Creative Mondays 88 – Always Watching

Always Watching Poster

“What is Creative Mondays?

Monday’s are always a drag. The start of a new week, you have to go back to that routine of going to bed early/get up early. If (like me) you have to commute then you prepare for that long journey into work and that long journey back for the first time after a nice two day break.

So to kick off those lousy Mondays, I’m going to get my creative mind flowing in a positive way. Creative Mondays. A chance for me to show off something unfinished or finished that I’ve been working on throughout the previous week.”

Every now and then I like to try and design something that involves a contemporary theme. There were a few underlying themes with this piece. I suppose the more cryptic being the NSA and the companies that it’s been working with to find out “information” about people and to a broader extent the increase in security cameras, mobile phone cameras and devices such as Google Glass. There is a sense that there’s a lot going on that we don’t know about (let’s not get too ‘Conspiracy Theorist’ at this time) and privacy seems to be something that is changing almost daily. Cameras are catching everything, more importantly WE are capturing everything and it will be interesting to see where this leads us in the future.

This piece was created entirely within Photoshop CS6 with a background stock image I used from the CGTextures site.

Creative Mondays 87 – Rain, Rain, Go Away

Rain, rain, go away poster

“What is Creative Mondays?

Monday’s are always a drag. The start of a new week, you have to go back to that routine of going to bed early/get up early. If (like me) you have to commute then you prepare for that long journey into work and that long journey back for the first time after a nice two day break.

So to kick off those lousy Mondays, I’m going to get my creative mind flowing in a positive way. Creative Mondays. A chance for me to show off something unfinished or finished that I’ve been working on throughout the previous week.”

Although I look outside right now and see a gorgeous sunset, this past week and weekend saw the return of the rain. Instead of letting that rain get the better of me, I’ve decided to use it to motivate me by creating this poster! All I’m asking is for a few more weeks of that glorious sunshine!

I’m trying to get into the habit of working non-destructively in Photoshop. I’ve come to realise that most of my past projects end up with elements that I simply can’t undo and so I’m pushing myself to use more layer masks and layer adjustments. I’m guessing it was laziness on my part for not really attempting this methodology before so hopefully this will improve my efficiency!

Creative Mondays 86 – The World’s End Poster

The World's End Poster

“What is Creative Mondays?

Monday’s are always a drag. The start of a new week, you have to go back to that routine of going to bed early/get up early. If (like me) you have to commute then you prepare for that long journey into work and that long journey back for the first time after a nice two day break.

So to kick off those lousy Mondays, I’m going to get my creative mind flowing in a positive way. Creative Mondays. A chance for me to show off something unfinished or finished that I’ve been working on throughout the previous week.”

So the Cornetto Trilogy is complete. The World’s End, Edgar Wright’s final film in the “Cornetto Trilogy” is upon us and I can’t believe I still haven’t seen it! Having said that, from what I have seen I’ve been inspired and impressed. So much so that I wanted to have a crack at creating one of the evil aliens that I’ve seen in the trailer.

Using a self-portrait (yes another iPhone photo of myself) and some stock images I found over on the stock.xchng site I wanted to replicate the one-sheet posters that were released with the main cast members. This was great fun to play around with in Photoshop, getting the extreme glowing effect out of the mouth and eyes really gives it that extra fear factor!

Below you can see a side by side with the original photo I took.

World's End Side by Side

Creative Mondays 85 – Zombie Selfie

Zombie Selfie

“What is Creative Mondays?

Monday’s are always a drag. The start of a new week, you have to go back to that routine of going to bed early/get up early. If (like me) you have to commute then you prepare for that long journey into work and that long journey back for the first time after a nice two day break.

So to kick off those lousy Mondays, I’m going to get my creative mind flowing in a positive way. Creative Mondays. A chance for me to show off something unfinished or finished that I’ve been working on throughout the previous week.”

In the age of Instagram and the photos of every day life it’s only natural that Zombies would want in on this action! The idea for this image came from the latest challenge on the PSDtuts+ site. Basically the task is to Zombify a photo of your choosing and this is what I came up with. There are no limits to the amount of entries allowed in this challenge so there may be a few more zombification experiments in the next week or so!

Just remember, Zombie’s need attention (and likes) too!

This piece was created from a photo I took on my iPhone (4S) and worked on it using a few stock images from the stock.xchng site. Some basic colour correction work and a blood splatter brush was also used. I’ve included a small before and after shot for comparison.

Zombie before and after shot

Creative Mondays 84 – Hot Out There

Hot in here graphic design

“What is Creative Mondays?

Monday’s are always a drag. The start of a new week, you have to go back to that routine of going to bed early/get up early. If (like me) you have to commute then you prepare for that long journey into work and that long journey back for the first time after a nice two day break.

So to kick off those lousy Mondays, I’m going to get my creative mind flowing in a positive way. Creative Mondays. A chance for me to show off something unfinished or finished that I’ve been working on throughout the previous week.”

The sun has stayed around for another week and so inspires another Creative Mondays! The heat soared over the weekend and reached the mighty 30 degrees mark. I’m fairly certain Plymouth (and the rest of the UK for that matter) are starting to get that melting sensation as the heatwave continues. Not that I’m complaining though, keep this summer weather coming!

This piece was created from a photo I took on my iPhone 4s.