Monday, July 2, 2012
Occasionally, I get an idea for a sticker that seems too simple or over-done. I try to think of a new way of presenting it or stretching it into a "better" idea. But that doesn't always work. What I'm starting to learn, however, is that if I don't do anything with that idea it tends to corrupt my ability to generate new ones. Tonight's sticker was one such idea.
I was having trouble with my original idea, so my brain replaced it with this one. "No.", I thought. "I can't learn anything from this, and I'm not saying anything with this." Then I remembered my other stickers: I'm not making a statement with my pigeons, Pokemon, or monster faces and I learn something every time I open Inkscape.
Tonight, I finally made a custom swatch for my stickers so I can access those particular variations of blue and yellow. I used the rectangle tool and uniformly rounded the corners to the specifications of the original Gameboy model. Then I converted said rectangles into free paths so I could move in the bottom-right-hand corner points of the outer-shell and the blue area surrounding the screen. Rounded-rectangles also form the speaker, directional-pad, select, and start buttons.
So I actually learned a couple things and came up with a pretty cool design. Take that, brain.