The New DA LogoThe New DA Logo by Phaeton99
Overthought, Underbaked: The Controversial New DA Logo
So, in response to requests for my thoughts on the new DA logo — and being disinclined to type the same response repeatedly — I will lay out my impressions here.
To paraphrase a certain swordsman: "You keep using that logo, but I do not think it conveys what you think it does."
The new logo is certainly clever, and as a designer — setting aside any resemblance to the platzkart.ru logo, accidental or otherwise — one can easily imagine the careful thought that went into its concept and execution, but...
If there is one thing that I took from my schooling in graphic design, it was the importance of clarity: of meaning, of import, of impression. This was true for any work, its composition, it layout, its style — its effective visceral message. Logo design, above all, is go
I predominately go by Zedrin. I am a flash animator, the head animator behind Silly Filly Studios, a digital artist, and an engineer. I'm not very chatty but don't be afraid to ask me things, especially for technical help.|
Currently a resident of Arizona, and an engineering graduate out of ASU.
If you like my art and characters, consider supporting me on Patreon!
Some FAQ stuff:
Can I use your artwork in my site/post/Facebook/Youtube video?
Certainly! Just provide some link back to the original piece, such as in the description. Please use the fav.me (example provided) shortlink on the right hand side of any deviation. (Just copying the raw URL sometimes redirects to your own inbox instead)
If you're posting it to tumblr, as before I don't mind as long as you provide citation (either in the description or through Tumblr's source option), but you may find it easier to just reblog from my art blog: zedart.tumblr.com/
Can I vector your work?
I'm tempted to say no to this because of BS I've had to deal with. You may, but because I've had issues with people thinking they can then sell these vectors, I ask that you disable downloads of the image and clearly state that they are NOT for commercial use. (Clever users can still get the image without trouble to use in wallpapers, etc., this simply deters the more foolish ones.)
Also make sure you're actually doing a vector. I can respect ACTUAL vector work. To make sure you know what it means to vector something, please look at my infographic: fav.me/d686h1r
And even then, if I say to take it down, then you agree to take it down.
(And don't try to say something silly like a raster recolor of an image counts as vectorization. I work with vector graphics for animation for a living. You'd have to be sinfully stupid if you think you'd be able to get that by me.)
Can I publish a trace or make a base of your work?
You may not. You may use my art to help you practice (even though tracing doesn't help as much as people think), but if you trace my work I ask that you don't publish it.
I am adamantly against bases due to sourcing issues with them and that they are essentially tracing as well.
I am fine with people using my art as a reference, such as using it to compare their own art or poses, and publishing it. Do note this does not involve tracing.
Do you have a Tumblr?
Yes. If you just want my art, my art blog is zedart.tumblr.com/ If you want my shenanigans and doodles, my mod blog is zedrin-maybe.tumblr.com/
Do you take requests?
If you follow my blog I sometimes take generic sketch requests, especially of my own characters. I do take commissions when time allows.
Hi, I'm working on a big animation project, can you help me with it?
But it'll make you super fam-
No. It won't.
There may be payment involved!
You're free to commission me, but things like 2 hour movies take a studio of people working on salary several months, if not years, to complete. Animation commissions are best kept no longer than a minute.
PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE JUST DO MY ANIMATION
If you've read up to this point, you know it's a bad idea to send me your fanfic ideas.
Like, seriously. Don't ask me to animate for you. I have to keep score of that shit nowadays. I've got my own team and my own projects.
What's your Steam/Skype?
I no longer give those out. If you want em, you'll have to get to know me instead. :v
What software do you use?
I use Flash CS6, Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CS6, After Effects CS6, and am familiar with Blender. I also use programs like Audition, Audacity, and Premier.
Can you teach me flash/how to draw?
As much as I'd like to, I don't have time. I really want to make tutorials when I get the chance. My group, Pony-Animators has several resources posted to the front page at least, where you may get some help. If you have any questions on specific aspects of Flash, feel free to send them my way as well and I'll see if I can help!
I also frequently do recordings of my speedpaintings, all posted to my Youtube. They may offer some insight to my methods, and I answer any questions about my process.
Why don't you draw ponies anymore?
Cause I'm not interested anymore.
I'm unwatching you because I don't like what you draw
I deeply and sincerely apologize for not catering to your specific interests with my artwork and going out of my way to ensure you specifically are satisfied.
Also I don't really care. Bye Mr. Entitled and Buttfrustrated <3
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