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It all starts with that job that a friend hooks you up with.  That leads to something else, which leads to another thing.  It's nice getting paid to do what you love.  Maybe this freelance thing will work out.  As soon as I'm aloud to, I'll start posting some of the work I've been doing.  Right now I have three jobs on my plate.  I'm helping an old friend from high school design a pair of buffalo sauce labels for the company he works for.  Today I just got hired to do a pin-up from on of the work for hire e-mails Kraiger sends to us Kubies.  My big job right now is doing storyboards and character designs for a small medical company developing a flash learning tool for medical students.  It's a cool idea and the script is set in a sci-fi future, which us comic book nerds just love drawing anyway.

Life is busy, but it's a good busy.  I miss having not only the teachers around for inspiration, but all you guys (and gals) around in the classroom.  Hope y'all are doing well and doing some work.  One day when we have our feet firmly planted under us, we should get together again for some sort of anthology.  I'll keep you all in mind if i find some work any of you would be good for and hope you'll do the same for me.  Again, miss y'all and keep in touch.  

Carabet out!
  • Listening to: Cage the Elephant
  • Reading: Josh Hamilton: Beyond Belief
  • Watching: The Fugitive
  • Playing: Epic Mickey
  • Eating: Papa Johns
  • Drinking: Water, water, water
So for those of you who have checked out my Samurai Predator piece, you may have noticed that :iconsilverfangedweedo: has been implying that I stole the piece from someone else.  I asked him to send me links to other place(s) that he saw the Predator piece, but he "can't remember" where he saw it.  Sorry I just had to vent for a second.  You can go check the thread on the Predator piece.  And those of you who know me, know i wouldn't steal an illustration from any other artist and call it my own.  That is all.
  • Listening to: The Ticket
  • Reading: Hellboy: Vol 2
  • Watching: Sportscenter
  • Playing: Red Dead Redemption
  • Drinking: Agua
It's official.  We are meeting with Mike Marts Friday, April 30th for a portfolio review.  As many of you know, mike is the current editor for Batman at DC Comics.  He is also Andy Kuberts editor.  I hear good things about the guy, so I'm looking forward to meeting him.  Also, we are going to DC's offices in NYC on Tuesday, May 11th.  That's pretty awesome, but the coolest part is that we are going to get reviewed by Richard Bruning (Senior Vice-President-Creative Director), Mark Chiarello (DC editor and Creator of the Batman Black and White mini series), and Jim Lee himself (Do i really need to note HIS achievements?)!  This is really the first time we are going to be able sit down with a superstar artist and get some feedback on the work we've been doing over the last 3 years (or the past few months.)  I've been a Marvel guy my whole life, but I am much more excited to meet these guys.  I gotta keep the comic book nerd held in though.  It's all strictly business.  It is Jim Lee though!

I'm hoping all goes well.
  • Listening to: Kim Lecture
  • Reading: This damn anatomy quiz
  • Watching: Kim explain what foreshorening is . . . again.
  • Drinking: Mt. Dew
Well, here we are.  Just over 2 months 'til graduation for the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art.  We have a meeting with Marvel editors in a week and a half and DC twice next month.  Time to table hardcore and produce a portfolio.  These past three years have been the fastest, and the best years of my young life.  Hopefully this is just the launching point for a long and industrious career.  

BTW, i'm scared shitless.
  • Listening to: The Format
  • Reading: The Losers
  • Watching: Avatar: The Last Windbender
  • Eating: Frozen Thin Mints
  • Drinking: Hawaiian Punch
I'm all for missing school but all this snow is too much.  Plus if we miss too many days, then they're going to cancel our Easter break.  And I'd much rather have that break.  Anyway, screw this snow.  I'm ready for some sunshine and some swimming.
  • Reading: Predator: Cold War
  • Watching: The Tick
  • Playing: Alien vs. Predator
  • Eating: Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Drinking: Milk
Between working at Sears and the work from school, the Holidays just don't seem to be the same anymore.  Is this a trend for getting older?  With age comes more work and frustration when we should be celebrating with our family and friends?  I actually found myself wishing that Thanksgiving would get over and done with already.  So much to do, so little time, etc.  I find myself more comfortable when we are in full swing with school.  Things just seem normal without having to deal with family and other people outside of our Kubie world.  I hope that with graduation and actually getting paid for doing art work, things settle down more on that front.  I would like to enjoy time with my family during these holidays that I USED to enjoy, but now, I just wish them over with.  Am I crazy or does anyone else out there sympathize with me?  Hope y'all are having a better start to the hoilday season than I am.  Happy Thanksgiving!  See y'all Monday.

