Just Me, Ladies, Shirts, Fiercely Feminine, aRtVerse, Teepublic, Long sleeve shirt, eco safe, cotton, Fashion, T shirts, Women's Clothing, Boss Lady, Feminine, Individuality, Fierce, Women Empowerment

Graphic Design Showcase: Fashion Magazine Cover Page & Fiercely Feminine Long Sleeve T-shirt

Just Me, Ladies, Shirts, Fiercely Feminine, aRtVerse, Teepublic, Long sleeve shirt, eco safe, cotton, Fashion, T shirts, Women's Clothing, Boss Lady, Feminine, Individuality, Fierce, Women Empowerment
Just Me Ladies Shirts | Fiercely Feminine aRtVerse Teepublic
Various 100% cotton ladies t-shirts, printed with 100% biodegradable ink!

Both the shirt’s slogan and magazine cover were designed by me! The t-shirt design is available from my aRtVerse Teepublic store 😁

nebula, stars, gas, space, astronomy, orion, blye, pink, beige, pale, dusty, mood boards, color palette

Free Mood Boards: Magnificent Nebula Themed

I am going to provide 3 free Mood Boards, specifically focused around space and astronomy! Mood boards are color palettes generated from images for design inspiration and coordinated themes.

For a more in-depth look at mood boards, please see Free Mood Board: Dahlia Pink & Yellow Graphic Design Resources. Other Free Mood Boards include: Cacti Spirals, Mandala Dragonfly, Sunset Dreamcatcher, Flower Data Art, Horses, Duotone Graphic Design, Big Cats and Vibrant Fish.


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Both Canva and Adobe have free online colour palette generators, which can extract colours from images. I prefer to use the Adobe tool to select the initial palette and then customise it from there.

My seventh mood board series is created from photographs of the Lobster Nebula by skeeze, the Tarantula Nebula by WikiImages and the Orion Nebula by WikiImages available for free download from Pixabay, beautiful! 🥰

nebula, stars, gas, space, astronomy, lobster
Lobster Nebula
Tarantula, nebula, stars, gas, space, astronomy
Tarantula Nebula
nebula, stars, gas, space, astronomy, orion
Orion Nebula

Mood Board

The colour palettes were generated with Adobe Color Wheel, whereas the mood boards where generated in Canva – Design Anything – Referral link, join for free and start designing to earn up to 20 credits for premium images!

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Space Time Continuum aRtVerse Teepublic

Several mood board design resources are freely available from Mind Frame Shift for your design projects!

You can find the Pinterest Board Here!

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Tarantula, nebula, stars, gas, space, astronomy, blue, grey, brown, neutrals, mood boards, color palette
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Graphic Design Showcase: Fashion Magazine Feature & Dragonfly Slouchy T-shirt

Fashion, T shirts, Women Clothing, Unique Art, Feminine, Individuality, Fierce, Attitude, Dragonfly, teepublic, artverse, cotton, eco safe, biodegradable ink
Break The Mold Ladies T shirts | Dragonfly Mandala aRtVerse Teepublic
Various 100% cotton ladies t-shirts, printed with 100% biodegradable ink!

Both the dragonfly image and magazine feature were designed by me! The t-shirt design is available from my artverse Teepublic store 😁

Angel Fish, Mood Board, Colour Palette, Blue, Red, Yellow

Free Mood Boards: Vibrant Fish Themed

I am going to provide 3 free Mood Boards, specifically focused around tropical and exotic fish! Mood boards are color palettes generated from images for design inspiration and coordinated themes.

For a more in-depth look at mood boards, please see Free Mood Board: Dahlia Pink & Yellow Graphic Design Resources. Other Free Mood Boards include: Cacti Spirals, Mandala Dragonfly, Sunset Dreamcatcher, Flower Data Art, Horses, Duotone Graphic Design and Big Cats.


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Both Canva and Adobe have free online colour palette generators, which can extract colours from images. I prefer to use the Adobe tool to select the initial palette and then customise it from there.

My seventh mood board series is created from photographs of a Discus fish captured by Bergadder, a Butterfly fish by skitterphoto and a Siamese Fighting fish by 4361694 available for free download from Pixabay, beautiful! 🥰

Butterfly Fish, aquarium, tank
Butterfly Fish
Discus Fish, tropical, aquarium, tank
Discus Fish
Siamese Fighting Fish, display
Siamese Fighting Fish

Mood Board

The colour palettes were generated with Adobe Color Wheel, whereas the mood boards where generated in Canva – Design Anything – Referral link, join for free and start designing to earn up to 20 credits for premium images!

