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[ARTWORK] #17 – House Of Strings Logo

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Fig.1. Finished Logo Artwork for House Of Strings

This shot was taken by me on the floor of my house in Auzzie. The picture was drawn by my friend Taya on a piece of scrap paper.

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Fig.2. Early Rough Sketch Ideas

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Fig.3. More Early Ideas

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Fig.4. My Final Sketched Idea

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Fig.5. Taya’s Logo

So the short story is… I had spent most of the day coming up with- and developing ideas for the logo in Fig.2, 3 and 4. After my friend Taya got home, she tried helping me out and did one herself, which took a whole 30 seconds… I loved it straight away and went with that instead of mine. Hahahaa!

Couldn’t believe it, I spent all day grinding away at something and Taya comes in and smashes out something way much better in under a minute. Literally. Unbelievable scenes.


Like

I like Taya’s logo. It’s brilliant, simples. She connected the ‘S’ of ‘house’ and ‘strings’… mental. and put the ‘of’ as the dot on the ‘i’. Genius.

Don’t Like

My one. Complete rubbish. This is bin fodder. Just looks like I’m trying too hard and failing, which was incidentally just exactly was what was occurring. Great.

Learned

I hate curves. I can’t draw curves. I don’t want to. I hate them. I tried to draw them in my sketch with the word ‘strings’ and that flippin ‘f’ in the word ‘of’ and they all looked like dog matter. Trying to do that just re-confirmed my hatred for curves in anything I draw. They’re just too untidy and I don’t understand them. They just seem to ruin and picture I try and draw. Baaaa if I’m going to draw a curve, it’s going to consist of lots of straight lines that end up looking like a curve. Like this:

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Fig.6. London Kings Cross 

Thats better, much more tidy.

Funny thing is although I hate drawing curves and I don’t like them most of the time in any case, I really love what Taya did with her sketch. Spot on 🙂 Thanks Tay!


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[ARTWORK] #16 – Fraktion Logo

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Fig.1. Finished Logo

This is the logo I designed for my Techno/House Record Label – Fraktion Music

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Fig.2. First Sketch / Idea

This is the first sketch I threw down (on the back of a bank statement) when the idea for the image came to me, whilst sitting having my morning coffee bacon and eggs at a cafe in Brisbane. It’s funny how the final image is pretty damn close to my first idea here… not too shabby. The idea was to have something connecting all the way round the outside creating a border… and have it spilt in the middle somehow (like a fraction…).

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Fig.3. Developing Ideas

Here are some more images of early ideas. You can see here how I had started to think more about imposing mathematical imagery on the ‘O’ by striking a line through it so it looks like a zero. So we got a division, and a number incorporated in the image now.

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Fig.4. More Developing Ideas

Here I have now thought more about the use of mathematics and the ‘K’ and the ‘A’ are now similar to ‘less than’ and ‘upper case delta’ symbols. The line on top of the ‘T’… I don’t know what I was thinking here to be honest… looks alright though eh. I could say I did it with the intention of making it look like an equals sign… Lolz. Thats an obvious lie, but it does though! Had the old subconscious working on that one for me. Result

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Fig.5. Alternate version 1

This is a final sketch, which I thought was the one, except after thinking about if and getting feedback, I decided to change the ‘R’ as me and my mates thought it looked like a ‘K’.

 

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Fig.6. Designing the ‘R’

Here you can see the working out and variations I drew for designing the ‘R’.

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Fig.8. Final Processed Sketch – Variation

I’ll have this one vectored out soon for printing posters, T-shirts, frilly knickers etc…


Like

I like this a lot and I’m super happy with it. I feel I managed to incorporate enough ‘technological / mathematical’ imagery into the logo. It’s solid, simple and legible. (well legible enough anyway)

Don’t Like

You can see the pencil sketch lines which I haven’t rubbed out in the last two pictures. I don’t like that effect here. I think it looks better with it rubbed out.

Learned

I learned that I can scrub out some little blemishes and imperfections in iPhoto. I did this with a couple of tiny tiny tiiiiny scuffs that were annoying me, which worked really well. I won’t usually do this though, unless it’s for a super duper (must be shiny!) sort of picture


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[ARTWORK] #15 – Kat Nine Music.com Logo

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Fig.1. Final Designed Image

This is the final design for the KatNineMusic.com logo I created for my website

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Fig.2. Final Image – Processed

This is the final processed image I used in some of my videos

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Fig.3. Development – First Sketches / Ideas

Here you can see the first development for the final design. The idea from start to finish for this took about 30 minutes. Actually drawing the final image took about 40 minutes.

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Fig.4. Alt Processing – Gold

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Fig.5. Vectored Logo – Black Background

This has been vectored out now by my graphic designer

Website for my graphic designer: www.designhappy.co.uk

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Fig.6. Vectored Logo – White Background

Of course, you can’t really see the background because it’s the same as the website. Buuuh


What do I like about it?

