Day 05 – Tamara

Yay! So I finally have my first willing female participant.

Meet Tamara my sister-in-law – Tamara and my brother have recently moved to Tauranga (our hometown) from Palmerston North. Tamara and my brother have been staying with us the past couple of days while she completes a short course here at Auckland Uni as a part of her Early Childhood Education degree. Thanks to the classic ‘pulling rank over younger siblings’ technique I convinced her and my brother to stand outside on the deck in the freezing 5pm breeze coming up through Hillsborough from the Manukau harbour.

Tamara is originally from Papua New Guinea and I actually met her older brother while he and I were serving a mission in Queensland, Australia a few years before she met my brother. I’m a fan of the one-sided fade that she’s rocking – I think it really suits her. It’s a pity I didn’t get more from that angle but I was trying to avoid the massive, stupid, power pylon that blocks our harbour views and every other Hillsborough/Mt Roskill resident.

Hopefully these portraits will pass the test and Tamara will be happy with them!

 

#100daysNZ #100dayer #Photography #Nikon #D600 #50mm #PNG #fade #fadez

Day 36 – Muhammad Ali

Day 36 – Muhammad Ali

#Illustration of #boxer #Muhammad #Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; is an #American former professional boxer, generally considered among the #greatest heavyweights in the sport’s history. A controversial and polarizing figure during his early career, Ali is today widely regarded for the skills he displayed in the ring plus the values he exemplified outside of it: religious freedom, racial justice and the triumph of principle over expedience. He is one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, crowned “#Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Sports Personality of the Century” by the BBC.

At the age of 22 he won the world heavyweight championship in 1964 from Sonny Liston in a stunning upset. Shortly after that bout, Ali joined the Nation of #Islam and changed his name. He converted to Sunni Islam in 1975. In 1967, three years after winning the #heavyweight title, Ali refused to be conscripted into the U.S. military, citing his religious beliefs and opposition to American involvement in the Vietnam War. The U.S. government declined to recognize him as a conscientious objector, however, because Ali declared that he would fight in a war if directed to do so by Allah or his messenger (Elijah Muhammad). He was eventually arrested and found guilty on draft evasion charges and stripped of his #boxing title. He did not fight again for nearly four years—losing a time of peak performance in an #athlete’s career. Ali’s appeal worked its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, where in 1971 his conviction was overturned on a technicality. The Supreme Court held that, since the appeals board gave no reason for the denial of a conscientious objector exemption to petitioner, it was impossible to determine on which of the three grounds offered in the Justice Department’s letter that board had relied. Ali’s actions as a conscientious objector to the war made him an icon for the larger counterculture generation.

Ali revolutionized the sport by the sheer power and magnetism of his personality. At a time when most fighters let their managers do the talking, Ali was articulate, witty and loquatious. He easily controlled press conferences and interviews, spoke freely and intelligently about issues unrelated to boxing and wrote rhymes that humorously denigrated his opponents and predicted the round in which “they must fall.” Ali remains the only three-time lineal World Heavyweight #Champion; he won the title in 1964, 1974, and 1978.

#Drawing in #adobeideas using #wacom #bamboostylus

#GOAT #TheGreatest #adobedrawing #louisville #rumble #rumbleinthejungle

Day 04 – Elder Bobby Brown

So you could probably say I’m cheating a little since I took this photo on Day 3 however I still did the editing process on Day 4 and I’m posting it today which is actually Day 5!

Anyway, today’s portrait is Elder Brown, another missionary that is currently serving in our congregation. Again I don’t know his first name so like Elder Smiddy Smith I have again applied some alliteration and have nicknamed him Bobby. I took the photo at night under fluorescent lighting so the conditions were so different to what I am used to. A lot of the photos I took had a fuzzy green tinge across them (you may be able to notice it on some of the photos where I wasn’t able to completely remove it) so I am keen to figure out what causes that and how to avoid it as I am sure there will be many other instances where I’ll need to photograph under fluorescent light. Anyone out there have any ideas or know exactly what the issue is?

Bobby is from the south-side… of Utah hahaha, from a place called Cedar City close to St George, Utah and a pretty close to the awesome Mt Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon. My wife and I are heading there in August for work and hope to find some time to check out the awesome sights in those locations.

Again, for those who aren’t aware of what a missionary is or their purpose – they are young men and women who volunteer to give up 18 months – 2 years of their lives to preach, teach and serve, often in a community far different from the one in which they normally live. Having served for 2 years myself, the skills, abilities and experience I gained from forgetting myself and serving others was immeasurable and has continued to bless my life since completing my service.
Feel free to take a look at www.mormon.org or www.lds.org for more info if you feel so inclined.

