Politicians should agree a 10 year infrastructure programme – Harkin

first_img Google+ Homepage BannerNews Facebook Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 Facebook Pinterest A Midlands North West MEP says there needs to be a minimum 10 year infrastructural investment programme, which would bridge at least two governments.Marian Harkin was speaking at a conference organised by the Construction Industry Federation, telling them that infrastructural development is vital to ensure balanced development.She told the conference that government spending on infrastructure has declined sharply since 2008, and that must be addressed.Agreeing with calls for more balanced investment for the regions, Ms Harkin called on politicians to take a longer term view………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/mhark2030.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life center_img Google+ WhatsApp LUH still not ready to restore IT systems Twitter Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Previous article17 patients awaiting admission at LUHNext articleIrish Blood Transfusion service appeal to Donegal people to give blood News Highland Politicians should agree a 10 year infrastructure programme – Harkin By News Highland – April 25, 2017 Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restoredlast_img read more

Montauk’s Hero Beach Club In A Jam?

first_imgThe Montauk Hero Beach Club, formerly known as the Oceanside Resort, also formerly known as the Smiley Face Motel, has been before the East Hampton Town Planning Board since early 2017, seeking approval for a site plan that includes a restaurant. The application came up again for review by the board on December 4.The motel was built pre-zoning code, and, as such, could have continued functioning as it has since the 1950s; a motel at the entranceway to downtown Montauk on Montauk Highway, just a dune away from the Atlantic Ocean.However, the ownership group, headed by Jonathan Krasner, had a different vision for Hero Beach. Partnering with Bridgeton Holdings, a luxury resort and hotel management organization, the site was renovated and transformed from a somewhat sleepy motel into an upscale operation, complete with an on-premises bar.As a motel built before the zoning code was written, the fact that most of the parking spaces used at Hero Beach Club are in the public’s right of way on both Montauk Highway and the western side of the property, along South Eton Street, was moot, since the motel’s parking scheme was grandfathered in. But adding the restaurant meant that the site would have to meet town regulations regarding the number of onsite parking spaces for both the motel and the restaurant, which made obtaining approval a challenging chore for the club’s representatives, Britton Bistrian and Tiffany Scarloto.That the owners had obtained a liquor license and built a bar without permits from the town did not help the applicants’ standing with the planning board. Nor did a series of signs posted until earlier this year claiming public parking spaces were on the motel’s private property. That the liquor license allows up to 499 patrons to be served at any one time was yet another hurdle the applicants had to get over with the board.Recently, the applicants offered mitigation to the parking dilemma in several ways. They have agreed, if granted site-plan approval, to install a new septic system. They have also agreed to cap the number of customers on the property at any one time to 200, excepting occasions when Hero Beach obtains a mass gathering permit from the town. In addition, they are adding 11 parking spaces on the south lawn of the motel.Bistrian and Scarloto have been pushing to have the application deemed complete, so that it could be scheduled for a public hearing. The board has been adamant that, without a real solution for the discrepancy between the number of onsite parking spaces the code requires and the number Hero Beach is providing, the application remains incomplete.“The code requires 43 parking spaces. We are providing 47,” Bistrian said December 4. “The big issue here is, they are identifying 47 parking spaces,” Samuel Kramer, the board’s chairman, responded. “It is undeniable that 25 spaces are not on their property.”There are two paths the Hero Beach applicants could take to get past the parking space jam-up they are stalled in. One is to take the matter to the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals and seek a variance from the town’s parking space requirements. The other is for the planning board, after examining all the forms of mitigation being offered for the parking shortage by the applicant, to grant an exemption from the parking requirements, and allow Hero Beach its public hearing. But such an exemption could provide a bad precedent going forward, Kramer warned, adding, “The next applicant will say, ‘What about us?’”Ian Calder-Piedmonte suggested the board go ahead with the public hearing, while reserving the right to not issue an exemption for parking until after the hearing is closed. Perhaps hearing from the public on the parking issue might illuminate points board members have overlooked, he said.Sharon McCobb agreed that public input might be helpful. Eric Schantz, a senior planner for the town, said that lacking both a variance and an exemption from the parking requirements meant the application was not complete. Kramer pointed out that it was not a matter of only a couple of parking spaces, but, rather, a couple of dozen.Bistrian warned, “If we walk away from this, I think I am inclined to recommend to my client not to go for the variance. That is not a process we want to entertain. So, everything goes away. The upgraded septic system, the number of people on site, and we operate as we operate. I just want the board to consider that in this discussion.”At the end of the December 4 meeting, Bistrian and Scarloto were to get a public hearing for the application, as long as the board’s secretary, Jodi Walker, received a letter by December 11 recognizing the board’s right to veto the parking plan.That letter was never received. With December 18 being the final planning board meeting of the year, the scheduling of a public hearing will now have to wait until 2020, if it happens at [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