Carabet
  • Reading: Superman: Kryptonite
  • Watching: Dexter
  • Eating: Meatball Parmasian
  • Drinking: Mt. Dew (What else?!)
What do y'all Kubies think?  Costumes and everything.  Come on!  Let's act like comic nerds for at least one night?
  • Listening to: fun.
  • Watching: G.I. Joe
  • Playing: Halo O.D.S.T.
  • Eating: Spaghetti
  • Drinking: Mt. Dew
Well, everyone and their dogs are accepting commissions right now now that school is out, but I gotta put myself out their too.  So yeah, i can negotiate prices with you depending on what the commission is.  See y'all on the flip side!!!
  • Listening to: Cage the Elephant
  • Watching: Spaceballs
  • Playing: Beer Pong
  • Eating: Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
  • Drinking: Miller Lite
This is just people at their dumbest.  

www.break.com/index/local-news…
  • Reading: Preacher
  • Watching: Die Hard
  • Drinking: Water
Step One: Shitty, nonfunctional face mask

Step Two: Make sure it looks like every other character with a shitty nonfunctional face mask

Step Three: Pretentious name

Step Four: Masturbate


Oh, and here is the first few pages of a book Rob did of Jesus fighting the Olympian Gods.  blog.howtokillpeople.com/wordp…
  • Listening to: silence
  • Reading: Preacher
  • Watching: Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland
  • Drinking: Water
Ok, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but I came across this list of the 20 most baffling foreign movie posters ever via Tredalicious.  I don't know if it was because i'm sleep deprived, but I was laughing my ass off at the comments the guys at Cracked.com put together for this.  Not only that, but these posters are just plain insane.  Most have nothing to do with the actual, recognizable Hollywood films including Alien, Planet of the Apes, First Blood and Star Wars.  Be sure to read the small captions that go along with each poster.  Hope you like.  By the way, the Polish are fucking nuts.

www.cracked.com/article_16990_…
  • Listening to: my own laughter
  • Reading: Preacher
  • Watching: Scrubs
  • Eating: Cookies!!!
  • Drinking: Water (Fucking outta milk!)
Hey all!  I'm not going to get to into the NYCC as everyone and their mother have posted a journal about it already, but there was one thing that happened at the Con that was pretty entertaining for Joe and myself.
It was shortly after Joe and I checked out the Wolverine game trailer and got our sweet Wolvie foam hands and dog tags that this lady stopped us.  She said she was from PBS, as her name tag also indicated, and she was doing a special on wolverines.  A little dumb founded, we asked "The animal or the character?"  She said both and asked if she could interview us about them.  We happily agreed.  I happily agreed.  I knew this ws just another thing all of you were going to use against me in my overdramaticized like of the character.  But I took Roland's advice and said, "Fuck it" and gave PBS the best damn Wolverine interview they could've asked for.  The mic guy kept laughing at me and the girl interviewing me came across kinda bitchy, but I don't care.  So, when she e-mails me to tell me when the special will be on, I'll let y'all know on here so you can watch me on PBS!  Y'all take it easy, and hope you had as good a time at the con as I did!

p.s.  Congradulate Zane if y'all have a second.  He got a call back from Marvel at the con.  Not sure how to post links, but he is inZane20 on this website.
  • Reading: Batman: Year 100
  • Eating: Turkey Sandwich
  • Drinking: Water
School is manageable again, at least for the moment, now that our production design project is over.  Fuck that btw!  Escaped with another C+ in that goddamn class.  I've had three C's since attending this school, and they were all classes taught by Gabe Bridwell.  Not that grades really matter however, it's just kinda frustrating.  So anyway, here are some other things that I hate besides production design:

Creamed spinach, small "yippy" dogs, almost every assignment Alvin Petitt has assigned, people who won't shut up about there girlfriend/boyfriend, Bill Belicheck, New York Giants fans, the little plastic nozzle inside liquor bottles, people who tell me smoking is bad for me, people who just won't get a clue, steroids, Tom Hicks, people who say the Rolling Stones are better than the Beatles, movies that are made before the source material is finished (Bad-ass), relentless cold weather, etc.  I could go on for days with this shit.