 

#100daysNZ #100dayer #Photography #Nikon #D600 #50mm #whatsupwiththegreenfuzz #mormon #lds #missionary

Day 03 – Elder Smiddy Smith

Every Sunday my family and I attend church, and so with my camera in tow I thought it would be an ideal place to find some willing participants for my project. What I have learned very quickly in the first few days of my project is that females are ‘less excited’ about participating and being photographed hahaha.

So today’s portrait is Elder Smith, a missionary that is currently serving in our congregation. I don’t actually know what his first name is so I have nicknamed him Smiddy although I am sure if I upload it onto Facebook their tagging feature could find that out for me. I took the photo at night under fluorescent lighting so the conditions were so different to what I am used to. A lot of the photos I took had a fuzzy green tinge across them (you may be able to notice it on one of the photos above) so I am keen to figure out what causes that and how to avoid it as I am sure there will be many other instances where I’ll need to photograph under fluorescent light. Anyone out there have any ideas or know exactly what the issue is?

Smiddy is from the western side of Canada somewhere around Calgary (I can’t remember the actual city) however he has unique ties to NZ as his father is originally from New Zealand and is of Maori descent.
You can definitely see the Maori features in his face and of course the cheeky, mischievous look in the eyes (especially in the photo with the green tinge at the bottom.

So for those who aren’t aware of what a missionary is or their purpose – they are young men and women who volunteer to give up 18 months – 2 years of their lives to preach, teach and serve, often in a community far different from the one in which they normally live. Having served for 2 years myself, the skills and abilities I gained from forgetting myself and serving others was immeasurable and has continued to bless my life since completing my service.
Feel free to take a look at www.mormon.org or www.lds.org for more info if you feel so inclined.

 

#100daysNZ #100dayer #Photography #Nikon #D600 #50mm #whatsupwiththegreenfuzz #mormon #lds #missionary

Day 02 – Daluwyn

Today’s cute and curious little subject is my nephew Daluwyn. He is 4 years old and a very bright boy, always asking questions and telling stories. Like most of us here in Auckland, he wasn’t to happy to wake up to the wet and windy weather and the thought of being stuck inside all day.

I managed to get some nice shots of him looking out the window at the rain. One thing I like about photographing kids is that they aren’t so self-conscious about what they look like. I think this helps them to look natural and helps the photographer capture a better portrait of the individual.

His mother asked him to put his clothes on to get ready to go and I noticed he had put his knitted hoodie on backwards. When I pointed it out to him he said he doesn’t need to change it because he can still see out of the hoodie when it’s covering his face. He then proved it by pointing out all the things the could see. Hilarious!

 

Day 01 – Dom

Dom is a work colleague who graciously volunteered to help me with my project today as I wasn’t very prepared other than having my camera. I think this project will allow me to get out of my comfort zone and become more comfortable with talking to people I’ve not met before.

Like myself, Dom is quite reserved but is always willing to have a chat or join into a conversation with the group. I’m glad I was able to pull a good smile out of him.

#Photography #Portrait #100dayer #100daysNZ

100 Days Project – One thing. Every day. x100.

100 Days Project – One thing. Every day. x100.

The 100 Days Project is simple. Choose one creative exercise, and then repeat it every day for 100 days. Record each daily effort and see what evolves in the work and in yourself over time. The project gives anyone a framework and the permission to be creative. It challenges you to dig deep into your creative reserves, to rely on your readiness to work in order to achieve creative breakthrough. It can be an end to procrastination, and the development of resilience. It takes a lot of energy, and yet the rewards can resonate for a long time after the 100th Day is over.

In 2011 Emma Rogan decided to start a 100 Days Project after reading about Michael Bierut’s ‘100 Days of Design’ class at Yale. She invited others to join her and word of the project spread. Since inception hundreds of people have participated in the project.

I began participating in the second iteration of the 100 Days Project in 2012 after being invited by a friend, Laura Cibilich. Laura was at the time conducting a similar exercise where she used various media and materials in creating the day’s date every day for a whole year! Check out her awesome project at www.mydailydesign.com

After joining and beginning my first 100 Days project of creating a tiling pattern inspired by everyday objects or items around me, I realised that perhaps I had been a little over-ambitious with the scope of my project and had underestimated the time it would take to create each pattern from concepting stage through to producing a vectorised tiling pattern square. Unfortunately I ended up bowing out of the 2012 exercise at around Day 14 with my pride a little bruised but having learned some important lessons.

The following year I came back with renewed vigour and determination to complete a new project in the 2013 iteration of the 100 Days Project. Initially my goals was to get back in touch with my long lost drawing skills by completing one doodle a day for the next 100 days. After a few days I realised that I spent too long trying to decide what to draw and so I ended up refining my goal to give it more limitation and focus and to save myself hours of indecision. My updated project goal became; to sketch one of the 100 most influential people of last century each day. This will give me an opportunity to learn more about these individuals and what they were known for. The 100 individuals are taken from the collection by TIME Magazine and information taken from Wikipedia.

