Alphabet-A Ring Design

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Alphabet A ring design
Alphabet A Ring Union
Alphabet A ring design
Alphabet A Ring Closeup
Alphabet A ring design
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Alphabet A ring design
Alphabet A Ring Top Face View

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Alphabet-A ring design note

To being, I have no idea what I should do with the Alphabet-A ring design. As we all know how does A looks like but, to put it in a ring face is entirely different subject. So I generalize the shape of A to be triangle and proceed to start drawing lines outward leaving uneven steps to all corners of the face.  

The variations and the choices

There were a few variations I had made and I chosen this because of its simplicity. At one point I almost turn the triangle into a flower. An interesting notion to entertain me while I the process of designing the Alphabet-A ring. Maybe one day I will work on something relate to flowery sort of design for ladies.

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Notice the longest horizon bar line at the bottom the of the triangle, I leave that to suggest an elongate ring face. The rest of the cascading slanting lines that adhere to the triangle side to form most of the texture were left there to capture the light and shadow. I initially thought of a deeper lines cut but, too deep a shadow will start to loose the intended shape and all that glamour of reflective light. Let’s move on to the ring side design.

Alphabet-A ring mysterious lines

The recess lines on the side of the Alphabet-A ring design resemble the shape of an A and suggest the ring is build from some sort of building blocks from ground up. It gives that solid foundation, clearly essential for the first ring design in the line as the first Alphabet ring design.

I cannot wait to send this for printing, I’ll post the update and photo shots of the actual ring once in hand. So I leave it as it is for your pleasure now. Drop me a line if you are free. Cheers! 

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Alphabet-A Ring Side Top
Alphabet-A Ring Side Top
Alphabet-A Ring Front Top
Alphabet-A Ring Front Top
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Alphabet-A Ring Side Lines Close

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Alphabet Ring Design Concept

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Alphabet ring design concept sketches
Alphabet Ring Design Concept Draw

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The being of Alphabet ring design development

If you had seen my previous works, you will know they were so much different from each other. I was trying to find my own style. In the process, I found a new obsession that will allow my design to evolve and breed new concept. The Alphabet ring design concept.

This time round is not about the smoothness of the surface or that perfect curve. First, I was captivated by the edges how it catches the light and shadow. This happens after I design Resonance Edge. I move on to produce a few more outline concepts and shaded sketches as you can see from my album here.

I want to deliver the modern sleek design, I kept the lines simple and clean while retaining the principle on each piece. The effect was enormous.

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Alphabet A ring design
Alphabet A ring design face rendering.

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Alphabet B ring design
Alphabet B ring design face rendering.

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Alphabet C ring design
Alphabet C ring design face rendering.

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Choosing the frame in Alphabet ring design concept

I was deeply attracted to the Five Pillars framework that I recently posted before the concept of Alphabet ring design. I took the frame of signet ring to start my design. I want to stay away from the conventional round face protruding from the top, instead I go for the rectangular flat on the side, slightly tilted to create an unobtrusive V-shape.

It does leave a certain weight to the finger, the impression that this was cut out of a piece of solid metal was very profound. Because of this, it gives me a lot of space for imagination to craft out unique ring design ideas.

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Alphabet I ring design
Alphabet I ring design face rendering,

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Of all material I choose brass. Surely I can go for sterling silver and charge more to the price tag, but there is something about the this unique metal character, its colour that reflected light off the surface, that yellowish tone emitting from its surface. With that being said, I also like this copper and zinc infusion slowly age with time due to the brass oxidation process and later to be renew by cleaning aid, once again to be a reborn of new is exciting to work with.

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Alphabet D ring design
Alphabet D ring design face rendering.

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Five Pillars Ring Design

Five pillars ring design

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Ring perspective view.
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Looking from the side top down.
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Ring front view from top down.

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Five Pillars ring design had not cross my mind for awhile since I did the Diamond Frame, let alone designing something entirely so different from my previous approach. The Five Pillars ring design was a surprise to me as much as anybody who had known me from the start. From choosing the frame to the recess-engrave like lines and shapes on the surface was all new from the start.

Searching for the ring frame

Not long ago I had seen somewhere about a ring that have this nice flat top surface, I decided to add a personal touch to it. I elevate the face of the ring higher to a more prominence position. I had design to slice on a v-shape to the side of the ring, to make the bottom more narrow and broaden the top, so as to leave room for finger movement. At this point, I had created the foundation frame work for more future projects. I intent to create a whole series of design base on this frame.

The Five Pillars ring color

The choice of the color is gold. Since gold is the precise color to match the mood of Greek and Egyptian culture. The Five Pillars ring design was inspired by these places where I have found myself wonder in amazement. However, Gold is more expensive to make rather than brass, more to the point, brass does have oxidation. It does age with time and product that rustic tone which is beautiful to me.

Experience

In designing the Five Pillars ring, I had gain a lot of experiences like never before. I look forward to create more design and have them upload to my website. There are times where imagined version of the ring to be transfer to software tools for modeling, pose a challenge to the designer. Not that I had never use Rhino 3D before, it is a wonderful tool to use. I was so use to modeling furniture and interior works, creating ring was a passion I found to be very addictive.

There Is Only Death In Hate 2015 Tee Design

At the beginning of Paris tragic bombing, to learn of the lives lost sadden me immensely. After September 11 and the whole war on terror at middle east, I believe such event will never happen again. Or at least for a long long time whatever reason politic can grant us.

Obviously we don’t live in a safe world now that we come to know of such event can happen anywhere. I have come to believe it can also happen to my country where I call home.

As a designer, I want to contribute to this event to remind people of this unsafe world we live in and love is all we have in us. Hate will only bring life to an end, love is the only thing that makes life possible. The world is what we make of it.

At that point of time I was very busy with my other line of work, didn’t have the time to complete my concept till now. In this post, I have include the high resolution print file for anybody who want to print on their own. If you want to purchase my all-over-print it is now available for purchase, ship from Los Angeles.

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Click for high resolution file and save to computer.

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Freedom to Imagine Tee

Freedom To Imagine Tee American Apparel White
Freedom To Imagine Tee American Apparel White

 “Seeing all there is before us in knowing the only boundary is ourselves.”

Freedom to Imagine was an idea I previously contemplated for awhile till now I can finally put it through the printer for production. I’m proud of it to being with. The process was from a total state of blank to the current version. Initially I didn’t know what I was looking for till it slowly comes to my mind like cloud in the sky forming into pictures I imagine.

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Freedom to Imagine Yellow Background
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I first started a yellow background which was what energize me in my creative process. Above that I like that yellow background to slip under a wide range of colorful palette. For this, I choose flower spray pattern in Corel Draw.

Flower Image Spray
Flower Image Spray

 

I painted it around the logo with different brush size to represent the wide variety of natural inspiration.

Stars Image Spray
Stars Image Spray

Above it, I added a layer of bright-color-stars with the spray paint to symbolize ideas and thoughts.

Buildings Image Spray
Buildings Image Spray

Lastly I spray a layer of black-ink-buildings between the 2 layers represent human activity in thoughts, the creation process that connects people.

Freedom To Imagine Cover
Freedom To Imagine Cover

Finally I arrived at this version, a t-shirt to represent Freedom to Imagine, built on the logo of Visionalfreeman with an up down mirror image. The reason for this is to connect Visionalfreeman with freedom tee as an ongoing evolving effort to bring the core value of freedom and design to represent the people.

Freedom and design are the core philosophy that set the foundation in designing all products on this website. So much had changed since 2013, I had so much fun working on Freedom Tee series and I’m looking forward to show you more print on tee that is more than just a pretty face. Come back for more!

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The Alpha Tee

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The making of the Alpha Tee.

The word Alpha is not just a word, it is a symbol. It represents the first, forefront, the being of something. It is use in the name of products, organizations, ideas and many more Alphas made its way to countless places.

I want a t-shirt design to represent this idea, a new set of font design to represent the word Alpha. The first letter I worked on is ‘A’.

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I like this font to have a little pointy cut resemblance the being of things, and have that futuristic style to reflect a new era to come.

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When come to the main body of the graphic design, I imagine some non-uniform element forms into the center well define symbol of an ‘a’.

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Above this, I put a triangle above it to represent the letter ‘A’ with a line strike through the middle.

 

Mechanic Tee

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Like everything else if you want to be successful in your chosen field, it takes passion and determination to be the man where people will call upon to save the world. We are not going to talk about Spiderman, for now, I’m just going to write about vehicle mechanic.

I admire people who devote themselves in this area of work. They are people who get their hands dirty in the garage, finding ways to solve the engine problems or anything that require fixing. Why? An engine is like horse back in those days, a broken down engine is unproductive. A regular guy will say:” What wrong with it?” A mechanic will say:” Let me see what wrong.” In a way, they are like doctor; accept this is about engine, our modern day horse rescue.

Back in the days, people value horse very much, coming from a city like mine (Singapore), people value car more than their wife. It cost more than a house! In that sense, guys who send their car to the mechanic is more like sending their second wife to get things fix.

Though mechanic do get their hands under the hood of other people “second wife”, they do however risk their life working under that heavy piece of metal block just few inches away from their face. I’m sure nobody want to get their hands dirty, all that dirt under the car hood mix with oil and grease, who knows what else is in that black substance everywhere under that smooths shining glory metal case? For a mechanic, getting dirt in their hands is a second nature, to look pass all that and reach out to fix the problem.

To go through all that hassle I guess what I’m trying to say here is that, mechanic love engine. It is like a metal block with soul in it. By listening to the throttling of a bike engine, a mechanic will know how to tune the carburetor to make it stronger, tender or just mild. Like cocktail, only this is with the magic hand that feels the living soul of a machine right up to that final touch tightening a screw.

I’m sure you heard of engine restoration. Having dead engine is like have dead people around; a working engine alone is worth celebrating, like a new born into this world of machinery, to aid mankind of a meaningful endeavor. To do that, a mechanic is require.

The Friday Tee

You cannot deny it; Friday is the most special day of the week. Throughout the whole week, we have that little intimate mission, auto running at the back of our head, no matter what, we must make it to Friday.

For those working people who are looking for a way to lose some steams, Friday is the day. Friday is like the ultimate solution for every problem that drags you through the whole week.

Friday is the day you might meet somebody special, even though you don’t believe in a romance movie. Some believe generally people just need to have sex. However, the congregations have to carry forward. God bless true people who have a heart.

Friday is the day that you might get so drunk and become a Facebook celebrity overnight with the help of your best friend camera phone.

For those people living up in the air high above, Friday is like Christmas all over again. Yes, every damn week. For some of us have to wait one year. The air up there is certainly better I suppose.

When you step on a pile of shit, what do you say? “Damn! This happens because it is not Friday.”

For some people, Friday is a day to get drunk and get laid or run around with no pants thinking nobody will see. However, for somebody, it is a last day of work before they get to see their children under the custody of their ex-wife of the ex-husband.

You see Friday is biological clock instils deep into our conscious or subconscious, or semi-subconscious if there is such, from the moment we are born. Hence the Friday Tee.

Thank you for reading.

Twisted Horn Ring Design

I have always fascinated by the pipe instrument, how that intricate pipe structure design pushing the pressure of the air to finally form a tone to be use by the hand of the artist who already had that piece of music in his or her head.

So I set out, wanting to capture that ascent of the instrument in my new ring design. My initial thought was to have it twisted around the finger like a snake body but, with an open mouth of a horn design. So I came up with this version of the ring.

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At this stage everything was looking fine till I realize that this design did not fully adhered to my initial thought, I was carried away with this new form experiment. However I think this particular version is not so bad, modern, clean line and very well controls flow. I might use this for one of my future design, but for now I’ll focus on the Twisted Horn.

What happen next I looked into conventional musical instrument design for some elements where I use for the ring; there were flute, trumpet and French horn. All were very beautiful but the details just simply overwhelming.  So I started with this form.

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Twisted Horn 2nd stage.
Twisted Horn 2nd stage.

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I agree how bare this look, however it fits my idea. I changed the square profile to that conventional round profile to have that more widely acceptable idea about a musical horn design. Next I look more closely for those small details to make it fun and interesting.

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By now, I realize all details work, but there were some problems that I didn’t like. The rim of the opening horn is not consistent; the horn itself does have that slight uneven slab inside the rim that might cause polishing problem in production. After a few tweaks to the model, I arrive at my finally design.

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Working On New Tee Pattern

Searching for inspiration.

Today I have been out since afternoon looking for a nice spot to lay my mat and relax myself. I want to experiment some new design forms that I’ll use on my next t-shirt print.

 
Now the night is here and I’m going to fill my stomach with some nice food I can find. See you till the next post.