Archive for the ‘Artwork’ Category

Kristin’s opening tonight at Northwest Coffee of her ‘Mozart on Canvas’ paintings was a great success! Jan 6 2007

Kristin working on her latest and biggest Mozart painting

Tonight we gathered to celebrate Kristin’s latest work — a series of gorgeous paintings of Mozart and his times on canvas. The exhibition opened and was well attended by many of our church friends.

Pictures from Kristin's opening of Mozart paintings at Northwest Coffee Shop - Jan 5, 2007 Pictures from Kristin's opening of Mozart paintings at Northwest Coffee Shop - Jan 5, 2007 Pictures from Kristin's opening of Mozart paintings at Northwest Coffee Shop - Jan 5, 2007 Pictures from Kristin's opening of Mozart paintings at Northwest Coffee Shop - Jan 5, 2007 Pictures from Kristin's opening of Mozart paintings at Northwest Coffee Shop - Jan 5, 2007

Kristin’s paintings look wonderful in the space at Northwest Coffee (a fabulous coffee shop by the way) and will be displayed through the end of February. So drop by if you are in town and have a moment.

Northwest Coffee
8401 Maryland Ave
St. Louis, MO 63105
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See the rest of the pictures from the opening here:
Kristin’s ‘Mozart on Canvas’ Paintings – a photoset on Flickr (slideshow)

Find out more about Kristin’s Letters to Mozart project.

Working at Vibe on Photoshop screenshot prototypes for the next version of VibeTV for a couple of days… Jan 5 2007

Going from pen and paper scribbles to finished Photoshop paper prototype

I’ve been working at Vibe Solutions Group again for a couple of days on Photoshop screenshot comps for some enhancements to their cool new video aggregator product called VibeTV.

You can see an example of the current version of VibeTV here:

The process that we’ve been going through is something like this:

  1. New features are conceptually developed (this was mostly done before I came in earlier this week.) This probably includes whiteboard drawings, vigorous discussions and figuring out business requirements.
  2. Pen and paper sketches of how the new features might work are done to provide an overall direction. This shows proposed locations of buttons, tabs, general layout. It is very loose and free-form. Often times a template page is scribbled out and then is photocopied many times to allow rapid drawing of design variations without having to re-draw the same elements over and over again.
  3. Photoshop work begins, fleshing out the concepts developed in the whiteboard and paper drawing stages. This is a critical step in the paper prototyping process that allows final design decisions to be made and where the ‘rubber meets the road’ — concepts that looked good on paper get realized in pixels and reality begins to happen.
  4. Screenshots are printed out to a color printer and are shown and iterations are done, moving and tweaking elements until the overall design feels right and fits together.
  5. Once the screenshots are finished and approved, final graphics can be prepared and delivered, ready for the developers to implement into code.
  6. The final screenshots are also used in the Product Requirements Document (PRD) to show everyone what the final application is actually supposed to look like. This can serve as an invaluable reference tool for everyone during the application development process because everyone is able to look at the finished picture of what they are trying to build.
  7. Photoshop source files are provided to allow further refinements to be made as necessary
  8. Eventually after the developers have had time to build the application functionality, the new application is released! Celebration time.

I’ll post a link to the updated application once they’ve finished coding the new features and there’s something new to look at.

You can hire me to do this for you too

If you need Photoshop screenshots showing what a web application could look like that can be used for final production-ready graphics, drop me a line. I charge reasonable rates and enjoy the process of collaboration and helping people achieve their design goals.

I can work with you wherever you are with your idea, whether you have just a blue-sky idea or a back of the napkin sketch or detailed use-flow diagrams or even an existing product that you want to freshen up or redesign for better usability.

If you would be interested in my services, don’t hesitate to email me at: gserafini [at]

The Complete Guide to Isometric Pixel Art Sep 5 2006

Good resource for the aspiring isometric pixel artist:

The Complete Guide to Isometric Pixel Art

Submitted a tile for Collabofit to Sep 5 2006

There are still some free blocks left. I actually like what this clever Australian is doing, lots of opportunity for creativity here.

Collabofit - Your online fitness club

I submitted a floor advertising Collabofit – Your online fitness club which is now in an actually usable state, for basic fitness stats entries. We’ll see how it looks in the tower.

Check it out: pixTower – Pixel Advertising at its Finest – Move into the (soon to be) World’s Tallest Virtual Tower TODAY!

Christian Science Media Mar 8 2006

CSMedia_01d, originally uploaded by gserafini.

Working with Rachel on a design for a new site that would make free Christian Science Media readily available to the general public.

Coming as soon as it can. The logo font is Mrs. Eaves Small Caps from Emigre.

CVS update Haiku Jan 23 2006

after updating,
different files fall like snow:
deploy changed config

[I wrote this in response to Steve’s comment about being explicit enough w/ the directions for updating the server.xml file for Tomcat that I wrote before. Thought it was a nice little poem.]

First illustration of one of the brothers from Cory Doctorow’s latest book, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town Jul 2 2005

Damon Wallace is one of the best artists I know. He’s living in China right now with his wife, wanting to come back to the Bay Area. I grew up with Damon, he was my best friend in middle school at Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley, CA.

I’ve been encouraging Damon to do some illustrations based on Cory Doctorow’s latest [wonderful, great, awesome!!!] book, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, available for free download and reading pleasure. This is the first illustration that Damon has posted.

The plan is to remix Cory’s book into an illustrated classic. Super exciting, and I’m sure you’ll agree that Damon’s work is outstanding.

If you have any illustration needs, I would highly recommend getting in touch with him. He is really, really good and he’s looking for freelance work right now. An excellent opportunity to work with an outstanding, brilliant artist / illustrator.

Illustration of one of the brothers from Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

Illustration of one of the brothers from a book

Illustration of one of the brothers from a book

a book calleds Someone comes to town. Someone leaves upon provication of a good friend to undertake a pirate style visualization of some bits of it.

Check his site out and get in touch with him. He’s a super nice guy and you won’t regret it.

WWJB: What Would Jesus Buy? oh, and Merry XMAS and a Happy New Year to you all! Dec 4 2004

Merry XMAS, folks.

Now that the Christmas holiday shopping season is now raging along in SPEND SPEND SPEND mode, I think it might be good to rembember, uh, the TRUE MEANING of this HOLIE$T of HOLIDAY$. Keep in mind the original reason that we BUY to GIVE, and really consider this year, if you have Jesus in Your Heart(TM), just What Would Jesus Buy?.

WWJB: What Would Jesus Buy?

Happy holidays, everyone. You’re welcome to share this graphic, print it on sticker stock and sticker wherever your Heart tells you too — in malls, SUV bumpers, sale signs, etc…

Rembember, TRUE CHRISTIANS don’t hesitate to SPEND, SPEND, SPEND.

Le Moleskine a Beleg Dec 2 2004

Le Moleskine a Beleg

This French guy is running a nice little WordPress blog with his Moleskine journal pages scanned in.

Quite nice.

Via BoingBoing

Bush Lies – Creative Commons graphic – spread it around. Oct 12 2004

Well, since I’m pretty much too hesitant chicken to go ahead and spray paint a message like this on overpasses, walls, buildings, the road, people’s cars sportin’ the big W, I figured I could at least vandalize my own site with a heartfelt message.

Bush Lies.  We pay.

So, I made this graphic. I hearby release it under Creative Commons license. Please use it, post it, share it, whatever if you like it or you think it conveys your feelings too. I may be adding other different messages along the same lines to the header graphic, but for now, please, this message needs to be spread.

Also, if the Democrats blow this election, shame on them. And, like Dave says, if you vote for Bush and he wins we’ll blame you for the next 4 years.

If you use this, download it, post it, whatever, please leave a comment below with URL if you want. Thanks.


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