Ota named to International Fencing Federation leadership post

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES In 2008, Ota earned a silver in the men’s individual foil at the Beijing Summer Games. Four years later, he took home a medal for Japan’s runnerup finish in the team foil competition in London.Ota has played an active role for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Bid Committee, serving as one of its ambassadors. During the IOC Evaluation Commission visit in March, he led a tour of Tokyo Big Sight, the proposed fencing site for the 2020 Games.Now, he’s eager to make an impact in a leadership position within the international fencing community.“It is a tremendous honor to become a member of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) Athletes Commission,” Ota said in a statement. “Fencing is my life, so I am thrilled to serve as one of the commission’s members. Today is a huge milestone in my career. Going forward, I look forward to collaborating closely with my international colleagues for the betterment of the sport. I am confident that the popularity of fencing will continue to grow in Japan. “Should Tokyo 2020 receive the honor of hosting the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, I would be so proud to welcome all of my international fencing friends and colleagues to Japan.”Tokyo 2020 CEO Masato Mizuno said Ota’s appointment to the commission is a big deal, calling it “a huge day for Ota and the nation.”“Tokyo 2020 is very proud that one of its bid ambassadors has been given such an honorable role,” Mizuno said. “As with his role at Tokyo 2020, I am sure he will be a strong and effective ambassador for athletes in the FIE Athletes Commission, leading to further development and progress for the sport.”The IOC will select the host city for the 2020 Olympics on Sept. 7 in Buenos Aires. Istanbul and Madrid are the other bid cities. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 RELATED PHOTOS Fencer Yuki Ota, a two-time Olympic silver medalist, was selected as one of six members of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) Athletes Commission, it was announced on Tuesday.The term is for four years for the Shiga Prefecture native and the other commission members.center_img Yuki Ota Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid, fencing, Yuki Ota KEYWORDSlast_img read more

Triple Crown At Royal Lakeside

first_imgIPGC Pattaya Golf Society at Rabbi’s Elephant BarWednesday, 11th July saw the Pattaya Golf Society travel to the Royal Lakeside golf club to play a stableford competition on the revamped course, which now poses a much more significant challenge to golfers with raised and crowned greens, the addition of extra bunkers and the intrusion of much more water.  The condition of the course was excellent and the weather could not have been better for the field. With little hope of many sub par rounds, as on previous visits, Dave Edwards, Mark West and Alan Walker set the standard with 35 points each for a share of the win.  Mark and Robbie Taylor recorded birdie ‘2’s on the third and twelfth holes respectively.Rabbi’s free beer draw was won by Paul McNally and the Booby Bevy went to Don Nellis for his poor score of the day. Royal Lakeside remains a quality venue at a reasonable price and even the drive there becomes less arduous with time.  The PGS will return in September.Wichai Back at WorkOn Friday, 13th July the Pattaya Golf Society travelled to Greenwood to play a stableford competition on the A and B nines which were in good condition, even though the fairways and greens were due a cut, the recent heavy rains having delayed that vital maintenance.The group were led by Khun Wichai in the absence of Mr Len who was conducting essential visa business and the extra responsibility did not affect his game as he posted 38 points to share the win with Masashi Iizumi, who also came good for the first time this trip.  In third place with 37 points was Fred Land.Wichai completed a fine day with the only birdie ‘2’, on B2, and the Booby Bevy was awarded to Lynn Snashall, playing his first round after taking a combination of five unfortunate shots to pass the red tees on B4.Rabbi’s free beer draw was drawn in favour of Masa Takano.It is good to see Greenwood coming back again after some recent deterioration of the greens and it shall remain a quality venue in future PGS schedules.last_img read more

Harm at their hands: when love fails

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS AN overwhelming majority of women subjected to violence in Cardinia Shire are in a relationship with their…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

