As some of you may know who follow or regularly check out my content, let me give you an update on what I have been up to and some sections of the site that have been updated.
Lately, I started writing gear reviews for Runnerclick and my first review is up of the Osprey Tempest 20 backpack for hikers. I am also working on some IT topics for a potential HR website, but haven’t been published yet so I won’t announce anything until I have some links to my work. I really like the way RunnerClick’s website has been laid oit and the mocing visuals it offers, but the pay is low. I will see if or how long I stick to it.
In terms of other stuff I have been doing, I have also been showcasing some of my artwork, graphic design and photography on Instagram, although have’t really pushed it for followers that much. It is an interesting social media photo sharing platform, which I want to talk about as I just got into it a few months ago. My Instagram is Stirolak28 and you can check it out here — I have also added it to the top of the photography section on this site.
To really pick up followers you need hushtags on every posting you make (#+content) and it is still hard for me to pick up likes or comments. Apparently, people make money on Instagrama dvertising products or places that other followers or visitors get to see. Users can even upload video content onto it via postings. However, I noticed it is usually pretty girls, celebrities and models that get this type of following.
What is kind of interesting is I got some of these celebrities — or Instagram sensations with many followers rather than Kardashians, but some have a name outside the service as well — to like some od my content and I have a descent following. However, I am not breaking the mark of more than 20 likes on my posts no matter what I post yet, and no matter how many hushtags I use. I will keep working on it though.
I continue to dibble in both tablet digital art on my iPad via stylus and learning vector art well with Adobe Illustrator. This is such a robust program to use, but painful at the same time when you are used to iPad apps being so simple and user friendly.
When using Illustrator on a Mac or PC you not only have to familiarize yourself with at least some keyboard shortcuts to not get bogged down quickly, but it is so easy to run into walls — like me not being able to add gradientsmin custom colors outside the gradient drop down menu on right side of the app even after artwork sections are selected. I still need to keep going over tutorials it seems.
There are also so many options like even making a mask is so much more technical than in Art Studio, as is something as simple as finding the right custom brushes to use or even cropping the work or one artboard for export (yes I am learning). Here is something I came up with still utilizing that gector robot and srill on the Bitcoin concept of my previous post:
The Illustrator file saved and exported:
Below are screencaps I took before figuring out how to export only one artboard in illustrator or how to save the illustrator file as jpeg, by first saving as and going into artboard settings and using a file format called eps, and only then once I open that file exporting.
Oh and I almost forgot to mention my custom business card project I put together on a whim last night because I was scheduled to go to a networking event via Inter Nations here in Warsaw. I ended up getting it done via a custom design from Art Studio turned into a jpeg image and printed out on regular paper then glued on top of my old business cards I still have in bulk from IDG (PC World and Macworld magazines).
Hey, why waste the hard cover paper and layout when I could just cover the outdated content with my new design? At least, for now these will do until I purchase the right sort of paper and figure out how to align it into my printer. Check it out:
Also, a concept (I am not sure what except thus far minimalist design) that I started working on my iPad: