket containing the other images taken by Arvin.

The inside cover of the journal is a back pocket containing the other images taken by Arvin.

It took a lot of trial and error to get the journals right, but I’m glad I did. 🙂

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maARTey’s week with Michael Jackson

The concept behind my week with various artists is to creatively practice a craft. I also practice and do drills, but the monotony can get discouraging and boring. Doing the weeks with challenges me to come up with funny and punny lines for each day of the week I’m practicing. I’ve done Barry Manilow, Air Supply and Michael Learns to Rock for calligraphy. This week I needed to practice my typography + watercolor + mixed media with Michael Jackson.

Here are some of the photos. 🙂

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