Abstract Geometric Photo Collage Tutorial

I just found this super cool tutorial by Chris Spooner on how to make a Geometric Photo Collage Art. Mind you, if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, I would not recommend this. You can always play around with your Geometric Illustrator template and create your own as well.

Here is the link for the tutorial:


Here is my original image:


and then here is the image I created:




Anaglyph 3D


Chalkboard lettering tutorial in Photoshop

Once again my love for donuts prevails.

If you are typographically challenged when it comes to drawing letters, you result to other ways in order to improvise. I made this super easy tutorial that will make your lettering look like chalk letters! No more messing with photoshop to get the right effect.

1. Open a new document in photoshop sized at 8.5″x11″

2. Write out whatever saying you want. I used one font that looks handwritten (Moonflower bold) & Happyloverstown

3. Reduce the opacity of the text layer to anywhere from 10%-14%. (You can barely see mine below).

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4. print the document out

5. trace the letter with a pencil and shade in the bold ones (like I’m doing below). It doesn’t have to be perfect because you ultimately want it to look like you hand drew it from the start.

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6. Scan the document once you are done tracing

7. Import the scanned document into Photoshop

8. Use the magic wand tool to select the white background. Then go to Select>Similar

then Select>Inverse to select the text

9. Move the letters (you’ll see the scissor tool when hovering over the letters) to a new document.

10. Place an image as a background, meaning this layer will be below your text layer you just pasted. (I got my image here: https://ovenandapron.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/2014-01-19-11-18-27.jpg)

11. Your text looks exactly like a pencil drawing and probably pretty ugly. So, put a color overlay on it. You can chose any color you want but in order for it to look like a chalk effect, choose white.

12. Voila! You’re done!

Here’s my final product:



Planetary Awesomeness

Some of my favorite tutorials are by YuLia Sokolova and today I created some space icons from one of her Photoshop tutorials. Here’s my outcome:

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As a little kid growing up in the 90’s, the spirograph was my entertainment pretty much all day, every day. I loved that thing so much with the little carrying case. I thought I was so important. Let me bring you back a few years:


Now, since today is Thursday and I’m sure all of you are well aware of #TBT by now, I decided to teach myself how to make one in Illustrator. Here is the result:


Donut kill my vibe.

Hi there,

many people have asked me if I can draw. The answer I give is usually “no” under the circumstances I am looking at something. So here it is, I am obsessed with looking at black and white images and drawing them. I got some Micron pens too for Christmas and have been putting them to use.

This will not be your first post you see with my Microns..or Donuts for that matter. (As I recall I have already made a post about Donuts).


Invitation Design + Tutorial

I created these vintage flowers from this tutorial I found here:


I loved them so much I decided to then make an invitation design out of them. Here is my result:

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Surreal Poster – Illustrator Tutorial

Check out this awesome illustrator tutorial on how to make a surreal poster. Here is what I came up with:



Reflecting + Projecting – 20 Years of Design Excellence

Last night I attended the Reflecting + Projecting exhibition inside the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum. It was an exhibition of the AIA Nevada Excellence in Design Award-winning projects all the way from 1994 to present. We have so many talented architecture students that come from UNLV and was amazed at all the award winning designs that have become a reality.

Reflecting + Projecting

While I was there I came across a biography about an artist, James Turrell. If you don’t know who he is already, he is an American artist who works directly with light and space to create artwork that engages viewers with the limits and wonder of human perception. He is a brilliant artist  who has been obsessed with light since a very young age, has been awarded over 50 various awards including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship award and appointed by President Obama for the National Medal of Arts in a White House Ceremony.

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New Fonts

I had to find a “warm and cozy” font for a client and all of these came to mind, in addition to the  most perfect serif font I’ve ever seen. Garamond has been put on back hold for now.

warm fonts


Here are the links to download: Christmas   Blanket    Holidays    Ornaments    December