Summer Exercise: Found Typography

You see the every day but do you realize it? This week’s exercise is to find letters where there are none. For example:

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Do you see a fence or the letter “E”?
Find as many letters as possible and take a picture of them.
I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.

Knowing When To Stop

I had been working on this ink drawing for a while. I was posting progress on my Instagram account as I went along but when I posted this last pic people started asking me about prints. So I decided that, instead of carrying this any further, I was going to call it finished. I still don’t know if I can actually sell prints of this or not but I will update this post once I find out. 

Pimp my Red Flyer

Here it is. The first Summer Exercise for the kids. Of course, I could not let them have all the fun so I am joining in too and will showcase all three results with the completion of each exercise.

This week we had to dream up our ultimate red wagon. No rules. Anything goes. Here are the results of “Pimp my Red Flyer”:

Keith's Red Flyer

Keith’s Red Flyer

Joshua's Red Flyer

Joshua’s Red Flyer

Update with Adam’s Flyer:

Adam's Red Flyer

Adam’s Red Flyer

Summer Exercise

I was cleaning up a bit last week and came across a book that I had completely about. Caffeine for the Creative Mind by Stefan Mumaw and Wendy Lee Oldfield. I have read through just about all the different little exercises in this book and found them inspirational even though I have only really done one. So I set it aside and thought that might be fun to play with sometime soon.

 

Well, last Friday was my kids last day of school and, even with baseball season in full swing and spending all day last Saturday with their friends,by Sunday they were complaining about being bored and having nothing to do. That was the wrong thing to say to me once I was armed with this book.

 

That day (last Sunday) I gave them one week to “Pimp My Red Flyer” which is the first exercise in the book. Tomorrow we will see how it goes.

Posts

I’ve been tyring to organize myself well enough to get this blog going on a more regular basi. But, since I  do not always have my computer with me, it is really tough to find time to write a post for the blog. Most of my work is done off my laptop but with all my other commitments it makes it tough to find time to sit down at my desk. 

But, now that I have my iPad, I have another way to work on things. I started to work with the app from WordPress but I found the It a little cumbersome. That led me to start looking for and trying out alternative apps. Then I came across Posts from Pico.

With a beautiful, user-friendly interface, Posts offers me exactly what I have been looking for to help me maintain my blog when I am not able to sit down at my computer. 

Business Cards

businesscards.jpgFinally able to get a move on and step one is my business cards. Thought I would share them on here as well as I get this thing going. As I move forward I plan on getting myself some mailers put together and start sending them out to my clients and potential clients.

Video Inspiration

I know it has been a LONG time since I have posted things here. I swore with the new year that I was going to be more active on the blog but, as most people know, work and family obligations come first. Anyway, I do not want to rant or try to make excuses because I do have a little free time this morning. With that free time, I came across a few slo-mo videos on Vimeo that really inspired me and thought I would share.

Enjoy!

Stainless – Adam Magyar

Data In Data Out -  Dennis Hlynsky

Sound of Taste - Chris Cairns

Aldehyde

Well, I suppose I should start out giving credit where credit is due and since this is where I am supposed to be sharing the tools I am using I better start with the site itself.

DownstairsUp.com is (in case you haven’t noticed) primarily a blog powered by WordPress. For those unfamiliar with this CMS, I highly recommend checking it out. One of my favorite things about WordPress is the themes that are available to help you customize the look and feel of your blog. This brings me to my “tool-of-the-post.” The theme featured here on DownstairsUp.com.

 

Aldehyde is available as a free download from InkHive.com, I found this theme perfectly suited for my needs here on DownstairsUp.com and wanted to make sure I posted an “official” thank you for the theme.

Now, back to getting everything organized so I can get this thing off the ground by the new year.

 

My Toolbox

The longer I spend time in the studio the more I find that just about anything and everything can become a tool of creativity. Of course I have the normal things you would expect of any artist. Pencils, inks, brushes, etc. and I (like anyone else) have my favorites that I use more than others but I also plan on sharing other things I have found to help me in the creative process.

My Toolbox will become a featured category here at DownstairsUp.com and I hope you enjoy some of the things I share and hope you feel free to drop suggestions on things to check out. If you do, make sure to get me as much info as you can so I can make sure you get some credit for the find.

Stay tuned. I will be getting this thing running real soon.