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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Anatomy of an Art Design and Ginger's New Look

It has been a good week.  The week started out with me finishing a design project for a Facebook friend who needed some help with creativity.  Ironically, it's a friend from our photography group and it had to do with, of all things, drawing.  So I thought I'd start off this blog with the anatomy of a design and the process it goes through to get to the final product.

The initial idea I was given was two pictures.  My inspiration was to be taken from those pictures, but not copied.  It was to be a logo design for a bakery.  The two pictures given were:

Having drawn designs before, I took the above and my initial sketch just to get an idea out there was this:

Feedback at this point is invaluable.  Sometimes people are afraid to give an honest assessment, however PJ, my friend, was very constructive.  Too muscular, smaller waist and bigger wisp.  So taking the feedback I reworked the drawing to this:

So now things are starting to look better.  Looks more like a woman.  But now we had to do something with her hands, which PJ thought looked awkward (I agreed).  Maybe a tray in one hand, drop the other hand, and put the bakery owner's name on the tray.  So began the final draft:

I was able to take a picture, put it on Photoshop Elements and clean it up a bit for PJ.  Compared to the first inital sketch, this was loads better in my eyes.  It was a work between the both of us, my drawing, and her feedback that led to this. That is how design work is done, at least, for me.  I sent it to her via facebook and she put it in Illustrator, smoothed up the lines and made the wording and font the way she wanted it and the final product looks like this:

Good thing, it needed to be done by this weekend!  It was a lot of fun to do, and God was definitely guiding my hands!

So last week it was my hair that was the big news.  Well, this week Ginger's hair was the topic of conversation.  Ginger told me she was going to do something to her hair and I would be surprised.  I knew she planned on getting it blonder, but I had no idea what she had planned.  Boy, was I surprised in a very good way!

Ooh la la!  Ginger had about 5 inches taken off and really did go blonde!  I was very happily surprised and just like she couldn't take her eyes off me when I cut my hair, I couldn't take my eyes off her!  She's already a very gorgeous woman, this just added to her exquisite beauty!

With Ginger's birthday Monday, I decided to surprise Ginger on date night and take her to go get some boots she wanted (Hubby, listening to her as she went out earlier on her own and found the cutest boots but thought they were too expensive, decided heck, it's her birthday!).  Well, they didn't have her size.  We went to Dillards, they didn't have those boots, and another pair, which was more expensive, didn't have her size either.  SO we ended up going to Cavender's.  Met the nicest sales lady and the picture Ginger had in her head of the boots she wanted were here!  In her size!  And they were cheaper than the other too!  Needless to say, as any woman reading this will know, now come the outfits to fit the boots!  Because of Ginger's weight loss, she needs new clothes anyway, so who am I to complain!  Oh yes, a picture of the boots!

Since I'm on the subject of pictures, your getting a plethora of them today, I decided to take a picture of some change I found in an apartment.  They leave me the pennies, well, here are the pennies they left me:

The pennies in the pan at the top right I've collected in various apartments.  The one's on the bottom all came from one apartment.  Just had to clean the trash out from them, clean a few of them up, and I get a whole bunch of change!  Pennies from heaven is what I believe!

So lastly, a picture I took last night.  I've always wanted to take a picture like this, but I can only do it outside at night with my flash.  Well, technically I could do it inside, but smoking up the apartment with incense smoke trying to get the perfect shot is not recommended!  A little bit of post editing work in Photoshop Elements and you get:

For those on Facebook, you've already seen this shot, but I had to show it again!  You should of seen my face when I first got the shot!  I was like a kid at Christmas!  I'd done it!  All the practice, and getting certain equipment!  As you can see, I've been practicing my photography.  Today I ordered Photoshop Elements 11 with a book to teach me what's new.  I'm stoked.  Of course I'm eying a new lense, but new lenses are expensive, at least to the next level I'm getting to.

I've been having a lot of fun playing with my camera and I think I'm ready to start photographing people a little more!  We'll see, then again, I have the most gorgeous model that I live with!  I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving, I'm so thankful for a loving God and a wonderful, supportive family! 


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Living Life with Bipolar and OCD

It has been a rather busy two weeks for Ginger and I.   Last weekend, well, let's start with the Friday before when I took all the halloween decorations down.  They are fun putting up as it heralds in the Holiday season for Ginger and I.  Putting them up is a couple of hours worth of work, but at the end I had everything put up, well, mostly.  I have a little ode to halloween in my studio:

And then there is a bat that has taken residence in the studio:

I worked last Saturday but had enough energy for our much publicized date night!  Yes, we love our date night!  We had a wonderful night and then Sunday was all about rest for me.  I was wiped out. 

The week, however, had a few surprises in store.  The biggest news of the week was what I did to my hair.  Let's give you a before picture to show you how long it had gotten:

Yep, long haired rocker.  So I decided to go from this to this:

Oh yes, chopped it all off.  Ginger went with me and we got a wonderful stylist who was about as crazy as I am.  We had a wonderful time watching all that hair come off!  And I love the new hair style but Ginger, my wonderful, beautiful wife absolutely LOVES it!  I won't repeat what she said but let's just say she thought I was rather hot, which is all that I needed! 

Friday night we left for Austin to go watch the Longhorns play!  Ginger and I, along with her parents, made the 4 hour track, stayed the night, and were there to show our support for the Longhorns against the Iowa State Cyclones!  Those who know me know I was born and raised in Texas, but I have roots through my parents in Iowa.  There are two big football teams in Iowa, Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowas State Cyclones.  I'm a Hawkeye, through and through.  So I doubly wanted to see the Cyclones defeated, and at 33-7 they were!  We got back in last night and we were tired.  How tired were we?  We went to bed around 11 and woke up around 11!  Yep, we were heathens today but it's something I think God would understand, at least the God we serve.  I'd give you pictures of us at the game but they won't let you take a camera with interchangeable lens into the stadium (those are deemed professional cameras), so I had to just enjoy the game without my camera. 

And now, as I sit here typing this blog out, the TV has the Cowboy game on but I'm half paying attention to it because my beautiful wife is in the kitchen cooking her famous corn tortilla soup.  She gets so excited to cook. 

I've been able to get my camera out a little bit at night and play with the manual settings of the camera.  I love taking pictures at night so here is shot I was working with the other night:

And so our life continues.  We continue to manage the bipolar and OCD and we learn each day how to manage our lives.  Just because Ginger is bipolar, and I'm sober,  doesn't mean we can't enjoy life and these past few weeks have been proof that you can indeed enjoy life.   This week is not too filled up with things and with the weather turning cooler today, I'm forcasting lots of snuggle time on the couch.  Can't go wrong with snuggle time....