International Track Stars to Compete in Dublin on 2-3 July

first_imgAt last year’s event, boosted by the home crowd, Caroline Ryan came home with gold in the Individual Pursuit, beating Scratch World Champion Kirsten Wild (NED) in doing so. Ryan will be competing in the event this year, and looking back at last year’s race, she said “Last year the individual pursuit was my highlight, I raced against Kirsten Wild in the final, and came out with the gold medal in that, I was absolutely delighted. Kirsten is a fantastic rider and I’ve huge respect for her, she’s very strong. We travel all over the world against top riders, and to have them to come here to Ireland, to your home ground where your friends and family can watch you race and cheer you on, it’s absolutely fantastic. It’s a really well run event, and great to see riders come back again and again to it. There’s not a lot events where you can measure exactly where you are.”Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership is once again the funding partner of the Dublin Track Cycling International, and is delighted to be supporting the event. Jim Beggan, head of Sport and Recreation in Dublin City Council said “We are very much looking forward to seeing Dublin Track Cycling International take to the Velodrome in Eamonn Ceannt Park. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Parks department who work tirelessly throughout the year to maintain this unique facility. The Future Stars programme is a real highlight for us and a fantastic opportunity for local young people to be involved. Best of luck to all who are competing in this exciting event.”Cycling Ireland CEO Geoff Liffey welcomes one of the key events on the Cycling Ireland calendar“It’s great to have the backing of DCSWP with the event; their support helps elevate this event to world class standard. Each year the event is getting stronger and stronger, and credit must also go to the work of the Track Commission who put a huge amount of time into organising a top class competition. The fact that world champions and top names on the cycling circuit come to this race year after year is a real stamp of approval and testament to the standard of racing and organisation at this event.” In its fourth year, the Dublin Track Cycling International has embedded itself firmly on the international race calendar, with two days of world class racing taking place in Sundrive Track, Dublin on the 2-3 July.  The Dublin Track Cycling International is one of only two UCI International events on the Irish cycling calendar, along with the An Post Rás, and is used by riders to gain qualification points for the World Cup Series and World Championships later on in the year. With this being the Olympic year, this year offers a great opportunity to see some of the top names in international cycling battle it out for medals and points in the centre of Dublin. This event is supported by Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership, with the local interest likely to be on the competition between the young local riders who will be honing their bike skills in the Future Stars Programme in the coming weeks. Entry is free for spectators, with racing taking place all day on both Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July. The full racing programme can be seen on www.trackcycling.ie.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Aidan Reade (Event Organiser), Geoff Liffey (CEO Cycling Ireland), Caroline Ryan (Irish International cyclist), Ray Grogan (Event Organiser), Jim Beggan (Head of Sport and Recreation, Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership) This year’s event has already attracted some of the world’s top riders, from Germany, Belgium and Italy, along with a strong Irish team. Track cycling is a discipline that Irish riders excel in, and the short fast races make it one of the most exciting cycling events for spectators. Sundrive Track is located in Eamonn Ceannt Park in Dublin 12, and offers a unique opportunity for Irish based riders to test themselves against some of the top riders in the world.last_img read more

Motorsport Ireland Weekend Round-up

first_img1 Damien Tourish/Domhnall McAlaney (Escort) 60m 50s, Last year’s rally winner Daragh O’Riordan’s Fiesta set the early pace but soon retired, with Daniel Cronin from Ballylickey topping the order after stage two in his similar car, but he too dropped out. This left Tourish leading from Evans for the rest of the day, with the Stafford cousins from Wexford finishing third in their Darrian. 2 Melvyn Evans/Sean Hayde (Fiesta WRC) 61m 11s,3 James Stafford/James F Stafford (Darrian T90 GTR) 61m 53s,4 Vincent McSweeney/Michael Kearney (Lancer Evo) 62m 30s,5 Vincent O’Shea/Alistair Wyllie (Escort) 64m 08s,6 Brian Brady/Leonard Tuite (Civic) 64m 13s,7 Martyn England/Dawn England (Fiesta) 64m 52s,8 John McHugh/Brian Boyle (Corolla) 65m 39s,9 Jason Ryan/Peter Keohane (Civic) 65m 46s,10 Seanie McGrath/Ger Clancy (Civic) 65m 55s.Historics: 1 Denis Cronin/Helen O’Sullivan (Escort) 68m 32s,2 Declan Jackson/Barry McCarney (Escort) 70m 55s,3 Adrian Kermode/Jon Hawkins (Porsche 911) 74m 00s.Juniors: 1 Colin O’Donoghue/Lianne O’Sullivan (Civic) 46m 02s,2 Barry Archer/Eugene Cronin (Civic) 48m 09s,3 David Kelleher/Jack Corcoran (Civic) 48m 41s. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Donegal pair Damien Tourish and Domhnall McAlaney made their long trip to West Cork well worthwhile when their two wheel drive Escort scored a rare victory over four wheel drive opposition in the Skibbereen West Lodge Hotel Fastnet Rally based in Bantry. They finished 21 seconds ahead of the Fiesta World Rally Car of Welsh visitor and former Irish National Rally champion Melvyn Evans and his local co-driver Sean Hayde. Killarney’s Colin O’Donoghue was the clear winner of the Junior class, more than two minutes ahead of Barry Archer from Ballycotton. SKIBBEREEN & DISTRICT C C WEST LODGE HOTEL FASTNET STAGES RALLY AT BANTRY (ROUND OF PLASTICBAGS.IE SOUTHERN 4 RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP): last_img read more