It’s really simple, pretty solid. It’s my own font that I drew by hand. Cool.

What don’t I like about it?
I don’t like the processing of the image and it’s not clean enough. You can see scummy bit’s on some of the letters which came from the pen. It’s also on the wonk a little bit too, which really cheeses me off. The words ‘Kat’ and ’Nine’ are level, but ‘Music’ tails off downwards a little. I don’t know how that happened! Very, very upsetting to look at. I can draw this again and make it cleaner, but for now it’s alright. It’s good enough to give to my graphic designer and vector out.

What did I learn?
My friend Taya helped me stay on track with making decisions of what to go with. This was very helpful.

I learned (or remembered) that it’s always helpful to get someone else’s perspective on what you are creating. Even if that person is not a professional in what you are working on. Everybody’s opinion matters. 2 brains are better than 1. Thanks Tay!


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[ARTWORK] #14 – Sketch No. 13 / Twisty Worms

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Fig.1 Sketch No. 13 Finished

This is possibly my new favourite sketch.

It’s the first sketch I have done where I’ve rubbed out the pencil sketch lines, so it’s just pen and paper.

There was a pencil outline of the circle carved out around the perimeter of this piece made with the compass, but it completely destroyed the perception I was going for.

Another reason why I like this is that I did it on the plane from NZ to Aussie… and I’m pretty chuffed with how straight the lines are! Result.

This is also the first picture I decided to give a name. It’s called ‘Twisty Worms’, it’s got this twisty worm-hole vibe thing going on. Well that’s what I think anyway. Seemed to make sense. 

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 Fig.2. Twisty Worms!

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Fig.3. Alternate orientation and processing

To make this, I carved out a big circle, split it into quarter segments and marked out points with progressively larger intervals throughout the 4 piece. [#qtr 1 = 5mm / #qtr2 = 10mm / #qtr3 = 15mm / #qtr4 = 20mm]

After that, I just played join the dots using 2 specific points (the twins…) to bring everything back to… or from?

Summary: Sweeeeet. Plenty of stuff to keep the old eyeballs busy for while. I seem to be a little mesmerised by it, which I’m just going to take is a plus.

Definitely made some breakthroughs with this piece, a couple of first time processes going on here, so I’m happy with it 🙂


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[ARTWORK] #13 – Sketch No. 12 / Potential?

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Fig.1. Sketch No. 12

This. This is not good. In fact, it’s very very not good.

BUT…

I still wanted to show it as it has some developments for shapes I haven’t created yet, which I think has some awesome potential.

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Fig.2. Good bit

I want to follow up this 3D looking star shape on it’s side, with all it’s inside lines falling to a point located lower down, then maybe sit another one doing the same, but upside down. Then have them meeting in the middle, sort of like a sand-timer.

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Summary: Although this sketch is super scrappy, I’m happy with what came out of doing it. It’s showed me some more potential shapes to draw, which all helps 🙂


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[ARTWORK] #12 – Sketch No. 11 / Water Wheel

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Fig.1. Sketch 11

This is a photo of the sketch about half way through.

I was originally expanding on the method I was working on in the previous sketch (No.10 – moving planes at different angles in space with the same perceived size/volume).

As you can see here too, I chose to go mental and add a 3rd colour blue in here (steady on!) I hated it the moment I did it, so I probably won’t do that again for a while. Black and red is about as much as I can handle at the moment.

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Fig.2. Foundation for the sketch (pencil)

You can see here the most part of the foundations (in pencil) for the points and lines required to create the picture in Fig.1.

I usually start off every sketch with just one single point in the centre of the piece of paper and work from there.

I’ll add another point, draw a line segment attaching them, then start swinging out some circles which creates many more intersecting points… etc…

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Fig.3. Freak photo

I’m not sure how this happened, but when I took this photo, two dark shadows appeared and I thought it looked pretty sweet. So here it is

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Fig.4. Final sketch

This is what happened when I carried on going around the 360 degrees.

I find it interesting how many ways you can look at this.

I left out the connecting lines at the bottom for a bit of variation.

Shoutout to my pal Alex at (Tattoo Artist @ Holy Skin Tattoo, Wanaka, NZ) for helpful feedback when doing this one. Always helpful to get someone else’s perspective. Check out his work HERE. Top stuff.

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Fig.5. Water Wheel

Just in case your’e not seeing the thing I was moving towards with the end of this sketch, you can see the idea clearly in a different context here.

Summary: It was pretty fun doing this one. I learned some more about how to move planes around in (perceived) space. Definitely some progress made.

I want to elaborate on this and do a tidier sketch… and get rid of the blue pen.


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