Anyway, I've got back into a pretty good groove with my work lately.  Specifically, I'm much more confidant when I'm inking with a brush now.  I've refined my technique to where I feel I have pretty good control with line weights.  I 'm by no means a "Sean Gardan Mahffie" (if you don't get it, don't worry about) but I'm enjoying it more.  Andy Kubert is teaching me alot about how to handle the brush, so that's good.  In addition to the inking, my other classes are going pretty well too.  At home, I'm able to just sit down and work for hours without getting tired and frustrated like I did a lot during first semester.  School is good.

Another thing that just popped into my head, I'm feeling more and more at home, away from home.  I feel like I'm distancing myself from my life back in Dallas.  It kinda scares me, but at the same time makes me feel like I'm growing up.  My "professional" life always seemed like years away, but it seems to be creeping up on me faster and faster these days.  I'm kinda relieved to tell you the truth.  I don't want to be relying on my parents forever.  I hope to get a house or apartment with a couple of friends next year and think i'll probably stay in the area after I graduate next year.  I hate the area, but it seems like it is the place to be to get started in this crazy business we call comics.  Fuck! I really do hate the northeast.

Anyway, that's it.  Gonna have a smoke, and I don't care that it's bad for me.  

Oh, and we'll miss you fellow Adam.

Later y'all . . .
  • Reading: The Road
  • Watching: Scrubs
  • Eating: Turkey Hill Chocolate Mint Ice Cream!
  • Drinking: Water
I really enjoy making these top 10 lists, or in this case, top 5, but I couldn't figure out what to do.  This just came to me and I think it is a good. So now, here are my top 5 favorite comic book movie moments.  These are the moments that just make you say, "Now that is the character i have read about for all these years, and finally, there they are, on the big screen, come to life!  That are just purely badass moments.  So here it is.

5.  Airplane rescue, 'Superman Returns':  This movie is widely excepted as incredibly disappointing, but this scene, I felt, truly embodied Superman like no other scene previously scene.  His speed, strength, laser vision and willpower were all on display in an amazing visual sequence.  This was the highlight of the film for me.  Unfortunately, the movie went the way of the airplane after that . . . down in flames.

4.  Blade kicks the shit out of Frost's vampire guards in La Magra Temple.  The beastial rage was so kickass in this scene, it made you hurt.  This scene started out great too, with Blade landing and cutting off the one dude's head with a silver string and grabs his glasses outta the air.  Always a fun scene to watch.

3.  Joker's pencil trick scene, 'The Dark Knight'.  This scene gives me chills still seeing how insane Ledger portals Joker in this scene, he is just a brilliantly ruthless psychopath, and this scene helped set the tone for the entire movie.  

2.  Wolverine pops his claws for the first time, 'X-Men'.  You knew it was coming, but when those claws popped for the first time, and you actually heard that 'Snikt' instead of reading it, it caused nerd-gasims across cinemas everywhere.  I'm sure a lot of you were predicting Wolvie to be my number one, but that belongs to . . .

1.  Batman vs. Flass, Batman Begins.  Flass upside down 30 feet above a dark, rainy alley was a great setup, but when Bale opens his mouth and has the look the would strike fear into any criminal, there is just nothing that embodies these comic heroes better to me.  Bale had made Batman the dark vigilante that uses fear to his advantage.  All memories of campy West and Clooney were erased and the Dark Knight was finally born.  Greatness!
  • Watching: Sportscenter
  • Eating: Braum's
  • Drinking: Coke
It is a brand new day for America.  I don't know what else to say.  Congrats to Barack Obama.  Let's hope this is a new beginning for us all.

Also, BUSH is GONE!!!  We are all luckier because of it.
  • Listening to: McCain's Conssesion Speech . . . HA!
  • Watching: McCain's Conssesion Speech . . . HA HA HA!!!
  • Drinking: Mt. Dew
I am so damn tired of seeing that politics journal on my front page, that i decided to write a random entry.  These are my ten favorite comic book movies as of right now.  I say right now for two reasons.  One, new ones come out all the time and can change the list.  And two, just like with books, tv shows or other movies, my favorites can greatly depend on the mood i'm in.  So, for right now, the best comic book movies in my opinion.

