INTRODUCTION – GRAPHIC DESIGNER to ILLUSTRATOR to TYPE DESIGNER

INTRODUCTION – GRAPHIC DESIGNER to ILLUSTRATOR to TYPE DESIGNER


Hello, my name is Ian I’m a Font Designer Maybe in Indonesia it still a few people that know about the profesion but i’ll try to explain that a lil bit, so Maybe, for you who got a job that involved the computer things typing things on keyboard, you must be wondering which font that will suitable with your stuff maybe it can be a thesis graphic designer food menu or maybe a ready sell product usually you use a fonts on that things for the example like maybe some of the famous font in the world like Arial Times New Roman Helvetica Comic Sans thats what we called fonts and my job is, making those kinda fonts and sell it on the internet And now i’ll tell you how From the first time I learned About Design (Graphic Design) till i decided to totally “all-in” this Font Design things Sorry 🙂 So, to be honest i not graduated in any college even any Graphic Design college or maybe some kinda art school or university of art, just like that. So i graduated from Senior High School in 2009 And then i’m doing an common things for the money so many things Then i learned bout Adobe Photoshop and Corel Draw at the moment and then i make myself available for hire for any job based on those software to be honest i just dont understand what is the real Graphic Design jobs at the moment in my mind just, as long as it can be made by Adobe Photoshop or Corel Draw i accept that kinda job based on that conditions i’m proclaiming myself as a Freelance Type Designer ahhh…sorry i mean, proclaiming myself as a Graphic Designer Freelance Graphic Designer The first time being Graphic Designer, my jobs are so random i just work on anything like, making a school’s yearbook and then some printed banner for things a digital printing stuff and then the path that i through leads me to an clothing line (apparel, merchandise) stuff like Tshirts, the good thing is a long long time ago i basically love to drawing then it leads me more to an illustration things i draw for tshirt designs, then.. it tooks me pretty much long time in this Tshirt and clothing line stuff started from 2010 and then i’ve ever work as a inhouse designer in one of major Clothing or Apparel brand in here (Jakarta, Indonesia) and then i decided to get back to basic as a Freelance Illustrator to be focused on working on some for a clothing line and apparel stuff, just like that. and then gradually i feel like i just kinda forcing myself to be an illustrator like to be honest, i can do it but its like i forced myself its like i forced myself it feels like i’m not enjoying it anymore and finally back in late 2012 i met a friend from Bandung, Indonesia. His name is GILANG PURNAMA he’s one of the finest and famous Type Designer (Font Designer/Font Maker) in here in Indonesia. He started to make fonts since circa 2008 some of them are free and some are for sale when i first knew him, he suggest me to “cmon man, lets make fonts” it will be a big things in the future and i said “oh yes i wanna do it man” but i realized that making fonts took a long time to learn at the moment, my personal financial situation is kinda low to be honest, the decision to change myself into a Type Designer took a very long time back in that day i feel pretty confused to let go the title as an illustrator and then moved into being Type Designer or Font Designer just like what i told before because, me personally dont want it to be like i can do so much things like Illustrator (slash) Graphic Designer (slash) Type Designer for me it doesn’t look cool because everywhere, what i know is The Specialist, are more credible better than someone that can do so many things here i give you an example, when we learn about one thing for 5 years, compared to learning 5 things in 5 years it must be better for the 1things5years than the 5things5years Thats what i though about being a specialist in my personal opinion thats what i wanted and i want to be like that in every kind of situation that i work for and then, i think about how i can move myself to be a Font Designer but at the moment, i need to constantly making money for a living everybody knews that when we sell something for the first time, it must be not highly sold as we expect it needs to be totally prepared learning so many things, learn about the market lets take aside the learn about the market, i still didn’t know how to make fonts back in the day. and then i came up with a strategy, just like this *my tongue just slipped at the moment* when i’m still being an illustrator, i accept all of the orders and jobs from anywhere as much as i can handle, even though its cheap or expensive i accept all of them till i get some “safe money” for a