Story: Dec 22, 2014
Grad is sculptor behind Disney's Big Hero 6
CIA Exhibition: Jan 14, 2015
35th Annual Scholastic Art & Writing Exhibition
Story: Dec 17, 2014
Students animate, illustrate holiday greetings on behalf of ...
CIA Exhibition: Feb 13, 2015
69th Annual Student Independent Exhibition
Social: about 3 hours ago via Facebook
We caught up with CIA grad Zack Petroc, model supervisor behind the Disney blockbuster Big Hero 6, and asked him how his CIA education helped him succeed. Find ...
Story: Nov 04, 2014
New CIA building taking shape; set for December completion
Events: Mar 21, 2015
Spring 2015 Open House
Story: Nov 03, 2014
New Uptown Residence Hall featured in CIA video
Blog . Urban Nature
University Circle is orange, gold, and red with the leaves changing color, so I went on a photography adventure! I have a collection of macro photos of colors and textures I like to use in projects. For digital paintings and 3D models my stash has come in handy to make my images more believable.
I like the idea of mixing elements of city life and nature. The struggle for one to overtake the other is never-ending, but in my design they work together. I made a graffiti-style logo inspired by one of the images I took of a leaf. The intricate veins of the leaf provided organic contrast to the tag lettering.
I worked in Adobe Photoshop using the pen tool to draw out my letters on separate layers. There wasn't any rhyme or reason to it, I created abstract shapes that could resemble letters in a solid color so that I can use them as a clipping mask. I overlayed a green and blue gradient to compliment my leaf texture and clipped to my letter shapes. I had to duplicate a the texture and gradient for each letter. Merging layers will be necessary each time a new element is clipped, make sure to save several versions of the file to be able to go backwards and revise. As I got close to finishing, I realized I need to go back into the file to duplicate my letter shapes and offset for the shadow, saving as a different file saved me!
I used a hard-edged round brush to create the paint splatters and drips behind my logo. To give it a halo effect, I again merged all of my individual layers into one so that I could double-click the layer and give it an outer glow. In my workflow I always save refining details as the last step.
With all of my layers merged so that my logo can be exported as a PNG with no background, I imported the file onto a brick background to set the scene. I adjusted the color balance of the brick wall to have more blue undertones to match the cool colors of my design. I set the blending mode of my logo to "hard light" to make it look like it was painted on the wall. When artist's block hits, go outside and be inspired!