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To my dear audience, I know that this website has been not updated in a while and I sincerely apologize. I am here to announce that certain parts and graphics on this website may look "broken" or "out of place", but rest assured there are good reasons for that, as I am slowly but surely moving to re-design "Dream Infinity" as a whole from the ground up. Everything is being re-invented, new establishment of brand identity and design is being re-imagined. I have been working on a new version of this site for quite sometime, but there has been several set backs due to commercial projects taking up almost all of my working time. But please note that this website is far from dead and a lot of new changes are planned. Although I cannot promise any date in regards to when these changes will surface, you will start seeing additions of new content (primarily tutorial posts!) being added here slowly and I invite you to read them in advance before the new re-structuring takes place. In addition to content changes being made here, I invite you to always check up on my official Facebook page for up to date information on what I am up to, newest work, and the new design. I am excited to present the new changes to the world and I whole heartedly thank you for your patience.

- Chris Takakura





Day of Silence

Date March 17, 2011 | Published by |

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Dream Infinity Studios will be closed for a day of silence tomorrow, March 18th, starting roughly around 12:00 PDT (-8 GMT). This is to mourn and remember the victims of the devastating earthquake in Japan that was followed by a Tsunami that destroyed a good portion of Northern Japan.

So far, Dream Infinity Studios has only closed their website down for one day, which was the September 11th terrorist attacks. We feel that this recent disaster is in the same level of heart break and devastation as 9/11, and feel it is appropriate for us to close it down to mourn and to remember the victims who have been affected by this devastation.

Thank you for your understanding and please donate if you can by clicking the image on this post. Any small amount of money counts!

Why design should intersect social science

Date March 16, 2011 | Published by |

Recently, a pre-production to a project based on racism has been in the works. The project itself was something I have been wanting to do for quite a long time now, but it has only been recent, where it started to be conceived on paper and in my head.

The reason I mention this is because I have long been wanting to intersect social problems and psychological science with my design work for quite sometime. I been notoriously infamous for executing projects based on my personal experiences and my personal psyche, but I have always thought that it is important to fuel that creative energy to execute something that communicates to the world about human rights and political problems that we face today.

Outside of the recent events in Japan, there has also been a number of issues going on in the United States alone, where a small little problem turned into a big problem via social media. If you have not been in touch with U.S news, there were some big uprising and anger within the state of California, specifically southern California, over a college girl (Alexandra Wallace) who created a video ranting about a specific race and her connection within that over the devastating disaster Japan is currently still recovering from.

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Condolences to Japan

Date March 11, 2011 | Published by |

Dream Infinity Studios sends out condolences to anyone who was affected by the devastating earthquake measuring 8.9 magnitude. For someone who has been to Japan many times over, I am sad to see that a beloved and peaceful country be part of such atrocities and disaster.

Some details:

– About 4 million homes in and around Tokyo are without power
– The largest quake recorded was 9.5 magnitude in Chile in 1960
– The 8.9-magnitude quake is 231 miles from Tokyo
– The quake rattles buildings and topples cars off bridges into waters underneath

Sources: CNN

Hana + New Wallpaper + Interview

Date December 1, 2010 | Published by |

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New wallpaper titled “Binary Opposition” Is online. Download it, put it on your desktop, or your smartphones. Even better, this wallpaper release also supports enhanced 300ppi retina display for the iphone 4. It also supports the ipad at the 133ppi (1024 x 768). So the quality will be great for those of you with iphone 4 or ipad.

You can download the wallpaper in the downloads page. The PSD source file is also available to download there, if you are interesting in remixing my artwork.

hana

And just in case you missed it, “Hana”, my next latest E-Book is out to read now for free. All of it for free.

34MB High Quality PDF
13MB Medium Quality PDF

Or you can just to the e-book download page by clicking here.

On the third news, a Bulgarian magazine called “AVAart” interviewed me last month for a glimpse of information on who I am as a digital artist. It is always flattering to know that I actually touch international communities rather than just U.S.A alone. I am very thankful for everyone who has supported me over the years and it is honestly you guys that keep me going with this website and my personal projects.

You can check out the interview here. You will have to use google translate to translate what it says or…

Just view the image below for the English version. :)

E-Book: Hana

Date November 24, 2010 | Published by |

hana

Surprise surprise. I know I haven’t said anything about Hana coming out, but guess what? It is out today. I know I have been talking about this book for 2 years now but it finally see’s the light of day. The Hana book is available in high and medium quality PDF formats. Please do download it and check it out. I am very proud of the work that went behind this project and I am very thankful for everyone who contributed a lot of time with me (more hours than I told them in the beginning). The most thankful part is that they helped me out in editing, direction, and writing for free. So thank you very very much. You know who you are.

You can download it immediately by clicking here (right click on the link and do a save as to save on your hard drive.)