living for a 1 or 2 months next. and then after the money is there, i stopped all of that kinda orders and illustrations job then i focused to learn about how to make a font with the money that i get before for my daily needs when i’m learning, in making fonts and then.. finally i can make one font and then i try to sell it unfortunately almost nobody buys it and my money getting drained so i repeat those steps before find a new jobs and orders, tshirt design, illustration anything i’m designing so much stuff till i get that “safe money” and then i use that for my daily things and i learn to make a new font again again and again untill one day, the fonts that i made before, gradually started to make my financial condition safer and then, gradually i just let go all of the illustration and graphic design jobs and orders till i finally not working on any kinda orders even graphic design or illustration at all in 2013. and totally focused only just making fonts for a living. one of the things that make my decision stronger to be a Type Designer is its a “product-selling” based not a “work-by-orders” when we selling a digital product like this, to be honest making font takes a long time its like maybe a month, 2 months even like a couple years. it depends how the quality of the font is. what’s on my mind is, its kinda investment, a product investment. so we only make it once, but it can be sell forever the more we created, the products being much much more variative. So the long term of investments are gone longer and way more far. compared to when i’m work for one “order-based” job which is maybe the rate are high and some of them are cheap but its just stop right there, no continuity. i think if it repeated again and again just like that, its only making myself tired and exhausted. repeating those same things are pretty tiring and then i find out how to make these energy spends are optimal so i try to find a way how to make all of these as a passive income. which is we sell a digital product, and we make it by ourself, even though it takes a long time to make it, but the profit is a long-term which is someday maybe i didn’t do anything in one or two months it still gives me (lets just say like) salary in every month. even though i didn’t make anything new at the moment. that’s one of the reasons why i changed myself to be a type designer and then, finally when i can feel more relax, when everythings being steady and then i can track how much money that i can earn every month, then i started to realize like how much font that i can make in a month, how much font that i can make in 2 month, then i realized that, “these-kinda” job are more relaxing and enjoyable. i can improve myself better in every aspect of the business, and i can learn much more different things about the business, that’s because we’re not tied by the deadline, and not being pushed by other people, and all of the decisions in the business are depends on me myself and i as a one man show, back in the day That’s what i found really fun to do and thats another reason why i choose this Type Design things actually, if you wanna sell something digital as a Graphic Designer or maybe an Illustrator. Its not only fonts that can be sell online just like this as a digital product and a passive income i have some of illustrator friends doing the similar things like this almost have the same system to make the passive income, they jump in to Shutterstock 123RF, Fotolia Graphic River there’s some of the marketplace website that have a lot of digital products to sell not only fonts there are Templates, Brochure template, Website template or maybe a Vector illustration a piece by piece illustration, that can be used a couple times after. i think that’s enough for the moment, here’s the short story that i can tell you for the first as an introduction and in the future, i wanna make more of “these-kinda” videos maybe i’ll share about the process about how i make the fonts or maybe as a sharing about about the font business environtment or maybe about a digital products and stuff about the marketing movement or maybe how to promote on Social Media and if you can suggest me, i dont wanna say “just ask me a question” cause it looks like i’m the one who knows everything where both of us are still learning so, maybe if you wanna know something and you need a buddy to learn together just let me know what the thing is and i’ll try to learn on that too which is maybe still related with what i’ve been doing to improve myself better thank you for all of your interest, I’m really sorry about the lack of video quality, and so ordinary and so many annoying cats cause i have 4 cats thank you and see you later hope you enjoy this video and still interest to watch the next video 🙂

