Sunday, September 16, 2007

Super Initiative Man

Meh. Here's the second trading card I did. It's ok, but I really wanted something bold and dynamic. This guy is very classic 1950's comic book retro and I don't think he pops off the card as much as the first card did. In retrospect, the blue background is just to calm and peaceful. But with that much red in his suit, not many other colors worked as a background. I'd started a non-abstract background with buildings but wasn't going to be able to finish it in time for this card. Plus it added too much gray given the gray cape, which also covers so much of the background that it would have been a waste. To top it off, somehow this card was printed slightly larger than the last one, making it look like the card was a full bleed that had a trimming mistake, instead of having the regular white border of the last card.

Again I just didn't put the time into it that I wanted to. Hopefully with most of a month ahead of me I can get the third one going in time to mostly achieve what I want. I've got three decent sketches of female superheros but we're trying hard to keep it exciting for boys. I think I'm going to divert more substantially from kid's sketches and just use them as rough ideas.

Friday, September 14, 2007

I sold my first photo on iStockPhoto. I've only had 3 photos online so I shouldn't be surprised that it took more than a year to sell my first one. I'm 88 cents richer. Or I would be if I could get them to send it to me. Maybe I need to get cracking and upload the other couple of dozen photos that I've had sitting around for them.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Need a Divorce Lawyer in Tampa?

A friend of ours, Roberta Kohn, has expanded her primarily real estate practice to include family / divorce law. She hated taking on divorce cases as much as I hate thinking about someone I know needing a divorce lawyer. But if you need one, you really need a good one, and Roberta is one of the best. And she can do the closing on your house. And make a mean margarita when you're done.

Law Offices of Roberta Kohn, PA, Family and Real Estate Law

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

What makes this old?

I'm trying to figure out what makes this look old. Ok, the face isn't a style you see today. The stamp-like logo in the top left corner helps. The type and the imperfections on "A DELL BOOK" probably do too.

But the major thing, I think, is the noise or stippling everywhere. If all of the drawn part was solid or shaded without any noise, it would look pretty modern and similar to a lot of Flash work we see today.