Online Finds

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Unrelated to the links below… but out in bloom everywhere here at the moment so they’re on my mind – Frangipanis – just make me think of the beach… πŸ™‚

Even though I had a huge break from posting on here the last couple of months, I was still online and did manage to get through a few links thatI hadΒ saved in my ‘Reading List’. I have a really bad habit of just seemingly ‘collecting’ links and never getting around to actually reading the articles! Does anyone else do that? I’ve got about a hundred things on there at the moment so I’ve put aside some time each week to work my way through them… for now though, here are a few that I got to recently – enjoy πŸ™‚

Maggie Whitley – 5 Ways I Continue MY Creativity While Living in a Small Space

CNET – Google Aims to Make Street Art Last Forever

Creative Women’s Circle – My Advice: Going Freelance

Messy Nessy Chic – All Aboard the Mortuary Railway (and other Secrets of Sydney)

Dazed – Anna Wintour Has Some Harsh Advice for Fashion Students

The Great Discontent – Molly Crabapple

99U – How Death Motivates Us All

Branch – What Does Your Brand Stand For? Define it with Pillars

Gala Darling – My Best Piece of Advice for Writers

Nubby Twiglet – Media Kit Insights: The Who, What and Why!

Collectors Weekly – Is Our Retro Obsession Ruining Everything?

Mark Manson – 10 Life Lessons to Excel in Your 30s

 

Learning Illustrator Warp Tools

 

You may have seen me mention one or two or, *ahem*, a hundred times how I seem to struggle a bit with getting the vision of the projects in my head to be replicated on the computer screen… The only way I’m going get better at creating the designs I envision is to get more practice at using the software. I know this, I just have to do it… So while I’m still moving along with my course study, I’m going to try and do more ‘self-directed’ study as well – focusing on my computer skills -I’m looking at you Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop!

I do tend to use Illustrator more than Photoshop, so I thought I’d have a look at that first and I honestly there are so many tutorials out there to choose from that alone almost drove me a little crazy, but I finally settled on this one: Β Smashing Magazine Examples And Tips For Using Illustrator’s Warp Tools.

It was really great and easy to follow, and I managed to create the ‘beautiful’ image you see at the top of this post, lol πŸ™‚ I could have played around with the tutorial for hours, and I think this plan of doing more self-directed study is definitely a good idea.

Do any of you have suggestions for other good Adobe Illustrator tutorials?