Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– for March 2

I don’t know if, in the process of challenging myself creatively for the month of March, I may have bitten off a little more than I could chew (based on my self-imposed guidelines). These album covers are taking a little longer than I had originally expected. Part of it is the computer not processing as quickly as I would like it  (after all, it’s a little over 8 years– and it’s running CS3 to boot– no small feat in and of itself, I might add). The other part is the research involved, all of which is pushing me considerably past my 30 minute (or so) deadline.

Anyway, without further ado:

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– Feb 18

I spent some time today “blipping” tunes on One of the tracks that I listened to was Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ I Put A Spell On You (I have it on a cd somewhere), later covered by CCR. The song title stuck in my head, so I figured I would use it for today’s piece.

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– for Feb 16

I can tell Tuesday nights are going t0 be rough. At least until May In a word: Lost. By the time the week’s episode is over and I get around to sit in front of the computer (following a requisite, yet somewhat brief, post-ep discussion) it’s almost 11pm. Last night I had it all laid out, the file was ready, and then Illustrator decided to drag its feet. Almost an hour later and things were still moving like molasses in a Minnesota winter. In the end, I started nodding off at my desk, so I decided to bag it and put my #daily365 out in the morning.

Once I took a look at it again in the morning light, what looked good last night now seemed a bit corny. So I decided to re-tool it a bit. I’m not 100% satisfied with the result (I think using a displacement map might have helped), but I’m bound by my time constraints, and I intend to follow and honor them.

A little background on today’s piece:

Although the “official” lyrics in La Borinqueña were written in 1903 by Manuel Fernández Juncos, there is an older set of lyrics, written 35 years prior during one of the watershed pro-independence events in Puerto Rico’s history by Lola Rodríguez de Tió.

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– Feb 14

This one’s pretty self-explanatory…

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– Feb 04

Inspiration can be found in the unlikeliest of places, and at the oddest of moments…

After catching up on yesterday’s CSED/#daily365, I spent some time thinking about today’s piece, and had come to a decision on what I wanted to do. A little while ago, while catching up on this week’s NCIS (which conflicted this week with the premiere of Lost, so something had to give), I caught  a trailer for the new Travolta movie (I forget the title right now). Near the end of the trailer, they showed a scene where he says the quote on today’s piece. Film fans will recognize the “wink and a nod” nature of the line. Since the film it references is a personal favorite of mine, I decided to go with it.

So, here it is…

I hear Big Kahuna also makes a tasty burger

Now I’m craving a burger.

Enjoy. Your thoughts and comments are always welcome.

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– for Feb 03

I had originally thought of doing both a month’s-end roundup, and a new piece for Feb 02’s #daily365. However, I felt that prepping for a job interview the following day had to take priority over that, so I decided to (at least for January) to let the roundup be the Feb 02 piece. That meant that I had an idea for Feb 03. Except I had my interview, and by the time everything else for the day was done, I was completely gassed and ended up falling asleep on the sofa watching the live “Man vs. Food” on the Travel Channel. So that meant I had to “postpone” putting it together– which means that I’ve got my work cut out for me today.

Feb 03’s CSED

The idea for this was pretty straightforward. With all the brouhaha over Groundhog Day and– at least in the New York area– the differing opinions between Punxutawney Phil and Staten Island Chuck, the idea for an old-style boxing poster was a no-brainer to me.


Rocky v. Apollo got nothin' on Phil v. Chuck ©2010 rafael armstrong