07/11 Empire State Building — Graphic Design: Illustrate a Flat Style City_ENG

07/11 Empire State Building — Graphic Design: Illustrate a Flat Style City_ENG


On this lesson, we’re going to work on the Empire State Building. So the first we’re going to do, is go here and see how the shape of the building is. So what I’m going to do is to go to my Rectangle tool by clicking here or pressing M on my keyboard and make a rectangle that’s around this size. And if you remember, I sometimes prefer to work with only the stroke, so I’m going to do that. Then I’m going to do another one that is smaller. Then I’m going to do an another one. that’s a little bit smaller, and another one that is just like this. I’m going to select all the shapes and align them with Horizontal Align Center. And now I think this is looking okay. So what I’m going to do is select all of this before this. And move them to the right a little bit by, sorry, to the left by pressing Alt and Shift. And I think that’s ok, so what I’m going to do right now, is select the ones that I created first. Select them all and Unite them. So now this is going to be the main shape of my building. I’m going to create another rectangle here on the top. And another one that is smaller and this… place it right here kind of a thiner. And I’m going to do the same that I did with this two shapes, but while moving them I’m going to press Alt and Shift. Ok, so what I’m going to do is fill this one with our white color, remove the stroke. Then go to these three and Unite them because I want them to have the same color. So probably grey would work fine for them. Then I’m going to right click>Arrange>Send to back, or you can use the shortcut. And again just as before with a Statue of Liberty, we can move this a little bit to the bottom. So we can see that we don’t have them behind our other things, so remember to remove the stroke. And we’re going to have this one, I’ll have it yellow. And just sent it back. Then… I think I’m going to use the same yellow, I could use the Eyedropper by selecting here or pressing I on my keyboard. Then right click>Send to back. And then for this one, I’m going to use a darker, send it to back. Then probably the same color for this one. And just make sure that for this other one you pick one that is darker, maybe that one. Make it like that, make a little bit thicker and center it to this rectangle and now remember to send it to back. And you can actually center it, the both of these. Not make it as all. So you’remember with your Direct Selection tool or you can press A on your keyboard, you can make this smaller and maybe a little bit wider. Okay, so this is kind of the shape that I am trying to replicate here. Now you can see that it has a lot of windows and I want to do that as well, so I’m going to go here to my Rectangle tool. And then create while pressing Shift, so I create the square. I’m going to use this dark blue as the window color. And I’m going to make another copy by pressing Alt + Shift. And then I’m going to press Ctrl +D to make the same copy with the same distance again. I’m going to select them all and group them and move them a little bit here probably. Yeah I think that’s okay. And I’m going to make a copy again while pressing Alt and Shift around there. Then I’m going to press Ctrl + D, Ctrl + D, Ctrl + D, Ctrl + D…until I have enough copies there. Then I’m going to do the same with Ctrl + D, Ctrl + D, until I get almost to the top, I think right there is ok. So what I’m going to do right now, is just select this Rectangle here because they are going outside, and I don’t want to do that or to mask them. So what I’m going to do is you could ungroup them or go inside the group by double clicking. And then just remove this one and then go outside. But other way you can get around this is with the Direct Selection tool, you can select all the squares. And you press delete. Make sure that you are selecting them all, and that’s it. I think this is looking okay. You can select all of them and again, if you don’t have any other element that is using this dark blue, you can select this and make sure that you are selecting similar objects. And you’ll have them right there. ANd I want to actually move them a little bit to the bottom. So around there, I think it’s okay. And I’m going to select them all again and group them. And then I just want to make a copy for the other side, so I’m going to go right click>Transform>Reflect. Make sure you’re reflecting on the vertical axis and make a copy. And I’m goig to move it to this side. And finally, I want to create some other windows here in the middle. So and I actually think that this is not as tall as in the proportion with the one that I have here. It is not as tall and probably not as wide. So I’m going to fix that by selecting everything, except the windows and scaling them a little bit, probably like that, maybe not make it that wide. Make sure that you are making a little bit taller. And then let’s select the windows and move them here on the bottom. And probably I’m going to have to delete this one because I’m going to have to repeat some of the windows here because they didn’t… they don’t work for this new lay out. So that’s okay, I can go double click on the group. And let’s just double click here and make any… Select one of these, press Ctrl+ C, go one level of the group to the top and press Ctrl + Shift + V, so you place it on the exact same place. Now I’m going to move it a little bit or right and again, just as before by pressing Alt + Shift, move these windows to fill those spaces you need it and go outside the group. And now I want to… These two to have the same distance as the other ones, so I move them, again Ctrl + D. Right until I think it’s okay. Now I’m going to do what I did before, right-click>Transform>Reflect. And make sure that I’m reflecting on the vertical axis and make copy, move it to this side. And now you have.._ I think now the proportions are better, so I’m gonna add some windows here on the middle. So to do that again, I’m going to copy one of these squares, I’m going to pres Ctrl + C. Then is one I can paste it wherever I want by pressing Ctrl + V. And then just move it around here. I think that it looks nice, make a copy by pressing… by dragging and pressing Alt + Shift. Release them, group both of these. Make sure that you center them. Now let’s make a copy around there. And then I want to make a lot of copies until I get to the top by pressing Ctrl+ D, remember that repeats the last action. I think that these ones on the top doesn’t look like, so that’s it. And with this, we have a building that resembles our reference. And as I told you before, if your city has different buildings, make sure that you try to capture what is unique about them. So for example, here you can see the different levels that we have been trying to recreate, how it kind of looks like a stairs, right here on the border. So now that I have this, I’m going to go Ctrl + G to group it and put this buildinging on my map. I’m going to scale it of course because I think it’s too big, and move it around here. So probably a little bit smaller, and move it, probably around there I think it would work fine. So now we have a building there and on the next lesson, we’re going to keep populating this map by adding some other buildings here and some trees and houeses. So see you on the next lesson.

