Finding Productivity on the Commute

Finding Productivity on the Commute

As you might have noticed it’s been a long time since my last post. Work has been incredibly busy over the last few months trying to get new workflows running for the new year, while going out on productions, training staff, late nights and day to day stuff, so finding time for the blog has been difficult. By the time I’m home, all I’ve been concerned about is having dinner and getting enough sleep to …

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Free Wallpaper – The Astronaut Stencil Effect

Free Wallpaper – The Astronaut Stencil Effect

To celebrate the new logo here at The Astronaut, I am giving away a free wallpaper available to download. As soon as I started designing the new logo, I was already thinking about what it might look like as a graffitied stencil. So I took the vector logo into Photoshop and started working on making the logo look like it had been spray painted onto a wall. To help me out on this design, I …

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Animal Photo Manipulations

Animal Photo Manipulations

I recently came across a great showcase of animal photo manipulations over at The Inspiration Blog. There’s a great selection of photo manipulations there and in their part two post. I liked the idea of these so grabbed some free stock photos from stock.xchng, took them into Photoshop and started trying to create my own. The process took a lot longer than I thought it would, but it was a good exercise for practicing photo …

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Recent Logo Reveal Practice

Recent Logo Reveal Practice

After Effects is a great program for motion graphics, special effects and compositing. I spent a lot of my time at university learning After Effects and playing about with it looking at different effects. But it’s been a while since I have used software, so I followed a couple a of tutorials from Videocopilot to get me back into things.

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EDM Update 1: My Progress So Far

EDM Update 1: My Progress So Far

This post is the start of a series of posts following my progress through the Every Day Matters (EDM) list, a list of drawing challenges to take on. I recently threw myself head first into this list, aiming to do two items a day (not the one a week the list suggests) and here’s what I came out with:

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An Evening Walk

An Evening Walk

I’ve just got back in from a long evening walk. Although I started the day pretty well, firing up my camera, grabbing a tripod and having a bit of a play, I then hit a creative block. What had started as a day that seemed promising and productive soon turned into a great amount of procrastination, playing xbox and browsing the web. That was until I went out for a walk.

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The Hiatus is Over

Its been a long time but I am back posting again. I’ve found some time to think about the blog again, come up with some more ideas for posts and found more time for designing. Its been far too long since I posted here, but I’m feeling more focused now. So expect new things, and more frequent things in the coming weeks.

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EDM #1 Draw A Shoe

EDM #1 Draw A Shoe

  As part of my New Years Resolution to add more content to The Astronaut, I have started the Every Day Matters challenge. This is my drawing to start it off, EDM #1 – Draw a Shoe. When I started this I wanted to get the drawing done quickly, as I tend to spend a lot of time going over the details, so I wanted to get this done quickly focusing more on getting perspectives, …

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Bonjour Paris!

Bonjour Paris!

So I was sitting at home last night deciding what to do during my last two days off work, when I came across a coach service that goes overnight to Paris for just £9! As soon as I saw that I knew how I would spend my last day off and booked it straight away, and now I’m going to Paris.

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Writing Regularly

Writing Regularly

If there’s any website I’m addicted to right now over any other, it’s Lifehacker. I discovered the site a couple of years ago, but ever since it found a place on Flipboard on my iPad a few months ago, I’ve been checking out the site more and more. If you haven’t heard of Lifehacker before, Lifehacker is site dedicated to providing posts on productivity, tips, and tech, or as they describe it: ‘Lifehacker curates tips, …

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