All About the Blog's Graphic Design

Friday, August 14, 2015
Have you ever had something sitting around, waiting for you to turn it into art, but you kept putting it off? That was me with this graphic. It must have been sitting in a folder on my computer for a year. I would open the reference image every once and a while and stare at it. Sometimes I even played around with it in Photoshop Elements a bit. But, I think every graphic has a time and a purpose. The time for Miss Seashell Gaga finally came. Something told me that it should be used for my blog, as an expression of myself.

I don't go out looking for images to turn into graphics. They find me. I'll be surfing the internet, minding my own business, when I see an image that would be perfect to turn into art. That's how the design of this blog came to be. The original image was created by a very talented artist named Gabriel Marques. I love taking people's artwork and turning it into a brand new piece of art. It almost always invites new challenges, and overall is a rewarding experience. The original piece:

I thought this piece was going to be difficult to work with. Overall, it was not as bad as I perceived. I will say I'm quite a rebel with my graphic art. The body is done in a more vector/clip art style, while the hair is closer to a realistic feel, and the outfit is totally out on it's own, doing it's own thing. While each piece is quite different from the others, they blend together to make something that is both strange and intriguing. The finished piece:
Gaga never actually wore this outfit in real life, but I could see her doing so. Ever since the ARTPOP era, I've been obsessed with seashells and sea life. That is why I chose this image. And, well, I love the color scheme! Who doesn't like teal?? To keep the theme going, I opted for a simple seashell design for the social media buttons and favicon. Finally, I've been seeing paint splatter designs all over the internet! Have you? I was totally inspired by them. They were one of those cases where I just went at them with a variety of Elements tools, and they came out awesome.

To sum up, I'm very pleased with how the graphic turned out. There is nothing I would change. I do think that I need to continue practicing my hair technique. Other than that, I'm glad I took the chance and it all worked out. Feel free to share your thoughts and constructive criticism in the comments! That's all for now, and until next time, continue to let your true beauty shine.

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