Styling Text With CSS3 | XO PIXEL

Styling Text With CSS3 | XO PIXEL


Hey guys! So in last week’s tutorial, we learned all about text in HTML. In this weeks tutorial, you’ll learn all about styling text in CSS. Feel free to follow along by opening your favourite code editor. Before we get started, be sure to check
out my blog post for a copy of the HTML & CSS code. There’s a link in the description box below. Now let’s get started. In CSS, there’s a variety of properties
that can be used to change the appearance of text. Remember that the following CSS properties apply to the text within the elements we specified in our HTML code. Before we make our text all fancy, we first need to tell the browser what typeface we
want to use in the first place. We need to specify typefaces before anything else. To do this we use the “font-family” property. The value of the “font-family” property
is the name of the typeface you want to use like ‘Arial’, ‘Verdana’ or ‘Helvetica’.
In order for fonts to be displayed on your website for many users, the fonts specified must be installed on the user’s computer. You can use more than one font by making a list separated with commas so that if the user doesn’t have the first font installed,
their browser can display the others fonts listed as alternatives.
Fonts with more than one word like “Courier New” or “Time New Roman” must be put
inside double quotes. Once we specify the typeface, we can now use other properties to style the font.
The “font-size” property is pretty self-explanatory; it specifies the size of the font.
There are three common ways you can specify the size of a font: by using pixels, percentages
and ems Pixels is a precise size measurements and
is commonly used for font sizes. This is written by writing the number of pixels followed by the letters px. Percentages are commonly based on the default size of text in browsers which is 16px. Therefore, a font-size set to 50% would be the equivalent
of 8px and a font-size set to 75% would be equivalent to 12px. Lastly, EMS is a bit of an abstract concept. Generally, 1em=16px which again, is the
default font-size in most browsers. If the If the font size for the entire site is set to be 12px by default, then 1em will equal 12px, 2em would equal 24px and so on.
Both percentages and EMS are commonly used in responsive web design. But we’ll get into that in another video. After you’ve set the size of the font, you can specify the weight of the font. Font weights are commonly either bold or normal. The “line-height” property adjusts the
vertical gap between lines of text. To control the alignment of text, use the “text-align” property By using the text-transform property, you can change the case of text to “uppercase”, “lowercase” or to “capitalize” which capitalizes the first letter of each word. In CSS3, we can now add drop shadows to text using the “text-shadow” property. The values in this property is made up of three lengths and a color. The first value indicates how far to the left or right the shadow will be, the second value indicates the distance from the top or bottom and the third indicates the amount of blur to the shadow you wish your text to have. The font style allows you to make the font italic, oblique or normal. You can also indent the first line of text using the text-indent property. The amount you want to indent the text is usually given in pixels or ems. The property “letter-spacing” adjusts the spacing between each individual letter. This is referred to as “kerning”. The “word-spacing” property adjusts the spacing between each word in a paragraph. You wouldn’t need to use the word-spacing property too often. When specifying the value for these properties, it should be in ems. The text-decoration property allows you to specify if you want your text to have an underline, overline, line-through or none which removes any decoration already applied to the text. Now we’re almost done learning about all the properties you can apply to style your text in CSS. But before we wrap up, I want to introduce to you Pseudo-elements and pseudo-classes. Pseudo-elements essentially acts like there’s an extra element in the code. A good example of this is both the ‘:first-letter’ pseudo-element which styles the first letter in a paragraph and the ‘:first-line’ pseudo-element that styles the first line of a paragraph. Pseudo-element & pseudo-classes are written at the end of the selector, like this (see video) pseudo-classes like “:link” and “:visited” are commonly seen when styling links. The pseudo-class “:link” styles links that have not been clicked on or “visited”. The pseudo-class “:visited” styles the look of a link that has been visited. Other pseudo-classes like :hover, :active and :focus changes the appearance of elements when a user is interacting with them. “:hover” effects the look of an element when a user’s mouse is hovering over it. “:active” effects the look of the element when the element has been clicked. Lastly, “:focus” can be used to indicate the element is being focused on, for example, that moment when you’re ready to begin typing in the comment box below, that change in activity to the element indicates “:focus” has been applied to the element. Well, that was a lot of things to learn but
now, you’re a pro at styling text using CSS. You’ve learnt about the many elements, properties, pseudo-elements and pseudo-classes used when styling text in CSS3. Now go ahead and apply your new knowledge on your own personal web development projects. Please give this video a thumbs up if you
liked it and write a comment below to let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions for future videos. Don’t forget to subscribe if you enjoy these videos and as always, thanks for watching! I’ll you see in next weeks video.

