No | February – Intermezzo

In music, an intermezzo, in the most general sense, is a composition which fits between other musical or dramatic entities, such as acts of a play or movements of a larger musical work. — Source

About Intermezzo

Something new, and something completely different. “Intermezzo” is not meant to be more than that—a brief interlude. A simple brief excercise in simplicity.

For too many months now, I’ve kept things overly complex to myself. When things start to blur, it’s always helped to backtrack, and graphics such as these are graphics I’ve done before (January 2002, May 2002).

It’s a statement in graphics and in life: keep things simple. Do it the easy way. Play more.

With that said, I really only think #2 came out well, with #1 and #5 being okay.

Technically, the illustrations were built using Illustrator and flash. Most of it was a matter of “duplicate / move / scale”. The windmills in #1, “fractals” in #2 and the wire-blends in #3 are re-used these from prior pieces. But that’s part of the lesson: recycle! If you made something you like, save it for quick access in a folder with thumbnail preview, and use it again and again and again! Once you’ve drawn a windmill once, you don’t have to draw it again—no matter what elitists say: there’s no shame in using ClipArt. Unless it’s not your own. Ahem.

  • The “fractal” in #2 was made using Illustrators “duplicate” function. This function is perfect for when you need to draw, for instance, a clock; draw the little black line that symbolises every hour, and select the Rotate tool. While holding ALT key, left-click where you want the center of rotation to be. A dialog should appear: select “Copy”. Now press CTRL + D to repeat this (this is the trick), and there’s your clock.
  • The blends in #3 are made using Illustators “Blend” function, hence the name. To make a similarly looking blend, draw two lines using the pen tool, select them both, and select “Object > Blend > Make”. To adjust number of blend steps, select “Object > Blend > Blend Options… “. Select “Specified Steps” from the dropdown, and type in some number, for instance 30. Press OK and watch the goodness.

Newsletter?

There will be no newsletter this month. In the spirit of keeping things simple, this is something I’ve scrapped this month.

Furthermore, I’m reconsidering having a newsletter, something I’ll discuss further at a later point in time.

Music

The beautiful musical track is, as always, composed by Kate. Download tracks, and read more about her music in the installments section.

Listening to

While making February, I was listening to Massive Attack’s Danny the Dog and Two rocks and a cup of water from “Danny the Dog Soundtrack”. I believe the movie “Danny the Dog” is also known as Unleashed.

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13 thoughts on “No | February – Intermezzo”

  1. Chris says:

    Brilliant.

    I’d love to see 02 with just the lines and circles bit as a desktop background.

    Certainly inspiring.

    Also, the windmills, classic.

  2. Joen says:

    I?d love to see 02 with just the lines and circles bit as a desktop background.

    That was the one I was meaning to release anyway! Any resolution preferences? I was thinking 1600×1200, 1280×1024.

    Also, the windmills, classic.

    Thanks. They’re somewhat of a callback to July 2001—although these windmills are slightly more slender and “welldesigned” 🙂

    But oh man they’re heavy on the CPU! I guess I’ve been spoiled by my new system!

  3. Nik says:

    Wind farms.. brilliant! I love it… and I’ve only looked at the first one so far…. busy busy as always, I’ll check it out again later. Good stuff.

  4. Chris says:

    1600?1200, 1280?1024.

    Those dimensions are fine for me.

    I was thinking the exact same thing about the windmills, the look of them. There’s just something about the slow motion of it, a happy laziness.

  5. Joen says:

    I do love windmills, not only for their clean energy aspects, but also for just that: ‘happy laziness’. In fact, at one time I dedicated an entire installment to windmills!

    Those dimensions are fine for me.

    There you go!

  6. Chris says:

    Cool.

    Just looking at the previous windmill installment from 2002 (I really should go through your archives) were those images all done in Illustrator as well? I’m in awe of anyone that can master Illustrator. Heck, I’m in awe of anyone that even has a clue about Illustrator. The most I’ve ever managed are stick people with a constant look of surprise on their bubble heads. 🙂 This is what I get for spending all my time in Photoshop.

  7. Joen says:

    First of all, I’m no master of Illustrator. Kirsten Ulve is.

    Secondly, Illustrator is only difficult to until the initial “wall” has been broken down. That wall typically consists of learning how the pen tool works properly, and how fills and lines are treated. After that, it’s actually just patience.

    But no, those windmills from 2002 was actually not done in Illustrator. They are entirely 3D from 3ds max. As part of my trainee time at Titoonic (prior to employment), I learned max by making that windmill, and 3-point lighting it.

  8. Nik says:

    First of all, I?m no master of Illustrator. Kirsten Ulve is.

    Yeh that’s good stuff! Damn my work sucks… but then, it’s all about balance…

  9. Beautiful. I wish it would store wether a box is ticked or not, but still: beautiful.

  10. AkaXakA says:

    Very nice, good to see you’re back on track.

  11. Nik says:

    Had a proper look.. still like it, my favourite has to be the Wind Farm for the illustrations… but I like the colours and shapes in No.5 – reminded me of a photograph I took of a Palm Tree in Cornwall a while back. Abstract I guess…

    No 2 is cool, but reminds me of an over-running actionscript project I’m working on at the mo.

    Refreshin’ tho! Cool.

  12. Joen says:

    Mathias,

    Beautiful. I wish it would store wether a box is ticked or not, but still: beautiful.

    Thanks a lot. As for storing the preference, that would actually be a fairly straightforward matter using Flash’s “Local Objects”, which are the same as cookies. This is the same I use to store user preferred masthead image. In this case, however, I was too lazy to do that.

    Nik,

    Had a proper look.. still like it, my favourite has to be the Wind Farm for the illustrations… but I like the colours and shapes in No.5 – reminded me of a photograph I took of a Palm Tree in Cornwall a while back. Abstract I guess…

    Thanks. In my experience, anything that contains windmills, will instantly look great. Including our physical planet 🙂

    No 2 is cool, but reminds me of an over-running actionscript project I?m working on at the mo.

    HAHAHAHAAHAHA! Good one! And very true!

    Unfortunately I was never able to create programmatic randomness as controlled as #2 would have to be!

  13. Nik says:

    Thanks. In my experience, anything that contains windmills, will instantly look great. Including our physical planet 🙂

    I couldn’t agree more… 😀

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