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The Android Art Thread

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by desktop, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. desktop

    desktop Well-Known Member
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    Phase said I could start a thread to show off my artistic prowess, so here it is. I'll start off with some smartphone-related designs. This first one was for a Photoshop contest. I had to design some concepts for the back of smartphones so I went with a Wacom tablet, NES controller and an outer space scene with the forum's slogan "Create Don't Steal." All effects done by me with a combination of Photoshop and Illustrator.

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  2. Revenant Ghost

    Revenant Ghost Android Expert

    The design with the NES controller looks pretty cool.
     
  3. desktop

    desktop Well-Known Member
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    Thanks, Rev. That's my favorite, too. Had to study a lot of pictures of NES controllers to get the textures and especially the D-pad just right.
     
  4. desktop

    desktop Well-Known Member
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    I designed this character (named FanDroid) for an android website, but the client pulled out so it was never used. I suggested using him as the brand/mascot for this forum, but no one has inquired about it yet.

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  5. desktop

    desktop Well-Known Member
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    I was hired to design the icons and the box art for Insider Software's new FontAgent Pro 6 for Mac. My idea behind the box art was having FA6 laid out like "the history of type"
     
  6. desktop

    desktop Well-Known Member
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    Back in the beginning of 2012 (when I was going to this online art institute) I had to come up with some characters to be used for a fictitious company called Eclipse Entertainment. I sketched up some characters based on computers....

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    I finally chose the laptop for the character and created him using a real laptop, mouse (for hands), two HDs (for feet) and a couple webcams (for ears.) As a final addition I used a speaker to make his mouth. I got an A :)

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  7. desktop

    desktop Well-Known Member
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    Character brand for Hoopla Frozen Yogurt....

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  8. Phases

    Phases NO LONGER ADMIN

    Wow that's some nice work there. Good job!
     
  9. desktop

    desktop Well-Known Member
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    Thanks :)
     
  10. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum
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    LOL! Welcome to the real world. ;)

    Nice stuff. Was the 3D stuff done in Maya or AutoCad?
     
  11. desktop

    desktop Well-Known Member
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    Thanks. I don't use any 3D software. All my work is done either in Photoshop or Illustrator.
     
  12. Bearsyzf

    Bearsyzf Android Expert

    on my computer it just has a piece of paper but i can't see any of the pics :mad:
     
  13. desktop

    desktop Well-Known Member
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    I like to challenge myself sometimes. I found this image on a website called Vaperev—it's a stainless steel rebuildable atomizer called "The SQuape", by StattQualm. I love the look of the thing and so I challenged myself to see if I could recreate it. My image is below....

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    I made all the shapes in Illustrator, then brought them into Photoshop and added the shading and effects. Often I like to do personal projects like this, because it helps me to keep my talent sharp and to learn new ways of doing things.
     
  14. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum
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    I'd love to see a wireframe and the Illustrator image pre-photoshop. (I wish I had the time to do work like this just for the fun of it :( )
     
  15. desktop

    desktop Well-Known Member
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    I have attached the Illustrator wireframe and the actual artwork. Most times I just build the basic shapes in AI then import into Photoshop for the rest, but this time I added some gradients and other effects in AI before importing. Once in a great while I will try to create the entire design in AI, but it's difficult to get some of the effects in a vector program.
     

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  16. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum
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    I was wondering how you did the knurling in illustrator. I see you didn't ;)
     
  17. desktop

    desktop Well-Known Member
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    I'm glad you pointed this out, because I realize I posted the wrong pic above. I had the "knurled" layer turned on when I saved it, but now I've updated that pic. I know there's got to be a way to create a knurled effect in AI, but I haven't figured out yet how to do that.
     
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  18. Rico ANDROID

    Rico ANDROID Android Expert

    yup, I like designing my own too, when theres time. but I get a kick out of impromptu as well.

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  19. Rico ANDROID

    Rico ANDROID Android Expert

    I was in autocad for several years and eventually switched into medical but still do some work on the side that takes me offline for a few days so to concentrate on the project
     
  20. desktop

    desktop Well-Known Member
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    I had a lot of art-related jobs when I was younger. I started out as an entry level drafter, designed yellow page ads on old Macs, created T-shirt artwork, etc. I never had these jobs for very long, because something would always happen to the employer and the business would shut down. Over the years I've just wandered from job to job and now because of my disabilities I can't work regular jobs anymore.

    I started doing freelance work about twelve years ago and now I do that whenever I can while taking care of my dad. I do personal projects just to be creating something and then search Craigslist every day for some kind of design work. I've never really made a living at this, but right now it's the only type of work I can do so I just keep plugging away at it.
     
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  21. Rico ANDROID

    Rico ANDROID Android Expert

    Youve got some good history in the business. I have also done some work creating scal model office bldgs and residences. It turn out that people started asking if i will do scale models of their homes as gifts like a dollhouse to spouses or children . I used balsa wood, exactoblades, superglue, etc. Built it exactly like u would a house with beams in the floors, walls ceiling, styrofoam insulation, plastic for windows built furniture etc. All stemming from designs in autocad and photoshop. Made some good money too. When i added electricity like a battery pack to connect tiny wires running through fhe house or office hidden between the beams and covered walls, it was most realistic.
     
  22. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum
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    I started in the business as a staff artist at an ad agency before the digital age. We still had to draw layouts and spec' type and put our mechanical boards together with rubber cement and rubylith. Those were the days ... :rolleyes:.

    After 10 years in the agency, and rising to the position of creative director, I left to start my own design studio. I had a select group of clients and one of them kept offering me a position to start an in-house marketing department. They kept upping the offer until I couldn't refuse. 18 months later the company was sold and I was downsized (right after 9/11 ... good timing guys).

    Floated for a while, wrote a couple of books and picked up some freelance work. One of the original managers who was downsized shortly after I was, began a start-up in '06 and asked a bunch of us from the old company to come on board. Today the company has 52 employees and I would say that 70% of management is from the old group.

    I have carte blanche on the design work and although it's not quite as glamorous as the agency days, it's good steady work and I get to play with my puppies on the weekends. :D
     
  23. desktop

    desktop Well-Known Member
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    Every year there is a huge design contest held by Colin Smith at PhotoshopCafe. I've entered some of these contests and have won first place, second place and even People's Choice awards. This time the challenge is to design a promotional flyer for the "event of the year". It can be anything from a ball, a rave, a disco or a Cirque-de-Photoshop. The catch? It has to be black and white!

    Here is my first entry in the contest
     
  24. desktop

    desktop Well-Known Member
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    My apologies. They changed the contest description so now I have to go back to the drawing board.
     
  25. Rico ANDROID

    Rico ANDROID Android Expert

    sorry for dropping out since the stsrt of this thread.(same ole cause but better)
     
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