All good, except for one detail.
A couple of weeks ago, a good friend comes to me and asks a new logo for her partner’s business. They do some great woodwork, have an online shop, presence on social media, they have most of the boxes ticked. Except for their logo. They were using a royalty-free illustration that didn’t really communicate what their business is about. Besides, anybody else that paid for the same rights could start using that same illustration too. Not ideal.
The magic is in the details.
To be fair, the illustration I did won’t tell you what the business does either, except for the big title in it. Okay, I’ll admit it, logo design is not really my thing. I enjoy more doing the illustration, the challenge of the caricature, than coming up with a corporate iconographic representation that will encompass who you are, what you do and the things you believe in. Big responsibility. Coming from the graphic design industry, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done it before – many!, so today I can say it’s no longer a seven-headed beast. I mean, kind of is but, over the years, I’ve learnt how to tame it.
So, there you have it, that’s their new logo now. The little dude in the middle does resemble the friendly smile of the business owner, so I was pretty happy with that. And I got to read this “Omg San you are amazing, thank you so much” feedback, on their email reply, after I asked for the client’s thoughts on the logo options.
Now, go find The Board Upcycler works online (https://www.facebook.com/theboardupcycler/), check out their latest creation and treat yourself with some creative upcycle work, while supporting their local Queensland business.
BHP training finished and delivered. That was 5 modules, with 12 characters, modelled, rigged and animated. Some serious work, but also lots of fun. Cool thing was, the client was happy and the training ended up going global and was delivered in both English and Spanish. Gracias a Cortex y al equipo involucrado, bien hecho! Looking forward to the next challenge :)
This is the end result of a 3D character I did based on a speed sculpting tutorial from Shane Olson and a sketch made by Dean Yeagle. It’s also my debut in working with Dynamesh geometry, a pretty amazing tool. I’ve worked on many 3D character before but nothing like this one, with the speed and flexibility it offers. Below, a work in progress.
If you don’t know what Dynamesh is, in short, it’s a technology that allows you to re-design the geometry on a 3D model, on the fly, re-mesh it, as if you’re working with real clay – although you could also say it feels a bit like magic. It’s been years, I’ve been hearing how great it is and now I finally got to have a taste of its power. So good.
More info for those who work with or are studying ZBrush
I’ve been working on this cartoon character for weeks, not because it’s super difficult or anything – but because I couldn’t figure out why PolyPaint wasn’t working. If you search the internet, most posts discussing this issue will tell you it’s because the layer is on record mode. But I haven’t had setup any layer, let alone activated record mode, so no clear answer to me. Long story short, the problem was that, for whatever reason, my brush was using the secondary colour, which as white.
Turns out, white colour won’t show at all, no matter which shader you’re using, so it seems to act more like an eraser rather than white ink. Ok, you’re probably thinking “rookie mistake”, but… ok yes, I see now that was rookie. However, on my defence I will say, that’s not intuitive. I did post the issue on both PluralSight, where I got the tutorial from, and also Facebook and GooglePlus. I got one good answer from the tutorial owner, which didn’t solve the problem, and not one answer with a plausible solution from the social media.
So there it is, if you were stuck with PolyPaint like I was, try checking your secondary colour. Or try painting with OPTION key pressed. Hope it helps someone else too.
“We are extremely pleased with how the event turned out and it was a wonderful evening made possible by our generous sponsors and platinum sponsor, SoftSwim. The exceptional quality of the award entries is a huge credit to our members, solidifying that we have the best in the industry.
Polvo Digital Arts was an integral part of the evening, providing the digital presentation for the awards ceremony. Kudos to San for creating a presentation that fit our brief perfectly, it was exactly what we were looking for.
On behalf of the Committee, we would like to thank everyone involved for making the night such a success, particularly MC Lindsay McGrath, the sponsors, our members, the awards judges, the staff of The National Wine Centre and the entertainers. If this year is anything to go by, next year is going to be even more exciting!”
S. Rowley, Association’s State Manager and event organiser.
“Within a tight timeframe, it was important to be as specific as possible with the brief and to provide some creative direction. This was well followed and while amendments were required, as they always are, they were not extensive which was great given the deadline.”
National Communications Manager, Elders Insurance