Pres Athenry and St Kierans to renew rivalry in All Ireland colleges hurling final

first_imgThis Saturday St. Kieran’s College of Kilkenny face the Pres Athenry of Galway for the second successive year in the All Ireland Post Primary Senior A Hurling Final. Last year St Kierans defeated the Galway side 5-19 to 3-17 in Semple Stadium after extra time, after Pres Athenry had came from 10 points down in the second half. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Pres are looking to write themselves into the history books as only the second Galway school to lift the cup after St. Raphael’s win in 1995 and their manager Mike Finn has been speaking to Sean Walsh..last_img

Mid-Century Modern Illustration: Creating A Cover Book With Illustrator And InDesign

first_imgMid-Century Modern Illustration: Creating A Cover Book With Illustrator And InDesignYou are here: (Large preview)Have fun by tracing all of the lines. The thing I like the most are the trembling lines — that’s exactly the effect I desire.Your finally design should look something like this: (Large preview)Nice job! Bravo! You have finished this (quite long) tutorial!6. The Final ResultHere some mockups to simulate the real book: (Large preview)Illustrator will save them in a “Brushes” folder as the default. Then you will see your custom brushes by clicking Brush Library Menu → User Defined.3.4. How To Outline DrawingsWith our new brushes, let’s begin to outline our design. You just need to select the brush you like most and begin to draw on the design lines.If you don’t see the brushes in your panel, go on to Brush Library Menu → User Defined and choose mid-century01 (or whatever other name you used).Select the layers with imported files and set their opacity to 50% through the Appearance panel: Illustrations by Satoshi Hashimoto (left) and Derek Yaniger (middle and right) inspired by the 1950s (Large preview)I absolutely love the hilarious way these artists have represented people and things in their artwork — the exaggeration, the details in simplicity, and the vibrant colors. Aren’t they something!I’ve always wanted to know everything about drawings and designs created during the mid-century age, and the more I research, the more I keep rediscovering a world created with beautiful patterns, Scandinavian colors, and simple but very communicative designs.2. Looking For InspirationThere is so much to discover about mid-century designs. Here some examples of very inspiring advertisements and illustrations. Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019 (Large preview)By using the Rectangle tool (M), you can create simple shapes so let’s try to create a little house in the background as well. In order to make it a bit deformed, we need to use the Direct Selection tool (A), then grab and drag the angles.Large previewLet’s move on to the trees now. With the Polygon Tool, click just once on your artboard, so that a window appeary. Set “3 sides” and 100 px for Radius: (Large preview)I tidied up my sketches with the help of Photoshop and so now we can easily outline the characters and use them in the illustration: (Large preview)“The circle shape is the most common eye shape. It can be used for almost any character.”For the rest of my design, everything follows the same rules. The trees, the house, and even the clouds have that particular edgy effect. (Large preview)Now you have to import the drawings. (I’ve provided the files for you here.)Go to File → Place, choose the folder where you saved the drawings, and put them onto the artboard. Since the files are bigger than our artboard, just resize them to fit in. (Large preview)Nice! Your very own custom mid-century-inspired brushes!Note: If you want your brushes be permanent in Illustrator, select them all and click on the first left icon at the bottom of the panel (“Brush Library Menu”). Then click on “Save Brushes”. (Large preview)Select one of them, go to Appearance and set the opacity to 15% Multiply. (Large preview)Another cute detail are the dotted lines on LRRH’s coat. They are very simple: open the Properties panel and click on Stroke. Check the Dashed Line and give 0 pt dash and 20 pt gap: (Large preview)Put the drawings on two different layers, so we can have control on both of them. (Large preview)Now that you know how to get started, we can finally begin to bring our illustration to life!Let’s fire up Adobe Illustrator.3.2. How To Create A Basic DesignOnce you open Illustrator, start with creating a new document first. I will create a square artboard for a square book cover. (Many children’s books have a square shape.) (Large preview) (Large preview)Congratulations! You just finished your first Mid-Century Cover!Next step is to complete our cover in InDesign. Ready?5. How To Organize A Cover Into InDesignNow I need to work in InDesign to prepare my cover for the print. Consider that we will need the front and back