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I posted this on my Tumblr Last month and forgot to post it on here.

A few things every Beginning Graphic Designer should know:

I have this blog and I am always posting my work on it but not really blogging about anything. So I decided that I could blog about something that I know.

I have been out of school for 2 years now and in the Graphic Design field for 3 years. I work as a graphic designer for a website, I will create graphics if needed, but my job is to manage the website and what goes on it basically. If something needs to be added to the site, the team and I update it. This post started out as a vent, but I think now it could be used more as advice or notes for starting graphic designers.  These tips are from what I’ve learned/experience in school or witnessed over the years in the field, I do not claim to be an expert on them. Warning I’m not a writer, so forgive me if there are any grammar errors.

Whether you are a starting out in college or you are self taught and starting a business, here are some tips that I believe you should know or will help.

A few things every Beginning Graphic Designer should know:

  • Know the difference of Web vs. Print.   Just because you think that font looks nice on print it may not be as readable on the web once the image is re-sized.
  • RGB stands for Red, Green and Blue
  • CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black
  • RGB is the color mode for Web where as CMYK is the color mode for Print
  • For Web we use pixels to measure size, where as Print we use inches*
  • 72 DPI (Dots Per Inch) is the standard resolution size for the web, Anything printed at 72 DPI will be pixilated.
  • 300 DPI or more is the standard resolution size for Print
  • Pulling images off the web is stealing! Be sure to give credit or get permission from the original owner.  Purchase stock photo images. And no, cropping the watermark on a stock photo is not purchasing that is still stealing.
  • Less is more.  Just because you have all this white space does not mean you have to fill it all up with images and type. Use the white space to your advantage you will get your message across if you use it right.
  • Just because scripted font looks nice doesn’t mean it will be readable.
  • And lastly know your audience.

*I’ve had people ask me how many inches does this image need to be for the web.

So there you go, again I don’t claim to be a expert but this is just what I have learned and experienced over the years.

~Till next Time

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Queen Jellyfish Who's Afraid?
MonMonxx Images

I got approved for a table at the artist alley at Interventioncon with Dana again this year :3. So new prints and old prints and Greeting cards!!

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It’s a new year, and I plan on doing a few things this year to improve my art. One being I have started taking part in Illustration Friday. I also started a new job in December, so that has been keeping me busy. I did enjoy participating in craft fairs during the fall season. My mom was a very big help as well.

I am also started working on a mini comic. It going to be 8 pages and I plan on having it printed for Intervention Con this year. I also started working on Ocean Tides again.

So I also continued with my Chibi Disney Princess collection.

Chibi Cinderella
Chibi Belle
Chibi Aurora

Five down five more to go. See Rapunzel and Ariel here. Also in honor of Tangled Ever After short.

I see the Light

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Gingerbread man and Hot Coco

New painting for holiday greeting cards. They aren’t for sale online yet, but I hope to figure something out. So for now they are being sold at craft fairs.

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So last week I went to Dahlgren Naval Base for their craft fair. Big thanks to my mom was able to get me a table last minute and she was a huge help setting up and helping me sell my stuff.

Me at the craft fairMy table, I think my mom is getting use to phone and taking pictures haha.

~Till next time

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Me sitting at my table

Me at my Table :3

So a few weeks back I attend Interventioncon with Dana as a artist in the Artist Alley. It was a lot of fun, and I am so happy people stopped by and took my card as well as a promo card for Ocean Tides. I was worried seeing I ran out of Promo cards on Saturday and was writing up some, but people seem to take the  written ones over the ones I printed out. Friday was a quiet day but when Saturday hit, we had people at our tables either looking, asking questions or talking to us. I sold my greeting cards which made me happy, I also sold 3(4×6) prints of Hoku and Lily. Everyone in the artist alley were very nice, we talked a few times to the other fellow artists around us. :3 I traded one of my Turtle collage blank greeting cards with Jessie from Geeks Next Door for a comic.

My greeting cards

Dana working

Working and drawing

Dana and I at InterventionAgain thank you for all those who stopped by our tables :3. I had a lot of fun talking to people about my comic and selling greeting cards. I started drawing and doodling more, here is fan art of my favorite Disney Princesses, Cinderella is coming up next. I love how the detail in Rapunzel’s dress came out. I also was trying out a new technique with texture brushes.

Chibi Rapunzel
Chibi Rapunzel

Chibi Ariel
Chibi Ariel

~Till Next Time

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I am at Interventioncon this weekend. Thank you for those that stopped by and picked up my card :3. You made me very happy and I hope I will not let you down with my comic or my artwork. I will have a update on the con later tonight or tomorow, but right now I finishing packing up and about to head over to the convention. Hope to see you there.

~Till Next Time

Oh I printed out some more Blossom and Cupcake greeting cards. :3

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