Monday, February 28

Golden Gate

"Old dreams never die; they just get filed away." - Fortune Cookie




Photography from my awesome adventure across San Francisco to the Golden Gate Bridge.


I walked the entire length of the city, from Embarcadero BART Station to the Golden Gate Bridge and over into Marin County. 6.8 miles one way. The walk was satisfying, and left me with a great feeling of accomplishment because it's something that I've always wanted to do!

So until next time, happy adventuring,
~Claudia

Thursday, February 17

The Dread Pirate Fuzz



Created from reference, using the grid method. It was done entirely on one layer, similar to how I would approach painting traditionally on a real canvas. Painted in Photoshop in 8 hours.

"The Dread Pirate Fuzz" - Painting Steps
Level: Advanced


Content, editing, and compositing by Claudia Sutton.
Music composed by Alvin Muolic.

Tuesday, February 15

HOME The Film

So I wanted to pass this film along to anyone that hasn't seen it. It's a "Mind blowing and truly AMAZING video about the history of the planet", in the words of my friend that shared it with me.

And it was amazing! I love these types of documentaries. I found it to be very inspiring, not only for travel; but to become a better person and to be even more grateful for what I have.

H  O  M  E

Happy movie watching!
~Claudia

Thursday, February 10

Dance Central Review


 P-P-P-Poker Face!

Recently, we got our Kinect in the mail and so far I'm loving it. Alvin is currently making games for the Kinect, so we're primarily using it for publishing purposes. However, it’s really nice to sneak some time in at night to play Dance Central. This is the only game we have for it other than Kinect Adventures, which comes bundled with the Kinect, and those are probably the only ones we'll get.

Dancing is awesome! I have learned a lot so far and am getting quite good. I’ve already had the opportunity to bust out some Lady Gaga - "Poker Face" on the dance floor at my sister’s party. This was wonderfully fun and I was very surprised that I remember it all!


Here are my thoughts about the game:

Pros


- I feel like I am learning how to dance and can actually remember the choreography for real life. 

- Dancing is a fun way to workout. It’s winter and cold outside right now, so this game has been my new favorite way to get my heart rate up. It’s also great because I feel my muscles and joints getting stronger as well. And of course, when that happens, I give myself a day of rest before continuing. That’s very important.

- The music is really fun! I enjoy most of the songs.

- The art direction is so great. I love the style and the characters; my favorite go-to dancer is Miss Aubrey.

- I tackle one song at a time, until I can gold star it, without flashcards on Hard. Which gives me a huge sense of accomplishment. It’s a great sensation when you feel the song and nail it!

- One cannot fail a song. So it doesn’t matter if you’re hardcore or just in it for some goofy fun. It’s great for everyone.

 
Cons

- WE HAVE TO MOVE OUR FURNITURE EVERY TIME WE PLAY. This gets old fast.

- I wish the original playlist was a little bigger, but I’m sure DLC will help with that.

- I really would have liked to create my own character. (Not that I don’t mind the characters) It’s just that I have been spoiled by other Harmonix games in the past that let you do that; like Rock Band. They at least should have had more costumes for the characters, because two is not enough.

- Being able to make a set list would be nice; so that the player doesn’t have to trudge through menus every time they finish a song.

- Speaking of menus, I have a really hard time bringing up some of them. Like the "Slow it Down" mode. That is soooo annoying.


Overall, I love Dance Central, am excited to become a better dancer, and practice more. It inspires me tremendously. Let me know what you think of the game! What’s your favorite song?

Cheers and happy gaming,
~Claudia

Tuesday, February 8

Look of the Month :: Winter 2011 :: February

"Friends long absent are coming back to you." - Fortune Cookie

So another Valentine's Day is finally here and that means plenty of pink for the month! (Also, just for fun, I'll be wearing Pure Ice Nail Polish in Cotton Candy on my nails) I hope everyone out there has a wonderful holiday and without further ado, here is the digital face chart for month.

The current look is:
F E B R U A R Y  2 0 1 1


Color trends for this month:
Black, baby pink, nude, emerald green, and silver

Current motivation for the look:
Valentines Day, love songs, and the soft sound of rain on the windows


Previous Looks this Year:

J A N U A R Y  2 0 1 1

Please feel free to share links, tips, or any other suggestions in the comments. I would love to hear from you.   

 xoxo,
~Claudia

Wednesday, February 2

How to Make: Custom Signatures Using Photoshop


It's tutorial time! In this video one will learn how to make custom signatures for their digital paintings.
Two techniques are covered; using a single layer or creating a new brush.

How to Make: Custom Signatures Using Photoshop
Level: Beginner

For more information, please read the YouTube info box.


Content, editing, and compositing by Claudia Sutton.
Music composed by Alvin Muolic.

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Please let me know what you think and if you have any questions feel free to ask.

Cheers!

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