cover and must calculate a space for the spine.I want my front cover size be 18 x 18 cm (7.00 × 7.00 in). Since I need to create everything in a single artboard, I need to put the pages side by side, plus a space more for the spine.So, let’s set 37 cm width (18 cm front + 18 cm back + 1 cm spine) and 18 cm height. Other settings are 0,3 cm Margins and 0,3 cm Bleed. (Large preview)Once we have done, let’s go to the further step: create a brush to draw in Illustrator.3.3. How To Create A Retro BrushI have drawn some brushes myself, inventing something always based on the 50s style. As you can see in some examples below, used lines are not perfect. They always give the impression of something handmade.So I grabbed my iPad and drawn some lines I liked in Procreate. I wanted to give the brushes a hand-drawn look, typical from 50s design, so this is my result: (Large preview)Next, draw a country lane with the Pencil tool (N) (again, with #FFFFFF as the fill color): (Large preview)As the very last thing, let’s create the title. Draw two simple black and white rectangles using the Rectangle tool (M) and write the title ad I show you in the image below. The fonts I used are Fontdiner Swanky and Fontdiner Sparkly (both free to download). (Large preview)And we’re done! Let’s export our file for the print.Click on File > Export and choose Adobe PDF (Print).In the General panel choose Adobe PDF Preset: High Quality Print. Leave the rest as it is.In the Mark and Bleeds select All Printer’s Marks. Clic OK.Here your result: (Large preview) (Large preview)For the back side i’d like to use just the Little Red Riding Hood Character. Go back to illustrator and drag it in the Library.Large previewAgain, come back to InDesign and import the character into the page from Library the way I show you:Large previewThen write the title again, this time directly into InDesign. Feel free to play with the size and position of the words! Here my result: (Large preview)You can choose to work with just one or all of the brushes — it’s up to you. I suggest to use the first one for thinner lines, and the other ones for thicker lines. Of course, you can set the size of the brushes in any way you like. (Large preview)With the Ellipse tool (L), create some circles under the trees to simulate a shadow. Set the background to #000 and the opacity to 50%. (Large preview)Let’s now group all tree elements, duplicate it or create some other trees to fill the scene. Put every tree on a different layer and play with layers to give depth to the scene.Be brave. Try different shades of green for the trees: HomeWeb DesignMid-Century Modern Illustration: Creating A Cover Book With Illustrator And InDesign (Large preview)For the triangle you just created, set the background color on #1BA58E. To make it look a bit deformed, use the the Direct Selection tool (A), then grab and drag the angles like we did when we created the house earlier. (yk, il)From our sponsors: Mid-Century Modern Illustration: Creating A Cover Book With Illustrator And InDesign (Large preview)Grab the Pencil tool (N) and draw dotted lines on the edges of the coat.This is the result: (Large preview)Now that we’ve completed this step, we can now continue to the next one: adding colors, textures, and effects.4. Colors, Textures And Patterns4.1. Coloring CharactersThe first thing we need is a palette to color our characters. I researched some colors on Pinterest and saved many interesting palettes on my Pinterest wall: (Large preview)I then created this palette for myself: (Large preview)Let’s insert our palette in the Swatches. Create some circles with these colors in Illustrator, then select them and open the Swatches panel through Windows → Swatches. With color circles selected, click on New Color Group: (Large preview)3.5. Further DetailsNow, let’s add some details to our characters. I drew some stains with the help of the Blob Brush tool (Shift + B):Large previewThis is the result: (Large preview)And we’re done with the characters! Let’s move on to the background.4.3. The BackgroundAs first thought, we probably need to start with the sky. So let’s create another layer (under the characters) and rename it as “Sky”.Draw a rectangle with the color #9BD2D2, then grab and drag a circle inwards to make the rectangle rounded.Large previewAgain, let’s work with the Chalk brushes see 4.2. above. With the same color applied as the background. Brush some lines at the bottom of the rectangle to give some art effects: (Large preview)Keep the same settings and draw some little lines with the Pen tool (P) to create a couple of branches: (Large preview)Don’t be scared, we won’t ruin our design. We just need to make some changes.Go to Windows > Appearance and set the Opacity on 15% and Blending Mode on Overlay. Then go to Object > Expand. Image credits (from left to right): Luca Vecchi, Vintage Ad Browser, Classic Film, Ward Jenkins. (Large preview)Characteristics: few colors, simple lines, brush effects. (Large preview)Here are my final colors:center_img (Large preview)4.2. Brushes EffectsI used some other brushes to create shadow effects on the characters. The brushes are default in Illustrator; you can find them by clicking Brush Library Menu → Artistic → ChalkCharcoalPencil. (Large preview)In the pop-up window, click on “Selected Artwork”, including “Convert Process to Global (the palette will be permanent in the Swatches panel) and “Include Swatches for Tints”. (Large preview)Let’s color Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf. Go into the Layers panel and create a new layer below the other two: (Large preview)Funny note: In his book, “Modern Cartooning: Essential Techniques for Drawing Today’s Popular Cartoons”, Christopher Hart shows two ways to draw the same shoe:“It’s funnier to draw the boots in a quirky manner. The disadvantage is that they only come in a size 7.” (Large preview)Note: For our mid-century-inspired illustration, I’ve provided the brushes for you here— feel free to download and use them.So, let’s go back to Illustrator and see how the brushes can be installed.Open the file you just downloaded and open it in Illustrator. Be sure your Brush Panel is open by clicking on Window → Brushes. Select the first brush from the file you just opened and drag it into the Brush Panel as shown below:Large previewAs you can see, after I dragged the brush in the Brush Panel, I selected “Art brush” from the open window and renamed the brush. I checked the “Stretch to fit stroke length” option and then selected “Tint” as Colorization Method. This way, we will be able to change our brush color as well.Let’s go on and drag all the brushes in the Brush Panel, following the same instructions as above. At the end, you should have five brushes: (Large preview) (Image source: 1stdibs on Pinterest) (Large preview)For the wolf, I also used some typical elements from the 50s, such as the cartoon-like as eyes and feet: (Large preview)4.4. Texture EffectsLet’s now add some effect to the trees, to make them more “retro”. I applied this effects just to the trees, but you are free to apply it to the entire design.First of all, we need a texture. Since we work in vectors, we should apply a vector texture. You can download one for free (just googling “vector textures”. Anyway, I provided a vector texture for you here.Download the texture and open it in Illustrator. Create a new layer and rename it as “Texture”. (Large preview)In order to apply the texture just on trees, I deleted the superfluous parts of the texture with the Eraser tool (Shift + E). See my example below:Large previewHere my final result: (Large preview)And now we have our palette in the swatches: (Large preview)Take the time you need to color everything. This is a relaxing and fun step, so enjoy it! (Large preview)Note: You can download the start images over here.To achieve the retro look, let’s take a look now at which elements I used for the principal characters: (Large preview) (Large preview)The result should be something like this: (Large preview)A quick back to Illustrator to save our cover design. If you have Adobe CC, you can use the Library to save your design. Open Window > Libraries, select everything on your artboard and drag to the library:Large previewBy opening the Library in Indesign, you will find your cover. Drag it and drop into the page. Put it on the right side of it. (Large preview)Now that wasn’t that hard, was it? Let’s draw some clouds now. You can use the Pencil tool (N) with #FFFFFF as the color and draw some simple shapes like the ones shown below: (Large preview)All that remains is to make visible the layer with our characters and put them in the centre of the scene: For Little Red Riding Hood, I used many edges on the hood, the eyes, eyebrows, elbows, and feet. The face is pretty simple, too, and has a triangular shape. (Large preview)Edges are one of the most useful details used for mid-century graphics and designs. I think edges give a very funny nature to the design, making it very playful and childish.The little coat I used is also typical of 50s clothing: (Large preview)I decided to give the wolf typical facial expressions that were widely used in retro cartoons. Take a look at the image below (taken once again from Christopher Hart book): (Large preview)I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and — most of all — I hope I was able to convey to you my passion for mid-century design!Try it out, and please share your own illustrations and thoughts in the comments below. (Large preview) (Large preview)Now, draw some lines on the characters to create some shadow effects: (Large preview)We will add some others brush effects to the sky. Create a new layer above the sky one and rename it as “Brushes effect”. With another charcoal brush (I used charcoal feather), draw