Several mood board design resources are freely available from Mind Frame Shift for your design projects! You can find the Pinterest Board Here!

Angel Fish, Mood Board, Colour Palette, Blue, Red, Yellow
Discus Fish, Mood Board, Blue, Red, Orange
Siamese Fighting Fish, Mood Board, Red, Blue, White

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The Cat Has Spoken

While practising my typography skills, I had a little conversation with the cat in the photo 😸

I am not amused, Cat, typography, multi-tone effect, graphic design, russian cat, chocolate, rainbow, divided, angry, grumpy

Human, what are you doing?

Who gave you permission to defile my face?

You think this is funny do you?

Well, I am NOT amused.

I demand you stop this tomfoolery immediately!

I do not approve of those fairy colours!

Enough, I strongly object with prejudice!

I will be leaving now!

What nonsense.


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Story © Dr Tanzelle Oberholster

Drabble: 53 words

Leopard in a Tree, Mood Board, Color Palette, blue, green, brown, neutrals

Free Mood Boards: Big Cat Themed

I am going to provide 3 free Mood Boards, specifically focused around big wild cats! Mood boards are color palettes generated from images for design inspiration and coordinated themes.

For a more in-depth look at mood boards, please see Free Mood Board: Dahlia Pink & Yellow Graphic Design Resources. Other Free Mood Boards include: Cacti Spirals, Mandala Dragonfly, Sunset Dreamcatcher, Flower Data Art, Horses, Duotone Graphic Design and Vibrant Fish.


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Both Canva and Adobe have free online colour palette generators, which can extract colours from images. I prefer to use the Adobe tool to select the initial palette and then customise it from there.

My seventh mood board series is created from photographs of a Tiger taking a dip captured by andibreit, a Snow Leopard (my favourite) by strichpunkt and a reclining Leopard by desingerpoint available for free download from Pixabay, beautiful! 🥰

Tiger, swim, water, river, pond
Tiger Swimming
Snow Leopard, snow, forest, look
Snow Leopard
leopard, lie, rest, tree
Leopard in a Tree

Mood Board

The colour palettes were generated with Adobe Color Wheel, whereas the mood boards where generated in Canva – Design Anything – Referral link, join for free and start designing to earn up to 20 credits for premium images!

Several mood board design resources are freely available from Mind Frame Shift for your design projects! You can find the Pinterest Board Here!

Swimming Tiger, Mood Board, color palette
Photography, Duotone, Big Cat, Swim, Graphic design, Tiger, Pool, Modern, Digital art, For him, For her, Water, Pond, Whiskers, Animal, Gradient, Stripes, River, Nature, artverse, society6
Silent Tiger | Magenta Blue Duotone Photograph Framed Art Print
Available from aRtVerse on Society6
Snow Leopard, Mood Board, color palette
Leopard in a Tree, Mood Board, Color Palette
Photography, Big cat, Duotone, Graphic design, Tree, Rest, Nature, Spots, Gradient, Modern, Grace, Script, Animal, Lounge, Whiskers, Leopard, Typography, Gaze, Digital art, aRtVerse, society6
Graceful Leopard | Typography Gradient Photograph Framed Art Print
Available at aRtVerse on Society6

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Duotone Effect & Free Mood Boards: Iceland Horses

For today’s graphic design experimentation we are following on the Original Icelandic Horses Mood Board created in the previous post and we going to look at Duotone Effects. I will provide a Mood Board for the duotone image at the end of the post. All images in this post are free to use for your design projects!

Iceland Horses, winter
Iceland Horses – Original Image

For a more in-depth look at mood boards, please see Free Mood Board: Dahlia Pink & Yellow Graphic Design Resources. Other Free Mood Boards include: Cacti Spirals, Mandala Dragonfly, Sunset Dreamcatcher, Flower Data Art, Horses, Big Cats and Vibrant Fish.


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Duotone Effect Process

Duotone effects create a two-tone colour gradient on top of the original image for a more modern graphic design look.

I do not have Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, instead I have opted to learn in GIMP for the time being and I am a bit familiar with the program already. As such I first had to find a step-by-step instruction for creating Duotone effects in GIMP. I used “A DuoTone process using GIMP by Daniel Berrangé” for the beginning of the creation processes and then I went off on my own tangent… 😉

Below is a quick summary of the process. P.S. there is an easier way to do this in GIMP, but I feel that this process gives a more “refined” look…

Step 1: Gradient Map & Grayscale

The first step in the processes is to create a grayscale map of the colours to guide GIMP in placing colours along the gradient from light to dark.

