Header and Footer Graphics

Website Redesign Header

Header

I got pretty far today with working on my header and footer images. As I mentioned in my last post about incorporating my personality into the the site more I was able to accomplish this in my footer rather than my header. As you can see the images are drastically different from my first drafts of them. They are a lot more detailed and polished.

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New Illustration for Web Site Redesign

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I came up with two new header images for the new website design. With the new design I want the new site to show more of my personality. One of the many ways that I love to relax is by getting into the outdoors, whether is hiking, camping, disc golf or just going for walks. So part of the new design is going to be mainly focused on outdoor elements, mountains, disc golf, lakes, water, landscapes, sky and trees. The main colors I will be using are greens, blues and browns.

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The two designs that I have come up with for the header image take a look at different mountains. One set far away and another of a more up close view. The closer view also has a cabin and I’m toying with the idea of adding more to it or taking it out. Right now I am leaning towards using the using the close up view (which I want to work into a bigger piece of work). Although I need to figure out what to do with the edges so its not just cut off. So what I’m really saying is that I haven’t learned any new HTML5 or CSS3 just working on illustration and design.

Rebuilding with HTML5 and CSS3

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It’s been awhile since I have really done any web design and development. Since the last time I have done any web design things have changed a lot.  The two major changes are the implantation of HTML5 and CSS3. There are many new elements, attributes and modules. Many things that were done in the past using JavaScript or Flash can now be doing using HTML5 and CSS3.

The way that web design is expanding I need to learn both of these to further my knowledge. Over the next couple of weeks (hopefully quicker and not longer…) I will be updating my site, which is outdated, using HTML5 and CSS3. I also hope to make a simple mobile friendly website as well. Then if things go well, update the design of my blog (which really needs an update) to match the new design of my site.

 

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Current Homepage

I will be keeping track of updates and screen shots here. As well as any cool things that I learn and I assume all the problems that I come across. I am planning on starting from scratch, however I may use HTML5 Boilerplate. I haven’t quite decided yet! I will also be trying out Sublime Text along with Notepad++ to see which I like better. I will also be posting some artwork here that I will create for the backgrounds, minor graphics, all that good stuff.

Digital Tablet Painting

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I have recently been doing some digital painting on my Kindle Fire using a stylist and Autodesk SketchBook Pro app from the Google Play store. These are two of my digital paintings that I have created using that app. I really want to draw and paint more and hopefully using this app and the ease of erasing and restarting will help me jump back into it.

Volcano Digitial Painting

First Pictures From Mars Curiosity Landing

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The Mars Curiosity Lander just touched down on Mars about 150 million miles away from Earth and we are already receiving live pictures from the surface of Mars. Above is the first picture taken. Just think about how incredible that is. A space ship took off from Earth, landed some 150 miles away and was pretty much immediately sending images back to Earth! I can’t even upload pictures to Instagram or Facebook when I want because I can’t get cell service here on Earth. It absolutely blows my mind how we were able to accomplish that. It gives me hope that one day humans can reach Mars. The rest of the images will be posted here. Below is another picture, there’s some dust that was kicked up while landing. Absolutely amazing.