Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Draw Something!

I'm in love with Draw Something. It's a game where someone else has to guess a word and draw something in retrun. Some people simply write out the word, so I'm only trying to play with friends.

It's awfully addictive! My old laptop died, so I replaced it with a 7" Samsung Galaxy Tab. It's so easy to draw on, especially with the big red crayon shaped stylus I bought to go with it. I'm screencapping my favourite ones. Naturally, I do draw a few stinkers too.

They say you should draw every day, and I'm definitely doing it :-) Check out this public album as I add more items to it by clicking on the duck.

From Draw Something

Monday, June 18, 2012

Printable Castle Card - New!

Here's something fun and new I worked on all last week! It was actually an old idea that I was finally determined to make reality. While folding strips of paper, I had a flash for a fun folding card.

Here it is, available from my Artfire shop! More pictures can be seen at that link too. There's lots of room to customize the card, so I hope to make some more samples. Stickers, hand much potential for customization here.

A lot of effort went into designing this card - the best designs often do look effortless, but it took about 20 hours from idea to blogging :-)

Here is the original concept art. I'm not great at drawing on the computer, so I still do everything the old fashioned way. I used CorelDraw's colour picker to go from there.

Then there was much testing! As you can see, it's easy to, hehe, flip things the wrong way :-) Each piece had to be tested to make sure the size was right and that it would all line up according to plan. The colour in the final card also got a huge boost - the original colours were too light.

All in all, this was a fun card to make, and I hope others will enjoy making it and making it special for a birthday boy.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Nanaimo, BC

My suitcase was barely unpacked from California when Mom and I were off to Nanaimo. Every year a group I belong to has its annual conference in a different Canadian city. Nanaimo is a small little city on Vancouver Island. Unfortunately, I was unusually rainy, cloudy and icy cold, even at the beginning of June. Maybe it was a blessing because I didn’t do a lot of picture taking. I'm still sorting out California! Here's one to get started at least. Nanaimo is a harbour city. The actual airport is 20km outside of town, so if you're brave, you can take a seaplane and be there a lot faster :)
Harbour, Nanaimo, British Columbia by Calzephyr
Harbour, Nanaimo, British Columbia, a photo by Calzephyr on Flickr.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Somewhere New, Somewhere Blue

I'm back near an ocean! Will tell you all about it soon.

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