Bona Fide Art Studio & Gallery @ Union House

Star Wars fans are frothing at the mouth in anticipation of the new installation, The Force Awakens, which opens December 17th here in the US. Bona Fide Art Studio and Gallery (inside the violently indigo-colored Union House, DTLV) will be hailing its triumphant return with an art show celebrating the launch and legacy of the franchise.

I’ll be on hand with new designs, new Nerdy Birdies and more! Roll by and check it out. It will be open all weekend!

“Local Artists Awaken” exhibit at Union House, December 11th-13th, 2015. Admission is free and open to the public!

Star Wars Art Event at Bona Fide Art Studio and Gallery!

Devil’s Night Freebie Friday! Dean Winchester Pumpkin Carving Template

Happy Devil’s Night everyone! Hope you don’t get into too much mischief tonight… In fact, maybe you should probably stymie those mischievous urges by staying inside with some hot spiked cider and carving pumpkins for Halloween tomorrow. In fact, you should challenge yourself a a little. Get fancy this year.

And o hai… would you look at that. I even have a free carving template for you…

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Click to download free printable template

Carving pumpkins like this is easier than it first looks, though there may be times you’ll need toothpicks or paper clips to stabilize small bits. If this is your first time tackling a carving like this (or if, for whatever reason, you’re not a Supernatural fan…), I high recommend visiting ZombiePumpkins.com for their outstanding tutorials and plethora of patterns.

See you guys next week!

Wallpaper Wednesday! The Man in Black Fled Across the Desert, and the Gunslinger followed…

Ok, so I’m going to try a thing… (It’s a thing in progress. Respect the thing.) The idea is that each Wednesday I’m going to post a new free wallpaper. Might be desktop, might be phone, might even be FB header.

For the inaugural post, I bring you a desktop wallpaper from Stephen King’s Dark Tower series!

Dark Tower Wallpaper

Click for full 1920 x 1272 resolution

I am a hardcore Constant Reader*. I, like Roland, am a self-confessed Dark Tower junkie. I am currently re-reading the series for the 5th or 6th time, do ya kennit. Right now I’m entering the 2nd half of the final book, and it is always so hard to say goodbye to the ka-tet. Picking up the series again really is like getting to see old friends and leaving them again never actually gets any easier. Nothing can make me ugly-cry like book 7 of The Dark Tower…. So yeah, I’m working through some feels via Photoshop right now lol.

Please check out my other Stephen King merch here! (More coming soon!)

Enjoy!

[* For those not hip to the jive, a Constant Reader is a Stephen King fan…]

Halloween Tutorial Tuesday! AKA Creepy Clown Ruins My Day, But Whatever

It’s Halloween! Huzzah! The most wonderful time of the year! I decided to loosely revisit the zombification proccess I went through on my first horror piece and write up a tutorial. Lemme tell you something though… This has been a rough day. Clowns scare the bejesus out of me and I’ve been looking at this photo for about 7 hours now…
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Level: Intermediate
Notes: This tutorial assumes a certain level of familiarity with Photoshop and will not cover basic tasks like cropping and using adjustment layers. While I have made most of the resources I used available for download HERE on my Deviant Art account in order for you to follow along, I encourage you to seek out and use your own photos and brushes. You’ll learn more, and faster!

Still in? Sweet. Let’s do this. Continue reading

Shameless Plug for November First Friday, PLUS a Neat-o Flyer…

Now that the horrific sweltering Vegas summer heat is over, I will be back at First Friday, November 6th! Not just a great announcement, but how bout that flyer, huh? The lovely Geneva Marquez and I have an arrangement in which I design flyers for her gallery events in exchange gallery and outdoor First Friday space to exhibit my visual art. Artists helping artists FTW!

November First Friday

November First Friday

I created the flyer in Photoshop using layers on layers on layers of grunge and texture, accented with a touch of fall leaves. (You can grab this large grunge brush collection for FREE as an ABR file here.) While transparency can be controlled by opacity, I much prefer the effects created by setting different layers to styles like “linear burn” or “subtract” or “color burn”. I’m already looking forward to designing December’s!

Free Download Friday: Huge Grunge Brushes for Photoshop!

I am a self-confessed brush addict. I love collecting brushes aaaallllmost as much as I love collecting fonts. It’s a problem… But hey, there are much worse things to be addicted to, amirite? I am also a big fan of using grunge in design. While it generally has little place in mainstream advertising, grunge is my style when I’m “at home” as they say.

I’ve always had a hard time finding brushes big enough to create web layouts and print projects, so I want to offer some for people who are in the same situation. (I see you, LJ designers!) These are perfect for designing business cards, flyers, brochures, web layouts, banners, headers and digital art!

Click the image below for ABR download, or view this file and more of my art and resources on my Deviant Art page.

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Check back for more brushes soon, or scroll down and follow this blog!

Tutorial Tuesday! Removing Backgrounds in Photoshop CC

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In this post we’re going to start with a Photoshop basic: how to remove the background behind the subject of your photo using the selection brush and the quick mask feature. You know,

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*Ahem*

This is technique useful for a lot of reasons. Maybe the background is ugly and you want to replace it. Maybe you’re making a fun composite. Maybe you want to swap your head onto Will Graham’s in that ladder scene in S1 Hannibal. Hey, I don’t judge…

I’m going to show you two ways to get rid of unwanted backgrounds, or, to look at it another way, extract a subject from a background to place in another image. This is a beginner level tutorial, and hopefully in-depth enough to not just follow along, but actually help you understand the tools. Continue reading

Free Download Friday! Functional Resume Template

It’s Friday! Huzzah! I mean… I don’t work the typical 9-5, M-F job like a lot of people, so Friday is kind of whatever for me, but I am SO excited for you! Unless you’re unemployed and need a job… But guess what. I’ma help you out with that on Free Download Friday!

Functional resumes are great for people with a wide variety of experience!

Functional resumes are great for people with little or varied experience!

Gone are the days where you go straight from high school to college and spend the rest of your life working for the same company. Many people today have a wide variety of work experience, and a lot of us may be “job-hoppers” now or in the past. Don’t worry, that’s actually becoming the norm. But what do you do if you don’t have much experience, or maybe a lot of experience, but nothing that’s really relevant to the jobs you’re currently applying for? The answer is what’s called a functional resume.

A functional resume is one that emphasizes your skills and attributes over your employment history and/or education. You do this by highlighting the attributes you possess that makes you a great candidate for the job. For example, if you are applying for a job as a line cook but have no previous restaurant experience or culinary training, you may wish to emphasize your speed, ability to take direction and ability to work well under pressure. A slick-looking resume helps you to stand out.

This is not meant to be a comprehensive guide on how to write a functional resume. There are plenty of job hunting advice sites for that. Instead, I am giving you a tool to get you started!

This resume template is fully editable. Customize each heading to highlight YOUR best skills and attributes to a potential employer. Set yourself apart with professional formatting!

  • ZIP file
  • Contains InDesign file (.indd) as well as editable PDF
  • Fonts used come from Adobe Typekit, which comes with your Adobe CC subscription. If you don’t have this, you will need to change the fonts when you edit!

Good luck with your job hunt!