I've been caught in the twitter trap - so if you feel like it you can follow my daily tweets on twitter.
- Listening to: Smooth Jazz
- Reading: Watchmen
- Drinking: Coffee
The Power of Blending OptionsAfter publishing my last article on the Process of Making an Icon, I got a few requests for more indepth knowledge on Blending Options, and a more explicit walkthrough of their direct usage.
Now, Blending Options are one of the first things Photoshop Novices stumble upon. The infancy of adding layer styles often leads to a short period of horrible drop shadows and cringeworthy bevels. Ironicly, this easily available styling is one of the harder things to master. Blending options is all about manipulating individual layers to obtain a certain effect. It's a key aspect of creating icons, and will help you create textures, shading and highlighting.
Go to the PixelResort and read more...
The Making of an IconI've had a few requests for insights into the process of making icons. Instead of answering individually, I've decided to make this the first subject of a range of articles to be authored at PixelResort.com.
This won't be a tutorial or a step-by-step walkthrough, more like a general guideline based on my own experience. It's how my workflow crops up.
To illustrate the creation of an icon, I've decided to redraw my old TextEdit icon from the bottom up.
Go to PixelResort.com to read the Article and see the process...
PixelResort v.2 Launch!Wow. It's been a long time since i've used my DA profile for anything else than the occational Inspirational browsing. Well, i've got some great news.
Between University assignments and Freelance work ive been pouring alot of time into a complete redesign of my site PixelResort.com
After launching the first incarnation of PixelResort back in November 07 i was overwhelmed with the positive response; visitors by the thousands, personal and work related mails from all over the world and alot of fine publicity in the blogosphere. Its been a tremendous experience both professionally and personally, a hearty thanks to all who made this sites infancy so special. A couple of months wiser, and more hours than i care to account for, im finally able to welcome you to this second version of PixelResort. While i cared much for the pixelish look of the old site, every designer must mature and constantly seek to renew and refine.
1 Month at the Resort
PixelResort.com has been up for exactly 1 month today. And what a month! Thank you to all who checked in at the resort, had a stroll around and brought home a few souvenirs. This past month more than 10.000 guests from more than 100 countries visited more than 23.000 pages.
I was featured at a number of blogs and webmagazines, some of the more prominent ones being:
Intenta (Spanish Blog)
And mentioned at around 50 other sites.
A resounding thank you to all who blogged or otherwise mentioned pixelresort to their respective readers and peers.
You may have noticed a few visual changes during this past week. A new submenu at the front page, but also some other interface tweaks. Change should be constant. Hope you like
Safari Pith Helmet IconEnough with the Compass...
Here's an icon for all of you who have gotten tired of the old compass for Safari. This is a Pith Helmet for a real Safari user! Leopard ready, Jungle ready!
Head over to pixelresort.com and download it.
PixelResort.com will serve as my small patch of the Internet - especially minded towards my customization work with wallpapers and icons and my freelance work with printed media and websites.
So take a peek inside, subscribe to my RSS Feed and do drop me a comment.
Launch present: Pixelicious
In celebration of my new site launch, i'm releasing a developer icon set of 150 32x32 icons called Pixelicious. The icons vary slightly in size, and is a mish mash of a couple of projects joined and later extended into this package. It's mainly intended for developers, but go ahead and use these anywhere you can find a place for them.
Thank you for your continuing support.
Thank you for the Daily Deviation!My icon TextEdit was the deviation that was so lucky to be graced with a DD.
Thank you to livius for featuring it!
It has all left me with alot of exposure, and a boost of pageviews. Here is a quick view of my 24 hours of internet fame evidented by my profile traffic.
If that wasn't enough, i was also featured for the second time on the Macthemes blog weekly wrapup.
So thank you to all who visited, and to those who are sticking around adding my work to their favorites, commenting and putting me on their watchlists - i can't thank you enough, hope you stick around some more! I'll try to make it worth your time!
Michael Flarup - a very happy DA member.