05/06 Lines and solid colors — Graphic Design: Learn to design weather icons_ENG

05/06 Lines and solid colors — Graphic Design: Learn to design weather icons_ENG


On this lesson, we’re going to work on our next style and we’re going to base it on what we did on our previous lesson. So first thing you have to do is, you have this style that is right there. But as I said, we’re going to base ourselves on what we did before: So all we’re going to do is, have this that we had here with the lines and add some color. So do that, I’m going to go here and I ungroup my shapes. Then I’m going to ungroup each individual group that I had here. Again by selecting them all or you can go individually and ungroup it. So you can add different colors to these different shapes. And I’m going to select this, remove the stroke because we just want to fill for now. You’re going to see how I change that, and change it to this color. Then I’m going to do the same for all the suns by selecting both of them and going to my Eyedropper tool by going here to my Tool’s panel or pressing I on my keyboard. Now I’m going to change the color of the clouds and maybe these two on the rain drops to something like this. I think this is okay. And then I’m going to the same for this clouds, so again, just the Eyedropper and in the case of these clouds, I’m going to actually change this color to white. Right now, you don’t see anything because we don’t have a background, but we’re going to change that. To this, I’m going to change my color to some gray and the thunder is going to have the same color ff the sun. And I’m going to do the same for this one. Now, you’re going to say okay, when are you going to combine these two? I’m going to do it right now. So now that I have all the colors or the base colors there, all I have to do is just go here to my previous style, make sure that I click on this so I am on the Artboard 1 copy, that is actually this style that we did before. We’re going to select them all and press Ctrl + C to copy them. Now, we’re going to go back to our Artboard. In this case is this Artboard 1 copy 3, and you can click again to make sure that you’re on the right Artboard. And now, all you have to do is, go to Object… Sorry, Edit and select Paste In Place, or you can go Ctrl + Shift + V. Now, once you do that, you can see that it has placed what I did. And I’m going to actually group this just that you see that I can select them everything easilly, just Ctrl + G. Now you can see how both styles have been applied in this. Now, if you don’t want to accidentally move these strokes around because they are not going to have any changes, all you have to do is, go here to Object>Lock>Selection, or press Ctrl + 2 on your keyboard, that way you are not going to be able to change the strokes, but only the shapes that you had before. And now to make this rain icon stand out a little bit more, I’m going to actually add a background. I’m going to send it back. And I’m going to change the color to a very very light… Maybe this one is better. I think this is working better, and it is going to be like that. And now, you’re almost done, but you can also add some little accents to this sun. Especially to the sun because it’s shining. So to make a difference from the rest of the elements, all you have to do is go here to your Basic Shapes tool, select your rectangle, go here to find the center, or you can do a rectangle, sorry, a circle wherever or not the place. And make sure your press Alt and Shift, so that the place where you clicked first becomes the center, and make our stroke… Sorry, our circle around the size. And when I swap it, it’s actually need a stroke then change this one to… I think 5 would work nice. Now, I’m going to change the color to a very very light yellow, maybe something lighter. Now, I’m going to go here and use again my Scissors tool by clicking here or pressing C on my keyboard. And go and make a point here, and then another point around here. Now I’m going to delete what I don’t need. And I’m going to select this and change my cap to round cap, so I have something like this. And to make this even more interesting, I’m going to press C again here, and then C againt here to remove this little piece and delete it. And you could actually remove more, but it think it’s too less, something like this. And now you have a little reflection here on this sun. And you can group it and then you can just simply move it by pressing Alt + Shift and move it around the same distance for the sun. We’re gonna do the same for all the suns on this icon set. And now you can see that the sun is standing out because it’s… the reflect is here. Now with this, we have our third different set. And we’re going to work on the next lesson on our final set of icons with a difference.

