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!

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

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

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 🙂

Artwork: Skull Goddess

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Skull Goddess, Art by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions, Art by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions

Skull Goddess, Art by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions, Art by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions

Happy Halloween! “Skull Goddess” is an exploration into the lighter side of the macabre. It’s inspired by my recent trip to Southeast Asia, primarily Bayon of Angkor Wat, Cambodia, and the White Temple of Thailand, which depicts modern scenarios of good vs. evil. I created this via the usual pen/ink and graphite media, with a smidget of digital coloring. The pigments are kept to a minimum to highlight the details, but to also echo the stone carvings of the ancient temples.

This piece is available as an 8.5″ x 11″ art print HERE ON ETSY

Photo Buttons / Pins: Animal Skull and Teeth Horror Images

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Animal Skull and Teeth Photos Pinback Buttons by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions

“Animal Skulls and Teeth” is a 3-piece pinback button set that was created and produced from my own photographs. The images were taken at the zoo and educational sites. This is a must-have for anyone interested in horror, anatomy and the life sciences. For a small price, you can indulge in the complex world of the afterlife and add these buttons to your collection or as a small gift for your friends or family. AVAILABLE HERE ON ETSY.

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