Sometimes we forget how far we’ve come. We just need to take a quick glance at the past and realize how much we’ve grown. That happened to me this week. I know I am nowhere near of being a professional digital artist, but I’m happy to say that yesterday I made that quick glance at the past and realized that I’ve learned more than I thought would be possible. But I still have a long way ahead of me as a designer. Thanks for sharing this journey with me and for all the support.
This week I’m feeling very confident because last week’s design did excellent and may be printed, fingers crossed. On top of that, the theme for this week is right up my alley. “Space Infographics”. I really like designing space and planet scenes. For this concept I used a Venn Diagram as base. To me, these diagrams always look like clashing planets, so I portrayed that in my design.
Here are some bigger details (click to expand):
I’ve been holding this great announcement since I received the news on Friday because I didn’t want to ruin any surprises. But now it’s in the open, so here it is.
This week we are celebrating Earth Day 2012. Shirt.Woot joined forces with The Sierra Club and they are running a special sale this week with organic and recycled apparel. My design “Elements of Life” is one of the designs being featured in this sale. But this time, the blank that they are using is a 100% Natural Organic Cotton shirt. So, act now, because the sale will end on April 29.
Yesterday my design “Fire and Ice” – a Robert Frost poem – won 2nd place from the Poetry Illustrated derby. This is my third design being printed by Shirt.Woot. I am so thrilled about this, three designs in a span of two months exactly. It’s been an awesome 2012 and all thanks to the support of each voter. I’ll keep working hard to submit cool and interesting designs. Keep an eye on my blog for information on new designs and submissions.
Now, buy your “Fire and Ice” shirt, or buy it for someone else. Spread the word, share this page with everyone you know :)
Last week’s derby was a little bit difficult for me. The theme required me to design a character, thing I’m not too good at. But I manage to come up with what I believed was a very good design. At first I was very frustrated because it wasn’t receiving any votes in the first couple of hours. But then, people started showing it some love, a lot of love actually. After three days, it made it into the Fog. Slowly, but steady. Then, it fell from the Fog the day before the derby ended and then entered again. I know it’s not going to win, but it’s up there and it’s one of the contenders. Hey, it may receive an Honorable Mention and compete once more. Crossing fingers…
Now, this week’s theme is something more abstract. Poetry Illustrated. We had to choose a poem we liked and design something around that. To be honest, I’m not too much into poetry, specially poetry in English. So I had to research a little bit more than usual to come up with a concept for my design. I stumbled upon a few cool poems, but there was one that stood from the crowd. “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost. I liked the apocalyptic feel it has and how well that could be translated into an illustration. Here’s the full poem:
Fire and Ice
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
Update (04/07/12): +597 votes / 2nd place
Fire and Ice – Robert Frost
At last, my first Woot printed shirt is on my hands! I can’t describe how awesome this feels. It’s like being a father for the first time. This is my newborn and I wanted to share pictures of my cute baby ;)
If you have pictures of yours, “like” Primitive Tools Designs and share it there, I’ll love to see it.
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Wow, this is crazy! I won 2nd place in the Derby, I actually did it! I know a lot of artists are used to this feeling, but there’s nothing more exciting than experimenting it for the first time.
Thanks to everyone that voted and made this a reality. This is my first “real” print and I couldn’t be happier! Now I know what other amazing designers at Woot feel every time they see a design of theirs getting printed. Thanks guys for the support. I’ll keep them coming…
P.S. Please visit Shirt.Woot and buy it. Once you buy at least one, you can vote in future derbies (for my designs of course).
Update (2/25/2012): +663 votes / 2nd place
Update (2/8/2012): The Reckoning restarted yesterday. My design started #22 out of 27 (inside the “Danger Zone”) but it move to #19. I didn’t expect this at all. Let’s hope it stays there for a while, but I don’t mind if it goes up :)
Update (2/10/2012): We are moving upwards! My design is on position #8 right now, it is doing better than I thought!