10. Hellboy.  I knew next to nothing about the character when I saw it, but after i did, I went out and read everything on Hellboy.  It was so different and interesting.  It was very well designed also.
   
9.  300.  A fun, stylistic movie that was shot beautifully.  Plus, the fight scenes kicked ass.

8.  Sin City.  This movie put Frank Miller's graphic art style onto the big screen.  It was new and it was cool.  Plus, hot chicks, graphic violence and Bruce Willis.  You got a winner in my book.
  
7.  The Incredible Hulk.  This did what Ang Lee's didn't.  It was badass and fun.  Ed Norton was great as Banner and i was a big fan of the Romita Jr. stories it was loosly based on.

6.  Spider-man 2.  The inner struggle of Peter Parker is at it's greatest in this one.  He is one of the most troubled characters in comics and this movie showed that.  Also, Alfred Molina was perfect as Doc Ock.

5.  X2: X-men United.  The first one was good, this one was better.  It was much less campy then the first one, and brought out the emotion's of the characters the X-Books did so well.  Plus, the Wolverine berserker in the mansion.

4.  Blade.  In my opinion, the movie that really jump started comic book movies.  It showed that comics weren't all silly, kids stories.  This was graphic, emotional and had good character development.  An R rating helped too.

3.   Batman Begins.  Got back to the dark roots and origin of not just Batman, but Bruce Wayne himself.  That is what really made the movie for me.  Bruce Wayne wasn't just a minor character like previous incarnations.  He was the man behind the mask.

2.  Iron Man.  The thing that made this movie great, other than awesome visual effects, great cast and fun story, was the character development.  The chemistry between Stark and Potts was great.  The superhero came second to the characters in this one.

1.  The Dark Knight.  What can I say that hasn't already been said by every newspaper, movie critic and Joe Ruff out there?  Great cast. Brilliant movie.
  • Listening to: Alkaline Trio's Agony and Irony
  • Reading: Wolfshead
  • Watching: Mad Men
  • Playing: Ultimate Frisbee
  • Eating: Qudoba
  • Drinking: Coffee, coffee, coffee
So I don't know how you might swing as far as politics goes these days and I'm not about to preach to anyone about politics or anything else for that matter, but man, I am really starting to lose confidence in the human race.  Americans in general.  Now, if I had to claim a political party, and this is like gun against my head, I would say I was a democrat.  But a lot of young people tend to be more liberal in their ideals, especially the artist community.  However, American politicians are the sleeziest, most vial people in the world in my opinion and the fact that the biggest one of all, let's call him . . .W., getting re-elected for a 2nd term makes me feel nothing but disdain and anger at the majority of American voters.  But I got over it and looked to 2008.  I was generally happy with the two party canidates as McCain was one of the few republicans that I actually kinda liked.  However, the short article below has once again stomped on any hope I had for American politics:

"Rick Warren solemnly stated at the beginning of his interview with Obama and McCain- 'John McCain has been placed in a Cone of Silence and can not hear
the questions that were being placed to Obama - they will both be asked the same questions.'
Andrea Mitchell, a very non-partisan reporter on NBC, said the next morning that she doubted it (setting off a firestorm of anger and denial from the McCain camp).
Rick Warren himself admitted on CNN the next day that McCain had not actually arrived at the beginning of the program: HE WAS STILL IN HIS CAR!!!
Now, being that this is the 21st century, do you think it possible that McCain had a laptop, a TV, a blackberry or even just a plain old radio in that
car with him? Hmmm?
When McCain arrived, he laughingly stated that he was trying to "hear through the wall" (from the Cone of Silence to Obama's answers)
So Warren lied (he said he was misinformed) about the "cone of silence" and McCain lied about being in the 'Cone of Silence' (in which he wasn't) .
Do you think the man who stumbled and bumbled through the Sunni/Shiite and the Viagra questions - among many others - and gets his geography mixed up on a regular basis
could have strutted out on that stage and hit all those answers with quick, confident sound bytes HAD NO IDEA WHAT THE QUESTIONS WERE GOING TO BE?  NOT POSSIBLE.
Do you think McCain, who was furious (and his wife was in tears) 8 years ago when Rove smeared him, is now using Roves' #2 man, Steve Schmidt,
to play dirty and help him win this campaign because he was not doing well on  his own? ABSOLUTELY. He should have used THAT example when Warren asked him:
"What do you believe now that you didn't believe 10 years ago?"
     "Well, Rick, I believe that it's now ok to use the Rove underhanded and dishonest smear tactics to get elected at any cost because 10 years ago,
      he was on my opponent's side and well, now he's on my side."

