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Friday, August 28, 2015

Looks like the boulder finally caught up to Jack Zduriencik...


Monday, August 24, 2015

What's a duck gotta do to get a follow from The Oregon Duck?  I got an idea...


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015

"HERE'S DUCKY!"

"HERE'S DUCKY!"



I thought I'd give a quick look at how I made this design.  There are three areas that I think make a really good graphic designer: Color Matching, Texture, Depth.  I will try and talk alittle about those as I go along.  So here it goes...

First you have to get inspired, I wanted to recreate the "Here's Johnny" moment from "The Shining".  So I found an image on the interweb that was large and seemed to have a proper color...




Then I found a Duck image that mimicked the "forward thrusting face" that Jack Nicholson has in this scene...



Then I went back to my Shining image and removed the face, sorry Jack, and cleaned up the edges...



Then I get my Duck image and clean out the background, remove the cup and hands, slightly tilt The Duck to the left, and match the "black" in the background to the "black" from under face in the original Shining image from under Jacks chin.  (Remember color matching helps with realism, and 9 times out of 10 the "black" in an image isn't pure black)...



Then I add back in the door.  A lot of new designers might stop here, it looks fine.  And in the meme driven world of the internet... speed matters, but I like to try and add a little bit more.  Notice the part of the door on the right by The Ducks bill, I notched it out so it seems that The Ducks bill is in-front of the door (refer back up to the door image above and you can see the slight curve where The Duck bill will be).  This adds depth and makes the The Duck look like he is "in" the space, and not just "behind the door"....



Now we need to add some shadow, this will help with the illusion that part of The Ducks in behind the door and his face is thrusting through the hole in the door.  Never be afraid to add LOTS of layers, no one will see how ugly your working files might be.  One of the things that I liked in adding the shadow was the little bit on the bottom right under The Duck's bill on the door itself, again that shadow gives the illusion of depth...



Now at this point I was like "I am done", but I asked my wife to take a look at it (she isn't an "artist" which is helpful because she brings up great points I seem to overlook) and she says to me, "the most iconic part of the image is how he's looking over at the lady".  Duh.  I cant believe I missed that.  So I duplicated the black of the eye, added the "white" of his eye in (actually its shades of purple in this image, remember: color matching) and I was finished...


I hope this helps someone out there trying to make their own art.  Thanks all!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Is this finally the last season of Zduriencik's 7-year plan?  Or will Seattle's very own Walking Dead saga continue?


Monday, August 10, 2015

Despite what you may think, you are loved.  This world is pretty messed up and its easy to give up hope.


Friday, August 7, 2015

In Chip We Trust... Trusted.  Still trust... you get the idea...


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

How Ducks fans feel when they see Titans fans falling in love with Marcus Mariota...


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

How some people see the power shift in New York City baseball...






Friday, July 31, 2015

Russell "DangeRuss" Wilson is a Mega Man on the field...


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Zduriencik making out like a bandit... or not.


First Pre-Season Coaches Polls have been released and Oregon is No. 5...


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Beware Western Conference, "The Coyotes Are Coming"...


Monday, July 27, 2015

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Dammit.


Cole Hamels throws a no-hitter as a Phillie and my fear is for his next start he will not be in red pin-strips, but it Yankee blue...