Back from a brief hiatus as I transitioned to life at my new college! I am currently at Wentworth Institute of Technology studying Industrial Design.
The first part of my life and art updates is best summed up with this post from the Official My Little Pony topic:
One of the course materials for one of my new classes was Adobe Illustrator CS6. I look forward to learning the ins and outs of the program so I can attempt to make quality pony vector art.
In the meantime, to practice some of the features I traced some of my old pictures into vector-based images. One of these was my MLP/BIONICLE crossover image Swarm of the Century (do not post; topic is dead) which won third prize in GAC #18 Battlescapes here on BZPower and was on display in physical form at Brickfair. Surprisingly, one of the image trace filters actually made the resulting image look more like how I had intended it than the original art did-- as in, cleaner colors, less scratchiness, and a more dynamic background.
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Thought some of the folks in this topic might appreciate this, since I know MLP fans probably made up a good number of the people who voted for this image in the Battlescapes contest.
Also, since I'm in a big city for college for the first time, I'll be attending my first brony meetup next weekend! I'm really looking forward to it!
Now, my next challenge on Illustrator was to see if I could vectorize and color some existing lineart of mine. The only piece I was able to successfully color with the tools I have now was my picture of Kai and his family from LEGO Ninjago which I posted in a previous entry. The result, in flat colors for now because I don't know the tools necessary to shade it to my satisfaction, can be seen here:
Over time, whether inside or outside of class, I anticipate learning more tools with Adobe Illustrator so I can do more of the things I've been looking forward to doing, such as designing custom minifigure decorations.
My classes so far are going smoothly, and I look forward to all the things I will learn in them. Each day brings me closer to my goal of becoming a product designer for The LEGO Group!