Posts Tagged ‘ vector art ’

Baby Yeti

Baby Yeti - © Karissa Cole 2013 - All rights reserved

Baby Yeti – © Karissa Cole 2013 – All rights reserved

Sometime last week I think I was thinking about yetis. This is probably because of all the monster snowstorms that’ve been hitting my hometown lately. Well, today, I was all by my lonesome so thought I’d drag out my tablet and doodle something up. With abominable snowmen already on the brain this little sketch is what I came up with.


Illustration specs:
• Drawn in Adobe Photoshop – Sketched on paper, traced with Wacom.
• Font: “Earth’s Mightiest Bold Expanded”
• 03/02/2013

Please do not reproduce this design. If you share just be sure to link back here. T.Y. from the artist.


Okay, now, I don’t want to be a tease or anything, as nothing is a sure deal (especially when I’m involved), but I’m gonna go ahead and say it anyway: My short story and/or amigurumi pattern followers can consider this a sort of a preview for my next story-crochet project. Actually, as it so happens, I’m off to work on this project right now. So wish me luck! I’ve been pattern blocked lately. But hopefully baby yeti will fix that for me.

Oh, and just remember, even baby yetis can get cold sometimes. Always lend them your scarf if you can. They will be most grateful, and may even invite you over for tea.

Slow and Steady

Slow and Steady (2)  by Karissa Cole 2012 all rights reserved

Made in Heaven (2)  by Karissa Cole 2012 all rights reserved

Fight fire (4) by Karissa Cole 2012 all rights reserved

Change Zebra (2) by Karissa Cole 2012 all rights reserved

Silence is golden by Karissa Cole 2012 all rights reserved

I don’t remember what was said, but something reminded me of that adage “slow and steady wins the race” a while back. My brain instantly turned it around and came up with that poster above. A few clicks in Photoshop later and I took a few other well-known adages and just did my thing. I thought some of them were kind of funny :D

Life + Baby Dinosaurs

Baby Dinosaur by Karissa Cole 2012 - all rights reserved

“life is always better when a baby dinosaur is around”

This is a revelation I had earlier this evening, waiting for dinner for finish cooking.
I think it’s absolutely true though. I mean think about it: if everyone had a cute baby dinosaur (because, naturally, all baby dinosaurs must be cute) to call their own, there would be no wars. No fighting. It’s a fact of nature that cuteness overrules meanness.

Left vs. Right

In my post yesterday I mentioned my lack of right brain usage lately. I’ve been very left brained – math, logical thinking and puzzle-solving have been really the only things on my list of recreational activities. (My walls – covered in part with chalkboard paint – have been recently adorned with mathematical equations, and a list of the values of i with various exponents.)

I realize there’s been speculation regarding whether or not the left hemisphere of the human brain does indeed control logical, orderly thought and the like, whereas the right side pertains to creativity and emotions, but even so, I found myself somewhat inspired to create a poster regarding the notion:

Left vs Right by Karissa Cole - All rights reserved

I admit, as this falls very near the “typography” category, it’s not a necessarily superb piece. I greatly admire typographical work and they are often among my favorite design pieces. But I know little about the art, or at least, I don’t have enough skill to create the great pieces I so revere.

I did once take a typography class in school. But the only thing I ended up learning was how to restrain myself from leaping from my chair and strangling the instructor across the desk. He was the biggest idiot masquerading as a teacher I have ever known. Not only did he not know how to use Adobe Illustrator (I made the mistake of asking him how to create a certain look and ended up – no lie – teaching HIM how to use some of the tools and functions), he never once focused on typography, and instead had us create brochures and pamphlets. Uh, thanks dude, but we make that stuff in our GRAPHIC DESIGN CLASS. And I realize the two go hand in hand, but come on. What kind of typography class doesn’t focus on words? Plus, his own stuff, which he made us look at at the beginning of each class, were some really lousy designs.

But I digress.

Left vs. Right. And the battle continues. . .

the Original Accordion Hero

When I was a kid, Weird Al Yankovic was my all-time favorite artist. I remember I had a few of his cassettes – “The Food Album” and “Dare to be Stupid” – and I’d put a tape in my little Walkman, put on my headphones, and every night I’d fall asleep to songs like “I Love Rocky Road,” “I Want a New Duck,” and “Taco Grande.” I loved them all.

Come to think of it, Weird Al was pretty much the only music I knew (besides stuff I got from my parents like CCR, the Steve Miller Band and Harry Chapin) but I was perfectly content with that.

Although Weird Al no longer encompasses my entire music collection, every now and then I still go through and listen to my entire list of songs all day; which, yes indeed, is what I’ve been doing today. And strangely, although not having done much digital work, I kind of felt inspired:

the Original Accordion Hero (Pop Art by Karissa Cole)

I don’t know what made me think of it, but listening to “White and Nerdy,” “Perform This Way,” “Yoda,” – more of my favorites – the idea just popped into my head. I found this photo by Dwight McCann and used it as a reference for my vectorish pop art fandom piece here.

In a sort of ironic kind of way, after making this I found my old Greatest Hits Vol. II CD. These days all my music is digital – I haven’t really used a CD in years. I had completely and totally forgotten that the cover of that album was done in a pop art style, so I was seriously dumbfounded when I stumbled across it and realized the artwork I made today reflected the CD cover I hadn’t seen in about 15 years.

So I just had to play around with more vector art after I saw it. Only this time I mimicked the album art on purpose.

Weird Al Popart Poster by Karissa Cole 2012

Although I’ll have to think of a better caption for this one, I think, I have to say, occupying myself with my vector tools and a blinding array of contrasting colors was sooo much fun. And I’m sure I’ll stop seeing spots any minute now.

Posters . . . Random posters

Ever get the uncontrollable urge to create random 11″ x 17″ posters?

Go Green Poster by Karissa Cole

(“Go Green or Die” poster by Karissa Cole 2012 is covered under the Creative Commons – Attribution license. Contact me for details.)

Think Outside the Box poster

Not Knowing is no reason for Not Trying poster

Needless to say, I do.

Which Box

It’s frightening, if you think about it, how very easily my brain can be distracted.

Luckily I don’t think about it. . .

I made some minimalistic posters, just for fun, this morning. Naturally I should have been doing something else and I got sidetracked. But for once, I really don’t care.

Inside and Outside the Box Poster Presentation

Come to think of it, this looks to be my first go at making a poster, really. Despite my lack of excellent design skills – even after 3 years of schooling –  these didn’t come out half bad. Although, like most things I do, I had absolutely no plan whatsoever when I created my new file and started throwing things around the blank canvas.

I did both posters in Adobe Photoshop CS4. But after spring break, when the semester starts back up, I think I’ll use the media lab at school to redo these two pieces in Illustrator. Neaten ’em all up just right and whatnot. Think I might even get them printed as proper posters. Look at me, feeling all creative and stuff. Ah springtime is good!

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