ferrumaeternum: (hallowed be thy name)
There’s still much I need to post about that’s happened in the past few weeks, but DYBBUK’S MYSPACE LAYOUT IS DONE! :D

I’m not sure if Sam has figured out the HTML that will align the links properly in Internet Explorer yet, but it looks fine in Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome, so feel free to check it out if you’re using one of those! I don’t know if the header will look weird while he’s working on the links, but he’s an IT engineer, so I trust him. It looks okay in Opera, though the sections on the left overlap the ones on the right a little bit. There’s nothing that can really be done about that as far as I know, but at least it’s not too bad. I also wish I could find a code that actually gets rid of that annoying Google search bar, but I’ve had no luck after trying for days. Otherwise, I’m really happy with how it turned out, considering it's my first MySpace layout.



MYSPACE.COM/DYBBUKUS

Before I started designing the layout, Sam requested that he would like it to be inspired by Katatonia’s MySpace, which explains some of my design decisions. Of course, there will be new layouts in the future as the band evolves. I’ve already agreed to create some promotional graphics for the page once their EP is released this fall. Sam and Matt both like minimal design, so I tried to keep it that way by leaving out a background image. (Matt has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, but doesn’t know web design, which is why I ended up making their layout.) As long as the page is just as much aesthetically pleasing as it is easy to navigate, it’s a success. Everyone in the band likes it, so that’s all that really matters. Additional comments and criticism are still welcome, as usual. There’s always room to improve as an artist.

I created the illustration of a dybbuk with my Wacom Intuos4 tablet in PhotoShop CS3. The drawing is based off a card my sister has from Magic: The Gathering and the stylization of the figure was inspired by Japanese woodcut prints. I also wanted it to have a looser, painterly feeling to balance out the overly smooth and clean design. I took all the photos on the left side of the page (except for the one of Matt) at their show a couple weeks ago. I’ll be posting next about the show, along with a bunch of pictures I took.
ferrumaeternum: (sif the harvester)
I almost don’t know how to compose an entry that doesn’t have anything to do with art I’ve made, my tattoo progress, or a concert I’ve just been to. D: This needs to change, and it will, starting now.

So, this has been popping up on various LOTR-related sites over the past week and is just too cute not to share.


There are sheep living in abandoned hobbit holes! Well, probably not right now as the set is under construction, but come on, how adorable is that!?

It’s a good thing I didn’t sign up for any yoga classes because I’ve been so busy working on Dybbuk’s MySpace layout that I really wouldn’t have had time for them. Their first show is already this Friday at Vnuk’s Lounge, so I’ve been hurrying to make sure it will be ready before then. MySpace’s coding is incredibly frustrating to work with, and I recently learned that the layout I designed will be obsolete in the near (or hopefully not so near) future. Most band profiles use the Version 1 layout, and I’ve read that it’s just a matter of time before MySpace forces everyone to switch over to Version 2, where nothing is aligned or centered in a way that makes sense or is visually appealing for the artist pages. Just look at Amon Amarth’s new layout on Version 2. What an ugly mess! The main problem now is that there are very little HTML or CSS resources out now for this version, but I’m hoping once it does switch over, tutorials for the coding will follow shortly after or else there’s going to be some really messed-up looking band layouts for a while. Unfortunately, with MySpace you can’t just use a nice, organized CSS stylesheet like you can with LiveJournal customizations. I’ve just got it all sorted out so that it works in Safari and Firefox, but I still need to check it using Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Opera. It looks great on my MacBook Pro and my sister’s Asus laptop, but I’m also going to check it on the ancient PC my parents use just to make sure. I also have to finish the illustration for the header image today, and then it’ll be finished.

I just want Dybbuk to have the layout before the show in case they want me to make any changes. I think their MySpace page will get a spike in visitors after they see them perform live and hopefully want to know more about the band. Here’s the link to their MySpace if you want to check out a couple samples of their music. (I’ll also repost a link once they have the new layout up so you guys can check that out as well if you’re interested.) They’ve been in the studio recording their first EP this summer, which will be out in fall. I know it’s my friends’ band and all, but there aren’t many good bands from Milwaukee, so I have a lot of faith in them to improve the scene. Dybbuk started out playing progressive technical death metal, but found this power metal singer from up north, which I think makes for an interesting combination. Since I’m taking photos for the band at the show, I get to be let in as part of the band and get free drinks all night! It should definitely be a good time, even if all the other bands sound like a bunch of chaotic death metal noise. I’m a little disappointed I’ll be missing the Young Dubliners at Irish Fest that night, since I’ll have to go tomorrow instead and they’re not playing then. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers will be there, though, so I’m sure it will still be fun. I’m also finally old enough to try some of their mead, so I’m crossing my fingers they still have it there! ;) I refuse to go over the weekend because $15 for a ticket and another $15 for parking is ridiculous. At least admission is free on Thursday with a donation of school supplies!

