Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– for April 14

My piece for 4/14 centers around Remo Williams,  one of my guilty pleasure 80s movies (MegaForce is another, but we’ll leave that for another day) . Joel Grey’s character, “Chiun”, a Korean master of Sinanju, has some of the best lines (two of my favorites are “you move like a pregnant Yak” and “you drive like a monkey in heat!”). This one, on the nature of fear, has stuck with me for years.


Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– for April 13

I was too tired Tuesday night to put something together, so I decided to double-up yesterday. Unfortunately, I spent a good portion of the morning doing some bug hunting inside my computer, but not before I had put together the 4/13 piece. However, Firefox decided to play the slow as molasses game with me, and I walked away from it in frustration, telling myself I would put up both 4/13 and 4/14 today (April 15). I sat down and roughed out what I wanted to do for 4/14 and 4/15 and went to bed.

So, here’s the piece for 4/13. It’s inspired by my favorite track off disc 2 of the NCIS sountrack (vol. 1). A link to the video for the song will follow.

©2010 rafael armstrong

Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– For April 11

So, this is the second piece, corresponding to yesterday. Inspiration, it is said, is found in the strangest of places. This piece was no exception.

Some thoughts on the CSED:

I was sitting in church on Sunday, and during the sermon, my pastor used the expression “spiritually fit”. The image of a heart (one of the common visual representations of “soul” or “spirit”) being fit and flexing its muscles just popped in my head and stayed there.

It’s nowhere near as polished as I would like it to be (finished pieces aren’t necessarily the point of these exercises & explorations). I roughed out the drawing in 10-15 minutes straight into Illustrator, and without the aid of a tablet (the arms/hands are bothering me, because I know I’m better than that. Still… “rules is rules”. And I’m really getting an itch to get a tablet soon.)

©2010 rafael armstrong

As always, your feedback is most welcome. Enjoy!

Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– for April 10

This is the first of 3 pieces that I’m putting together today(4/12) in order to catch up from a slight derailment caused by technical issues on Saturday.– r

Some thoughts on today’s CSED:

This wasn’t exactly what I had intended for Saturday, but after spending  more time than I wanted to on Saturday night dealing with a malware issue on my computer (<sarcasm>which is what just about everyone loves to do on a Saturday night</sarcasm>), and missing my Saturday CSED deadline, this is where my head ended up– figuratively speaking.

©2010 rafael armstrong

I decided to scrap the original idea and start from scratch. I’m sure everyone can relate. Hope you enjoy wallowing in the little misery that I was in. Your thoughts and feedback are always welcome.

BTW– I cleaned out whatever caused Gmail and Outlook to go all crazy, and things are back to normal now.

Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– April 9

Today’s piece came together really late. I found a fellow designer’s blog where she voiced some concerns about her own #daily365. After giving her my 2 cents’ worth (although, truth be told, it read more like a dollar in pennies’ worth. I have a tendency to ramble a bit when I write… But I digress), I decided to go trolling the Internet for famous quotes (there was one– from Thomas Edison) that says genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration, which is how I tend to feel on days like today when coming up with an idea for my CSED is a little tougher than most days. In the end, I came across this quote from Dr. King:

“Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.”

I also came across something that made me think of Helen Keller, which is why it’s set in Braille.

©2010 rafael armstrong

Enjoy. Your thoughts, comments, crits, shoutouts or audience heckles are always welcome.