When I launched my blog last Christmas, the most comments I got were directed toward my cover photo at the top of the screen. Friends that were heavily into photography and videography nodded their approval, and several asked just exactly how I did it.
Well. I’ll tell you it definitely wasn’t with a Canon Rebel and a light studio, that’s for sure.
Imagine a nineteen-year-old college student alone in the house and an ambitious project in her head. Oh, and a random pile of boxes, books, and her brother’s school supplies stacked on a chair across the table. Imagine a large hole puncher propping up her iPhone on the top of the makeshift tower. Yeah, that’s my “studio” for you.
For this year’s FBTeen Crusade, the youth pastor wanted to play off the upcoming Marvel movie, Civil War as the theme for the crusades. It was a perfect idea, since the Teen Crusades are a glorified Vacation Bible School for teens with tons of competitions, teams, and games. The youth pastor was hoping that I could come up with a logo, a task I readily accepted.
My biggest regret was not screen capturing the process for this logo and poster, since I started completely from scratch. There was no single tutorial for me to follow this year, unlike the Panama missions trip logo, so I had to rely on what I’ve learned from experience and random YouTube videos. The other challenge was my Photoshop is woefully out of date (CS3) and I didn’t have access to the 3D modeling newer software updates give users, so the “Civil War” words had to be faked into looking like a 3D image.
The poster itself ended up being thirty-seven Photoshop layers and probably one of the biggest design projects to date.
Fairfax Baptist Temple’s junior church was in need of an updated bookmark, so I was tasked to design one. It needed to be fun and inviting, clearly for children, but also designed properly. It also had to include the books of the Bible on the back.
I grew up picturing my college in the Coca-Cola font because of the name. When I came home from my first year at college, I determined to design and order my own.
For my college digital graphics class, I had to make two magazine covers in Photoshop. We students had to know how to cut out part of a picture professionally and paste it over top of a background image as well as demonstrate visually-pleasing type hierarchy. I got an A on the project. Both main models were also photographed by me.
As a college digital graphics project, I had to correct poor photos in Camera Raw and make them into postcards of any place I chose. Naturally, I did a world of fiction. Because why not? So Middle Earth themed postcards were designed and born.
This was for a digital graphics project in college. I had to make an event poster for the Blue Angels air show in Pensacola, Florida in Adobe Illustrator. I wanted to go for a more retro look than anything, wanting to mimic the classic vector travel posters I occasionally see around in the design world. A design that catered to flat artwork would only help me, since this was the first time I ever played with Illustrator. I got an A on the project.