Final Inkling

This is part three of my avatar project, which was actually quite easy to do!

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Splatoon Inkling Template

I don’t think that this is very characteristic of the “me” on this blog, but I’m actually quite a gamer. For the past half-year or so, I’ve been really into a game called “Splatoon 2”, which is played on the Nintendo Switch. So much so, in fact, that I’ve made my own YouTube channel about it! I’m quite unpredictable.

I wanted to make my own avatar, so I made this template on Affinity Designer. I then planned on coloring it with Copics (as usual) and then doing the background digitally.Youtube Profile Pic.jpg

My semester starts on Tuesday, and unlike last semester, I don’t have posts lined up! So, I am going to “cheat” and divide this project into three parts. The next post will be the colored version, and the one after that will be the final one with the background. That should keep this blog busy for a month or so!

Also, I am taking an art class next semester, so hopefully that’ll give me something to post!

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Christmas Card

Merry Christmas, everyone! May you all have a blessed day!

This year, I decided to make a Christmas card template. I’m going to fill it out with Copics, which appears to now be my go-to Christmas art medium, but since I don’t know when I’ll actually finish coloring it, here’s the template for now. I made it on Affinity Designer.

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Typewriter with Texture

This kind of feels like I’m recycling this post, which maybe I am, but I added texture to my old Affinity Designer illustration. I learned how to add texture to digital art in my Foundations of 2D Design course, my first art course in college, and I really appreciated it because I finally learned how to imitate the illustrations that I liked! No more boring solid color for the whole thing!

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The textures that I used for this typewriter are actually the ones that I made as homework for the aforementioned class. Thanks, professor!

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Assembly: Graphic Design for Everyone

A few months ago, I was looking for something fun to do on my phone. I stumbled across Assembly, a graphic design app that was marketed as being easy to use, and I downloaded it. I liked it a lot! A more comprehensive review can be found here, but basically, it includes a number of different shapes that can be scaled and colored to create interesting compositions. I used the free version and was still happy with it. I liked the limited shapes because they helped me to create nice minimalistic graphic designs, and the palettes that they recommend are also nice.

Here are two of my initial compositions:

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I also used it to create a model for a robot that I had thought of for a class project. It’s really very nice!

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Blog Revamp

If you’re a regular visitor to my blog or you’ve seen it before, you may have noticed that something has changed… practically the whole website! I decided to change the theme, because I felt like my old theme was too traditional for me, what with the serifs and monotone palette. Not that the theme itself is bad, but I guess my tastes have changed.

I do feel somewhat conflicted about not having my header picture with the logo. I tried adding it, but it felt sloppy and wasn’t well aligned with the rest of the features. I guess I get quite sentimental and attached to these things and that it’s time to let go.

I’ve also spent quite a while categorizing my posts, because for the past ten years that I’ve been blogging, I haven’t used categories! When I learned about them, I thought it was too late to add them to all of my posts, but I decided to undertake the task and just do it. And I have succeeded!

I hope you like the new updates. Let me know what you think!

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I Like Affinity Designer!

I only realized a while ago that Adobe’s creative products had moved to a subscription-based payment system, even though this change happened years ago. I’m not a full-time artist, and I use Illustrator and Photoshop only once in a while. I thus did not want to pay the monthly or yearly subscription for my casual use. After some research on the internet about good alternatives to Illustrator, I came upon a review about Affinity Designer. And I want to say that this is a great alternative!

I’m not going to give an in-depth and full review, partly because others have reviewed this program already (like this one or this one). But today I wanted to show something that I’ve done with the program. As a fun project, I wanted to redesign the book cover of J.D Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. I haven’t finished the whole thing, but I have done the typewriter – one part of my design – using Affinity Designer. And here it is!

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I used the image from this website to create the typewriter.

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Catch Up

Since a lot has changed since my last post, I thought I’d give a little overview of what’s happened.

  • I finally moved from Singapore to California! After living in Singapore for so long, it was a bit sad leaving, but now I’m in California!
  • I met my grandparents in Korea and gave them a couple of my acrylic paintings that I posted here.
  • And I’ve started college!

I’m taking one design course, which is good because I’m awful at making posters and designs, and I really enjoy it! Here’s one of my projects on color:

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The True Meaning of Easter

Hello, everyone! First of all, Happy Easter! I hope you enjoy this great celebration wherever you are.

Secondly, it’s been almost two months since I last posted, and I’m extremely sorry. Looks like the International Baccalaureate program has finally taken hold of my life… sigh. Well, at least during this Easter break, I’ll be able to show you what I’ve been doing so far! And I’ve been doing a lot of things, just haven’t had the time to upload.

For today, I did a quick digital drawing on Illustrator, perhaps about the true meaning of Easter. Wish I had more time to do it, but maybe next time.

Holy Cross Stained Glass

I love the stained glass in churches, don’t you? So beautiful, and when the light shines through it, it almost seems like you’re in another world.

Happy Easter to you all

K

P.S. Perhaps this “the true meaning of…” will become a series 🙂