Do you think the American people would be better off with a man who graduated fifth from the bottom of his class at West Point and who's "secondary
education" was Flight School, OR a man who graduated as president of the law review from Harvard Law?

Since McCain supports the Bush economic and trade policy that has left us in a desperate situation, why does he enjoy such support? People aren't quite
hurting enough yet I guess. Maybe by the time they are, it will be too late.

Since Schmidt has graduated from being an advisor to McCain to basically running the campaign as of a month ago, McCain's poll numbers have gone
steadily up. The Rove-fear-tactics worked before and it looks like it's working again.

Obama says change won't be easy - it will require sacrifice. Are Americans willing to sacrifice? We were told after 9/11 to "go shopping." I am afraid the American people really
do not want to sacrifice.

They want to go shopping."

I know it gets a little preachy for Obama at the end there, and if you don't like Obama, then I'm sorry.  But he is right.  America needs change, and change will require sacrafice.  Is Obama the right guy for the job?  I don't know.  But something needs to be done, and it needs to happen now.  If the American people don't wake up and do something, never again will we mention another president's name along side those of Washington, Lincoln, or Roosevelt.

Cara-Bat, out!
  • Listening to: Alkaline Trio's Agony and Irony
  • Reading: Secret Invasion 1-5
  • Watching: The Olympics
  • Playing: Water Volleyball
  • Eating: That reminds me, I got a sandwich in the fridge.
  • Drinking: Depends on if someone mafe coffee.
So these are some notes i copied from CaptainSloth on Computer lettering with Adobe Illustrator.  Thought some of you would like to have it.

COMIC BOOK LETTERING:

ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR



GETTING STARTED



-       CREATE 3 LAYERS (In this order)

o      TYPE

o      BALLOONS

o      ARTWORK

-       SELECT ARTWORK LAYER

o      GO TO FILE à PLACE (Select the page you are lettering)

-       FADE IT OUT

o      TRANSPARENCY TAB à CHANGE TO ABOUT 50%

-       LOCK ARTWORK LAYER



WORD BALLOONS



-       SELECT TYPE LAYER

o      TYPE à CHARACTER PALLETTE

§       If your artwork is at original 10" x 15" in illustrator:

·     Font size: 9.5

·     Leading: 10

If it's at print size:

            Font size: 6.35

            Leading: 6.75

*NOTE:  THESE FONT AND LEADING SETTINGS ARE JUST A COMMON SETTING MOST PEOPLE USE.  IT REALLY IS A PERSONAL PREFERENCE AND WHATEVER WORKS FOR YOU.



-       GO TO PARAGRAPH PALLETTE

o      CENTER JUSTIFYED

o      TYPE AND STACK YOUR LETTERING

-       SELECT BALLON LAYER

o      SELECT ELLIPSE TOOL

§       White Fill

§       Black Stroke

§        NOTE: These setting too, can change based on your preference of word balloon color.  This is just the common setting.

-       FIT BALLON AROUND STACKED TEXT TO CREATE BALLOON

-       BEFORE ADDING TAIL MAKE SURE ONLY THE BALLOON, AND NOT THE TEXT IS SELECTED.

-       LOCK THE TYPE LAYER BEFORE ADDING TAILS.

-       ADDING A STRAIGHT TAIL:

o      SELECT THE PEN TOOL.

o      YOU WILL BE MAKING THREE POINTS WITH THE PEN TOOL.

§       First Point:  Inside the balloon where the tail will originate.

§       Second Point:  Outside the balloon where you want the tail to end.

§       Third Point:  inside the balloon again.

