Working on Concept Ideas of Robotics, Creating Graphics & GIF Animations

Robots are a popular topic these days in the media, amongst politicians and in the tech world due to the fact robotics are being implemented in manufacturing and in ways are replacing traditional workforces, I wanted to create some art for future articles I may write related to the topic. Here are some samples below with gif images I created below. I am learning how to create animations and GIFs and it is a bit time consuming affair because you really have to scale certain things to make it look natural like a ball being thrown, for instance, or a hand moving back and forth.




Now here I added a pure vector robot to the scene or one not traced or created with a stylus and iPad, but entirely in Illustrator:





Here are the GIF animations I created:




Well, there ya go. I have many more variations of these robotic graphics I created and am still learning or working on creating good animations with such topics.


Learning More Graphic Design Tricks

So, I have been focusing a lot of my recent efforts on writing tech articles for Forbes and marketing for InvoiceOcean (even though I no longer work for them I have done some vidual ads for Google Display Network, which I shared in my last post). However, since I fixed my Mac by purchasing an external SSD drive and running Sierra from it, I’ve decided to reinstall Illustrator and get back into graphic design.

I have also decided to play around with some of my multimedia work as I was looking at graphic design template ideas for CVs or resumes. I saw one template that had an artistic interpretation of a small self portrait and decided to import an old pastel drawing I quickly did by hand and saved on my iPad and play around with the concept.

Here is the original image all done in pastels and pencil, which you may have seen me post here. I did not feel like retaking an image of it, scanning it or looking for the non-water marked version I have saved somewhere on my drive. So, because I needed something to import on short notice, I simply cropped out the one I had to remove background and worked from there.


Below are further images I have created purely with graphic design on my iPad as the image above was done purely by hand using pastels and pencil.

I then decided to playa  around with Artstudio HD and Procreate to create funny interpretations of it and the concept to later maybe use in the Illustrator CV/resume portrait.

Here are some vintage interpretations with a worn-out paper look below and below that image a more abstract variant:



More of a plastic version after I inserted this raster image (done entirely on iPad) into Illustrator and added an effect:


I have also been working on some robotics concept images and gifs, which I may post soon in an update so stay tuned.

Updated Sections of This Site & Personal Update

bitcoinsrusAs 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:




My Latest Adobe Illustrator Project

With the topic of AI big now adays, with machine learning making huge strides as I described here, I was inspired to continue my advances into Illustrator learning by doing a vector project about machine learning technology. There are so many different ways to represent AI and so many possible interpretations and variations, that all I had a robot concept in mind. Then I went from there.

I really like Vector art and shapes because they convey a different meaning than raster or hand-drawn artwork. They are more machine like or artificial shapes, but no less interesting and beautiful. It is a great skill being able to produce good raster and vector content (both Photoshop and Illustrator) in conjuncion by combining works across both apps doing production.

Illustrator is interesting because it has included symbols in its package as I have includes in the image below — the icons on clouds specifically. However, it also has various brush tools available (despite being a vector software) like the patchwork I have showing around the machine learning messages. There are also interesting tools to use like the knife, which I used to cut around the circles of the robot to make an arc below the head.

Below is the original image in Illustrator, however I noticed a typo in the bottom phrase where I had L in capitals after A in the word all. So I just inputed my work into Art Studio for iPad, cleaned up the l by removing edges, and decided to add some other raster work onto it with some sharpening, burn and blur effects and such making the world and robot more disfunctional in nature:









I decided to esperiment with this one below by adding the robotic object from Illustrator into Art Studio with an iPad I created from scratch, my photograph of TVs in background of a club and a hand-drawn piece from a pastel collage I also did all I to this padkage with multiple variations:



Some other varistions below with different spin: