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A Creative Sunday: 3 imitations (Fireworks/Flash)

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Last Sunday, it was a ‘Creative Sunday’. It turned so that I’ve spent almost the whole day, drawing in Fireworks and Flash.

It has all started like this…

The Rabbit and the Sewing Machine

First, my wonderful wife Ani found a blog with a nice header and mentioned that it is probably very difficult to make such a drawing or vector composition.

That was a reason strong enough for me to fire up Fireworks and start re-drawing this header image right away. It was a challenge! :-)

3 or 4 hours later, my imitation #1 was ready:

The rabbit and the sewing machine (imitation in Adobe Fireworks)
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Compare it with the original that I was trying to reproduce:

original image from juliaroberts6.blogspot.com
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You can see that the two images are almost identical, with the exception of a few details — for example, I’ve drawn a rabbit with long ears instead of a doll with no face expression (I like the rabbit more, actually). Also, you can notice that some other small details are not re-created in exactly the same manner, but this is intentional — I wanted to make a very similar image in Fireworks, not a 100% exact copy.

Everything you see is just vectors and a few effects added here and there.

I do not know how was the original created (I tried to contact the author of the blog, but did not receive a reply to my e-mail) — maybe it’s Illustrator or Photoshop — but I think I have demonstrated that Fireworks is powerful enough to make quite complicated vector imitations. That’s the reason why I love Fireworks so much — it is powerful enough to do 90% of my graphic design work, and yet, very easy and intuitive to use! :-)

The City of Darkness

Next, I switched to Flash, and tried to recreate a nice drawing, made by Ani on paper, a few days ago.

Here’s my first try with a tablet (this is imitation #2):

The city of darkness (Wacom tablet + Adobe Flash)
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I used a Wacom tablet and Adobe Flash; when the drawing was ready, I exported the image and then used Fireworks again, for the final version you see.

It took me maybe 2 hours to make the drawing — I think the results are OK for a first try with a tablet and Flash:)

Here’s the original image that I was trying to re-draw:

A drawing by Ani (scanned)
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Again, there are some differences between the two images, but they are minor…

The solar eclipse & the statue of Mahatma Ghandi

The same day, I also had the idea to re-create a real photograph, taken during the last solar eclipse (on it, you could see the sun against the statue of Mahatma Ghandi, on a very dark sky).

Unfortunately, the day was too short for this purpose, but after two days, I went back to this idea of mine, and so my third imitation was born.

Here’s imitation #3 — what you see is Adobe Fireworks again, only vectors and a couple of live effects:

Imitation of a real photograph, made in Adobe Fireworks
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And here’s the original, so that you can make the comparison:

A photo by REUTERS
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This was quite a quick job, maybe less than an hour. I was not trying to make a 100% perfect copy, but rather check if I can quickly make a vector re-drawing of this photo. The results look quite OK to me;-)

Adobe Fireworks

I love using Fireworks.

“Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal.”
Good artists copy, great artists use Fireworks.
—Pablo Picasso
—Michel

Am I a great artist? Sure no! :-)

But it’s fun for me to try to imitate some other people’s work, especially using Fireworks, my favourite graphic design editor of all time! :-)

And what still continues to amaze me is how good Fireworks can be, both with vectors and bitmap editing… and how underrated it continues to be, for Adobe and for many design professionals… (I hope this will change some day!)

…Meanwhile, I’ll continue to copy imitate in Fireworks, just like I did last Sunday, when the mood comes. It’s just too much fun! :)))

Maybe This Is The Biggest Logo Of Firefox In This World

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

A while ago, searching for a copy of the Firefox logo in some large format, I found an interesting website, which title ran like this:

Maybe This Is The Biggest Logo Of Firefox In This World

On this site there was nothing else, except one extremely big logo of the Firefox browser, in PNG format, 4500×4330 pixels in size! :-)

In a similar way, the domain name was very long and descriptive, too: http://www.maybethisisthebiggestlogooffirefoxintheworld.cn.

Unfortunately, now the URL gives an error (Bad Request [Invalid Hostname]), and I am not sure if there’s preserved somewhere online a copy of this logo, so I decided to publish mine, which I luckily saved locally on my computer at the time I first found the website.

