Thursday, September 11, 2014

I ♥heart♥ Illustrator.

Color palette & Illustrator drawing from a flower photo taken outside our apartment building.

I'm just getting started on learning Adobe Illustrator. Once I became proficient in Photoshop & understood the difference between vector & raster images, I knew I had to learn!

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Enter Creative Live's Surface Pattern Design Class with Bonnie. The class was Amazing! I learned so much within the 3 day course. The fun thing about Creative Live is that all the classes are broadcast FREE & LIVE. Since I'm on the other side of the world, it was live while I was asleep. Two of the nights I was up when it started & I didn't want to sleep.  I ended up buying the class & now I have all the videos downloaded & can watch them over & over.
I am truly an Illustrator newbie. The most I've done is open the program up & yell at it "why aren't you like photoshop?" "how do I pick things up?" "where are my layers?" - I could go on. Bonnie has fixed that! Not only is she a gifted designer, she's also a super teacher. I take a lot of classes on-line since I don't have the opportunities abroad, & this is hands down one of the best. I have my Illustrator workspace set up, I know the basics of getting around & LOOK I made some of those cool color combo boards.

Moving has always given me a fresh inspiration board to start with. I realize it more with every move & I am so grateful for the opportunities I have had abroad. This class has my mind going in a million creative directions right now. I can't quite keep up with it, but it is so fun to be this inspired!

Color palette created from a picture I took in Antalya Turkey. The spice displays are amazing! Well, shopping in Turkey in general is pretty amazing. I would have never created this palette on my own without what I learned in class.

Bonnie had a wonderful idea to do a blog hop to show what we've learned. 7 weeks of creative inspiration from my classmates - I'll be posting on 9 October. Come check it out! The blog hop starts here. If you don't already follow Bonnie, get over to her blog & social media!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Local Market? 예 하세요 ye haseyo (Yes, Please)

Fresh baby octopus. Lots of vendors had these in tubs of water along with various forms of seafood - eel, crabs, fish. This was just about the coolest thing!
I had the best time at the local market this past week. It was a few minutes walk off base, so I had to find it first. Those of you know me with my nickname of "Magellan" know this is no small feat. Once I found the Korean ladies with the baskets on wheels I knew I was set!

This stand was full of all sorts of dried fish.
When I got there, I was in awe. It was rows of people & all sorts of merchandise: homemade kimchi, seafood -  fresh, really fresh-alive, cooked, - tons of veggies, street food - sweet & savory, - clothes, and I whole bunch of stuff I literally had no idea! 

Fresh veggies...
and more fresh veggies

I have no idea what these were. Seaweed?

I can't wait to go back & do more exploring. I went with a cross shoulder bag to bring back my haul - which was a plate of street food & a baggie of garlic. Exciting, I know! I'm planning on taking the family next time so we can all explore. I love seeing things through the boys eyes. Sometimes I am so busy looking for things that I miss out on others. I took all of these photos with the iPhone so the big one is coming next time!

Yep, it's a cow head, sitting on a table. My other photo I was excited about! I am definitely the mom of boys. 

Kimchi galore
Funky mushrooms

Street food