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Sarah Brown
Write, photographer, nature-lover, animal-lover, blogger, and Christian.
Write, photographer, nature-lover, animal-lover, blogger, and Christian.
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Click on the link below to see my neat little portfolio, showcasing all my work from my Vector Illustration class. Folks, I am DONE with my Vector Illustration class, AND my Elementary Education degree! Woohoo!!!

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It couldn't be more clear than this! #Powerful
"If you have become estranged and have failed to be Bible Christians, be converted; for the character you bear in probationary time will be the character you will have at the coming of Christ. If you would be a saint in heaven, you must first be a saint on earth. The traits of character you cherish in life will not be changed by death or by the resurrection. You will come up from the grave with the same disposition you manifested in your home and in society. Jesus does not change the character at His coming. The work of transformation must be done now. Our daily lives are determining our destiny."6 AH 16.2

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This assignment asked us to create a pattern collection--a main print (contains all elements of the pattern), secondary print (contains same colors/style, but has fewer elements), and blender print (complementary print using only one or two elements/colors).
I started by putting a couple ideas onto paper. You can see that I played with two types of patterns: Organic and geometric. While I liked both ideas, I ended choosing to do the organic design. The resulting pattern collection I have labeled “Viney Hearts.”
My first goal was to create a design that reflects me as a person. I was able to accomplish this to my perfect satisfaction! Vines have always been something that I love to draw, as well as hearts. The vines with little curlicue tendrils, branching leaves, and curvy flowers are practically my trademark, as are hearts with curvy edging.
There were a couple of things that I did that helped to make my "Viney Hearts" pattern collection so visually attractive. First, as I already mentioned, I chose an organic design. This gave the design an allusion of spring--a feel of fluidity, grace, and beauty. Secondly, I utilized a spring-toned color palette of several corresponding colors which are very pleasing to the eyes. Lastly, I used transparency to add a subtle illusion of depth. So, if you look closely at my main and secondary prints, you can see that I copied and pasted a transparent, rotated layer of white vines, leaves, and flowers under the main graphic layers.
What I like best about this pattern collection is how each of the prints manages to have its own unique style, while still adhering to the overall theme and design. Did you know that you can actually have the patterns you create printed on cloth which you can have made into clothes, or even made into wrapping paper or wallpaper? SpoonFlower (www.spoonflower.com) makes all of the latter, while Zazzle (www.zazzle.com) can put your patterns on ties, iPhone cases, bags, and more! You can even sell your designs on Zazzle! I just might try to sell this pattern there! What do you think? Is it something you would buy on a mug, notebook, or throw pillow?
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2016-08-17
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My last assignment for Vector Illustration had me take a fun foray into desktop app re-designing. Check out the link for the details of the design process!

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I'm done with my drawing class now, and on to my very last class for my Bachelor's: Vector Illustration. For the following assignment, I was to find an illustration that I liked online and recreate it in Adobe Illustrator. I was quite captivated by the first illustration below.
It even had a tutorial to go with it. You can find it here: http://abduzeedo.com/swirl-mania-illustrator-photoshop. The tutorial is pretty useful for getting a feel of what to do in step-by-step order, but it did not have good explanations of how to use the different tools it employs (and some were available only in Photoshop).
I started with this free hand image: http://www.freeimages.com/photo/shadows-2-1430931 (which is the only part of the illustration that is not a vector), and placed it in an Illustrator document, and then added the Vector "swirl mania" around it.
At first, I kept trying to follow each step of the tutorial, but finally gave up and just used trial and error (and a lot of referrals to the original illustration) to create the different shapes and get the right colors. The second photo below is my final product.
It's pretty close to the original, though you can see a number of subtle differences if you look closely. My, what a lot of blood, sweat, and tears it took to get this to come out right! It was only my second week of class, I only knew the basics of Adobe Illustrator, and suddenly I was forced to figure out all sorts of complicated tools like the Gradient and Mesh Tools (that was the most frustrating!). But that's how I learn best: the hands-on, learn-as-you-go style.
I am so happy with the finished illustration, and I have a new confidence with how the program and different tools work.
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2016-07-22
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Time for an update: We only need to raise $10,000 now, as my dad is not going to be able to come to the Congo as previously planned. I am going for certain--already have my plane ticket and just finished filling out my visa application paperwork. My mom has her heart set on joining me in December-January. It has been her lifelong dream to be a missionary to Africa. Keep sharing these posts and contributing as able, and I know the Lord will help us raise enough to make that dream come true! #MissionTripCongo  

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Self-portrait for my ARTS 311 class. As usual, it's not perfect, but I am SO HAPPY! I have never been able to do a self-portrait that is so close to actually looking like me (see reference photo)! And I finally think I'm getting the hang of using the dark and light extremes of the value scale. Only 1 more drawing and I'll be done with the class!
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2016-07-03
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Looking back on a favorite moment from #MiddleRiverCampmeeting. So many young people attended this year! I think we sounded pretty good, if I do say so myself! :-)

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I am over 50% funded now! Just another $2500 to go (for me)! Some of you might be wondering what Congo Frontline Missions is all about. Here is a video that explains their mission and projects pretty well. It also gives a good glimpse of the campus and area where I will be staying! Thank you all so much for your support! The Lord will supply! www.gofundme.com/missiontripcongo

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Keep on sharing these posts, folks! Even if you aren't able to contribute anything right now, some of your friends might be able to. I am so surprised and touched that people I don't even know have been sending contributions! That's due to all of you who have been sharing these posts! Thank you so much! $12,699 to go! Only $2,699 to go and the costs my trip will be completely covered! The remaining amount to be raised will cover my parents, who are planning to join me later in the year. My departure date is planned for September 12th. Within the next few days I need to raise enough to cover the tickets and getting a travel medical exam and required vaccinations (you wouldn't believe how expensive the latter is!!).
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