about 5.7 hours late … eek!

February 12, 2010

Question: What makes a successful icon? How have the exercises in Stage 2 through 6 affected your outlook on how your icon is functioning?

simplicity, with an edge of uniqueness. umm, after TRYING and TRYING and TRYING to make a successful icon, I realize that it’s NOT easy. heck, I rather do illustrations that icons. Honestly, I don’t have a long-enough attention span to focus on ONE item for hours, trying to simplify it and abstract it, yet make it unique and readable. Drove me CRAZY! … ANYWAY, the exercises 2-6 gave my “bird” more appearances (of course) and made it more fun.

Progress on it definitely can be improve, in terms of composition, and after finding out that colors can be added, I’m about to have some fun with this bird. So we’ll see …

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Inspiration for the FINAL BIRD

February 4, 2010

Looking at something like this, I was concentrating on more line strokes and the balance of my bird.  The bird’s one foot in this bird makes it very unbalance, so that was something I kept in mind when I had problems with my own bird’s feet.

FINAL BIRD

February 4, 2010

FINAL BIRD

It’s finally finished! … well, sorta.  Gotta do a million things with it now, but the original bird itself should be done.

I learned a lot more Illustrator techniques since the last time I worked with the bird, so it looks better than before.

“Bird” work in progress…

January 28, 2010

Sketching birds is HARDER than I think.

I’m not quite sure if I’m doing well or not on this project … trying to simplify birds is a lot harder than I think and I’m NOT a good illustrator.  Looking through many symbols and icons, birds has been simplified in bajillion ways.  Looking at illustrations of birds helped me more.  It’s quite a challenge to make a simplify bird look interesting.  Here are some sketches of mine…

I’m doing my best to quickly learn Illustrator…because it’s due soon and I don’t have any of my birds in Illustrator done. eeek!

Inspiration

January 28, 2010
I researched many images of birds, from real birds to illustrations to silhouettes.
I try to see how simple a bird can be transform from organic to an icon and it’s very challenging.
I mainly use http://vi.sualize.us/ and www.weheartit.com for inspirational images. Amazing sites!
I even watched an amazing video of birds by Andrew Zuckerman on Vimeo to get an idea about movements.
http://vimeo.com/5719819

sign & SYMBOL

January 20, 2010