Maybe This Is The Biggest Logo Of Firefox In This World (downsized version)

Download Firefox Logo (4500px x 4330px, PNG 32 bit, alpha transparent ]

The logo is not in vector format (the original was made in Macromedia Fireworks by British designer John Hicks), but anyway, ~ 4000×4000 pixels is quite a big size, and I think that this variant can be printed without a problem even on a big balloon or a gigantic billboard… ;-)

It’s also interesting to note, how time’s flying — the logo of Firefox is 5 years old, already (the Firefox browser is a bit older), and I feel as if it was yesterday, when we were all downloading a copy of Firefox 0.8 Beta, and Firefox started slowly to replace the Mozilla Suite 1.xx… :-)

//Sidenote: Firefox is under GPL, and I guess, its logo is also covered by this free license;-)

UPDATE/DISCLAIMER (2009/Mar/01@23:30): This logo of Firefox is a registered trademark of the Mozilla Foundation, and is not used for any commercial purposes whatsoever. It is an exact copy of the Firefox logo, downloaded from this website.

The Font-family Juice ITC

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Let me introduce you to the Font family. They enjoy going to the restaurant. The gentleman I.T.C. is very respectable man and his lovely young wife, Juice, is always dressed very well. The waiter knows them so well so he serves the usual beverages before they even make their choices from the menu.

I am still ill and keeping the bed all day, and I don’t have many distractions, so Ani got this funny idea — together to make an illustration, using only one font and the keyboard letters. :-)

drawing with adobe fireworks

Hope you like it… I’ll just try to have some sleep… :-)

PS Here are some more inspiring examples.

How to create Aqua buttons in Fireworks (and Photoshop)

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

First tutorial (to achieve this stunning effect):

Aqua buttons with Macromedia Fireworks

Fireworks How To: The Ultimate Aqua Button (tutorial) (by Brian Edgin)

(more…)

Fireworks Tutorial (contest extension)

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Adobe Fireworks contestIf you still didn’t send your Fireworks tutorial — now’s the moment, as the contest is extended ’till end of March!

I avow, that I didn’t yet send anything, because I started writing my tutorial in the evening of February 28th, and after approx. 2 hours of writing and taking screenshots I got at a dead end and… went to bed:)

Now I have the chance to make a revanche and finally create my first tutorial about my favourite graphics program ;-)

Fireworks contest for best tutorial

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Do you use Macromedia Adobe Fireworks?

Do you love graphic design?

Did you ever tried to write a tutorial?

If the answers to at least the first two questions is ‘yes’, then the following info might be intersting to you:

Adobe Fireworks contestFireworks Zone is holding a contest for best Fireworks tutorial.

Here you can find detailed info about the contest.

The contest is sponsored by GenoPal (color selection software).

Here follow the contest’s regulations, in short:

  • Everybody can participate.
  • The contest has already started, but you still have more than a week to jump in (the contest started on January 28th and will end on February 28th 2008.)
  • Prizes (first, second, third): Genopal Pro v1.0 worth USD 49.95 (first and second prize win an additional bonus!;-)
  • The tutorials of the three winners will be published on the Fireworks Zone website.
  • Language is English. Possible formats: HTML document/Fireworks .PNG/MS Word document.
  • if you wish to participate, send your tutorial to: webmaster(a.t.)fireworkszone.com (change the (a.t.) part with the @ sign, of course;-)
  • More info? Here! :-)

Good luck, if you’ll participate! (I might participate, too, if I find a couple of free hours this week…) :-)

PS FZ is a good resource for Fireworks users. It is created and supported by Thierry Lorey (who wrote, for example, the tutorial How to create 3D crystals with Fireworks — on this tutorial even I tried my humble Fw skills;-) — if you have any questions regarding the contest, don’t hesitate to write to Thierry! :-)

Pencil

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Here’s a pencil:

Pencil made with Adobe Fireworks

It’s made with Fireworks;-)

I’ll write a short tutorial one of these days, maybe, on how you can easily re-create it using Fireworks, but not today, ’cause I’m too sleepy right now:)

Crystals made with Fireworks

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

Today’s been ‘play day’. I’ve been doing some tutorials for Adobe Fireworks (and also Flash).

One of them was a tutorial on how to create 3D-looking crystals with Fireworks, by Thierry Lorey.

Here are the links to it:

Introduction &
The tutorial itself.

And here are my humble tries to reproduce the effect in Fireworks:

Crystals made with Adobe Fireworks (image 1) (more…)


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