Friday, May 19, 2006

Bottled headers

These are the headers that have appeared on Bottled. I haven't been responsible in cataloguing these according to date, so they're not arranged in any particular order but they're sort of are now.


This appeared from May to June 2006. I was tinkering with Photoshop because there was nothing else to do--summer class had just ended--when Rey looked closely at the monitor. I motioned him to come even closer, and politely asked him if he would do the honor of making mea blog header. I wanted an orange template for my site to go with the summer heat. He also suggested the tagline, 'Life is like a rock. It's hard," and I laughed my head off when I heard it.

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This was inspired by the Sunday service pulpit series on John 15. This appeared from March to May 2006. I wanted my site to look refreshing, so I decided to make green the color theme. And I have to add: the fuzzy border on the photo was inspired by one of the best designed blogs on earth owned by Karen Cheng.

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This appeared for the whole month of February 2006. It was my desire--and still is--that my readers would come to know the Lord more through the reading of Scriptures. Isaiah 40:26 remains to be a favorite.

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This appeared from November 2005 to January 2006. I wanted a header that would look clean, sound funny, and appear youthful.

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This appeared on October 2005. When I had gone home for the sem break of AY 2005-2006, I was in front of the TV most of the time, bored to death, and, in some ways, missing the pressure in school. "Why do you miss the pressure, you wretchedly handsome boy?" you ask. That's not masochism; that's boredom eating me. I then found myself sketching on a piece of scratch paper. I wanted to exhort people who stumble upon this site to be like bottles that are filled with the Spirit. Isn't that what we Christians ought to endeavor to be?

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Ah, my first attempt at making a decent header that I really wanted to be published here. When this appeared exactly, I don't exactly know, but it was sometime during the first sem, probably from July to October 2005 (I'm bad at remembering dates--hence, the I Forgot That Person's Birthday syndrome and my cluelessness as to when Jose Rizal was exiled in Dapitan). I was in the midst of school pressure.

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brain damage header


October 2007 to January 2008. Orange will always remain one of my favorite colors. It's cool to the eyes, radiant but not too obtrusive. I decided to put real sketches of brains, the first time I've done that here. This was inspired by the Illustration Friday website.

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multicoloured header


August 2007. I wanted to add color to my blog, inspired by Benetton. Many actually liked this. I did too, myself.

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thinking outside the bottles


May 2007. This was a real picture taken from a pool in Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines. I edited it with the stamp filter. You can do anything with Photoshop.

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May 2007. With this header which I sketched myself, my blog looked like an online notebook. This reeks of school spirit--maroon and all.

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April 2007. My eyesight was getting worse. This picture looks familiar. Inspired by Jessica Zafra's Twisted series.

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b and w


April 2007. Grayscale. My blog looked so black and white. An attempt at minimalism, if there's such a thing. But I did try hard to make my blog look like so.

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April 2007. I was getting older, and I haven't shaved yet. This header reeks of adolescent ranting--or pining. When I was younger, I wished I'd grow some noticeable facial year. I guess it's not in my genes.

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October 2006. I'm thin. I really am. For a while, I did embark on the eat-while-awake diet. But I'm not a voracious eater. I've never been one.

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bottled in UP



It was lab time. I literally spent a great deal of my time in the lab, twinkering with bacteria and DNA and other geeky things. This is one of my favorite headers. The photos were scanned from my roommate Art's stationery paper lying on his desk.

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Forgot the date.

celebrate the Lord feb 2008


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Forgot the date.

multicoloured header

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January 2009.

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February 2009: first half.

I decided to go minimalist, and focus more on the typography.
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March 2009. New header is up: a sepia version of two exhaust fans I saw behind the University Theater. "Because of Your tender mercies"... everything that happens in my life, the good and the bad, is all because of the mercies of God.

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My headers for August 2009. My first year in med school was taking its toll on me—hence, the sleeplessness. Still, I made two headers. How ironic, right?


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September 2009. I was loving ancient looking fonts and typographic ornaments.


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October 2009. This began my "green" phase.
 
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November 2009. This was shot in front of UP Press.

 

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December 2009. This began my fascination for the green and red color combo.


I then changed it when I discovered the beauty of GIMP brushes.


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January 2010. I manually sketched this using a mouse and put in the leaves using GIMP brushes. Still fascinated with red and green, apparently. This is, by far, the largest header I've ever posted here.

9 comments:

  1. No, they're not trashy, Lance. :-) They're really good, and I like them.

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  2. And your link descriptions too. But I disagree, you and Manong DO sound the same. :-)

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  3. How'd you make them? Photoshop? I didn't see any borders in Photoshop 8 so....

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  4. Whatever, Jef. Hahaha.

    Vanessa, use the eraser tool, using the dry media brushes, opacity < 100%. Ara na sa photoshop.

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  5. you're really good in photoshop :)

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  6. I like the wit of "spirit-filled" and the clean, simple design of "break bottle in case of..."

    Stumbling on your blog is such a refreshing experience, considering the heap of tacky blogs out there. I don't really agree with some of your religious views, but I like reading your posts. They're well-written.

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  7. lance! the joy of having so much time (and energy!) i have one header to my credit and it's that. haha. i love the benetton inspired. :) and yes there's a minimilast theme but it doesn't have to be black and white. :p -azyxairam

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  8. Oo nga, Ate Xy, eh. Pamparelaks ko ito. Thanks for dropping by! :D

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  9. kuya lance! you said you'd teach me to use GIMP this summer. :P

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