Monthly Archives: July 2018

Astronaut Child – Affinity Designer


Software: Affinity Designer

Tutorial: How to Create a Retro Poster With an Astronaut Child in Adobe Illustrator – Envato Tuts

This set of images brings together three things I have done before: my ability to convert an illustrator tutorial in Affinity Designer project, flat art/retro art style and a space image!

I chose to do these images for a couple of reasons:

  1. My desire to improve my skills with Affinity Designer. I have only had Affinity Designer for a few months, but I have worked with Illustrator for years, so the desire to improve my Affinity Designer skills is very important to me. This tutorial was very helpful in it didn’t have over structured step-by-step instructions, it sort of said “crate the following using the following tools”.
  2. My desire to create an image with a person in it.  It was a bit of a surprise to realize that I have not created and posted an image with a person in it. Sure I have edited photos of people, but I have not drawn an image of a person for my blog. There is a reason for that, I sort of suck drawing people, but this image had a very basic design and I felt that my drawing skills were up to the challenge…. and they sort of were.
  3. General love of space images and flat art/retro images, and this image had both.

If you look at the original tutorial, there is an image with a space child floating over the moon, but there is no image with a child a spaceship.So why did I create the image of a spaceship? I didn’t like the idea of the child astronaut just floating in space with no way to get home. Besides, 1950’s style rockets are cool.

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Posted by on July 30, 2018 in Digital Image, Science Poster, space


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Retro Camera – Affinity Designer

Software: Affinity Designer

Tutorial: How to Create a Vintage Camera in Adobe Illustrator – Envato Tuts

Once again I have turned an Adobe Illustrator tutorial into an Affinity Designer tutorial (I am getting rather good at this). I was interested in this image because it used rather simple shapes, but by using different hues and shades a very effective image can be created. The image is inspired by the Leica M6. My current camera is call my phone….

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Posted by on July 23, 2018 in Digital Image, Flat Art, Icon


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Kitchen – Affinity Designers

Software: Affinity Designer

Tutorial: How to Design a Set of Retro Kitchen Items in Affinity Designer – Envato Tuts

This image mixes two graphic styles (maybe three) – Retro (in this case Art Deco) and Flat Art.  All three objects (mixer, blender and toaster) definitly in the flat art style. I find the mixer and toaster very much in Art Deco, maybe the blender not quite as much. The third art style is icon – I can see the background removed and the three objects separated and they could be used as icons.

One of the cool things is that this tutorial is for Affinity Designer – this is rather uncommon and a cool thing (and something important for the adaptation of Affinity Designer).

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Posted by on July 20, 2018 in Digital Image, Flat Art, Icon


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Coffee Break – Affinity Designer

Software: Affinity Designer

Tutorial:How to Create a Coffee Scene Illustration in Adobe Illustrator – Envato Tuts

Another flat art image?… Yes.

Another Lighthouse?  Nope. Good!

Glad to get off the lighthouse artwork scene (well not really), but I did stay in the Flat Art style. It is a good style to develop my Affinity Designer skills. But once again the tutorial was based on Adobe Illustrator, so it helped me work on my Adobe Illustrator to Designer translation skills.

P.S. it is hot outside today, so I might skip the coffee, but I will take the cookie (never say no to a cookie).



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Affinity Designer – Lighthouse 2


Software: Affinity Designer

Tutorial: How to Create a Lighthouse in Adobe Illustrator – Envato Tuts

Another flat art image? Another Lighthouse? Well…. yes. I found this tutorial and it gave me another image to create in Affinity Designer. Compared to the other lighthouse image this image is more detailed and it gave me some more experience using the advanced tools in Affinity Designer. Once again this tutorial that uses instructions for Adobe Illustrator, so I had to translate the instructions into Affinity Designer. This Illuistrator to Affinity Designer translation went very well indeed.

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Posted by on July 11, 2018 in Digital Image, Flat Art, Icon


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