some lines in the sky. The color is #FFFFFF with opacity set to 50%. See the image below. (Large preview) Mid-Century Modern Illustration: Creating A Cover Book With Illustrator And InDesign Mid-Century Modern Illustration: Creating A Cover Book With Illustrator And InDesign Manuela Langella 2019-05-10T19:00:59+02:00 2019-05-11T12:34:24+00:00In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create a beautiful cover design inspired by the 1950s. Specifically, the cover will be for a children’s book, so we’re going to create a well-known character: Little Red Riding Hood.The interesting aspect of this design is that we are going to create its purely retro character that was typical for cartoons back then. As an illustrator, I have always been fascinated by the graphics of the last half-century. I grew up watching many cartoons, books, and comics characterized by that style, although I wasn’t exactly born in the 50s.This is the reason why I want you to soak in a little inspiration from 1950. In this article, I’ll explain why I chose this precise historical period to inspire me and where my love for this type of artwork comes from. I’ll also share some ideas which you can find online if you are looking for a little inspiration to give this a try yourself.In order to follow along, you can download the files and practice on my self-made drawing or, if you like, you can create one of your own. The important thing is that you follow all of the steps and tips if you want to create an absolutely fascinating retro design!You will then discover the world of retro colors and all those effects that will allow us to have retro effects: I’m talking about brushes, textures, and patterns. Once the design is finished, the cover design is ready. Finally, we will prepare our cover in InDesign to export for print.Are you ready? Let’s have fun!Why Mid-Century Art?Looking For InspirationDrawing ConceptsHow To Import A Hand-Drawn DesignHow To Create A Basic DesignHow To Create A Retro BrushHow To Outline DrawingsFurther Details (Large preview)With the Pen tool (P), make a simple line in the center of the tree. Open Window → Stroke and set the stroke profile as shown below: (Large preview)Put the texture on the new layer. Your illustration should look like this: (Large preview)Let’s write the title on the spine too: (Large preview)Let’s add some tufts of grass. Select a brush as we did in 4.3 and draw them as shown below. Set the brush color to #1BA58E: (Large preview)Once you’ve done that, lock them and create another layer on the top. Then, begin to trace: (Image credits: Pam Keller) (Large preview)Let’s go to File → New. In the open Window, I chose Print because I’d like to have my design printed. Then, I set 3000px × 3000px for the artboard size. Finally, I name it Little Red Riding Hood. See my setting below: Image credits: Vintage Ad Browser (top left), CrumbByCrumb (top right), Vintage Everday (bottom left), Kathryn Howard (bottom right). (Large preview)3. Drawing ConceptsFor this tutorial, I wanted to find something to draw that is well known to everyone, so that it’s not too difficult to understand how the details can be applied to an illustration of your choice later on when you want to try out the steps on your own.3.1. How To Import A Hand-Drawn DesignSo, Little Red Riding Hood came to mind. I’m going to guess that everybody is familiar with this fairy tale, and we all have an idea of how Little Red Riding Hood looks like. As children, we have seen her at least once, i.e. in a book or a cartoon.As with all of my designs, I begin drawing my idea by hand. Below, you’ll see the two original drawings (including the erasures and the yellow color of recycled paper): (Large preview) (Large preview)Grab the Blob Brush tool and begin to color on this layer. The lines of the characters will stay on top and colors on the bottom.I set the Blob Brush as shown below: Colors, Textures And PatternsColoring CharactersBrushes EffectsThe BackgroundTexture EffectsHow To Organize A Cover Into InDesignThe Final Result1. Why Mid-Century Art?Growing up, I read so many comics and watched so many cartoons. But not any kind — just the ones that had been drawn in a mid-century style. I’m not sure why that particular design atttracted me that much; maybe it was because of the simple lines used in the drawings or the pastel colors that were used to create the comics and cartoons.As an illustrator and graphic designer, I always search for inspiration and like to browser through Pinterest. (It’s a great place to discover some very special ideas!)While searching for some retro inspiration for this tutorial, I found a couple of illustrations that captured my attention: Posted on 11th May 2019Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share (Large preview)Create two guides, respectively on 18 and 19 cm.last_img read more


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