7-Star Challenge Week 3: Mock Album Art
Many years ago, I created a mock band called Rai C & the HeeBeeGeeBees. It was 1 part DIY audio production, 1 part surf guitar, 1 part jazz, and 1 part exotica. What was recorded sounds pretty darn good. It was a bit rough, but really there was a lot of potential. My brother was on the drums, and a guy by the name of Jeff O’Brien was on guitar (that leaves me bearing the thudstaff. We had a lot of fun, and got to try some new stuff out.
The thing that always struck me as ironic was that the one kind of music I wanted to make would be the one type of music I would only ever do once in my life. That is not exactly true. I have jammed with Brother Dunc on a couple of times, and really have found a soul mate in music. Somebody who wants to have fun with music. Not to say that other groups weren’t as good. Far from it, I have had the pleasure of playing with very talented people. I think the issue was that I wasn’t sure of where I stood … musically that is.
Anyway, years have gone by since that Saturday at ISU when Rai C & the HeeBeeGeeBees made their debut. I have never forgotten it and I still have the old songs. I need to go through and find the masters, and maybe even record some of them.
Because of this I designed, this week’s 7-Star Submission is a series of Album Covers. Now this may be a little bit of a cheeat since two of the covers were done a month ago, but they are part of a series and I really like them. They are part of a project that I can just put on some Charles Mingue, get out my Pork Pie Hat, and have fun.
7-Star Challenge Week 2: BackDated
Okay, I totally screwed up last night as I was heading to bed. I forgot to add any additional work to the 7-Star Challenge. Luckily, the 7-Star Gods (turns out there are only 2) deemed it fit for me to submit this work late. I am ever humble in their presence. They are Gods among men.
I chose to do a mockup for the 7Star Challenge web page. Comments are always appreciated, and critiques are always welcome. There are some small fixes that I am noticing now, but I think this would make for a pretty simple easy to follow site.
Accepting the Challenge, and Throwing the Glove Back
My buddy, Casual Blasphemy, decided it would be fun to start a little game. Essentially, create whatever visual concept you have (web feature, illustration, photo, etc.), and submit a completed draft of your work once a week. He called it the 7-Star Challenge. A motivational tool to keep us doing what we enjoy doing – making a bunch of pretty things with lots of bells and whistles.
It wasn’t long before I caught his little inspiration bug, and started to participate. I encourage everyone to create their own 7-Star Challenge, as it really is an excellent motivational tool. I say this being only one week into the challenge. We’ll see what I say 3 weeks from now (“7-Star what?”).
We have 1 week to submit a piece of creative work every Sunday from now until November. Since my portfolio tends to run on the light side, I figured this would be good practice and it encourages me to try new projects that I don’t normally do.
Here is my first submission. A business card concept. I am pretty happy with it. Now on to the next project, a new site.
Time to start enrollment
Well, it’s that time of year again. Fall Enrollment. I also need to lock down what I am going to do for my thesis. The problem is that I should present my thesis for Mid-Point review at the start of next semester.I am going to have to come up with something quick. The problem is that I have been pretty brain dead when it comes to anything, but work and most recent assignments.
I am taking the summer off though. Trying to finish one degree while pursuing another really wiped me out mentally, and in a lot of ways emotionally. Continue reading “Time to start enrollment” »