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DAVE SMITH
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My Website Design

Post by DAVE SMITH » Sat Feb 20, 2010 3:34 pm

I recently finished my front page design for my website. I found it hard to make my mind up on what sort of look that I was going for., it seems to be more difficult trying to make your own stuff due to the amount of styles ,fonts and layouts that we could all make and come up with.
Same as alot of designers on this site I like the look of Art-Nouveau and Victorian design so I tried to mix the two together. Not sure if I did the right thing but In the end this was the route I went for my front design on my future website.
Was hoping to just put a Photobucket link to one large image of the design but got stuck on trying to figure that out. How do you guy's do that?
Dave
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Hand drawn sketches I find are the best way to go with design before entering into computer design. I personally have more freedom with a pencil as opposed to a wacom tablet. Would like to know how others go about this process?
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Some art- Nouveau scrolls with Victorian panels,at this stage I was back and fourth in the scanner trying to put this part together but making soooo many changes
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My thought to adding a lady to the design would create a more elegant Art Nouveau feel to the finished design

Raymond Chapman
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Re: My Website Design

Post by Raymond Chapman » Sat Feb 20, 2010 5:46 pm

Beautiful work, Dave. The finished product will be fantastic.

DAVE SMITH
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Re: My Website Design

Post by DAVE SMITH » Sat Feb 20, 2010 7:35 pm

Well thanks Raymond. I actually did finish it and I was suppost to add the other images but my connection went down ealier after posting those four pics.
Here are the finished ones.
Dave
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I did actually ask Doug if he minded me using this little slogan on this part. It just seemed to work for this panel, so thanks to Doug for that. (100 Years behind the times) you may have seen it in other places also.
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I made this first as part of the background to the work above but it was all to much detail and over powering infact the design was being ruined with this behind so I decided to not use it and scrap it. Probably use it somewhere down the line on another project.
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This was my finished page earlier today.
Just need to make the site and upload my work now but this will happen over the next month hopefully. The links to my gallery will go below somehow.
If I could use photobucket I would be able to show you what it looks like on a full screen but like I said I am not sure how to do that.
Anyway Hope you guy's like it
Dave

Jeff Lang
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Re: My Website Design

Post by Jeff Lang » Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:26 pm

Your abilities are astounding to me Dave, thanks for sharing the thought and design process for the stunning artwork!
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vance galliher
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Re: My Website Design

Post by vance galliher » Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:32 am

I look at you work Dave.... and other than being overwhelmed, I think how in the . is this possible, where does all this intricate display of line, shape and color come from ?………does he just make this stuff up ? hahaaaaa...you’re a true gift to us all for possibility. Just excellent work !!
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Re: My Website Design

Post by erik winkler » Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:36 am

I don't know what to say.
But that probably says enough.

It takes a lot to get me speechless.
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DAVE SMITH
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Re: My Website Design

Post by DAVE SMITH » Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:46 am

Thanks that's real nice comments , glad you like it. And Jeff next time I will be back again for colour and scroll adjustments. the tea is on it's way !

Dave

Wayne Osborne
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Re: My Website Design

Post by Wayne Osborne » Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:34 am

Nice Dave- can't imagine how mind blowing the website will be!
keep us posted mate-

Bob Ficucell
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Re: My Website Design

Post by Bob Ficucell » Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:51 am

Dave,
Beautiful work!
If I missed it I'm sorry, did you design this in Photoshop or Illustrator?
Thanks for sharing. Bob

DAVE SMITH
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Re: My Website Design

Post by DAVE SMITH » Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:19 pm

Hello Bob.
You know I like using Omega for the line work Omega 2.0 ( i need to upgrade) But the files are seperated up through illustrator and then into Photoshop.
I sometimes use the vector tools within Photoshop also for quick fixes but I am more used to my old way of vectoring and that is why I never really changed due to the tools within Gerbers software.
Hope that helps you.
Thanks Bob :D

Bob Ficucell
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Re: My Website Design

Post by Bob Ficucell » Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:42 pm

Thanks Dave. Bob

Tony Segale
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Re: My Website Design

Post by Tony Segale » Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:52 pm

English signwriters' have been sneakin up on us for years.
Boy, that sure looks civilized.

Excellent craftsmanship.
You scrawny little bloke, where you puttin it all?
and he took that golden hair and made a sweater for baby bear.
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Raymond Chapman
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Re: My Website Design

Post by Raymond Chapman » Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:24 am

Just mind boggling....what else is there to say? You take us all to new limits. Congratulations on a splendid design. The legacy you will leave for future generations is fantastic.

Stuart Norton
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Re: My Website Design

Post by Stuart Norton » Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:11 pm

Hi dave its taking awhile but you getting there. Seem to remember talking about web site a few years ago.

One more thing there is one little line out of place center right. but dont cry i will not tell anybody and who reads my post anyway :cry:

Good job man. :lol:

y eye man. divit giv up the brilliant cutting, to be full time photoshop designer.

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Re: My Website Design

Post by Duncan Wilkie » Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:22 pm

What a spectacular design.
I really appreciate you showing us the process. I like to start with pencil sketches too. I find that they are difficult to translate to vectors. The vector art never seems to flow as well. You obviously don't have that problem. :D
A real work of art Dave. Thanks again for your insight.

DAVE SMITH
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Re: My Website Design

Post by DAVE SMITH » Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:26 pm

Thanks Tony,Raymond, Duncan, Stuart and all you talented folk on your comments.
Glad you like it ,and always pleased to share things here with such a good bunch of people.
Dave

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