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Merlin Fan Art [Vector]

I’ve been working my way through the Merlin series (2008-2012, BBC) on Netflix and a particular image of Merlin caught my eye. Since I’ve been wanting to practice my vector art skills, I tried making a bit of fan art after a long evening of working on logos and flyers for clients. It was a fun experiment, and I rather like the way it turned out.

Merlin_2013

I could probably do a bit more to it, but when the time is 3 AM and one has to get up at 6:30 AM, then one must call it quits when the image is good enough to stop. After all, like many artists, I could fiddle all day with a project and never be satisfied.

 

Prophecy’s Keys: Pieces of Souls by Inkaholics 9

We are super excited to present the latest novella from our young writers, Prophecy’s Keys: Pieces of Souls by the Inkaholics 9 Writers Group. This group is pretty sure they are going to want to write a prequel and/or a sequel, so we have boldly added “Book 1” to the title.

All of the writers in this group were completely new to Inkaholics Groups, but I think we have them hooked because every one of them just finished being a part of Inkaholics 12. (More on that later!) Here’s a little bit about this classic fantasy story from Ink 9:

"Pieces of Souls" Book Cover

Morgana is a fresh graduate of the Kentis Institute of Magic, but her wizard’s staff is already misbehaving. In fact, a dark power hidden inside the ornamentation has shrouded an entire village in a madness-inducing mist.

The young wizardess vows to correct the situation and finds help in a clumsy apprentice blacksmith and a paranoid, recluse dragon. But a wicked creature from her past interferes with their quest at every turn, or is he drawing them right where he wants them? Has circumstance brought these three together? Or are they a part of an ancient prophecy that connects them in more ways that they could possibly imagine?

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Thai Eats Website

My mom is opening a Thai grocery, take-out, and workshops business here in town, so naturally, she asked me to create a website for her. Her signage is almost done, thus making time of the essence in finishing the site.

I opted to design through WordPress, as opposed to creating a full-blown, Photoshop-spiffified design. Her website needs were small, and the main content was to be an informational blog. WordPress fits that prospectus perfectly.

With so many incredible WordPress theme developers out there, I chose to simply modify an existing theme. I found this one by Eric Ulous and customized some of the key background and logo graphics. I rather like the result, and so does my mom. :o) Check it out:

Thai-Eats.com

Evangeline’s New Site

I’m working on a new website for my friend Evangeline. It’s an author site for her to use primarily as a marketing tool right now. She’ll take it on as a full-fledged author site eventually, but we’re starting small for now. Awaiting approval on the initial design:

RAFL-LOL Blog Design

My friend Donita asked me to spruce up her literacy advocacy blog, RAFL-LOL, which is an acronym for “Reading Aloud For Literacy – Lots of Learning”. Blogger has some fantastic template backgrounds these days, you just have to find the right one and give it a few tweaks to personalize.

At that point, all they need is a special header graphic to complete the scene. So this is what I came up with for Donita:

Check out the blog here.

A New Book to Flaunt

One of the perks of winning NaNoWriMo this year is that winning wrimos may receive a free proof copy of their book through CreateSpace.com, a self-publishing company. While I’m adamantly opposed to self-publishing my own novels, I don’t see any harm in printing a single copy of one of my novels for the…well, novelty of it.

There’s no way in the Devil’s household that I would EVER allow this self-published book on the market. NO WAY. (If I do, someone really needs to slap me silly.) But this will be fun to hold in my hands.

Because my NaNo novels are utterly unpublishable, I decided to submit the first novel I’d ever written. It was previously titled The Visitors, but I have subsequently decided that the title was too boring. New title and the book cover I designed:

iHeart Faces: Fix It Friday #14


Over at iHeartFaces.com, they have a weekly event during which they take a “not-so-good” photo and give it to their contributors to “fix” in whatever photo editor they wish to use. There’s no prize, but it’s something fun for design geeks like me to do on a Friday afternoon.

To the right is the image they provided for Fix-It-Friday, Week #14.

Below is how I edited it to my own liking.

This one might be a little over-the-top and overedited, but it’s getting late and I don’t want to have to come back to this tomorrow. *whistles*

I used Photoshop to touch up. Masks and several layers were used. Background is a part of an image I found on the web.

Please comment and let me know what you think!

There are a lot more images to check out from other contributors, so click on that link if you’d like to see them too.

iHeartFaces: Fix Friday #8


Over at iHeartFaces.com, they have a weekly event during which they take a “not-so-good” photo and give it to their contributors to “fix” in whatever photo editor they wish to use. There’s no prize, but it’s something fun for design geeks like me to do on a Friday afternoon.

Above is the image they provided for Fix-It-Friday, Week #8.

Below is how I edited it to my own liking.

This is another girl in a fantasy setting like I did for Fix It Friday #6. I don’t know what it is about little girls; I always want to make them into whimsical fairies. Maybe they’ll get an adult’s picture up for F.I.T. one of these days, and I can be inspired some other way.

I used Photoshop’s artistic filters, lighting effects, and overall color tweaking techniques. I’m a fan of masks and transparent duplicate layers. Various additional images were found around the web in bits and pieces.

I think I might have gone a little overboard on this one. LOL Please comment and let me know what you think!

There are a lot more images to check out from other contributors, so click on that link if you’d like to see them too.