Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Buttons and Bands

I have this modestly sizable collection of web graphics I've been collecting over the years. Some have become sort of obsolete as screens kept getting wider! But in all, they're still usable.

Except that I've been fooling around in Corel Draw and finding I can make my own sooooo easily. Well, some of them anyway. Boxes and buttons and so on are pretty simple. And I can get exactly what I want, not just something that's 'close enough.'

It is also worth mentioning that one can design and create ones own True Type fonts in Draw. That's something I might fool around with more some day.

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We have yet another musician in our extended family. That is beside, of course 'Mean Mary' James and your rather less talented (or at least a lot less well known!) author of this blog. That would be my grand-nephew, Josh Price.

Josh is the son of Mary's older sister, April. He grew up out in the LA area and is a member (guitarist) of the band Via Verde. They, I guess, would be characterized as Christian Rock. Not totally my cup of darjeeling, musically (on first listen, I felt a bit of a U2 vibe to them), but they seem talented enough.

Anyway, they are on FaceBook (like everyone else) at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Via-Verde-Official/105292399512079

BTW, there are folks on the other side of my family (i.e. my Brooke cousins) who are also involved in the music biz. To be honest, I haven't really looked into them as they are in New York and seem to be urban music oriented. I should check them out when I have lots of spare time...yeah.

Actually, it's difficult for me to listen to music at all with my current internet situation. Forget streaming! I can devote an hour or so to downloading a song occasionally, assuming the download doesn't break off somewhere in the middle. Or, more typically, when it's almost finished.

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I mentioned a post or two back the idea of working with public domain material. Well, I've chosen a project (at least tentatively) and that is to illustrate Francis of Assisi's 'Canticle of the Sun' (or whatever variant on that title you happen to prefer).

The first thing to decide, I suppose, is whether it will aimed at a young or adult audience! Or maybe it doesn't matter; anyway, I'll be thinking and sketching. I do not intend to rush it; it may not even be finished in the course of the next year. But it will be, eventually.

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