Some of My Latest Forbes Articles Worth Checking Out

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I would like to highlight three of my latest Forbes articles (I also included a fourth from some weeks before) because I have added all of the art or graphic design within them. I also wrote and edited them entirely. The way being a Forbes contributor works is that if you are vetted and accepted as a good writer, all of the reporting and writing is usually done by the writer (unless red flags come up than the editors get involved); thus, the articles are also entirely self edited.

Thus, here are three of my latest articles worth checking out with a lot of different artwork I have created (I may highlight some of these samples in separate posts as there are more variations I have stored on my hard drive and iPad):

I hope this showcases some of my reporting, graphic design and multimedia skills in general for anyone or any media interested in collaboration with me. I enjoy combining various multimedia together from graphic design, photography, text and video into interesting story telling and content.

I have played around with some of the images using pixel creator apps, Adobe Illustrator effects, and other software for interesting effects. You may see some of the differences above and here are some more below.

 

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I Created a Little Youtube Ad for My Graphic Design Work

As some of you may know, I am a journalist by trade and mostly a freelance writer by profession focusing on tech. However, slowly and surely I have been expanding my skills to other endeavors and passions. One of them includes graphic design. Another includes video creation and editing.

Here is a little ad I created recently with iMovie on iPad using stills from previous graphic design projects and photography. I mostly tried creating a graphic design ad, but at the end I included the option to do video marketing ads or commercials as well if anyone is interested from my custom work, or other assets I can work with. Here it is:

Here is a second bersion of the ad showing a little bit different scenery and samples:

There are a lot of things I plan on revising or changing in my next ad such as keeping it one language with both the catchphrase text and ad menu descriptions on Youtube. I also plan on making a new version using Final Cut Pro on my Mac and changing the zooms from automatic algorithms to the way I want it exactly. There is also the fact that the music isn’t too interesting and the text options that I have to rework using better alternations of text added through images and texts later added with thevideoe editing programs. I need more time on this idea, but felt like posting it anyway.

By the way, since I originally created the ad I also ended up revising it and making changes. This includes this little graphic I created:

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All artwork included in this article was created by me (Maciej Duraj/Mike Lata) and is copyrighted @ Mike-Lata.com. If you want to use it, contact me for commissions.

Another Evolution Concept of Drawing Digitally

As you guys may have recently seen, I posted a blog post about using the iPad and a stylus to digitally restore or enhance pencil drawings from black and white to color. You may also have noticed the various interpretations that can result from each piece as there are so many different ways to accomplish this: from different filters to brushes and layered effects.

I wanted to add another project here as unlike my previous blog post about the pencil drawing turning into a digital piece, this one I mostly started digital from the get go — outside of photography I added and the two soldiers from the previous piece I worked on. This project started out from a basic concept of a cloaked warrior or wizard standing in front of a gate; this being similar to how many computer games or RPGs, in particular, have as either a box art or in game title screen art. However, over time somethings got worse while other things improved in the pieces you will see below. Either way, it was an interesting learning experience.

Here was the very basic outline concept as I worked my way down into something completely different using photographs for pillars I took (on iPad) and inserting them into the digital image along with a door I took as a photo in Barcelona Spain (also with an iPad).

(Oh and by the way, I mentioned how I started working on this piece at the end of my last blog post.)

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I am thinking of working out the concept further with the last piece, but including the solders as ai recently reanimated them or some other additions. I also do not know id the metallic or artificial-looking pillars are cooler looking than the photograph-based versions. It is in the eye of the beholder to judge.

Here are some ideas for cover art or marketing ads that could be done (Obviously instead of “Welcome to Mike-Lata.com”, it would say something like “Welcome to Spiderweb Software”).

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[Heavy Edit]: And after all that, here is something else I created:
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Here I tried to make the cloaked figure more into a wizard:

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The mouse seemed to big so I changed it along with a glitch near left side of ghost soldier where vapor or mist is hitting:

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Some ad ideas I created, or potential marketing pitches (before last revision though, which could be done to it or any of these revisions):

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All artwork included in this article was created by me (Maciej Duraj/Mike Lata) and is copyrighted @ Mike-Lata.com. If you want to use it, contact me for commissions.

 

Entirely Hand-Crafted from iPad Digital Image Related to iPad & This Site

So I’ve decided to work a bit more on that entirely-from-scratch iPad created digital image that I created its first rough draft wuite a while back (maybe a few years). And I’ve decided — due to being bored at a pub and a bit tipsy — turn it into something related to the site. So here is my creation, mostly using Art Studio for iPad as the app of choice and layers:

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One thing I’ve learned doing this project is that instead of doing sometimes many layers or revisions of an aspect of an image, such as in my case the cursive writing, it’s better to just go for it and doing it in one sitting. If you see something that doesn’t look right, just redo it from scratch instead of trying to perfect every minor detail.