ROCKING THE SMILE OF THE WEEK
Yes, it is only a Smile of the Week picture for the buffet. Yes, it can be just a photo. Yes, we can make it simple. Yes, the original idea for the Eiffel Tower was to place just a single giant pole in the middle of Paris. But no, it didn't happen, because some people has to waste time, metal or creativity in unusual projects.
This season I've decided that all the Smile of the Week pictures have to imitate classic rock albums. Why? Well, first of all, because is fun. Secondly, because now I have this fantastic Wacom to work with! (a Wacom is a type of digital pen for designers). And finally, because it brings some "fresh art" to those coffee breaks. And anyways, because KISC staff rocks (gabba gabba hey!).
Katey wanted to be Spencer Elden, that baby swimming toward a US dollar bill on a fishhook from the acclaimed grunge album "Nevermind", by Nirvana. First of all, we needed to put Katey underwater, but she did complain the Kander river was too cold and that I didn't have a waterproof camera. Alright then, Tom and Jens did a fantastic job by holding Katey in the air and the picture was taken.
Once brought to Photoshop, I had to cut Tom and Jens out, redraw Katey's belly (where Jens's arm was), rebuilt Katey's left leg and add a photo filter to make her look underwater. Once then, Katey was imported into the original cover art and slightly did warp the picture to make it match with the original camera angle. As a last touch, I did replace the dollar bill with a KISC keyholder.
Did it work? The result can be seen here.
Each cover is a new challenge and I really enjoy doing them - it also helps me to "keep fit" with using design programs. And it is also great to see people gathering around the new Smile Of The Week to see what's it about.
Your honour: whilst the Eiffel Tower stays there, I will refuse to place a single giant pole every week behind the buffet!
Oh, it is time for my nap! :)
Tati Pérez (AR)
PR & Marketing Assistant
PS: Tati used to work as graphic designer on a comic publisher for long years and it did, reasonably, altered his perceptions. For all this mess, once again, our apologize.27.02.2009