[Monitor] Stand by Me

Monitor stand with Lady Mechanika comic decoupage

I made this monitor stand for my day job so that I could hide my Wacom tablet underneath until needed. My first attempt was on pine and so of course it warped. [duh]. This one is plywood with rounded corners and more decoupage with my current  fav’  –  ‘Lady Mechanica’ by Joe Benitez

I always buy several extra copies so I could do stuff like this. Some would say sacrilege! but having read and owned literally thousands of comics over the decades, I hate hiding them in boxes. This stuff is meant to be  appreciated and my admired.

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A Holiday Gif to All

Happy Holidays from CREA Café

See the animated gif at https://giphy.com/gifs/cafe2015xmas-26tP2k7YRIkxsGD0k

Happy holidays to all and the best wishes for a prosperous 2016.

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An oldie but a goodie

Garbage In Garbage Out

See the animated gif at https://giphy.com/gifs/gigo-garbage-in-out-26tP3zezL570S46qs

This animated gif was made several years ago for a client for a PowerPoint slideshow. When I put it on my old web site I actually got several hits and people from the US and England asked if they could use it. Well by all means, please do. And if anybody out there is looking to use it, go ahead and get the link from the giphy address, just drop me an email and mention your country. I’d kind of like to map its progress.

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Illustrating Housing for Fun and Profile


On the marketing site, CREA.ca, is my montage of various houses from across Canada. It was an interesting exercise. Besides the vectored houses and buildings, I even pushed the trees into vector, then back to Photoshop to crisp the edges and colours. The trees reflecting in the windows added to the realism.The diminishing colour contrast gives the depth. I’m hoping I can work on the next version for the next update, with a little more time for composition. It was a mad rush to get this one done.

[as always, click on the image to see a larger version]

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