Graphic Design: Vectorize an Adventure logo (beginner) | Freepik course trailer_ENG

Graphic Design: Vectorize an Adventure logo (beginner) | Freepik course trailer_ENG


hey my name is Renu and I’m going to taking you through this course and how to create an illustrative adventure logo we’re going to start with a sketch and take it into illustrator after finding some inspiration on Pinterest and we’re going to start building it out from scratch once you’ve done that I want to show you how to manipulate and create an illustrative type of logo design I’m going to go through the typography me plating it to create some really nice effects give it a nice clean message a lot once we’ve done that we’re going to add some detail add some shading a bit of texture and give it a bit of a grunge and realistic effect and then once we’ve done that I’m going to show you how to finalize the P finalize the artwork and get it ready for like an Instagram post or even add it on a picture so hope you guys enjoy the course and enroll

Day in the Life – Working as a Creative Professional in LA

Day in the Life – Working as a Creative Professional in LA


Every day is an opportunity to do your best work, to learn something new, and to give value to the lives of those around you. I aim to do this every day, so I can put my signature on the efforts I do, and feel good about the impact I make daily. Hello, I’m Matthew Encina.
I work as a creative professional in beautiful Los Angeles, California. In a previous life, I was a designer, animator, and a creative director working on TV commercials. Now I teach and create content at The Futur, where I help creative professionals sharpen their skills and earn money, doing what they love.
While no two days are exactly alike I hope to share a glimpse of what the world looks like, through my lens. This is a typical day in my life.
I set my alarm every day at 6am… and a second one at 6:30. I don’t always get up on the first one, so I have a backup. I love the early mornings because I have the most energy, and space for myself.
Before anything, I must have coffee. I usually have coffee in one of two ways.
When I want Hot coffee, I use my Aeropress, which takes about 2 minutes to make.
When I want something chilled, I enjoy a smooth glass of cold brew, which I steep 8 hours overnight in my fridge. Most people say staring at a screen the
first thing in the morning is a terrible way to start your day. However, I find
because of the quality of the people I follow I’m often inspired, learn new
things, and can engage in some stimulating dialogue. This helps to wake
up my brain and gets me ready for the next part of my morning.
Once I’m fully awake and caffeinated, I work out my mind or my body. Most days
I’ll head to the gym where I lift weights, rock climb, or do calisthenics.
Working out helps me to keep mental clarity because of all the mood-boosting
chemicals that are released in the process. I know in the long run I’d like
my body to be as sharp as my mind so I make sure to work out at least three to
five times a week to stay healthy. On the day’s I don’t work out my body I stay in
and right to work out my mind. Writing helps bring order to the chaos of my
thoughts. It gives form to what I’ve been thinking
about and helps me clarify my ideas. Lately, I’ve been thinking and writing
a lot about my creative career how I got here, and the process behind it. That’s
because I had to give a talk on the subject recently at a local event. So
it’s been on the top of my mind. After my morning workout I do a quick check of my
email before I head into work. This helps me understand if there are any urgent
matters that have popped up, to help me frame and organize my day.
I usually roll into work around 10:00 a.m. on Monday we do all of our weekly planning so the
entire team can use the rest of the week to work. As one of the managers here I
lead the discussion on what needs to get done for the week. Recently, we’ve been
using these meetings to run Design Sprints to focus on improving the user
experience on the digital products we sell. Design sprints are a facilitated
way of problem-solving and innovating using the collective brainpower of a
group. It was developed that Google years ago, and has been popularized by Jake
