Happy Lunar New Year!

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Chinese New Year Card AGC Singapore

Hope everyone has a fantastic Lunar New Year! I was pleased to receive this card design from AGC Singapore utilizing my Red Asian Textile Background. It’s a beautiful combination of nature photography and traditional design.

Credit: Jolene Yeo, Media and Communications Unit, Attorney-Generalโ€™s Chambers of Singapore.

Free Red Asian Chinese Textile Background

Here is the original imagery. You’re welcome to download this beautiful red pattern for use in your backgrounds or artwork. More free backgrounds can be found on my Flickr Creative Commons folder HERE . Enjoy and happy creating!

Travel Photos: Kom Ombo Crocodile Temple, Aswan Egypt

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Sobek Crocodile God Egypt Art Photo, by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions

Egypt is full of wonderful mythologies and mysteries. Kom Ombo is a fascinating temple in Aswan, Upper Egypt dedicated to Sobek, the Crocodile God of fertility and world creator with Hathor. He is a diety of protection. The Ancient Egyptians feared and revered crocodiles. The priests of Kom Ombo captured hundreds of crocodiles in deep underground wells, and supposedly adorned them with jewels to be placed within the temple pits. After the crocodiles died, they were mummified and are now on display at the Crocodile Museum. Such fascinating and amazing taxidermy exhibits!

View more photos at SMUGMUG or FLICKR

Sobek Kom Ombo Crocodile Temple Egypt Architectural Photo, by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions

Sobek Kom Ombo Crocodile temple mummies, by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions

Travel: Smiling Faces in Cairo, Touring Egypt as a Solo Female Traveler

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Travel Blog Photo, Smiling Faces in Cairo

For international travel, I always research political and social climates to find out appropriateness of actions, interactions, etc. As a solo female traveler, I chose to meet up with a tour group (for safety), wore appropriate conservative attire (to show respect for the culture and to stay lowkey) and found out about social mores. There are soldiers and tanks at checkpoints mostly on the outskirts of Cairo, but I had no safety fears while traveling in a group. Like all cities, there are underbellies, and spots that aren’t so great, but with a little common sense, no troubles at all. Now is a great time to travel to Egypt, since you don’t have to push through crowds congregating at the sites, and with a country so dependent upon tourism, the prices are really great. Just watch out for the aggressive vendors–you’ll learn to hone your bargaining skills like a pro!

My interest in traveling to Egypt was to learn more about the present culture, and the mysteries / history of Ancient Egypt, with the great monuments and exquisite artwork. I definitely am inspired to create new art… just have to dig in and start creating! ๐Ÿ™‚

While I was traveling on my own–away from the group–I was delighted to meet dozens of curious lil Egyptians and fell in love with their smiles and energy. There were very inquisitive–asking my name, where I was from, how I liked Egypt, etc. Another reason why I enjoy travel–to meet new people and get inspired! Here are a few pics of them while in Cairo ๐Ÿ™‚

Christmas Art: Gingerbread Zombie

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Gingerbread Zombie Undead Bread illustration, art by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions.com

“Gingerbread Zombie” is a deliciously fun homage to B-movie creature features. Wanted to take a little break from the dark gothic art and explore the lighter side of Black Christmas. It was created in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, while watching the amazing “Walking Dead” series on Netflix.

Free Download: New to Mobile Design? Tutorial on How to Design for Different Mobile Sizes, Image Conversions, & Touchpoints

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Mobile Design Size Considerations by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions.com

These tutorial images are freely available for download and are a resource for Designers new to Mobile Design. I created and compiled this quick reference guide for fellow colleagues and although this is a distilled version, I hope it may be useful to you.

Mobile Design Size Considerations: If you’re working on a native mobile design, where you’ll have to address both IOS and Android platforms, design for IOS first, as the sizes are standardized, rather than Android models, where there are dozens of varieties and loads of extra production work. Eek! (Although I’m an Android user, designing for Apple is a more streamlined process). When designing for Mobile, you have to consider the physical pixels (ex. Iphone 6=1242px x 2208px), while developers refer to 1x, 2x and 3x sizes. There’s a lot of info, but don’t worry, it’s not so scary. Retina sizes refer to 2x Large (2x LG) and 3x Sizes. A 2x LG size is essentially an iPhone 6 size, whereupon developers would sometimes expand the standard 2x size to fit the 2x-large size.

Naming Convention: Apple recommends adding “2x” and “3x” to your original file name to accommodate for different sizes. As a Designer, you have a wonderful job of creating multiple versions of your files in different sizes, so yay for production time. Also, for ease of search, you’ll have to refrain from using fancy CAPS in the file naming, spaces or start with a number, else your files may get lost in the system.

Mobile Design Size Considerations by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions.com

Mobile Image Conversions: While working on a new mobile project, I had to work off of old 1x raster-based models, and needed to convert some individual image elements to 2x and 3x sizes + vice versa, so there was a lot of conversions. After chocolate-stress-eating and math (yuck!), numbers arose and this doc was formed. The conversion is not 100% pixel accurate, but this method will get you in the same pixel range for presentation purposes. Disclaimer: this method isn’t necessary if you’re working from scratch in a vector format or from a recent Photoshop file.

Mobile Design Touchpoints by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions.com

Designing Mobile Touchpoints, Sizes & Padding: When designing touch devices, you have to account for the touchpoint size of your design elements (links, buttons, etc). Everyone has different-sized fingers, so the touchpoint surface size for everyone varies, but on average, stick to 45-57px minimum (1x format) for a button or a link. The more space you have around the touchpoint (40-50px), the better the user experience would be, as people wouldn’t be frustrated while clicking on the wrong thing.

Happy Designing!

Artwork: Skeletons Playing Piano Duet

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Skeletons Playing Piano Duet, Art by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions.com

“Skeletons Playing Piano Duet” is an informal homage to my favorite instrument with a fun “day of the dead”-inspired scene. This piece was also inspired by Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride”–I adore the piano scene in the movie where the characters tickled the ivory keys and started an infactuation. My illustration was created via pen/pencil with an incorporation of old photo textures and digital coloring. I always like to retain the original black & white drawing in its original state for greater flexibility ๐Ÿ™‚

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