There hasn’t been a week like this one in a long, long time.
Where I scroll through pages, read up on web design news, sip my ginger-flavored tea, while occasionally pressing the refresh button to load those mighty sluggish sites.
This sure takes me back to the humble beginnings of my web design career.
And it’s good to have weeks like this one: from time to time, you really need to re-evaluate your style, your mojo, your “shizzle” if you will. Crawl out of that cave you’ve been living in and check what the world has been up to. You might find yourself aisle salmoning (the what now?) your way into the realm of passé while the world’s moving on into the opposite direction.
And although there’s nothing wrong with standing out from the crowd…you just might wanna keep yourself in the loop and at least make that decision consciously. Just saying.
Anyhow, I thought this would be the perfect week to not only do my research on all the new stuff that’s going on in the world of web design, but to also catch the opportunity to learn some awesome new tricks: how to create a disintegration effect in Photoshop and how to design a mascot in Illustrator.
I watched this tutorial a while back and I loved it. So I figured, why not give it a try myself.
So this is what happened: I made a tiger explode.
Sadly I lost my second and third versions – which were slightly better than this festive confetti-sprinkled cat. The trick is not to overdo it on the special effects: you want a disintegration effect, not a teenage mutant ninja tiger.
I also came across this article on why certain companies or brands could benefit from having a mascot, and though mascots can look pretty childish, they can help “humanize” boring-ass tax or insurance companies and give businesses a more personal and memorable appeal to their target audience.
Like, who doesn’t remember Felix the cat from Purina? Heck, back in the day I even had a floppy disk with a Felix animation on it: he would pop up on my screen and chase my mouse all day – and I loved it. Good ol’days.
So I figured: why not check out how to make your own mascot in Illustrator? It’s great for the do-it-yourselvers among us.
Isn’t he just adorable?
You don’t even need advanced Illustrator skills for this one. Technically it’s just a bunch of circles and a few “recycled” shapes like I like to call ‘em: its legs, arms and eyes are all resized from one shape.
Also keep in mind: the clipping mask and pathfinder are your two best friends. They get you, you get them, they are your beginner go to!
Perhaps I should start writing another tutorial pretty soon!
That’s all for this week…see you in the next one!