Final Project: Menu

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For the menu, I wanted to just do a super simple template, instead of writing out a whole menu. Mostly because I want to focus mainly on the design of it, rather than the menu itself.

This way, people have an open mind about the layout of their menu, and what courses they will have, and what not.

The theme of the menu reflects the invitations. It keeps the magnolia flower paired with the branches, but I extended the branches out just to give it a different look than the invitations. It also looks more like a boarder this way, since it lacks shape, unlike the invitations, which have the oval ring.


Final Project: Invitations


So, I have finally finished the invitations for my final project! Unfortunately, I don’t have photos of the creation process, because I got really wrapped up in creating it that I kind of forgot to think about blogging about it. But I mean, I pretty much just did what I’ve been doing all along, which was used the trace effect to make up my imagery.

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This Is what it ended up looking like. It started out looking pretty good and I was happy with it, but near the end there I struggled with the larger flower group. It kind of interfered with my center alignment for the typography section of my project, but I kind of played with it for a minute until it looked decent.

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This is how it turned out. I think it looks a lot better, and doesn’t crowd the flowers or any of the other typography. However, as i’m sitting here writing this, and looking at the final product, I feel like I could move the entire typography section down a notch.

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Above is a template that I got online, and its where I got my wording, because I wasn’t sure what to even include on the invitation.

Finishing this project took a lot longer than I wanted it to. Class time got taken up by presentations and other assignments to wrap up the semester, and so I didn’t get much personal work in. But I am relieved that it’s finally done and I can start focusing on putting everything together.

Guest Map

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For the past couple weeks I have been working on a map of Charleston, South Carolina. Several years back, I was asked to create a similar map for the town of Tomball, Texas. The lady was asking for a map to handout to her wedding guests that were from out of town. She didn’t give me much more implication of what she wanted other than that. This concept was new to me; handing out maps to wedding guests that are from out of town, with all the local attractions on it. I didn’t really know what to expect, and I had zero idea what the “client” wanted out of it. Nonetheless, I had a lot of fun creating the map. That project was done with my own hand, combined with a sketchy drawing site. It serves as the inspiration for this element of my semester final project.

I have enjoyed using legitimate software to create this piece, because in comparison to the Texas map, the lines are much cleaner, crisper, and defined. As you can see, it is unfinished, but the style is developing, and it will only get easier from here.

I created most of this photo in the Adobe Draw app for iPad, then transferred it to my computer through creative cloud. My “fetish” all semester has been the trace tool. I love this tool, because I am not a fan of drawing with the mouse. I find it difficult to get things to look just like I like them to by using the mouse. So tracing allows me to draw on my own, and also get that digital look and quality that I want.

As you can see from the photo above, I used the shape of South Caroline itself, instead of using just the cape area of Charleston. I used this same method for my Texas map, because it ads character and charm to the visual of it.

Below are just some close-ups of the artifacts that I am adding to my map:

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Rainbow Row

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Rice Mill

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Location of the Wedding

This element is up in the air right now. I’m not sure I like how it represents the location of the wedding. Also, the typography in it is rough. I might try and smooth it out if I can.

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Nautical Compass

It’s off to the Races

I am in the last quarter of my high school semester, and essentially the last quarter of my Advanced Computer Design class. I have started my final project, and have actually made some good progress with it.

I am putting together a wedding package of sorts. Basically I am posing myself as a wedding planner, presenting an offer to a soon-to-be bride. In my package I have guest maps, announcements, and a menu template.

The venue that I chose for my project is placed in the charming town of Charleston, South Carolina. A couple summers ago, I visited Isle of Palms, SC and made a day trip to Charleston, and immediately fell in love. There was so much history there, and inevitably stands as the definition of “southern charm”.

Over the past week I have been researching the area, along with popular and local flowers, food, and attractions. I aim to incorporate these into the designs I make. Below are some of the artifacts I have collected and saved as inspiration for what will become my wedding package theme and design.


The Battery


The Revenal Bridge

city market

The City Market

rainbow row

Rainbow Row

rice mill

The Rice Mill

waterfront park

Waterfront Park


Magnolia Flowers


Yellow Jasmine (state flower)


Baby Steps

vector landscape

Following my discovery of Miller’s artwork, I attempted a tutorial on vector landscapes. This is the result I got. Although I am not too happy with the outcome, I learned a lot of skills that I was missing out on prior to the tutorial.

I want to continue working on these vector landscapes, getting them detailed and dynamic, and hopefully by the end of the semester be able to create an original piece that resembles that of Miller, because the illustration that I did above appears flat to me, and there is little perspective. I would like to see my work transform and attain depth as the semester rolls forward.

I know that practice makes perfect, and that I might not have a flawless piece by the time I end the school year, but I am excited to see how far I will go with my progress.


I was exploring online for some inspiration before I went to work in Illustrator, and came across an artist that wowed me. Brian Edward Miller is the owner, artist, and illustrator behind the Orlin Culture Shop (OCS for short) based in Erie, CO.

He creates illustrations for a number of companies and purposes. Most of his work is based around nature and Landscapes, but he does a number of things with his talent. The first thing I came across on his website and blog was a mountain/wilderness set he had done for REI. I like to create and base my work off of nature, the way Miller has in this compilation of scenes for REI.

His works are simple interpretations of nature, but complex in their detail. The way he works with lighting and shading is, at first, very subtle and maybe even flies under the radar of impression. But as I study them longer I begin to think of the creation process and how I might create something similar to the illustrations he has created, and I get stumped. The creative flow stops within my mind, and the complexity of his detail boggles me.

The detail that he incorporates into every piece is the type of detail I hope to achieve and incorporate into future artwork.

legacy of adventure

Legacy of Adventure 

mountain lake

Mountain Lake

winter glow

Winter Glow

snow trails

Snow Trails

chasing sunsets

Chasing Sunsets



Following my live trace awakening, I decided to see what I could do with this new skill. Above is a compilation of images that I gathered from the trusty internet, and converted into live trace images, to compose one single image.

Now, obviously it isn’t an impressive creation, but I just wanted to experiment with the possibilities. Here are the original photos that are now combined into my single photo:


Row of trees between corn fields. SkÂne. Sweden

82bb262ab0c5e3cdabb9c6017e927a8f As You can see, the photos aren’t of good quality. I also didn’t use every aspect of each photo. By using the expand feature, and ungrouping the images, I was able to eliminate backgrounds and other parts of the photos that I wasn’t using.

If I wanted to, I could have converted the landscape to better fit the coloring of the skyline. But like I said, this was only for experiment.

Also, You can see that I only used to aloft airplane in the last image. Everything else was eliminated.

I think live trace is an awesome tool. You can create images from things that already exist, and make them your own. But that’s also something I don’t like about tracing images; you miss out on the experience of creating objects on your own. Originality is lost, and it narrows the level of creativity. I like the idea of using live trace for pictures that I create with my own hand.