-       SELECT THE BALLOON AND TAIL (NOT THE TEXT!)

o      GOT TO PATHFINDER TAB

§       Add to Shape Area

-       ADDING A CURVED TAIL:

o      THREE POINTS AGAIN.

§       FIRST POINT THE SAME

§       SECOND POINT, CLICK AND HOLD.  DRAG THE LINE UNTIL YOU GET THE CURVE YOU LIKE THEN RELEASE.

§       CLICK ON THE SECOND POINT AGAIN.

§       CLICK AND HOLD THE THIRD POINT INSIDE THE BALLON AND MATCH THE CURVE.

·     NOTE:  You can hold the space bar to reposition any of the points.



BALLOON AGAINST PANEL BORDER



-       STACK TYPE, CREATE BALLOON AND TAIL AS USUAL

o      SELECT SQUARE TOOL (White Fill, Black Stroke)

o      LINE UP SQUARE OUTSIDE THE PANEL SO THE EDGE OF THE SQUARE IS RIGHT ON THE PANEL BORDER.

§       Create another square if the balloon is breaking more than one side of the panel.

o      SELECT THE BALLOON AND SQUARES

§       COMBINE ALL WITH PATHFINDER.

*NOTE:  You can use this same technique to create multiple balloons that are all sharing one tail.  Just use the ellipse tool instead of the square tool, obviously.



CREATING BURST OR THOUGHT BALLOONS



-       CREATE A NEW BALLOON WITH TEXT AS USUAL.  DO NOT MAKE A TAIL.

-       SELECT BALLOON (Once again, make sure the text is locked!)

-       GO TO VIEW à GUIDES à MAKE GUIDES (The balloon line should change to a color, usually red or blue.)

o      KEEP BLACK STROKE WHITE FILL

-       SELECT PEN TOOL

o      CLICK POINTS AROUND THE PARIMETER OF THE ELLIPSE GUIDE.

§       Note:  You will want to alter the space between the points to vary the arms or bumps of the balloon.

-       GO TO EFFECT à DISTORT AND TRANSFORM à PUCKER AND BLOAT

o      MOVE THE SLIDER ONE WAY FOR THOUGHT BALLOON AND THE OTHER WAY FOR BURST BALLOON.



CREATING A WHISPER BALLOON



-       MAKE A NEW BALLOON AS USUAL WITH A TAIL.

-       SELECT THE BALLOON.

-       GO TO STROKE PALLETTE à CHECK BOX FOR DASHED LINE.

o      Note:  You can change the size and space between dashes in the stroke palette too.





EXPLOADING TEXT BALLOON



-       STACK YOUR TYPE WITH ONE LARGE WORD.

o      COPY THE LARGE WORD AND THEN DELETE IT FROM TEXT LAYER.

o      PASTE TO BALLOON LAYER AND STACK IT WHERE YOU WANT IT IN RELATION TO THE TEXT.

o      MAKE A BALLOON WITH THE TEXT BREAKING THE BORDER.

o      MAKE A TAIL WITHOUT SELECTING THE BIG WORD.

o      LOCK TYPE

o      SELECT BIG TYPE

§       GO TO OBJECT à ARRANGE à BRING TO FRONT

-       COPY THE WORD

o      GO TO EDIT à PASTE IN BACK

§       Since the back one is now selected, change the stroke to white.

-       GO TO EDIT à PASTE IN BACK, AGAIN

o      CHANGE STROKE BACK TO BLACK

o      GO TO OBJECT à ARRANGE à SEND TO BACK

-       CLICK ON THE BIG WORD AND GO TO

o      OBJECT à LOCK SELECTION



SOUND EFFECTS



-       SELECT YOUR TYPE TOOL

o      GO TO YOUR CHARACTER PALLETTE AND THE FONT AND SIZE FOR YOUR SOUND EFFECT

-       TYPE YOUR EFFECT

-       SELECT IT

-       GO TO

o      TYPE à CREATE OUTLINES

§       Note:  This makes it a font rather than a font

-       GO TO:

o      OBJECT à UNGROUP

§       Note: This makes each letter each into its own object.

-       MOVE THE LETTERS HOWEVER YOU WANT.

-       WHEN YOU'RE DONE, SELECT THE WHOLE WORD:

o      GO TO OBJECT à GROUP

-       GO TO:

o      FILTER à DISTORT à FREE DISTORT

§       Note: Now you can distort the angle and size of the word freely.