Knapp’s book. I’ll leave more resources about this in
the description if you want to learn more. After I’m done meeting with the
team, I recollect my thoughts and plan out my own week. I crack open Notion, my
favorite organization tool, to manage my to do’s for the week. This includes the
content I need to produce, people I need to follow up with, and plan for a little
time to chip away at some of my long-term goals. Monday mornings are when I get the most email. And if you’ve seen one of my previous videos you, know how easy it is to get sucked into a black hole of wasted time… sorting and
responding to your inbox. To save time I use email templates to help me respond
faster to common inquiries. And to manage all of my meetings and calls I use an
app called the Calendly. It’s a link that I send out to people so that they can
book time with me whenever I have an opening. This syncs with all of my
calendars, so I spend less time coordinating appointments and avoid
double-booking a timeslot. One of my favorite times of the day is lunch.
Luckily here in LA we have so many good food options– especially if you’re trying
to eat healthy. My usual go-to is a well-prepared protein with vegetables on
the side. When I get back to the office I prepare for a long afternoon of deep
work. Before I start I make another cup of coffee to fight the 3 p.m. energy
slump. We have the Chemex at work and I usually make enough for me and a
co-worker. Focus ,focus, focus. From the afternoon till the end of the day, I
focus on writing and making content. Wy role as the chief content officer at The
Futur is to lead the editorial team, produce content, and help create the
curriculum for the educational products we sell. This takes a lot of brainpower
to do so I close my door and run a few focused sprints in 90-minute blocks. This
helps me get my work done uninterrupted from my co-workers, and free from the
distraction of the internet. At 5:00 p.m. music plays on the overhead speakers.
This is a cue for the entire company to step away from their work and take a
break together. This helps break up the day and spur up some camaraderie with
the team. One of our favorite activities at the moment is to play Super Smash
Brothers on Nintendo Switch. When I return to my desk I check my email
once again to see if there’s anything I need to respond to. I also spend time
here responding to people in the community. I reply to comments on our YouTube
videos, and answer questions in our private Facebook and Slack groups. For
the rest of the day if I still have creative juice in me, I do one more
sprint of work to wrap up any lingering to-do’s, and close any open thoughts.
During this period I also review the work of my team and give them feedback.
So when they come in the next day they have a clear direction on what to do
next. I usually end my day around 7 or 8 p.m. When I get home I like to cook. It
helps me to relax because it has nothing to do with my busy day. It helps me to
empty my mind and focus on making a good meal. On days when I’m completely spent,
I order takeout Los Angeles has some of the best diversity in food, and we’re quite
spoiled, because every place in town delivers. I usually like to close out my
day playing an hour of video games or catching up on a show. This helps me
detach and escape from thinking about work. It allows me to slow the momentum
of my thoughts and spend some quiet time with my wife. Sometimes she likes to draw during the evenings, which is perfect because I like to chill on the couch.
Once my energy and thoughts have slowed down, I head to bed. I set my alarm and do it all again the next day. And that’s a day in my life. The composition of the
days don’t always look like this. I like to spend one or two days of the week
working from home, or out of the office. Breaking up the regular routines help
me refocus and introduce new stimuli from other environments. If you’re
interested in learning more about how I organize my life or about my creative
process, let me know in the comments, and if you have questions, ask, and I’ll do my
best to answer them. If you’re curious about anything I spoke about in the
video, I’ve left links and resources for you in the description below.
With that out of the way, it’s time to get back to work.

