So today it was cold and rainy and getting colder rainier. What better weather to snuggle in and do some designing, right? Of course I probably SHOULD be doing any number of other things with a free Sunday, but I've been a little bit obsessed with this logo I'm working on. (See previous post.) I just knew that the design I submitted originally wasn't going to make the grade. So I spent some more time with it today and guess what? I believe it's really going to pay off! I was excited earlier when the contest holder send me some feedback asking for a little revision. But I was even more thrilled when after submitting my revision, he rated my design 5 stars! I'm getting excited now! Of course the ultimate goal of winning the contest is always something to shoot for, but even just getting a nice rating from the contest holder feels good! It's just a little validation that I'm doing something right. It's also nice motivation to keep going. Of course, there are 6 more days left in this contest so anything could happen. But now at least, my design is the one to be contended with. I love being #1 out of 103 entries. Here is the evolution of my design for this logo. I'll be sure to keep you posted on how the contest unfolds! :)
Today wanted to talk about my first couple of experiences with freelancer.com. I decided to sign up a few days ago. I've heard good things about it and thought...why not? It's free! I thought it might be a good chance to try my hand at competing against others for jobs. Plus it might be a good way to earn some extra cash and of course, a little motivation to keep pushing myself to try new things never hurt either! It took me a couple of days to get everything set up. They give you a profile where you can post some work (more or less depending on your membership status) and there is even a place to put resume information. When I signed up, I was awarded one month of Premium Membership which has a few extra perks. This has helped me take a couple tests and post a few more images on my profile than the free membership allows. I'm not sure what will happen to them at the end of the month, but I guess I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. So far, though, it's been a rewarding experience, even if it hasn't been so lucrative. (I'm not going to tell you how many hours I've spend with the site so far! Eeeee!)
My first project was a t-shirt competition called "Finishing the Fight to End Cancer"
[I find competitions nice next to the jobs where you bid on work because you have all the details up front, and you can get started immediately. Plus, the prize money is guaranteed. But the best part is you can scope out the already submitted work from other applicants and see what you're up against! Whoo hoo!]
When I decided to enter this competition, it was only 1 day from the award date. So I really had to get cracking. The details said you had to use the competition title on the shirt and that they wanted to use a white or black t-shirt. I had several ideas for this, but my entry had to be quick so I came up with this idea.
I thought it came out pretty, but it wasn't the "artistic style" that the contest holder was looking for. No hard feelings though, it was good practice and gave me a chance to do a little drawing in illustrator. Something I need to start doing more of again anyway. The winner was a man from Sri Lanka who had a couple pretty good entries. They liked his t-shirt because he only used 1 color but it had a halftone under-layer so it looked like 2 colors. This is something I'm going to try for next time. I actually like this idea and this design. I think he deserved to win.
My second venture into the freelancer.com world was to create a logo for a company called Drip Drop Solutions. They wanted a professional style logo that was black, dark blues, and maybe had a little red thrown in. The competitor logos they previewed had a lot of water drops going on so I started to think in that direction. But I didn't want to do what everyone else was doing, of course. So I made a few sketches to start that ended up being quite terrible! I had thought it might be fun to turn a water drop into a D and use it to be the first letter of "Drip." Eeeeennnnt! WRONG! It looked horrible. lol No matter what I did, I couldn't make it look like anything. So then I went back to the drawing board and came up with the graphic below. It is 2 drops for "drip and drop" and accented with red as requested. Plus it's modern and clean without being too stuffy or boring. I think the water ripples really help to tie the whole logo together. I used my favorite free use font Enigmatic and a little old school Georgia for "Solutions." I like the versatility of it as a black and white or a full color logo. I think it reads well from a distance too which is always helpful.
So now we wait to see what the contest holder thinks. Of course, I've got 5 more days to play around with this logo before the contest ends. Who knows what else I might come up with in that time. I like that I have time to think about it and submit multiple entries is I decide I have different ideas.
Next time I write I'll fill you on how things go! Ok, I guess that's all for today! Thanks for reading and please comment below on this logo and on the t-shirt too! I'd love to get your feedback. TTFN!
If you are reading this, THANK YOU! This is my first attempt at being creative through blogging and I really appreciate that you've taken an interest in checking it out! I'm not sure how it will go. Or how LONG it will go but I'm excited about it now! (That's all that counts, right?!)
That being said, I would like to start this year and this blog off by spotlighting one of my favorite apps, Rhonna Designs Photo Editing App ($1.99).
I was lucky enough to receive this app for free from Starbucks a few months ago. (Side note, if you haven't downloaded the Starbucks App, do it immediately! They are always giving away free stuff!) When I first downloaded this app, I had no idea what it was and I foolishly pushed it aside for several days before I took a closer look. But when I did investigate further, I was very pleasantly surprised and almost overwhelmed by all the possibilities laid out before me. This one is something special. It's a photo editing app, obviously, that includes a TON of creative and inspiring elements that make your editing experience fun and rewarding. Unlike other photo editing apps, Rhonna Designs is not interested in helping you find the right filter to make your photos look old or vignetted. Instead, it gives you a wide variety of great graphics, fonts and tools to make your images come alive! I really like all the nifty typographic elements that have been included with uplifting sayings and greetings! You can combine any number of the given graphics together in any way that you like. But on top of that you can change the size, opacity, color...even give your text or graphic a drop shadow if you like. My personal favorite tool is the ability to mask any of the design elements you've added and then adjust the mask's opacity to your desired effect. It makes for some really neat images that I've not seen on any other app. Then of course, you have the option to share them with any or all of your favorite social media outlets.
Here are a couple of the images I've created with this app so far. I'll probably be posting more of these as time goes on. They are just so much fun to make! Be sure to comment below and share your thoughts and images with me! I'd love to see what your creative minds can do! ;)