“I want pure colors, melting clouds, accurately drawn details, a sunburst above a receding road with the light reflected in furrows and ruts, after rain… Who would be capable of creating a romantic, delicately drawn, non-Freudian and non-juvenile, picture for LOLITA (a dissolving remoteness, a soft American landscape, a nostalgic highway—that sort of thing)? There is one subject which I am emphatically opposed to: any kind of representation of a little girl.”
~ Vladimir Nabokov (in a letter to his publisher)
When I read about the Lolita Book Cover Project in The New Yorker, I was surprised to learn that Vladimir Nabokov demanded that there be no little girls on the book cover. The first thing that pops into my mind (and into yours, too, I bet) is Sue Lyons wearing heart-shaped sunglasses, as the Lolita popularized by the movie posters for Stanley Kubrick’s Hollywood version of the book. The Jeremy Irons version of Lolita (1997) also has a girl on the movie posters.
August & September 2013
Here are a few sites that have launched (or relaunched) between August and September. Thanks for your submissions! I really enjoyed taking in your new looks. Just to let you know, guys, this is the last Launched for the foreseeable future. I want to thank everyone for all your submissions. It’s been great to e-meet everyone and to learn about new and upcoming web designers. You guys rock and I wish everyone the best of luck!
Yes, indeed, this is yet another Photoshop eCourse on the Internet. However, unlike hardcore Photoshop eCourses that delve into the rigorous details and inner-workings of the powerful application, this little eCourse cherry-picks and only covers the techniques that will get you up and running in an Internet heartbeat, or rather — up and arranging — your own pretty layouts and collages for your blogs and websites.
By the end of the 50 screencasts, you will have completed 5 hours of hands-on practice with several pretty blog post layouts under your belt. By then you’ll be comfortable with creating simple yet good-lookin’ web graphics. By then, you’ll know how to install and edit fonts and you’ll know how to add text to your Photoshop documents. You’ll know the good stuff about brushes and patterns, and how powerful blend modes can be. You’ll also know how to create clipping masks and add borders and drop shadows as neat effects to your images. We’ll work with shapes, layer masks, and I’ll show you how to make selections with the pen tool. That’s right: the Pen Tool. And, best of all, we’ll walk through numerous layout examples. The PS I Love You eCourse is smart, concise, well-rounded, and affordable, a class where you can focus and enjoy learning at your own pace in the comfort of your home — just you, your beautiful brain, me, and Photoshop.
These images are more of my digital doodles. It’s been well over a month and I’m still diggin’ Paper — it’s sooooooooo much fun. Anyway, I’m actually just checkin’ in to say that I’m going to devote the rest of August (and maybe the first couple of weeks of September) to finishing the filming and editing of the screencasts for my upcoming Photoshop eCourse, PS I Love You. Before I go into the zone, I figured it would be cool to do a tutorial round-up of some 2012-2013 oldies but goodies that you may have missed or want to revisit — I list them after the jump. For even older tutorials, check out the 2010-2011 round-up over here. :) Also, if you wanna checkout some of my random snapshots, I’m posting pics for The August Break at Eat Darling Eat.
Happy happy August!