I decided to stick with the original picture for the home page. I also decided to make some changes to the design. I was not feeling the boxes for the header and footer, so I removed the shapes. I also changed the header/navigation to the green. I also adjusted the filters a bit.
The other change was to add a description to the Homepage. This was recommended by my professor so that search engines would have some data to pick up. The next step was to lay out the colors in Dreamweaver, which is a little overwhelming. I used a “starter page” which is like a layout template to get you going. Here’s the link to the first stage of building the actual site. I am a little intimidated as to how I am going to get the same filter effects for this page, but I am just going to go with basics and see what I can build on.
I feel like a total ass for turning this project in soooo late, but I did it!
I learned a lot quickly about using Illustrator with this project. I had to create 3 images from the scissors I drew in my earlier blog. The images are close up of various parts of the scissors, so that you may or may not be able to recognize that they are scissors.
I spent the most time on the first image (artboard). Coloring in the black was sooooo hard at first, but then as I moved to the next board I realized how I could make things much easier just reducing things to shapes. When you are used to pen and paper and paint and charcoal for drawing, its daunting to figure out how to make what you do translate over into a computer program. But the second board made me realize that the fundamentals are the same. Reduce the images to shapes and build on that. By the time I got to the third board I felt way more comfortable and was able to maneuver through much faster. Well…here is my first project using Adobe Illustrator…
You would think that something as simple as selecting an object to draw in black and white, in its simplest form, would be as easy as it sounds. Well, not if it’s me. It’s not that I don’t want to do it…I just get so caught up in wanting everything to be perfect that I put myself in a state of paralysis. I over-think each choice. Stalling, making it bigger and bigger until I am so overwhelmed that I don’t feel like dealing with it. I’ll surf the net, read a book or watch a show. Meanwhile, the task at hand is simultaneously weighing on my mind, building upon my anxiety. Ugghhhhh…This is where I am right now at 11:09pm on Sunday night. I should have done this last week, but this is the point I had to put myself in order to make something happen…
My friend Melissa suggested I draw my glasses (two weeks ago). I thought this was a great idea, but I kind of need them to see and decided that I could think of something better.
My husband suggested an iron (last week). I thought this was a great idea, why overthink it when I could just pick something simple and that was just sitting there anyway. Then I decided I did not want to draw an iron because there had to be something better.
I then decided on drawing a bottle of perfume. I think perfume bottles are so pretty and love the way the light reflects against them. I thought it would be visually interesting the way I could use black and white to illustrate the weight, thickness and liquid in the glass.
Then I reread the project description and it states that the object should be a man-made mechanical object with moving parts… Ugghhhh! So now I am thinking about going with scissors, maybe…
My co-worker calls my personality “Type T’ – thrill seeking because you put things off until the last minute because you like the rush you get from feeling under the gun. Whatever it is, it’s real annoying because once I start I always realize it was not as serious as I made it out to be.
So tomorrow I am just going to pick one of these things and just draw it!