This was an amazing day! Filled with preparation for this Maternity shoot. I was graced with the opportunity to capture maternity images for an old school friend. Shanice and I attended junior college together. She and her family were amazing to work with. They were enthused and eager to have a great shoot. Shanice styled two very lovely maternity gowns which epitomized the essence and excitement of an expecting mom.
Shanice’s significant other (Donte Nelson) sported a GQ style that include black slacks, a button up, a blazer with color cordinated shoes. And, their oldest daughter (Naimah) was the most adorable little lady ever. She was so helpful with the shoot. I just want to say, thank you to Shanice and her family for allowing me to be a part of their agenda.
P.S. I wish you all the best delivery and a healthy baby. Best regards — Dewwond
SNEAK PEEK AT YOUR MATERNITY SHOOT
I can’t go without posting this project. Reason being, is the fact that I was called on to do it while I was deep in the middle of several other assignments. I literally had 3 days to come up with a composition the would fit my clients demands. S.N. Building relationships around integrity is imperative, because if my client and I had not established a trusting partnership, I honestly don’t think that I would taken time that I really didn’t have to work on her agenda.
The purpose of this project was to the rights of submitting a promo to “Walden University” about the importance of Social Change; and also, how Walden University has programs that position it’s students to be impactful trendsetters in relations to Social Change. Upon meeting the proper criteria for the promo’s submission, the submitter gains a great chance to receive several scholarships to further the submitters business plans. When I finally heard back from my client about her results, I was more than pleased.
Not only was my video excepted, but I will soon be awarded with Scholarships to further my companies agenda. Yah! —Tonesia Rouse
I’ve never had the opportunity to photograph a “Sweet 16” party. So, when I got the invite to do so, I was more than thrilled. This project was a combination of photography and motion graphic composition. The young lady to whose party I was invited to capture was added quite a benefit to the assignment. She(Nikyla Staton) is, and was at the time a honor roll student in a very prestigious school. So, the fact the I was creating a birthday tribute for a student that was at the top of her game, was all the more motivating.
I want to say happy 16th birthday to my little girl. I know she’s growing up but, she’s still daddy’s little girl. I love you, and I just want you to enjoy the rest of your day. –Donnie Staton
When Good Is Not Good Enough: A Quest for Quality in Illinois’ Schools
Education is important to everyone. And, this project gave me the opportunity to express a lot of vital points regarding the topic of “Education Reform.” Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States of America, led the fight that resulted in public education becoming a hallmark of our democracy. He saw ignorance as a form of bondage, stating that if America was to remain free, she would need to enlighten her citizens through public education. The American people embraced these ideals, and ultimately the U.S. became the global leader in education and secured its position as a world power. Based on our history, one would think that America would proudly equip every generation of students with the necessary and relevant academic skills to compete in a global world. But, oh, how we have fallen! After decades of decline and a range of reforms, we still find that even our good schools are not good enough. Fortunately, there has been a growing chorus across the country, calling the U.S. back to its original commitment to being the global leader in education. With the launch of the Statewide Action & Grassroots Education Campaign in Illinois (SAGE), we add our voices to that chorus. For more information, visit Here
As the citizenry of the great State of Illinois, we hold the responsibility of defending our right to freedom and quality education. May God give us the courage to meet these challenges with insight and determination as we present ourselves to inquiry, learning, and action on behalf of all Illinois students. –Dr. Patricia Watkins
This particular assignment was very special to me. Shantrelle and I have been friends since we were children. So, when I got the news that she had passed away, I was absolutely stunned beyond belief. It was quite unsettling trying to concentrate on com-positing a tribute. However, with so much love and comfort coming from the family, we were all able to come together and make her going home celebration a unforgettable memory. –Dewwond Mapp
She was absolutely, the “Biggest Bears Fan” to date. Win or lose, she was always telling
hatersof the Chicago Bears to “RESPECT THE FUR.” Shan was hilarious, and so full of life. Gone, but never in a million years forgotten. –Kevie Lusby
I had the honor, and privilege to work with Make Me Collection brand. Understanding how vital it was for a newly established cosmetics company to excel in a field that presents quite a bit of challenges is detrimental. I’ve learned to do all of my homework in regards to helping a company build its brand. MakeMeCollection is founded by one- Elaine Noels. She is a strong ambitious women who believes in her agenda. The minute her and I sat down for a meeting, she told me right out of the gates that:
I am inspired to present to you a makeup line
that epitomizes the very essence of
a woman’s beauty.