Having these added limitations freed me from over-thinking the project and gave me a pre-populated list of individuals to draw. I proudly completed every day of this project and I am currently posting up some highlights of the 2013 100 Days project here on my blog.

If you would like to view the whole project you can see it here – 100 Days Project 2013

100 Days Project 2014 – Changing Faces

My goal for this years iteration of the project is to literally change the face of social media and rid our visual, social landscape of tacky and unflattering profile photos, one person at a time.
I will do this by composing, shooting and editing a head shot portrait of one lucky individual each day for 100 days. At the same time I am hoping to further develop my composition and photography skills in capturing an accurate representation of what embodies the individual.

The 2014 project will begin on July 11, 2014. You can stay updated with my project here on the 100 Days Project site and as there are still a few days left you can still register. Join me!

 

 

Day 2 of 100 – Māori Warrior

Day 2 of 100 – Māori Warrior

A #sketch of a #warrior of the #Māori people of #Aotearoa (New Zealand) the #culture with which I identify. Found at the southwestern point of the #Polynesian triangle, the cultural history of Māori people is tied into a larger Polynesian phenomenon and share similar cultural traditions such as religion, social organisation, myths, and material culture.

Polynesian #seafarers were ocean #navigators and #astronomers. Polynesians were capable of travelling long distances by sea. The strong female presence among early settlers in New Zealand suggests Polynesian #migration #voyages were deliberate rather than accidental. The most current reliable evidence strongly indicates that initial settlement of New Zealand occurred around 1280 CE.

A defining attribute of the Māori culture is it’s strong visual language. The face markings you can see on the sketch are known as Tā moko and can also be found on the body. Tā moko is the permanent body and face marking by Māori, the #indigenous people of New Zealand. Traditionally it is distinct from #tattoo and #tatau in that the skin was carved by uhi (chisels) rather than punctured. This left the skin with grooves, rather than a smooth surface.

Captain James Cook wrote in 1769: The marks in general are spirals drawn with great nicety and even elegance. One side corresponds with the other. The marks on the body resemble foliage in old chased ornaments, convolutions of filigree work, but in these they have such a luxury of forms that of a hundred which at first appeared exactly the same no two were formed alike on close examination.

#Drawn on #iPad in #AdobeIdeas using the #Wacom #Bamboostylus. #AdobeDrawing

#Maori #Toa #NewZealand #Polynesia #Pacific #Waka #Tamoko #Moko #Whakairo #Kowhaiwhai

Day 7 of 100 – Audrey Hepburn

Day 7 of 100 – Audrey Hepburn

 

#Beauty and #Class. A quick #sketch of one of my wife’s greatest #idols, Audrey Hepburn – so this one is for her. I like the effect of drawing in white on a black background in the hair. I might have to try that more often.
I think I will give this one another go in the future once I have a better handle on this stylus and iPad.
#Drawn in #AdobeIdeas, #AdobeDrawing using #Wacom #BambooStylus for the #100days project

Audrey Hepburn was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood’s Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema and has been placed in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. She is also regarded by some to be the most naturally beautiful woman of all time.

Born in Ixelles, a district of Brussels, Hepburn spent her childhood between Belgium, England and the Netherlands, including German-occupied Arnhem during the Second World War. In Amsterdam, she studied ballet withSonia Gaskell before moving to London in 1948 to continue her ballet training with Marie Rambert and perform as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions. She spoke several languages including English,French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, and German.

After appearing in several British films and starring in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi, Hepburn played the lead role in Roman Holiday (1953), for which she was the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for a single performance. The same year, she won a Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play for Ondine. She went on to star in a number of successful films, such as Sabrina (1954), The Nun’s Story(1959), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967), for which she received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. Hepburn remains one of few people who have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards. She won a record three BAFTA Awards for Best British Actress in a Leading Role.

#Audreyhepburn #Hepburn #Actress #Hollywood #Goldenage #Broadway #Oscars #BAFTA #Tonys #Movies #BreakfastAtTiffanys

 

Copyright & Protecting Your Work

Copyright & Protecting Your Work

I read a great article today from an awesome designers resource – Creativebloq.com
The article addresses the issue of designer’s and illustrator’s work being stolen and claimed by another or slightly altered and then reproduced for personal gain.

Check it out here:
http://www.creativebloq.com/computer-arts/how-protect-your-designs-copyright-thieves-7147491

 

I was also able to find another great article by blogger and Art Consultant, Laura C George,  that offers some ideas for how you might avoid or prevent having your work stolen.
Definitely a great page to bookmark for referring back to when you need it.

Check it out here:
http://www.lauracgeorge.com/copyright-and-your-art-on-the-internet/