Updated March 18, 2018

Muscle Mike

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Work dates – December 2016

Created with Adobe Photoshop CS5

This was created as a Christmas present to my father who likes to work out.

One of the ways I achieved pasting the new face over Arnold's was to extend the letters of the Muscle Fitness title over Arnold's face to cover the parts that Michael's face didn't obscure because of the two men's differently shaped heads. The biggest challenge of this project was to get the photographed face to match the speckled pixelation of the scan from the magazine cover. Another issue was getting Michael's face, head and alignment of the eyes to match naturally onto Arnold's body. The final touches were to adjust the lighting and shadows to blend the edges.

Updated March 18, 2018

A Kirby of Ice and Fire

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Work dates – November 2017

Created with Adobe Photoshop CS5

A crossover art piece of Kirby and Game of Thrones. This is the first design in what I hope will eventually become a full product line of parody t-shirts.

I wanted to start taking my Photoshop skills into new areas. I had done the crossover art of Pokemon Battle Revolution and Professional Bull Riding (PBR) back in 2008, but I wanted to freshen up my skills and apply some of the new techniques that I had learned over the years to something more current and more recognizable and marketable. It's my intention to sell this on a graphic t-shirt.

Updated July 13, 2009

Persona 3 Tarot

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Work dates – Sunday May 11, 2008 to Wednesday June 11, 2008

Created with Adobe Photoshop CS

So you are probably wondering why I did this, right? Well, there are a couple of reasons, but the main reason is I am a big fan of Persona 3. I wanted high-resolution scans of the tarot cards from the game, so there was no other choice but to turn on Photoshop and start vectoring.

Now I am sure that some of you are asking, "But Alex! Why didn't you use Illustrator? It is a better program for vectoring!" My response is that I find Illustrator too difficult to use for such an intricate and experimental project because it doesn't have a history toolbox.

The second reason I wanted to make high-resolution scans of these tarot cards was to expand my knowledge of Photoshop. At the time, I felt I had not grown my abilities as a graphic designer and I had gotten stuck in a rut. I knew that some of the designs on the tarot cards of Persona 3 would be very challenging (even if all I was essentially doing was tracing).

The last reason I wanted to vector these tarot cards is because of one of my college professors used tarot as a rhetoric teaching tool in a class and I became interested in researching this idea further. I wanted to explore the Persona 3 tarot in order to revitalize my knowledge of reading the cards and also to have access to a deck that inspired me. I enjoy the psychological side of tarot, which works as a tool for analyzing the subconcious much like a Rorschach ink blot test. If you are feeling inspired to learn about tarot yourself I highly recommend this site—http://www.learntarot.com/

Just a few closing notes—yes, I know that Temperance and Fortune are spelled wrong. I did that intentionally because that is the way they were spelled on the original Japanese scans that I used. I was going for some degree of authenticity. I am also aware that the minor arcana (aside from the kings) are not arranged the same way that they are in the video games. This is because I felt that the minor arcana were my opportunity to be creative with the arrangements of the symbols. I tried my best to create meaning behind the positions of the coins, cups, swords and wands.

Special thanks—Kei http://www.dokuganryu.com/ Thank you for providing me with a high-resolution scan of the Aeon major arcana from the S.E.E.S. Persona 3 fanbook. The Aeon arcana in this collection would not have turned out so good without your help.

Xcomp http://xcomprandomness.co.uk/ Thank you for providing me with high-resolution scans of the King minor arcana from the S.E.E.S. Persona 3 fanbook. These four cards would not have turned out so good without your help.

Updated December 16, 2009

Web Design Sample Site

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Work date – October 2009

Created with Adobe Dreamweaver CS3

I was requested to design a website based on the layout of a jpeg I was provided.

This project presented new challenges because the instructions from the client were so specific. I welcomed this change of circumstances in order to test my skills.

Updated August 28, 2009

Pokémon Battle Revolution / Professional Bull Riding Parody

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Work dates – December 2008 to April 2009

Created with Adobe Photoshop CS

When I first heard of Pokémon Battle Revolution I realized the acronym for this video game was PBR, which also happens to be the abbreviation for Professional Bull Riding. Knowing that there is a Pokémon that resembles a bull, it was easy to correlate the main character of the Pokémon anime with bull riding.

While I have some experience as a drawing artist, it is not my forté. The original draft of this project was drawn by a friend of mine. I took the drawing, scaned it, and vectored it, trying to stay as true to my friend's original linework as possible. I would still like to attempt to add shadows to the scan in the future.