Iceland Horses Step 1 Gradient Map Grayscale
Grayscale Gradient Map

Step 2: Colour Layers and Fill

The second step is to create the different colour layers and to fill each. The shadow layer is a darker colour and the highlights a lighter one – note that complementary colours work best here (blue & yellow, purple & orange or green & red).

Iceland Horses Step 2 Fill Colors Purple Orange
Fill Colours – Purple and Orange

Step 3: Colour Blending

The third step is to blend the colours for a more seamless and gradient effect. However, the colours here are a bit warm here and it seems as though these are Desert Horses rather than Icelandic ones. I decided to opt for cooler colours; a darker purple and light blue perhaps?

Iceland Horses Step 3 Fill Colors Layer Mode Warm Orange Purple
Colour Blending – Purple and Orange

Much better, eh?

Iceland Horses Step 4 Fill Colors Layer Mode Cool Purple Blue
Colour Blending – Purple and Blue

Step 4: Blending Modes

From here on I was just playing around with the way GIMP renders the blending between the layers, either ‘all-over/even’ such as the previous picture, or with a sharp change in the layers with distinct lines, circles or spirals!

Iceland Horses Step 5a Fill Colors Layer Mode Cool Linear Blend Purple Blue
Blending Mode Linear (Line)
Step 5b Fill Colors Layer Mode Cool Radial Blend Purple Blue
Blending Mode Radial (Circle)
Step 5c Fill Colors Layer Mode Cool Clockwise Spiral Blend Purple Blue
Blending Mode Spiral

I like the spiral blend as it adds to the wind blowing effect in the photo. This concludes our experimentation for now and I leave you with the colour palette of the Duotone Icelandic Horses!

Final Touches: Typography

I added a bit of typography to the final image using Canva just to tie up everything nicely! Viola! It’ll make a pretty desktop background, don’t you think?

Wild, Free, Icelandic Horses, Poster, Graphic Design, Duotone Effect, Tupography, Inspiration, Blue, Purple
Icelandic Horses Duotone Online Version
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Wild And Free Icelandic Horses | Duotone Typography Photograph Framed Art Print Available at aRtVerse from Society6

Duotone Mood Board

Mood boards are color palettes generated from images for design inspiration and coordinated themes.

Both Canva and Adobe have free online colour palette generators, which can extract colours from images. I prefer to use the Adobe tool to select the initial palette and then customise it from there.

My fifth mood board is created from the duotone photograph of charismatic Icelandic Horses captured by susnics available for free download from Pixabay.

Several mood board design resources are freely available from Mind Frame Shift for your design projects! You can find the Pinterest Board Here!

References

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Flying Stalker

Flying Stalker, Drabble, Humour, MindFrameShift, Tanzelle Oberholster, Mosquito, Duotone, Graphic Design, Typography

You know of the fiend I am taking of here?

The one who is impossible to unhear,

And opens a flood of swear!


Drabble: 25 words

© Dr Tanzelle Oberholster

Close-up Horse, Mood Board, color palette, chestnut, orange, brown

Free Mood Boards: Horse Themed

I am going to provide 3 free Mood Boards, specifically focused around horses! Mood boards are color palettes generated from images for design inspiration and coordinated themes.

For a more in-depth look at mood boards, please see Free Mood Board: Dahlia Pink & Yellow Graphic Design Resources. Other Free Mood Boards include: Cacti Spirals, Mandala Dragonfly, Sunset Dreamcatcher, Flower Data Art, Duotone Graphic Design, Big Cats and Vibrant Fish.


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Both Canva and Adobe have free online colour palette generators, which can extract colours from images. I prefer to use the Adobe tool to select the initial palette and then customise it from there.

My fourth mood board series is created from photographs of charismatic Icelandic Horses captured by susnics, a beautiful close-up by andersfloor and a sunset scene by joepartridge available for free download from Pixabay, aren’t they such sweeties? 🥰

Iceland Horses, winter
Iceland Horses
Close-up Horse andersfloor
Close-up Horse
Sunset Horse
Sunset Horse

Mood Board

The colour palettes were generated with Adobe Color Wheel, whereas the mood boards where generated in Canva – Design Anything – Referral link, join for free and start designing to earn up to 20 credits for premium images!

Several mood board design resources are freely available from Mind Frame Shift for your design projects! You can find the Pinterest Board Here!

Close-up Horse Mood Board color palette
Sunset Horse Mood Board color palette

Stay tuned as I create a Dutone Effect for the Icelandic Horses and provide another Mood Board of the Duotone picture! See you there!

