Though I’m an SEO by day, a lot of my creative work kicks in after hours when I focus on my college training in Graphics Design. While my graphics design work has been much less focused since I graduated college, I still dabble in the art every so often. My past skills have included turning my co-worker into a tranny whore for Valentine’s Day and the design and maintenance of the subculture website Dead Boy Productions.
More recently though I have spent a lot of my free time focusing on a couple of my most recent interests, the Twilight books and movie. My first piece I actually developed before I even read the books. It stemmed from an inside joke where I kept blaming Edward Cullen for everything negative that happened to a select few women at work. The “I blame Edward” line became a standard in my daily conversations and resulted in a shirt.
The back of the shirt reads, “For making men seem like lesser beings by saying things like “You’re Exactly my brand of heroin”” Which is displayed on the cover to the book Twilight.
The shirt was homemade using a printed iron on transfer and the shirt was only worn once, but it was the first of two Twilight shirt projects I completed. My second project and second shirt was designed for me to wear to the opening night of the film. I had searched Hot Topic, Café Press and a few other sources for the perfect shirt but came up empty handed. I decided to take things into my own hands and wound up creating a shirt with the design below and had it created for me through Café Press.
The sick masochistic lion design is inspired by a passage from the Twilight book where Edward and Bella recognize their love for one another. “‘And so the lion fell in love with the lamb…’, he murmered. I looked away, hiding my eyes as I thrilled to the word. ‘What a stupid lamb,’ I sighed. ‘What a sick, masochistic lion.’ He stared into the shadowy forest for a long moment, and I wondered where his thoughts had taken him.” The lion that displays in the background is very similar to the lion that appears on the Cullen family crest. I incorporated it because it a) it is a lion and b) the sick masochistic lion quote is spoken by Edward Cullen.
The third Twilight project I took on was one of two Plurk timeline backgrounds that I developed for a couple close friends. The first for Kristina Sanchez, an aspiring screenwriter and blogger who aided me in my Twilight Soundtrack revisited post and author of the popular 3 part Twilight series on my blog Debunking the Anti-Twilight Propaganda I, II, and III.
Kristina’s background features an image of Bella and Edward from some of the Twilight movie promotional material which I placed on a new background featuring a full moon shining over the forest.
The second Plurk background I developed was for fellow SEOer Audrey Seiberling. For Audrey’s background I chose an image from one of her favorite scenes in the Twilight movie and removed Edward and Bella from the scene and put them in a new woodsy environment.
It’s not often that I get to showoff my design talents and I have Graphics Design listed as one of my talents in a number of my social profiles, so I thought I would take the opportunity to show off some of my recent work. They aren’t the major campaigns I was developing in college, but they keep my head in the game.