It’s all in the Fine Print

Hey everyone! This is going to be a quick post but I thought the topic was kind of interesting so I wanted to talk about it. We’ve been talking a lot about the business aspect of being a graphic designer in my Graphic Design 1 class lately and I felt that this kind of touches on that. A student has come up with a way to save money but investigating how font contributes to the cost of print. I know this may be my inner Typography nerd coming out but come on, tell me you don’t find this at least a little interesting.

According to his research he found that using certain fonts affected how much the printing cost would because of how much ink is used for certain letters. Depending on the font that was used by his school they would end up paying double for the same amount of words just because of the typeface they chose. As a graphic design student I’m always looking for ways to save a little money without sacrificing quality so this really interested me. His findings caught the right amount of attention and he not only found a way for his school to save money but also the government! Thank you sir! Anyway, I will link the article below so you guys can learn more about this if you want. Like I said before this was a short post but hopefully an informative one if you even need to keep something in mind about printing costs!

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/your-font-is-showing–student-comes-up-with-plan-to-save-u-s–big-bucks-192231144.html

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Scribble Portraits?

Hey everyone! I came across two artists that create portraits by scribbling and they are pretty impressive! 977b-illustrationI found it amazing how realistic these portraits came out to be since the were made by just scribbling. I haven’t seen anything quite like this before and it thought it was a really unique outcome to something that pretty much everyone has been doing since the could pick up a pen. The artists are twin brothers Sergei and Vyacheslav Savelyev. Their portraits include the images of celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas.

The use various colored pens and pencils to create these amazing portraits. My favorites are the portraits of Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie, they just seem a bit clearer and they make you forget for a second that these are just a bunch of strategically arranged scribbles. I guess I just prefer a clearer picture than some of the other pieces where the doodles are a bit more noticeable but that’s just my opinion. Besides this art being so unique I thought it also sent a good message to artists or beginning artists. It shows you that you don’t need fancy or expensive supplies to create artwork, something as simple as a pen can create something amazing.977d-illustration

Don’t tell anyone but when I was younger I was always drawing and doodling during class; fortunately for me I was able to stay tuned in at the same time. A lot of  the time I would use a pen, mostly because I never liked writing in pencil that much, but that’s what I used to create most of my earliest little doodles. It just goes to show you that even if you can’t afford to be buying all these art supplies you can still create art! I know I personally went through a little phase of thinking I needed this and that but I know better now and these pieces prove it.

You can check out more here: http://theinspirationgrid.com/?paged=2#scribble-portraits-by-sergei-vyacheslav-savelyev

Si Scott

Hey Everyone! I know I’ve been slacking on this blog lately however I’ve had some things come up that I’m still working through. That being said I’m going to try to do the two posts a week however it’s not something I’m going to promise so just letting you guys know! Anyway, enough of that. What I really want to talk about is a new artist that I found, Si Scott. Si Scott is an artist who focuses on design, illustration, and typography.

Three major aspects that I’ve been really into lately. I found his work on Behance.net and not only did I find photographs of his pieces, there are also videos! I really love watching videos of artists at work, it’s amazing to their process and how they create their artwork. What really attracted me to Si’s work was how fluid and scriptural his work is. I love the curls and curves in script and to see the same principles be used to create something like the figure of animal is really amazing.

Although I do like his series of animals I also really like a map that he created for The Enemy Tour, which you can see more of on his portfolio page. I had a project earlier in the semester where we had to creat a perfect letterform. At first it was a little tedious but once I got into it I really enjoyed it. I also learned how hard it is to creat a nice crisp line, but it was still fun to do. A think the use of black and white works really well within the pieces too. I dont’ see any need of color or variations of black or white in these, they’re very crisp and beautiful they way they are. I posted a few of my favorites here but check out Si’s portfolio at Behance.net to see more.

See his portfolio here and remember to check out The Enemy Tour videos!: http://www.behance.net/siscott

Alberto Seveso

I stumbled upon this designer on Pinterest and I am in love with his work. It was a picture of water and ink that captured my attention. It’s a simple idea with a beautiful outcome. I went to his website http://burdu976.com/ and I have to say I really like his work but the photographs with ink and water are my favorites. The colors are vibrant and the ink almost looks sculptural in the water. I could describe the photographs in more detail but I think they really speak for themselves.

I really like the one with the yellow, blues, and greens (to your right)! This one is really beautiful and sculptural. I just love how the ink mimics fabric, to me it looks like silk. It’s also amazing how he captures the ink at the perfect time. The colors are somewhat blended but not completely. I had to include the one on the left two because it includes my favorite colors. Okay that wasn’t the only reason. I think in this photo you can really see what I call the fibers of the ink. I call them fibers because they look like pieces of string from some type of fabric. They are almost hair-like. I might show you some more of his work in other posts, but if you can’t wait all you have to do is go to the website I mentioned. Let’s see how much of this you really read, ha ha. You can also just click on either of the photos and you be sent to the website that way! See, I’m not that mean. Until next time!