Final Days of Summer

As the long days of summer start to slowly end up here in Vermont I wanted to share some pictures from my trip to the Outer Banks and Virginia (and one from home to prove a point).  When I travel I find it a little harder to see the finer details of the space I’m in.  At home I wonder the yard daily, or I visit the same spots over and over, so it’s easy to discover the little things that make photography so fun.  This trip I tried to slow down and focus on those little things, but it didn’t really work out.  My two kids were running wild and I found very little time to pull out the camera.  I did get to photograph a sunset on the sound side of the island.  Sunsets speak for themselves, but it was nice to have some people throwing nets and fishing to add some narrative to the images.

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I did find a cool moth on the hood of our car which sat still long enough for me to take a few pictures while we were in Virginia.  There is a certain level of skill involved in photographing bugs.  You have to be calm and slow so you don’t scare them off.  My last photo is of a frog Piper and I found on the shore here in Colchester, VT.  This shows how when I travel I tend to take pictures of the landscape, and when at home I tend to focus on the little things.

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I look forward to the fall, one of my four favorite seasons.  The photography will continue, but my focus will be more on illustration and graphic design.  I invite you to checkout and like my Instagram page and my Behance portfolio.  Instagram is more of a daily visual blog of sorts, and Behance is more of an in-depth look into my work.

See you soon!

Dave

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Little Bee Illustration

 

doublebeeI’ve been going to school for three years, and since I started I have done very little personal drawing.  Most of my work has been projects for class, although it’s taught me a lot, I really do miss sitting down with a pencil and drawing little things (doodles).  For the last week I have been trying to do a “doodle a day”.  You can see some of my progress on my Instagram account.  Below is a little doodle of a bee that I drew.  I decided to take it a step further and bring it into Illustrator for some touch ups.

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I used the app Adobe Capture to turn this into a vector drawing, and then brought it into Illustrator to add coloring and more detail.  I utilized my Wacom Tablet, and was able to create a new custom brush.

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It learned a lot from the process.  First, I’m going to take the drawings in my sketchbook further when it comes to detail.  Second, I’m going to focus on my line work, so when I do bring it into the computer the drawing is cleaner.  I do like the fuzzy messy look of this, but I would like to be just a little cleaner.