34MB High Quality PDF
13MB Medium Quality PDF

Or you can just to the e-book download page by clicking here

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Creating a CV/Resume with Indesign

Date November 2, 2010 | Published by |

indesign Spyre Studios has pretty good article about creating a resume using Adobe Indesign. Spyre Studios is a website that I read frequently and I have to say I was a bit disappointed in some of the suggestions that their article covered. First off it is a good idea to have different versions of your CV/Resume. The two core file formats to have your CV/Resume in is Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) and Adobe PDF. A lot of the times clients and employers are okay with opening PDF files, but I have had cases where they want your CV/Resume in a Word format so it is always a good idea to have one prepared.

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Photoshop, Illustrator or Indesign?

Date October 14, 2010 | Published by |

adobe creaite suite 5

– Updated for Adobe Creative Suite 2014 –

Today I would like to cover a lot of misconceptions but most importantly the best practical approach on using “three” basic design software created by Adobe. This article/tutorial covers mostly the three practical softwares to use for art and design, which are, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign. As more and more features get added from version upgrades and update patches, it is important as a designer to understand which software is the best solution to reach the optimal results in your freelance projects or your personal projects.
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New work & wallpaper: Geonosis

Date August 27, 2010 | Published by |

Geonosis

Geonosis

So I have been quite absent with releasing new wallpapers and print pieces in 2010. In all honesty, after designing Afterburner: Commence in August of 2009, I kind of felt like I had to re-invent myself yet again to pursue a new degree and generation of digital illustration work that I display on my site. To quickly go over a history of the “reinvention” that I have done, back in 2006 I went through a designers block where I felt like my wallpaper and print design pieces have not evolved in the past 4 to 5 years. That disturbed me a lot and bothered me to a point where I significantly forced myself to acquire new Photoshop skills and the production of digital art pieces as a whole. After this initial reinvention, it resulted in quite successful pieces such as Trans Minimum: Kasha, Stridence, Eternus Somnium, Leviathan, and so on…

Of course I have had quite a success in the end of 2009 and 2010 with personal clients so that has been taking up a lot of my time. I also put together and released the film portion of Execution 4 //: The Mind Games Initiative, as well as my 3rd e-book: Hana. I have been far from dead in terms of producing work for Dream Infinity Studios, just have been slow with the result and releasing it out onto this website.

So, in the Winter of 2009, almost immediately after the release of “Nocturne Phoenix”, I went through yet another personal reinvention again to prepare myself to do a whole new direction and work flow of my digital illustration art work. After several months of hiatus in the wallpaper department, the day where you get to see my first piece of the result of new techniques and work flow comes live. I present to you Geonosis.

I also had a pleasure working with a photo piece from photographer, Jessica Truscott, who shot a quite awesome model shot included in Geonosis. You can visit her site here.

Get Geonosis wallpaper here: Geonosis Wallpaper
Super high resolution detail of Geonosis is here: Geonosis High Resolution

Note: Support for the following smart phones have been discontinued: Google G1, Instinct, Blackberry Curve/Tour, Storm.

Support for the following smart phones have been introduced and will continue to be supported: Droid, Droid X, Droid 2, iphone 3GS-, iphone 4, Sprint Evo 4G.

Edit: Geonosis Source .PSD file is now available.

Advanced make up tutorial

Date August 25, 2010 | Published by |

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Advanced make up effects. Before and after shot.

A new tutorial has been posted in the Photoshop tutorial section of this site. This mega tutorial covers a load of things from eye shadow application, eye shadow glitter application, lipstick application, lip gloss, eye liner, hair dye, blush, adjustment layer control, and various filter uses. It is a good idea to have solid knowledge of how layers work, how blending modes work and how to implement adjustment layers. Created for CS5 interface but any previous version users should not have too much of a problem following the tutorial.

Click here for the read.

P.S Something titled “Geonosis” is coming soon.

Execution 4 //: Love Drawn Dagger

Date June 20, 2010 | Published by |

The first portion of Execution 4, titled “Love Drawn Dagger” is available to view RIGHT NOW! Please check it out and any feed back would be appreciated!

Love Drawn Dagger however is in kind of a “beta” phase. The phase titled “First Motion” is the raw live footage of the film without much special effects. The 2nd and final phase “Final Motion” is scheduled to be available sometime in 2011. The website for execution 4 will also change according to time. The project as a whole will feature the film, web presentation, and couple print designs including wallpapers and more. The whole package will explain the story line of a girl who steps beyond the boundary of betrayal and hate from unconditional love and devotion. The package as a whole is something I call “multi-medium design project”, where many different uses of media is used to convey a story.

The execution is fully titled “The Mind Games Initiative” and the title itself should start making sense as the Execution 4 grows and morphs into a big project. Much much thanks to the fans who have continuously waited for the project to surface, and I definitely am excited to release this portion of the project. This is also a pretty historic day for dreaminfinity.com, as it is the 1st execution to be released in nearly 7 years. If you are curious about what “execution series” is for this website, please check out the page and click on the “about the film” link. Thank you very much!

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Site note: The Illustrator tutorial “Using Artboards” has been updated for version CS4 and CS5.

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