May 11, 2018
What’s the difference between a gate & a fence
...so I decided that it'd be dope if I took photos on both sides of...
My new hustle is giving (mis)guided night-time tours on Dallas City Bikes.
Hopefully, one day, eventually…one of the big 4 city bike companies currently in Dallas (Limebike, Mobike, Vbikes & last but not least Ofo) will find a way to let consumers charge more than one bike to a card, so that an entire family can rent bikes for a nighttime ride through the Dallas city streets at night.
Reunion Tower (Inception Penrose Remix)
I’ve been wanting to take a dope of The Reunion Tower for a while.
I’ve been wanting to make a Penrose triangle from scratch for a while too.
I decided to do them both…at the same damn time!
When it came to designing this Penrose triangle my brain reacted the same way that is used to react when I had to do algebra in high school…it took me a while for me to comprehend it, but when I did…I still didn’t.
Bank of America Plaza (Space Invaders Remix)
Downtown Dallas Night Photography…not recommended for the faint of heart, especially if you go solo like I do.
Fortunately for me at my age, I’m still pretty agile & I can break out into a full sprint &/or jump a fence with 30 pounds of camera equipment on my back like nobody’s business.
Rocket Fizz Deep Ellum
…I accidently spent $30 on odd flavored soda and candy. I thought that since it’s only candy and soda that I didn’t need to ask the cashier for a price check…I was wrong 😔
Blanton Bullies Kennel Logo
The past couple of months have been full of “Firsts” and this is the first time that I’ve ever made a dog logo. It’s for Blanton Bullies, a kennel owned by an old friend from elementary school, middle school, and high school.
It was a pretty fast turn-a-round (for me) and he already had photos of the bullies that he wanted to be featured.
Here’s the rundown:
Fortunately, he already had photos
Unfortunately, they were taken with a camera phone
Fortunately, I dope with Photoshop & Decent with Illustrator
I’ve been challenging myself to do the opposite of what I normally do when it comes to logos. That is K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Stupid). I have a tendency to go overboard…overthinking and overdoing and in the end overwhelming clients with too much extra “stuff”.
Not this time, I did the opposite.
I attempted to design this flyer once before, but it looked like an old No Limit Records CD Cover (Google MP Da Last Don CD)…dope in the 90’s, not so much today.
I’m trying to retire my “Bigger is Better” style for a more minimalist “K.I.S.S” approach.
I saw part of a quote from Bruce Lee that read “Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water.”
I’m going to keep that in mind, with my current and future projects. I’m not even sure if I have a style honestly….but in case I do, I’m going to try & be free of any style (not freestyling tho).
Or maybe I’ve just been watching too many Kung-fu movies…Ip Man 3 was DOPE!
Okay, back to the flyer…
It’s just a simple flyer for a travel agency…not a lot of info was needed, there is some info on the back of the flyer, but it doesn’t have anything to do with the design on the front, it’s just more dates for more events…so I’m not sharing it.
Okay, so like every other graphic designer…I design flyers, business cards, and logos.
I don’t have concrete evidence, but I don’t think that it’s far-fetched to say that those 3 items make up over 90% of my business.
As much as I appreciate clients entrusting me with their brand identity…I offer more services than just designing the big 3.
I’ve designed posters, window wraps, and t-shirts…but that’s not what this is about, this is about digital photography + graphic art…the reason why I learned how to use Photoshop.
I started out over a decade ago drawing myself in crazy scenarios with cartoon characters and in parallel universes, then I found out about Photoshop…I put down then pencil and picked up the (Wireless Graphic Drawing) pen.
Which is why I made this picture…I offer a myriad of design services, so it’s time that I do a better job of marketing what those services are.
…now maybe I’ve been watching too much Shark Tank, but if you’d like to be placed in a piece of fine art like this, feel free to contact me! (I sell my services on Etsy). If you live in the Dallas Ft.worth area, I can take the photo for you (for a nominal fee). Original Artwork – Domenico Tojetti : Progress of America.
Some Light Photo-manipulation
First things first, I didn’t take these photos…the credit goes to Interscope Photography of Atlanta Georgia (Interscopephotography.com)
With that said, I received a phone call asking could I photoshop 2 photos together to fit inside of a 10×16 photo frame. Of course, I needed to see the photos first.
I was emailed the photos, I checked them out, I replied…hell no.
The photos weren’t uniform and the perspective was off…then again, I like challenges and in all probability, the family that’s in the photo won’t be studying it for irregularities.
So, let’s get to work…
Step 1: Change the perspective of the building & stretch the sky
Step 2: Combine the photos. The best spot was under the balcony in photo 1 & above the balcony in photo 2.
Step 3: Stretch the sidewalk and add some light texture…to make it look real.
Step 4: Replace the Guest Services sign… the sign that I replaced it with looks photoshopped, but it’s supposed too.
In the end, I think it came out awesome, but I’m biased.
Completely custom made “Graphic Designer License” business cards. Get your custom made business cards designed today. Prices start at $120 for 1,000. Find me on Etsy – MackisDesign
What happens when you add Graphic Design to Wedding Photography?
…another wedding photography edit.
These are not my photos, these photos were taken by Interscope Photography, a very professional photography studio based in Atlanta.
I don’t do wedding photography, but I do edit photos for wedding photographers. I could add wedding photography to my repertoire because good wedding photographers make a lot of money, unfortunately, I have this thing about dressing up…I don’t like too.
So..I got a request to combine 2 photos, initially, I didn’t want to, but I had a change of heart. I usually photoshop 2 photos together with the intention of making the photo look fake…like a painting, I don’t want them to look like real photos, but his client wanted a dramatic Cinderella type of photo.
The problem with doing Photoshop on a regular basis is that sometimes I can’t tell how real or fake something looks, so I have to seek a 2nd opinion. One person said it looked “super fake” (I was slightly offended) another said it looked cool (I didn’t know how to take that). I decided to just let the client judge since he’s a professional photographer…he was happy with it. Cool.
On to the next one!
Selfie Game Strong!
I did this about 4 or 5 years ago.
I just replaced Bill Murrays’ face with mine.