Gallery UpdatesSpring and a sense of change in the Air. I finally got around to making quite alot of much needed updates to my gallery.
Most of my photography has recieved updates in one way or the other, and there's been some spring cleaning aswell with a few deletions and stuff moved to scraps. Heres a few words on the updates
Huge images begone!
Almost all of my pictures have had their size reduced. This is something i've wanted to do for a long time. Being a webdeveloper i, for one should have my filetypes and sizes in order, and in most cases there is no need for ridiculously large files. This has now been corrected.
Most of my photography has been resized, i see no reason to upload much larger than 800x600 or thereabouts resolutions.
My borders and framing has been ... well... experimental to say the least. I've tried different things, but gone with a philosophy that says less border more picture. Therefore i have settled for a small minimalistic black frame for m
30 Day Art Improvement (Hell) ChallengeI originally posted this on my Tumblr blog, and since it seems to be popular I thought I'd challenge people here.
30 Days of Art Improvement Challenge
Are you tired of feeling like your art just isn't improving? Do you want to do a 30-day challenge that's actually useful? Welcome to 30 Days of Improvement Hell.
I made this because I've been feeling super 'blah' about my art these days, and I needed something to kick-start myself. Who wants to do this with me!? Start now or whenever you can (now you procrastinators!). Challenge yourself and have fun at the same time!
Tag your posts with #Improvement Hell (more for Tumblr posts, but I suppose you can do it here too) so everyone can follow along and see each other's awesome artwork.
What are you waiting for? START!
Self-Portrait - Introduce yourself Draw a figure using a reference - link to reference Draw a figure that's in action, using a reference - link to referenceDra
Pony Price ListGeneral Commission Info Hat Pricing FAQ
All plushes are minky with applique eyes and cutie marks, unless otherwise agreed upon.
"Starting prices" are listed for all types of plushes. "Starting prices" are defined as the price for the most basic pony of that kind. I start from my base pony price and add charges according to how difficult the character is to make. Design elements that add complexity such as difficult or multicolored manes, body markings, and modifications to the basic pattern will add cost. For a full and amus
ADOPTABLE 100 THEMES CHALLENGEYeah. I don't like the other one. SO HERE WE GOOOOOO!!!
2. Think pink
3. Chocolate kisses
4. Crisp apple
14. Sun conure
26. Candy floss
32. Bumble bee
40. Peanut butter jelly
45. Orange sherbet
50. Tea and cake
73. Aquafresh toothpaste
ALL Next Gen Fun Facts!This is fan made!
All Next Gen Fun Facts! :iconwoootplz: Everything from my previous fun facts journals as well as some new ones are in here I probably won't make any more new Fun Facts journals. Instead, I'll just add them in here and let you know if there are any updates (if they are worth mentioning of course) I'll probably add more to the younger characters later since I'm still developing them. HOLY FRICK THIS JOURNAL IS LONG!
If this journal in particular is too long, you can look at these kinda shorter ones that narrow the characters down by category
Main: Royalty: Side: Children:
Valiant goes by "Lance"
Valiant's love life isn't very successful even though he's kind, charming and handsome. He's been out with quite a few ponies making him seem l
The 30 Day Character Development Challenge~![Stole off someone's facebook]
1.) Describe your character's relationship with their mother or their father, or both. Was it good? Bad? Were they spoiled rotten, ignored? Do they still get along now, or no?
2.) What are your characters most prominent physical features?
3.) Name one scar your character has, and tell us where it came from. If they don't have any, is there a reason?
4.) How vain is your character? Do they find themselves attractive?
5.) What's your character's ranking on the KINSEY SCALE?
6.) Describe your character's happiest memory.
7.) Is there one event or happening your character would like to erase from their past? Why?
8.) Day of Favorites! What's your character's favorite ice cream flavor? Color? Song? Flower?
9.) Who does your character trust?
10.) Can you define a turning point in your character's life? Multiples are acceptable.
11.) Is there an animal you equate with your character?
12.) How is your character with technology? Super savvy, or way behind the time
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