Goodbye Etchi

My friend Craig comitted suicide on Wednesday. He was a gorgeous man with a lot of love inside, and he will be missed by more people than he probably estimated. As someone who has had experience with depression and suicide, I strongly urge anyone with these feelings to seek help; whether it be from your…

New Trend – Paisley!

I grew some paisley in the garden for you :) I’ve decided that paisley is the new flourish. Paisley is named for a town in Scotland that ended up manufacturing the symbol repeated in pattern on fabric and woven into wool. Originally the buta motif was designed in Persia and it decorated royal robes. There…

Inspired by: Flowers

I have promised to do a tutorial on flourishes, but my RSI is quite chronic at the moment so I’m reducing the amount of fine pointing activity I do – unfortunately this includes flourish work in Illustrator! I do have some free vector shapes lined up (peacocks!), but I’m quite snowed under at work right…

White Lighting Trend

All I’m hearing is that black and white are “it” for decor. It’s a little too stark for my own personal tastes, but I’ve noticed a quirky little lighting trend harking all the way back to the 50s and 60s coming into vogue again. It makes sense, seeing that mid century furniture is all the…

Photoshop brand too frothy

I would never have picked Adobe to go backwards, and by backwards I mean to follow any crappy trend. Especially the Web 2.0 nightmare inflicting itself all over the internet right now – you’d expect Adobe to take heed of the doomsayers of the bubble logo trend! My co-worker and I joke about Web 2.0,…