08/12 Working with Brushes — Graphic Design: Create Book Covers with Style_ENG

08/12 Working with Brushes — Graphic Design: Create Book Covers with Style_ENG


Yo homies! What to do! We’re gonna move on with the next lesson, where we’re going to start working with the texture brushes we have here. I’m not gonna leave the… You know, the brush wheel I was using to fill the second one we have here too much. Okay, we’re going to go along adding in some color variations and tone variations. And we’re going to apply a series of changes that can look more positive when we’re working on our illustration, as they’re going to complete our work with a little bit more… Yeah, they’re gonna complete a little bit. Now I’m adding in detail into the moon, for example. We can say this is a light source really and to apply even more detail to our drawing, I’m gonna try and improve the outside texture just a little bit. And there we go! With this, I’m going to lighten up this area a little bit to give some more emphasis to the inside of the illustration. Like this, perfect. If you want to generate it text like this, I recommend that you either create a superior layer with you know, the dissolve effect; or with the brush that you’re using, you can apply the dissolve effect that gives us like a granulated texture that I like a lot when I’m doing this kind of thing because I want to give it that spread texture. And it’s really useful to complete this, just complete our drawing. I love how it looks and it’s something I want to keep on using in the illustration. I do have to moderate it a little bit more because I’m still trying to see how I’m going to fit the colors in because I did that a little bit wrong. I made my sketch of the composition, I cleaned it, but I forgot was to try and find a concordance in the colors! Making them previously, you know, right now, I’m working on white. I’m working as I go with the colors, seeing which are the best to use. As I was saying, thanks to the light source, the moon is giving us… What we are going to do now is, give those little reflections with a light blue tone, almost white, Applying them on the characters giving them a bit more volume. As you can see, we’re finishing here a little, we’re orienting ourselves with this bit. I’m just adding a little bit of texture here, so it’s not too, you know, it’s not too dark. No, no no no no no no no no. I have to change that. As I was saying, the more details you add in, the more of a mess is going to be first later. Mm-hmm no, I’m going to leave it how it was before, just because I think the effect was better. In a bit, I might come I can add in a little light, a little softer light. I mean, not softer, but like finer. So that it doesn’t stand out too much, and it doesn’t eat away part of the tower. This way it’s much more useful, and it reflects the light much better. I like it. I like it better this way. I really do. We’re gonna do the same with the vegetation here on the bottom of the drawing. You know, just the lines, don’t go over the top too much with the lights. And well, putting in those details little by little. Really small though, setle things that help you understand who they are, you know, who these characters are. But so that you don’t go over the top with the realism. I’m trying to synthesize the illustrations and the characters inside it. The more you use the color resources, the better. But with the lights, it’s always best not to overdo it. I personally use them to give some emphasis to some kind of object on the character. But if you apply it on everything, that light will lose its strength you know, at least its intensity. As you can see, Romeo is starting to take on a little more shape. I’m just cleaning up the exterior shadow. And now I’m going to try and add in a bit of secondary eliminations, but instead of using the cold colors, I’m going to use the warm ones. I’m going to use like a brighter pink. Okay, so with the brush on dissolve mode, yeah, so resolved mode, we’re gonna get this effect. And that way, being careful and going over at all, there you go, little by little. You get like some really aesthetically nice results, even though it’s not very complex in the actual image. Like if we were to zoom, we would lose all of those details, but this is what gives us a better result in general. I’m gonna put in a little bit of secondary light using the dissolve brush again. As you can see, we get like a sort of bigger impact with this. What I’m going to do is, put in the roses that I took away in the beginning, so that we can emphasize that it’s you know, this is a garden. I’m just going to add in little dots. And you’ll see how it’s going to change the scene completely, it looks beautiful now, beautiful! Well, that would be it, just adding in details little by little, expanding our scene and the result we wanted to improve on slowly slowly and… And you know, well, that would be everything for now. I hope you liked this lesson and that it helps you move on with your own illustrations. Any doubts, and I will be happy to help. Finger guns! See you guys in the next lesson! Bye!