My immediate response was, Elaine, I except your enthusiasm. Now, let’s not keep these women waiting.
This particular project was created with a combined group of programs. Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, and Illustrator helped me to create a polished logo animations for clients. I incorporate Keyframe Assistant to build animations with multiple repeating elements, and animate with color, starting with grayscale values you’ll use to generate different hues.
This graphic logo was created and produced by Kentyla Arts Designs. We’re honored to host this content in our library.
- Optimizing bitmap and vector logos
- Repeating animation with the Keyframe Assistant
- Animating with colors
- Animating type logos
- Building and saving transitional elements
- Rendering your animation
The public is more familiar with bad design than good design. It is, in effect, conditioned to prefer bad design, because that is what it lives with. The new becomes threatening, the old reassuring. -Paul Rand
This event was very special to me, because it was facilitated by SER Central States. A community organization that promotes economic, self-sufficiency, and upward mobility for low-income community residents through education and employment. I was called in by a close friend to shoot the event.(Brent Johnson). Mr. Johnson is one of the superior young supervisors/mentors that SER employs.
Brent Johnson is one of those individuals who strongly believes in our youth. He spends countless hours making sure that the youth have a responsible and reliable person in their corner. He prepares them for job interviews. He helps them with schooling. He instills in them the fundamentals of self-worth, respect, and dignity.
I believe in our youth. Our tomorrow rest in their hands. In the society that we live in, they face very tough odds. I, and others like me, represent the village of support that’s needed in terms of taking a leadership stand for these young people. If the guidance and support is not there, their future is certainly dim. And, I refuse to let that happen. Not on my watch. –Brent Johnson
SER Central State employs a host of personnel that genuinely cares for the youth. So, when I was asked to photograph these youth giving back to our community, I was delighted to do so. They did a magnificent job hosting the runners of the 10K Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser.
All the while living this life, I discovered that I was talented and gifted in many areas in my life. Even without working hard, I did well in most things. By the age of 35 I came upon the realization that I had the ability to design. I thought to myself that… “Hey, I’ll just do this design thing just because I can.” I wanted to be good, but I didn’t know if I necessarily wanted to be great. But, soon after that decision, I found myself desiring to design on multiple cylinders. I dove deeper into the creative genre, and I was absolutely loving it. Even before I pursued higher learning, all my time went into honing my craft by, tutorials and practice. From that Moment, I knew that I had found my nitch. I was becoming a multi-faceted designer.
I continued to study great designers. These were individuals that I had never heard of before, yet all the time, they were so impactful to society. Amazing designers who have to date, shaped our visual adaptation. I’ll name a few of the ones that any real graphic designer should know.
- Otl Aicher
- Michael Beirut
- Neville Brody
- David Carson
- Alan Fletcher
- Chip Kidd
- Armin Hofmann
- Herb Lubalin
- Stefan Sagmeister
- Paula Scher
I have learned so much from these, and others like them. One of the most important would be from the great Steven Heller…
Graphic designers should be literate in graphic design history.
Being able to design well is not always enough. Knowing the roots
of design is necessary to avoid reinvention, no less inadvertant
Mentoring is the cultivation of young adults, the tender caring for and nurturing of them so that they will grow, flourish, and be fruitful.
It is so vital for everyone in community to participate in the upbringing of young people. Yes, it’s important to inspire the next generation but let’s not forget to inspire the now generation too. I feel like, serving my generation with excellence will mean in turn, my generation can lead with excellence.
Direct youth involvement offers potential benefits to the young people—both those who help to develop the program and those served by the program—and also to the organizations. To name but a few benefits—youth gain experience and confidence; organizations gain a fresh perspective on youth culture; and organizations develop more effective outreach.