-       COPY THE TYPE

o      EDIT à PASTE IN BACK

§       Note: Can shift now for different effects.



CURVED TYPE



-       CHOOSE YOUR PEN TOOL

o      NO STROKE NO FILL

-       CLICK 2 POINTS

o      ON YOUR 2ND POINT HOLD THE MOUSE AND SHIFT TO GIVE A UNIFROM, CURVED LINE.

-       CHOOSE YOUR TYPE TOOL AND CLICK ON CURVED LINE.

o      YOU CAN NOW TYPE ON THE CURVED LINE.





FINALIZING LETTERING



-       DOUBLE CHECK YOUR LETTERING.

-       OVERPRINT YOUR BLACKS

o      UNLOCK ALL LETTERING AND BALLOONS

o      SELECT ALL

o      GO TO EDIT à ADD COLOR à OVERPRINT BLACK

§       Fill and stroke at 100%

-       DELETE THE ARTWOK LAYER

-       SELECT ALL OF YOUR TYPE

o      GO TO TYPE à CREATE OUTLINES

-       SAVE AS à  ILLUSTRATOR EPS FILE

o      Note:  This is only for lettering in the professional process.  If you are doing this for yourself:



-       DON'T DELETE THE ARTWORK LAYER

-       SAVE AS à ADOBE PDF
  • Listening to: 1310 The Ticket
  • Reading: The Collective Works of Joesph Bowen
  • Playing: with your heart
  • Eating: Captains Wafers, Grilled Cheese
  • Drinking: Coffee coffee coffee
As i sit here, trolling away at a computer, in a cubicle, it really makes me appreciate the life us pencil and paper artists are aspiring to have.  I'm sure Graphic Designers enjoy what they do and are probably pretty good at it, but I couldn't do this for a living.  I miss sitting at my drawing table and sketching out ideas, layouts, costumes, buildings, and even the occasional giant mutant lizard.  Then taking those ideas and creating a story with those ideas.  There is no set-up, or climax or dramatic twist ending when putting photos and text together for an architect featuring his work in the book you've been assigned.  This life of technology is just plain not fun.  Makes me tired, makes my eyes hurt, and I have to deal with business and deadlines that don't effect me in the slightest.  If i didn't need to save the money so bad, I would quit and go back to my drawing board for 8 hours a day and draw, paint, ink and even stipple.  It really is an amazing talent we have.  Any chimp with a mouse and keyboard can create a 12 page layout in InDesign for next months coffee table book.  I guess that is why they are Graphic Designers, and WE are the Graphic Artist's.
  • Listening to: Your thoughts
  • Reading: Your Mind
  • Watching: Your sins
  • Playing: with your heart
  • Eating: Bratzel
  • Drinking: Fat Tire
Well, I am settling into life away from the Kubert school for the summer.  I was doing a lot of partying and drinking the first week I was back home (a surprise to some of you, I know!)  Then, this last Monday i started working at my dads office in the graphic design department.  Makes me glad it's just a summer job and not my career of choice.  I would shoot myself in the head if I had to spend 8 hours a day sitting in a cubicle, looking at a computer screen for the next 20, 30, 40 some odd years.  I don't care how interesting the project I am working on is, I can not stay awake.  I don't know how these other G.D.'s do it.  Of course, the pay is good, so I'm not going to complain too much about it.  But, I'm starting to miss JKS already.  I feel like it is going to be increasingly harder to sit down at my table and draw like I was doing back there.  I want to draw and work on that script Fernando gave us, but I just can't bring myself to do it.  There are far too many distractions at home.  Makes me really appreciate living away from all those distractions and being able to focus on those things that I needed and loved doing.  I don't know.  I'm sure I'll be saying the exact opposite when I get back in September.  We'll see.  Got a lot of summer left on the table.  Hope everyone else is having a good time.  Sorry to hear you might not be coming back Kristen.  I'm sure you'll find your way though.  Take it easy everyone, and keep in touch.
  • Listening to: Frank Sinatra
  • Reading: LA Times
  • Watching: Belmont Stakes
  • Eating: Cheese and Crackers
  • Drinking: Heineken