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[James D. Headrick]
Jacksonville, FL - United States
I started down the road of graphic design over a decade ago - back in '01, to be specific. I started like many others - playing around with the free trials of different graphics programs, reading and emulating tutorials and guides.
However, I actually, truly, started out with pencil and paper. I drew a lot when I was younger, and still do from time to time, when that "spark" hits me.
Eventually, I found signature design, and was interested in it, so I started to try it for myself. Moved up to actual graphic design from there, but I still do signatures.
I ran my own shop around these parts for a while, off and on. Ran into computer troubles that would have never been fixed if not for a few of the members around here. So a major thank you, guys.
As of now, though, I don't really take requests. I still make the rare signature every once in a blue moon, when the mood strikes, but requests just take too much of the enjoyment out of it.
As far as me, myself, and I - I'm a huge Metal Gear nerd, as if you couldn't tell from the avatar, and the new graphics in this showcase. I could just about tell you every little thing there is to know about the series - I've gone through each game's story an average of 30 times. I enjoy rock music - hard, metal, classic, punk - as long as it sounds good, I'll listen. Same goes for any other kind of music - doesn't matter what the genre is, if it sounds good, I'll like it.
Let me put it this way - my tastes range from Sarah McLachlan, to Rise Against, to Johann Sebastian Bach to Yoko Shimomura.[/I]
Tools Of The Trade
So, I'm sure you're here to see my work, right? Sorry to keep you waiting - let's start at the beginning, enh?
- Photoshop CC
- Illustrator CC
- Cinema 4D R16
- Apophysis 7X
Every artist starts somewhere. For traditional, it might be a stick figure. For the painter, it's probably a landscape. Whatever it is, it usually sucks
, too - and the artist probably never lets it see the light of day.
I'm of a breed that believes even the bad work should be shown - especially early work. It lets not only you, but others see how far you've come overall.
It's always good to have something you can look back on, and say "Man, I've come a long
way." That crummy image up there? That's my first signature - at least, the first I ever truly liked enough to save, keep and actually display. I honestly couldn't tell you how many signatures I've done - even TODAY - that I just scrap when they are done or almost done.
[top]That Awkward PhaseThat inbetween time. The high school years. You're growing as a person and trying out new things for the first time.
It was this point when I was still learning. I knew nothing yet of lighting, flow, effects - nothing at all. I didn't even know how to resize the render properly, as seen in the DMC and Kingdom Hearts tags. Around the time of the second DMC tag, and the Venom tag, I was starting to get a grasp on things, though.[/I]
Now we come to the point where I was finally starting to come into my own. A firm grasp on the basics, and the confidence to start breaking away from the tutorial crutch.
As you can see, I'd improved leaps and bounds by this point. This was over the course of a few years, just to put it in perspective for you. Most of these tags were done in 2006 - 2008.
[top]The Here & The Now
Now we come to the present. I've been doing this for a while, learned a lot, and have started sharing what I know with others, in the form of tutorials
. After all, what good is knowledge if you don't pass it on?
This isn't all
of my signature work - there's a good bit I left out, such as my Guilty Gear
and VITAMIN R
series, and quite a few other signatures. I just decided to go with a selection of work that I felt showed my progression over the years.
So, first of all, what is
a "Large Piece"? It's simply anything that is larger than the size of a standard signature. A rule of thumb is 500 x 500 and over is a Large Piece.
Everything in the following sections are large pieces. This specific section is for ones that I didn't have a category for - too big for a signature, too small to be a wallpaper.
|This was the first time I ever attempted typography. It didn't come out that well, but for a first attempt, I felt it wasn't too bad. I enjoyed it so much, though, that a year or so later, I revisited it, and created the follow - COLORCRAVE.
"We're not tools of the government, or anyone else. Fighting was the only thing... the only thing I was good at....but... at least I always fought for what I believed in." - Gray Fox
|And here's COLORCRAVE. As you can see, it a major step up from the previous work. Lighting is a bit harsh on the 'A' & 'V', but that's about the only thing I don't really like on it.