References

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sword, blood, movie, womens rights, red, splatter, womens day, sisters, bushido, women power, japanese, action, fighter, ronin, samurai warrior

Graphic Design Challenge: Samurai Sisters Movie Poster

About The Challenge

Every so often the Lindsay Marsh; the creator of the first Graphic Design course that I took in December 2019, “The Complete Graphic Design Theory for Beginners Course”, runs a design challenge for the students via its Facebook group.

Generally I try to participate in these challenge as many of them pertain to graphic design techniques/media that I generally would not indulge in myself – I do graphic art as part of my Data Art and Graphic Art portfolios.

Initially, I didn’t feel like participating in this challenge. It was only after I did the concept development and creation of the Samurai Sisters T-shirt design that I decided to submit an entry inspired from the T-shirt!

Samurai Sisters Women Empowerment Tshirt Design Concept
Samurai Sisters T-shirt Concept
A Simple Pencil Sketch

The challenge guidelines were as follows:

  • You could redo a poster from a previous movie. Alternatively as a bonus you can make up one yourself – I obviously went for the second option.
  • The poster has to include a main title, focal point and the main actors names. Another bonus is to add extra credits such as the composer, the director, the producer, etc. – I tried to incorporate as much that wouldn’t clutter the final image

The challenge workflow was as follows:

  • Choose a movie genre – Here mine would be a urban sci-fi action. I did not disclose this upfront as I wanted the poster to portray that automatically.
  • Create a plan or concept layout – I did this, but forgot to submit it along with the challenge LOL!
  • Create and showcase the final movie poster – I completed the poster over a little more than a week and then amused myself with a movie merchandise advert too!

Design Process

Here is my movie poster layout, which I forgot to submit… but there were so many submission that I don’t think it mattered much.

Graphic Design Challenge Movie Poster Samurai Sisters Concept Plan Layout
Movie Poster Concept Layout & Planning

So my thoughts here were to have the main typographic elements (i.e. the title text) be separated from each other by the samurai sword. In the original concept design for the t-shirt, you would notice that I did add the traditional samurai sword initially. But after some browsing on the internet I settled for the more ‘modern’ one to fit in with the modern Asian typography.

Afterwards I added the blood splatters to give it more action and movement.

Then I wanted to add a feminine accent as the original T-shirt slogan was meant as a women empowerment design with an updated more kick-ass look rather than just some hippy typography with the words “Girl Power”. I wanted to do something more original that is feminine but fierce!

With the main focal point and title inherited from the T-shirt design I added the photographs of Serinda Swan and Melissa O’Niel – they are both Canadian actresses who have done powerful female roles. I wanted to keep with the strong female aspect of the original design. It took me forever to find the photos, I wanted photos with attitude and most were model/high fashion photos. I found these and then fixed them up a bit and converted them to greyscale. Each actress then got a position on either side of the poster.

I added the subtitle between the two actresses and then moved on to the bottom credit section with a few hours of adjusting things a pixel this way, that way. 😁

Considering that this is a modern urban sci-fi action, I decided to look for people to support ‘My Vision’ – such that Robert Rodriguez was the producer of Alita Battle Angel, Titus Welliver was the director of Bosch and Adrian von Ziegler who makes awesome sci-fi music!

Final Result

All of that lead to the final poster:

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I would also mentioned that the main movie design is available on my Teepublic store! Yes, you can literally support my fake movie by buying its merchandise on T-shirts, Stickers, Totes and more! Go Check It Out!

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Challenge Conclusion

I was glad to have participated in the challenge after all as it was great fun once I had an initial muse. I also got great feedback from Lindsay Marsh during the review process! She was impressed that I was able to create all of the elements using GIMP (a free photo manipulation and digital art program).

“Love the title, splashing and I love the sword here… The Samurai Sister icon is excellent work with the typography, headline and title… Overall really really good”

Lindsay Marsh

I got some suggestions to add profile pictures for more connection to the story and emotional connection to the actresses faces. But as she mentioned during the review I did not have access to the photos I would have wanted and I made do with what I had. I wanted attitude and stank-face! 🤨

Another suggestion was the centre alignment of the subtitle between the two actresses – I purposefully did not go with the centre alignment here as the poses of the actresses are very different and the centre alignment would make the text too close to Serinda and far away from Melissa – which results in a lop-sided look. So here I am going to stick to my artistic choice! LOL! 🤗

It is interesting to see how one little 5 cm pencil sketch can grow into a T-shirt design and Movie Poster!

Great fun indeed and I am looking forward to the next challenge!

© Dr Tanzelle Oberholster

References

  • GIMP – Free GNU Image Manipulation Program
  • Canva – Design Anything – Referral link, join for free and starts designing to earn up to 20 credits for premium images!
  • Udemy – Referral links used in the post!

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