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A Holiday Greeting   Leave a comment

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Festivus, Happy Holidays!  Hope all your holiday dreams came true!



Posted December 25, 2012 by Imagineer2017 in Art

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Icon Art for Epcot30   Leave a comment

As we come ever closer to Epcot’s 30th Anniversary, it’s time to put out (more) of my Epcot designs.
I began work way back in April, starting with Imagination. I liked what I did so much that I decided to create more. Each work features the pavilion’s name and logo on a zoomed background, as well as a few details that would match each pavilion. Imagination has clouds, Horizons stars, The Living Seas is reminiscent of  looking at the skies from the below waves, The Land is on an organic wooden background, and a road leads into World of Motion’s design.
Each of these designs are scaled for iPhone 3GS-4S (if demand is high enough, I may go back and create one for the 5). Enjoy!

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Posted September 29, 2012 by Imagineer2017 in Art

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Universe of Color   2 comments

A few weeks ago, you may have seen my Universe of Energy graphic. I had created one about a year before, when I had just started learning how to use Photoshop. When I dug through the archives and saw the original, I was not very impressed by what I saw. But I was impressed by how far I’ve come. With that in mind, it was then that I decided it was time to try again.

With this new version, I wanted it to be completely even and geometric (the original was atrociously unbalanced, as I noticed when creating the guides for the new one). It needed to look more true to the building, ditching the tacky grid-pattern solar panel array. Most importantly, I wanted to make sure the colors would agree and flow instead of burning your eyes as the original did. So today, I’m sharing the story of how I arrived at the color scheme I eventually used.

Unlike the two palates I’m creating now, I started this project out by deciding what color I would use as the background. This is the one thing I chose well the first time around, and thus I stuck with the color (albeit a little darker). The calm Blue-Gray shade complements the dark, heavy Grays of the building itself. As well, it soothes the fiery Red/Orange/Yellow highlights, and aids in enhancing their intensity. Any warm color would have washed them out.

Warm colors, such as this Orange-Brown, wash out the other warm colors. Meanwhile, a cool color, such as Blue, makes the warm colors really pop.

This background color would set the tone for the entire design. The Red would be decided based on which shade best complemented the Blue. While, yes, Orange best complements Blue, I would start with the Red and work down (or, up if you look at the building). Red is easily matched with an Orange, which is easily matched with Yellow. Using Kuler, I was able to find complementary colors and shades of colors to pick the best options. I did continue tweaking each selected color beyond that (mostly by darkening them), but not by much.

The Grays were also based on the original. The deep, dark Gray used for the darker areas of the original become the lighter of the two  Grays in the new image. The new darker Gray was to be complementary to the Red/Orange/Yellow. It would deepen them, making them look much richer. They had to be mellow so that they really looked like they flowed instead of stopping and starting as the original. The dark Gray did the trick.

Although not included in the final image, I had also selected Greens to be used as foliage. These 3 shades of Green were determined simply by changing the hue of the Red/Orange/Yellow. These Greens did not fit the rest of the design, though. There was no proper space to add the planters. More importantly, the Greens did not go well at all with the Blue-Gray background.

And so, here we have it: My final Universe of Energy color palate. Enjoy:

Alex (Imagineer2017) is an aspiring Graphic Designer. He’d really love to hear what everyone thinks of his work. He also asks that you share this, so that his work can get out there and noticed.
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Posted August 19, 2012 by Imagineer2017 in Art

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