Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Emotional Labour!

Today I am going to share with you some of my passion, people who I look up to and things that inspire me when I don't feel like being creative. As you know I am a Graphic Designer and a photographer. I create commercial and editorial content through composition and innovation. 
I started learning photoshop by myself and after my high school ended. And as a visual learner I wanted to see people create art work on photoshop. I wanted to learn what tools they used so I can relate to the artwork. Through countless hours on my computer searching for people who created this type of content, I found some amazing artists I can look up to. I will share with you my top 2 artists on this post.

Corey Barker
Corey is a Photoshop Guru. He creates stuff on the side for people inspiring to become good at photoshop. He posts his video tutorials on http://planetphotoshop.com/ and the work he produces is just simply astounding. His tutorials are very simple elements put together. If you are new to graphic designing, follow his tutorials and I promise you, you will learn so many things he has to teach you. 

Deekay (Dongwook Kwon)
As I started to improve, I wanted to challenge myself and set out again to look for artists who were amazing at this and I stumbled upon Deekay, a korean guy from New york. His artwork is something I hope to achieve some day. You can find his work on http://www.deekayart.com/, He doesn't do tutorials but makes speed painting that is worth dreaming for. This is one of his artwork he recently created of Jeremy lin from scratch on photoshop. You can watch is speed painting on http://youtu.be/BHJ0RlRsofw 

These people are on my top two list of thousands of people. What they have started and what I hadn't realized at the time was that they were doing emotional labour. According to me emotional labour is creating content that other people can relate to and feel something through the art, even if it is difficult for you to create. By starting this blog and posting my art, I am one step closer to the artists I look up to. 

As a result, I started making things that other people don't feel like making. Couple days ago, a friend asked me to create a poster for him about Cricket. 
The only information that was given to me was:

The game of cricket has a known history spanning from the 16th century to the present day, with international matches played since 1844, although the official history of international Test cricket began in 1877.

The first ever international cricket game was between the USA and Canada in 1844. The match was played at the grounds of the St George's Cricket Club in New York
Previous winner has been India 2011, Australia winning the last 3 world cups in a row 1999, 2003 and 2007

There are 3 different formats in Cricket, Test Match, 50 overs and the more exciting version is the 20/20. A Test Match will take a maximum of 5 days and both teams’ bats twice. A 50 over game take roughly 7 hour, and the shortest version take about 4 hours to finish. 

Cricket has a lot of Equipment, a proper cricket bat and ball. Batting pads, Batting Gloves, A Hamlet, thigh pad, these equipment’s are only used by the Batsmen, the back catcher AKA wicket keeper wears Wicket keeping Gloves, Wicket Keeping Pads.

A cricket ground is somewhere from 90 meters to 75 meter from the middle of the ground where the cricket pitch is, 75 meters being the shortest. In Cricket, batsmen are allowed to hit the ball anywhere along the field 360 degrees.

A cricket teams consists of 11 players, there are all present on the field at the same time when they are playing defence AKA fielding. A squad can have up to 15 to 18 players.

At first I thought I will give it a background and one or two images but soon realized its not a going to be a poster. The content is not about creating a poster but about teaching how the game works, its an infograph I needed to create. So I googled some of the infographics and got inspired by it and made this. My friends college loved it soo much that they not only wanted to publish it but also wanted to take me to an international trip on a paid expense and take photos for them.
Infograph is about distributing information and transforming it into a visual for other process the information. 

Hope you create your own content and share 

Thursday, 8 March 2012

International Women's Day Poster

Hey Guys, so here it is the final International Women's Day Poster that I have been working on for weeks now.