The topic of my blog is “About Me” and specifically about ‘ohana. In keeping with this theme as well as elements from my collage, I wanted to incorporate the plumeria flower lei and the word ‘ohana into a suitable logo for my blog.
My choice of colors was influenced by a few things. There is one thing that many tropical islands have in common, and that is bright vivid colors in its flora and fauna. That said, the plumeria comes in a wide range of colors from delicate whites & yellow to vivid fuchsias (http://www.treknature.com/gallery/photo189406.htm). Another influence was the bright colors used in Crazy Shirts clothing back in the 1980s. Crazy Shirts started as a small T-shirt store in Waikiki (http://www.crazyshirts.com/home.do). With these things in mind, I opted to go with a hot pink to orange-yellow gradient.
To create the lei, I began by using the pencil tool to draw a petal and copied it repeatedly. Further adjustments were made by rotating the angle, and using the object transform and object arrange options. I used the gradient option to add color to the top petal layer, and filled the bottom petal layer with a solid color to add some depth and clarity to each petal of the plumeria. I created a circle using the ellipse tool to overlay each flower to create a lei that forms the letter “O” in ‘ohana.
My fellow classmates and instructor had some excellent feedback that I have tried to incorporate into my final design. I changed to the shape of the lei from a round circle to more of an oval and slightly rotated it to match the slant of the letters. I increased the size of the font used for “hana” because I needed a better balance in terms of weight and mass of the “O.” I felt there was too much white space so I added a background color with a 30% opacity to fade it. I centered the logo and placed a “frame” around it using the same gradient colors, with a -60 ° angle. Overall, I am happy with this design.
As you can see from my previous entries, the topic of my blog is “About Me” and specifically about ‘ohana. In keeping with this theme as well as elements from my collage, I wanted to incorporate the plumeria lei and the word ‘ohana into my logo. A plumeria lei symbolizes the bond between all that is good, and for me it represents the bond of family (‘ohana). Combining these elements seemed to be an ideal logo for my blog.
I began by using the pencil tool to draw a petal and copied it repeatedly. Further adjustments were made by rotating the angle, and using the object transform and object arrange options. I used the gradient option to add color to the top petal layer, and filled the bottom petal layer with a solid color to add some depth and clarity to each petal of the plumeria. I created a circle using the ellipse tool to overlay each flower to create a lei that forms the letter “O” in ohana. Once the circle of flowers was formed, I deleted the background. Using a matching gradient, I used the text tool to add “hana.” Although these steps sound simple and easy, it took numerous adjustments before I was satisfied with the look of my logo. I have included an image that shows different pieces used to create my logo.
Using the same gradient and colors in the lei and the letters unifies the two separate pieces. The balance of size between the two pieces places a slight emphasis the plumeria lei. I have not decided whether I want to make the size ratio bigger because, not only does this lei have special meaning within Hawaiian culture; the plumeria is my favorite flower.
These are the results of my four Illustrator tutorials.
The topic I chose for my blog is “About Me” with a focus on ‘ohana. ‘Ohana is the Hawaiian word for family. While the concept of ‘ohana includes the Western idea of nuclear family of mother, father, and children, it encompasses far more. ‘Ohana includes family members now and those to come—members related by birth, marriage, official and unofficial adoption, and friends so integrated within the family we call them “uncle”, “aunty”, “brother,” or “sister.” ‘Ohana also includes those who have come and gone before us, our deceased and ancestral spirit (aumakua). We all share the same commitment, responsibility, and support of one another. ‘Ohana is a fundamental familial support system vital to Native Hawaiian culture. In keeping with the theme of ‘ohana, I decided to focus on generations of mothers and daughters for my collage. We work together to form the support system for each other. Those pictured in my collage represent only a part of our ‘ohana. The background image is a plumeria because a lei made of these flowers symbolizes the bond between all that is good, and for me represents the bond between the mothers and daughters of our ‘ohana.
My idea for this collage is to have my youngest granddaughter as the focal point, surrounded by the others in a “circle of life.” (I did my best to form a circle.) Starting at her hand that is holding pictures of past and future generations, I arranged the images in chronological order. (That’s right—future! Last weekend my son gave me an ultrasound image of my next grandchild who will be born this fall.) The only picture that isn’t in order is the one in the top right corner. It is a picture of my mom and my sisters.
As you can see, I made several changes between my draft and final copy. Thanks to the suggestions and helpful tips from my classmates, I have a better looking design. I was able to remove the white background from the black & white image of my granddaughter using the magic wand tool—thanks Tim!
I edited all the photos using the techniques we learned in the Photoshop tutorials. I cropped/trimmed all the pictures and adjusted those using different layers. From its original colored form, I separated the now B&W picture from its background. I also added a drop shadow to each of the pictures so they don’t look so “flat.” (Again, thanks Tim.) I moved the black & white image of my grandmother so that it looks like Alliana is holding it. (Thanks Tab.) Then I added the ultrasound picture on top to help convey the connectedness of past, present, future generations. I added my initials to the writing since I am the author. For the final touch, I wanted to add a frame but I didn’t want a solid color. With that in mind, I added a black frame layer between the background layer and the plumeria layer. By decreasing the opacity to 65%, I darkened the edges while maintaining the colors of the background flowers. Overall, I am satisfied with the results.