While I’m on the topic of metal, you’ve got to check out this animated video for Ensiferum’s "One More Magic Potion" if you haven’t seen it already. This is one of my favorite songs of all time, and I just love all the imagery from the Norse myths and the Kalevala.

'One More Magic Potion' Animated Tribute from Celine Lester on Vimeo.

ferrumaeternum: (here lies david st. hubbins)
This is also ridiculously late, but I just recently figured out how to convert my magazine project from an Adobe InDesign file to smaller (yet still readable) PhotoShop files.


I spent a month slaving over this project, measuring every letter and line of text in Print Magazine, so I figured I’d still post it. Intro to Design was a great reminder of why I decided not to major in graphic design, as I originally intended. I feel that with this project (and field, in general), I was very restricted in terms of creativity and expressing my point of view as an artist. The first two articles were required, and we got to choose from a list for the last two short ones. I wanted to do the one on Russian prison tattoos so badly, but the teacher said that would be the article that would ruin the project by shocking anyone in the graphic design field who saw it. :( The magazine design also had to be heavily influenced from an existing design magazine. I had free reign of font choices, images, layout, end bullet, and title, but that was pretty much it.

One good thing that has come out of it is that I now feel that I could put out a more professional d.i.y. music zine in the future if I can ever find the time. I also found a great small company printer on the East Side that only charged me $20 to print the whole thing out. Each page measures roughly 9" x 11".

Overall, I’m happy with how this turned out, but the layout for the Unger article could have been better. The teacher had a rule where we couldn’t use any pictures of him because he was sick of looking at his face and purple shirts, so it was hard to find any other images on the topic. I also started working on it a day before the project was due, which didn’t help either. There was also some drama when the teacher accidentally entered 10/100 for the presentation grade of this project instead of 100/100, which gave me a D- on the whole thing and a B- in the class. I had to contact the head of the Peck School of the Arts to get my grade straightened out, but everything has been taken care of, and I ended up with an A- in this class and A's and A-'s in all my others. :)

+ 14 non-dial-up-friendly spreads )
ferrumaeternum: (moving through the silence)
Well, my five weeks of being a bum at home is over. The temp agency only gave me one tape to transcribe, which amounted to $30. I'm still a bit miffed that one of the managers at my old work said I would be able to work for them over break, and they never called. But alas, I’m back at the dorms, and tomorrow is the first day of classes for the spring semester.

I know I’ve really been neglecting my journal over break. I’m kind of annoyed about it, since I’m on multiple times each day, reading my friends page. I’ve been spending most of my time on COLOURlovers making palettes for potential future artwork. Although there isn’t a lot of room for creativity, the site has some great design articles and is such a positive and inspiring environment. I’ve also been watching a ton of movies, as well as the first seasons of The Office (US) and Flight of the Conchords.

Speaking of which, I’ve been working on a piece for their poster contest. So much for being done with 11" x 17" PhotoShop posters. Based on the entries submitted so far, I’m pretty confident that I’ll be able to make the top ten. If not, it’s still worth it, since I’ll be getting my art out there. I’m not submitting it until shortly before the deadline, since I’m paranoid about people ripping off my design. Looking at the submissions, it’s obvious that some of the pieces have influenced others a bit too much to count as appropriation.

I’ve also been figuring out how to use the Minolta manual 35mm camera my dad “borrowed” from the college he teaches at back in the early ‘80s. I spent an hour picking off the barcode so no one will find out. I like how my teacher sends us an e-mail a few days before class, telling us we’re on our own for cameras. Luckily, between my father and uncle, there are three cameras, so one should hopefully meet all the requirements. I’m excited about this class, but not looking forward to the inevitable hipster infestation.

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