Don Quixote

This classic has easily become one of my all time favourites. Boom.

I’ll update with more soon, if I’m still feeling up to it – there are a number of fantastic characters in Don Quixote and I completely recommend that book to anyone and everyone who can stand long stretches of prose. Hm. Perhaps I’ll do some scene sketches. That’ll be the day. Me doing scene sketches. Heh.

Anyway, I… love this book?

Don Quixote
Don Quixote, Rozinante
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Dapple, Sancho Panza
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Dulcinea del Toboso

KaSaInteriors Logo

Logo

Yes, it took half a year for me to finally get around to it, I admit, but I have finally finished the logo for my mother’s blog, KaSaInteriors. I primarily procrastinated because I wasn’t perfectly happy with what we had planned out… it was a cool idea, sure, but you know, eh. The triangle of the roof and the circle of the globe simply didn’t seem to match up for me.

Brief:

  • Interior design company (hence the roof)
  • Tagline: “Out of the Country, Out of the Box”
  • Global firm – must represent that
  • Colours: blue for reliability? Must also be artsy

 

 

Above you can see a couple of concept sketches (my mom actually has a considerably nicer set of concepts that she did for the original logo, but I can’t find her sketchbook at the moment, hence the post-it). The second, pink post-it was done earlier this morning while at breakfast. I had screwed up with a post on KaSaInteriors the night before, and my mom was guilt tripping me something awful for only botching things and never accomplishing what I promised. Oops. This logo was then the ultimate trump card. Somewhat spiteful, I began to sketch out designs, trying to find a more sophisticated balance between the circle and the triangle of the roof.

It struck me at some point that I could turn it into a “K”, for KaSaInteriors. Awesome. Also note the beautiful renderings of the continents. They look like real blobs of nothing in particular. I also preferred it for another reason: the fact that the globe was not constrained to huddling beneath the roof like it was scared of coming out represented the KaSaInteriors motto, “Out of the Country, Out of the Box” considerably better, in my opinion.

In any case, as I am wont to, I opened photoshop, and began transferring it to a digital format.

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Final Icon Logo

This is the icon logo I came up with. Lots of rounded corners that caused me some pain, but it was quite worth it in the end. I also got rid of the chimney on my mom’s bidding: it would look more minimalistic if it weren’t there. In order to represent the artsy aspect of our family/my mom’s company (does it count as a company yet?) I gave the globe a subtle watercolour texture.

Being now free to do whatever I liked, I added the text and tagline. I have been waiting for an opportunity to use that font for so long you have no idea.

In any case, here’s the final logo (: You can see it in all its glory on KaSaInteriors (shameless advertising, I know).

Stationery

But what’s a logo to do without anything to put it on? So I made up a business card (note: this is all for one of my mom’s assignments, so there was a list of things to do) to match.

The last thing I did was whip up a letterhead, but, aside from the learning experience I got out of making it (I didn’t actually know what a letterhead was before I started, let alone what kind of information to put in it, and don’t even get me started on Microsoft Word templates! I didn’t know you could make your own!).

And that’s all, folks!

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Sossusvlei Owl

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Sossusvlei Owl

Given that she had just had a near-death experience flying into a chaotic tangle of twigs on our account, this desert owl has every right to look a bit grumpy…

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Some of them creep you out, others may even kill you. Yet – it’s hard to resist their eery beauty. I never get anywhere close to them … Thus, when it comes to taking pics of spiders, snakes, and similar creatures, a long lens comes in quite handy.

Buffalos – uniquely black

At first glance they all look alike, but then, when you look closer you realize that every single animal has its very unique personality, either expressed through posture, facial features, body shape, behavior or fancy headgear.

Striking Patterns

I love to take pictures of giraffes and zebras when they are standing in some kind of formation (this includes reflections!). Of course, if they form silhouettes against beautiful backgrounds I don’t mind either. 🙂

Antilopes!

Impalas, kudus, klipspringers, nyalas, wildebeest, oryxs, steenboks, waterbucks … alone or in large groups – they are always worth a shot!

Pachyderms

Black and white rhinos, elephants and hippos: they are truly magnificent creatures, though quite a challenge to ban on film as the composition can easily get boring and static. Oftentimes, they may also look “classier” (more artsy?)  in black and white. This said, I hope you enjoy this selection of coloured pictures as well. My personal favourite: the “turning hippos” (Ngorongoro Crater).

African Critters

I intended to draw a lot more while in Africa, but I leaned more towards photography. Nonetheless, I found time (while in an awfully bumpy jeep) to make two quick sketches of the wildlife.

Sketchbooks Preview

Since my sketchbooks are currently being graded by the IGCSE exam board I’m not technically allowed to put any of my work up anywhere yet, but just to assure you that this isn’t a random void in the middle of our portfolio (oops. It’s like a black hole at the moment), here’s a quick preview.

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Very revealing, I know 🙂

So this is pretty much how it’s going to work: since no one (not even I. I tried.) can read my writing, I’m going to make a video for each sketchbook (I might actually break it down into units rather than sketchbooks, which would make more sense. It would also be more palatable), in which I’ll try to explain what I was thinking at the time.

These videos will come as an abridged and an unabridged version (abridged first), and for the former I’ll try to limit myself to three or so minutes, probably just enough to flip through the book and give an overview of it. I don’t know how long the unabridged ones will get, but given the size of the books and my tendency to talk off at tangents when discussing my art, it might be formidable.

(If there ends up being no unabridged version, that just means that I severely overestimated my capacity for talking about my sketchbooks, and three minutes turned out to be ample time. I’m just a bit skeptical about that at the moment.)

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Sketchbook I, Opposites

^ I also have pictures of one of my sketchbooks. If anyone would like me to upload those in addition to the videos, I’ll take pictures of the other two and put them up as well (: