#95 Apples & Oranges


#95 Apples & Oranges
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Although AmperArt #95 is titled Apples & Oranges, it was inspired by an incident I could have called Apples & Peaches. You see, the other day I went to the market for three pounds of peaches. I had purchased just one the day before & it was so sweet I went back to stock up. Okay, I admit it was also the last day of the sale. These delicious peaches were only 69 cents a pound.

I brought my few items — three pounds of peaches & maybe one pound of everything else — up to the checker & she rang me up for $20 & change. Seemed like a lot for just peaches, a head of lettuce & two cans of tuna (cat treats — if I ate that stuff I’d probably be healthy). When I got to the car I realized it was indeed way too much money for those few items. So I checked the receipt & sure enough, she rang up three pounds of organic Fuji apples at 4.75/lb.! There’s a big difference between apples & peaches — just like there’s a tremendous difference between apples & oranges — but not when they look alike, I guess.

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Judging from this, she could have rung me up for three pounds of organic heirloom tomatoes on the vine at $7.50/lb.

If you, my regular reader, are wondering if this is the same store that sold me a box of 50 peanut butter cookies that turned out to actually be cinnamon-apple cookies (disgusting!) — and the box was short by three cookies, no less — nope, it was the rival around the corner. Seems like they’re competing for incompetence.

 


chaz sez ...

applebiteThis has been an applicious month. Besides the incident at the store which inspired Apples & Oranges, I created a new business card and related materials for my very good friend, Jim Barrow, who is all about Apple and actually taught me how to plug in my first Mac. He’s been a Mac guru since 1984. His website is even called ihatepc.com!

If you’re in the Los Angeles or outlying area (including Orange) and you need help with Mac installs, training, upgrades, networking or software, Jim’s your guy. Go to ihatepc.com. You’ll love Jim.


Production notes for #95 Apples & Oranges:
Original size: 20×30 inches
Programs: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
Fonts: Apple Garamond, Futura
Ampersand: hand-drawn
Credits for #95 Apples & Oranges:
Peach: imlovingthis.com
Apple: wisegeek.com
Tomato: incredibleseeds.ca

For professional graphic design, please visit Desimone Design.

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#96 Pencil & Eraser


#96 Pencil & Eraser
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Well, I wrote an entire article about this month’s AmperArt piece, #96 Pencil & Eraser…but most of it got erased. Wish I’d written it out in pencil—takes a lot more effort to erase graphite than it is to accidentally hit the delete key.

When I get a chance I’ll write it again. I discovered some interesting history about the pencil & eraser, including some quirky habits about its users, which I’d like to share with you.

Till then here are some images to bring back memories (if you’re old enough to remember pencils, not just pixels)…

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Three different erasers - pink for pencil, artgum and soft.

 

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chaz sez ...

chewed up


Production notes for #96 Pencil & Eraser:
Original size: 20×30 inches
Program: Adobe Photoshop
Fonts: Rockwell, Kaufmann
Ampersand: hand-drawn with Photoshop brush, mezzotint & blur added
Colors: sampled from Dixon-Ticonderoga & Eberhard Faber pencils, Pink Pearl eraser

For professional graphic design, please visit Desimone Design.

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