April 15, 2009

Here are some recent Logos and Illustrations:


Look at the drawing process click here: http://www.cdesign8.com/drawingnaveh.html






Check out the Logo design process click here: http://www.cdesign8.com/portfolio.html


Michigan Fellowship logo2

If you would like a logo or illustration done email caleb@cdesign8.com or click here: http://www.cdesign8.com/contact.html I will get back to you shortly. Have a great day!!


The Creative Spot 6

April 12, 2009

Meet J. Woods

1.Tells us some background information, your education, what you do, how long you’ve been doing it?

I’m From Pittsburgh, Pa now living in North Jersey. My hobbies are art, graphic novels, biking, boxing, and weight training. I’ve been drawing since Kindergarden and I’m self taught getting the artist genes from both my mom and dad. ( I think more from my mom) lol. I went to Edinboro University to become an  Art Teacher and ended up leaving there and going to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for Graphic Design in 95. I’m an Artist, but a Graphic Designer by trade. Been in the Graphic Design field for 12 years and 6 of then was doing Graphic Apparel on the side.


2.What made you become an artist/designer?Like I said before I’ve been drawing since Kindergarden, but what got me started was my grandfather and uncles got tired of me asking them to draw superheroes when I was young. They drew me one last pic, told me to look at this drawing and try to do it yourself! And the rest was history after that. I got into Graphic Design in 95 because I loved to draw and creating pieces with computers were another way to broaden my work. So I enrolled that year at AIP and been doing it ever since.


3.In the beginning of your career how did you market yourself?

I marketed myself by pounding the pavement, telling friends, family etc., what i can do and if you needed art or design help then I was your man. Alot of it can from school, cats saw my work and wanted me to do flyers, t-shirt designs, graffiti and all kinds of stuff.


4.What tools do you use, software and hardware?Pencils, Pens, Markers, some Paints. I use both PC’s and MAC’s to get the graphic design side done. I use many graphic programs, but since I’m into Graphic Apparel, i mainly use Illustrator.


5.How do you manage the business side?

My Dream is to become one of the top Graphic Apparel Cats out there, and managiing that with a family is hard work.
After you make sure the house and fam is in order what ever I have left over goes towards my goal. I try to keep all my duck in a row (keep fresh artwork ready for print, get stuff copywrittin when needed, do my homework to see who is doing what in the graphic apparel game, what new trends are out and what new programs are in).


6.where and how do you get inspiration to design?Everywhere, everything and everyone inspires me. From a hot artist whos skills make me push mine to the next level. To a scenery in a park.


7.what is some advice you can give to people just starting out?

Stay focused, stay strong and always do your homework no matter what field your in.
Research your field, find out what’s new, find out the leaders and losers in the game because you can learn from both of them on what to do and not to do. Most important let no one kill you dream.

Joe, thank you for taking the time to share with us.

The Creative Spot 5

April 10, 2009
1.Tells us some background information,your education,what you do, how long you’ve been doing it.
Born in Edinburgh, I studied Design and Typo for print ad Telford College before finding out two things. I had no money and not experience in the field yet! So I retreated into work that would pay for a while (the financial Services industry).  Before I knew it 10 years had passed! Only last year I decided I really wanted to return to my first love Graphic Art. I stated at looking at an image of the Chrysler Building for a room in my house and thought. Hey I really enjoyed creating an image that fitted in to our home. This lead to …Can I produce original Images for homes and offices using new and existing canvas printing techniques? I found out I could! I can also create bespoke T-shirts/gifts ect through a number of sites including cafe press. the biggest challenge is to make a living out of it!
So Far I have had a few bespoke sales of gifts. But yet an unable to work full time at this.



2.What made you become an artist/designer?

Always loved graphic art / Design from comic books to some of the more traditional artists. I’ve always wanted to make an impact on our surroundings from when I was a child. 
3.In the beginning of your career how did you market yourself?
Not as well as I hoped! I’ve mainly used old style social networking (friend telling friend ect) and have a few spaces dotted around the web (just Google me!) I’ve also become part of Creative Fife a Collection of businesses across the Arts industry in Fife (www.Creativefife.co.uk).  

4.What tools do you use, software and hardware?
I have an 8.1 mp camera to take shots that I will use as the basis of my images some of my older work was harvested from the internet that I then made over in my own style. I use Photoshop CS3  for most of my work but have been known to to try a few of the more interesting freeware/shareware packages that can to some interesting things with a raw jpeg! I have a PC, pretty bog standard fare really…
5.How do you manage the business side?
Unfortunately I need to do most my creative work outside office hours!  so I don’t get as much time to talk business to business! Advertising my services is very minimal at the moment but if I can afford it I will start looking into breaking out of the web an into shops.
6.where and how do you get inspiration to design?
I Take a lot photographs, the stronger the image the better, but I see good design everywhere. Magazines landscapes, shop fronts, even wallpaper (see dandelion clocks.)

7.what is some advice you can give to people just starting out?

Do what feels right for you at the right time, take time to establish what makes you different. If money’s tight find friends that will help out!
Thank you Peter for taking the time and sharing.