Friday, January 27, 2017

Final Thoughts

The most memorable experience in this class may have been our trip to VIA. Being able to pitch an idea to a real business is an experience I don't think I could really get anywhere else. The process of coming up with a candy and how to advertise it was really enjoyable. Singing in front of random strangers is always terrifying, but it was fun nonetheless. I also really enjoyed the print-making unit. Printmaking, although tedious and really hard, was challenging experience. It really forced me to be particular in terms of my carving and putting paper on linoleum. Being clean and neat is not an area I'm strong in, so it was hard to have to do that for a piece.

Artwork Of Which I Am The Most Proud

"Doodle 4 Google"

Of all the pieces we did this year, I am most proud of my doodle for google. I like this piece a lot because when we were working on this piece, I was one of the only ones who did a digital piece. I liked what I did because there are a lot of cool effects on the piece that give it the tone/mood it has. I'm really proud of how it looks like it glows which was the original goal in the first place. This piece taught me about crowded backgrounds and how to make sure the focus of the piece is being focused on. I was also proud of the unique idea of for my theme. No one else in the class focused on prosthetics in the future whereas I did.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Magazine Cover


  • To create a magazine cover using knowledge and tools of Photoshop CS6.  
  • To use conceptual skills in order to convey information to a wide audience in a clear, original, and well designed manner.

My magazine is called “UNORTHODOXX.” It is a gothic-culture magazine. Therefore, it would have articles that target the gothic community. I made sure to use the color red in my cover because red is a sort of “edgy” color. Red also naturally draws the attention of the eye as it is a striking color. I also used a lot of black because goth fashion and looks are usually mostly black. The fonts were chosen specifically in order to fit the mood/tone of the rest of the magazine cover. I used fonts that were more unorthodox to fit the style of the magazine.

The feedback sessions helped a lot because I heard a lot of legitimately helpful feedback. I was able to use said feedback and actually apply it to my cover designs. A lot of the feedback was centered around my font decisions. I had to make sure I was choosing fonts that actually fit with the theme of my magazine. A more formal font was too pretty for an “edgy” magazine like this one. In order to deal with these challenges, I updated the cover with fonts that I felt fit the theme more. The feedback sessions also helped with my color choices. Color choices for the fonts especially because white was too striking against a black background.

I came up with a unique theme for my magazine cover. Its theme was one that not a lot of other students had come up with. Another great success was the color scheme. I used a color scheme that fit with my magazine cover’s theme and was eye catching. What made the color scheme interesting was my ability to use such contrasting colors on the cover. Also, because of my image, I had a lot of free space to work with which made it easier to place storylines and the title.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Introduction to Magazine Cover Design

I find the amount of detail and thought put into magazine covers very interesting. I like how everything works with everything else. To a viewer, not a lot of thought is put into what the magazine looks like. To a creator, a lot of thought is put into everything. I like how it talks about the placement of text and colors. The article pointed out something that interested me a lot. A magazine that had mostly cool colors in it had fonts and titles in warm oranges. The article said this was done in order to show a contrast.
I think the most important concepts in designing a magazine include color, text placement, and focus. The color is really important in order to show what kind of theme you’re looking for for the viewer. The text placement is what makes the cover look professional. I think the font is also important to fit the theme of the cover. The focus is one of the most important things on the magazine cover as it is what draws the viewer in.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Lino Prints


  • To become familiar with basic printmaking history, processes, and artists
  • To make connections among artists from our past and present who worked using this method;
  • To respond visually to printmaking artists by creating  editions of prints, using linoleum;  
  • To print 2 editions of 2 different drawings/designs, demonstrating understanding of the printmaking process.

During the sketching process, I wasn’t sure how to show the different values in the picture. The photo was almost completely white and I wasn’t sure how I wanted to make anything actually show up. During the inking process, I cut too deep into the linoleum in one of the windows. Some of my cuts were uneven and caused the trees to have texture which was unexpected. It worked out, thankfully. I had a harder time with the linoleum cuts than I thought I would. I wanted to be able to put detail in, but even trying to cut out the snow on the roof was a challenge.

I’m proud of the fact that I was able to work with the mistake of the ink on the trees. They originally were supposed to be completely negative space. When I did my first trial print and found that the trees were textured, I actually liked it. I continued to ink the way I had before in order to get the ink onto the trees and get the texture there. The texture makes the tree seem more lifelike which I really like in the piece.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Printmaking History, Processes, and Artists

Printmaking was originally the invention of the Chinese which was adapted by the German during the German Renaissance. Following several modifications to the printing press, the Japanese came out with several prints in Europe. These prints inspired many artists including Jules Cheret who invented the "three stone chromolithographic process.” The arrival of Japanese prints in Europe gave way to a new idea of low priced, colored posters and art. Pablo Picasso was one of the biggest “exports” of printmaking having made over 1,000 prints in his lifetime. Another well known artist who made prints was Henri Matisse. He created a large number of lithographs as well as several outstanding line etchings and cutout prints.

The four basic kinds of printmaking include Relief Printing, Intaglio Printing, Planographic printing, and Stencil printing. Relief printing requires the back of the image to be cut down. This leaves a raised image which is what takes the ink. Intaglio printing requires a metal plate which is carved into or covered with a wax-like substance and carved into. Intaglio is the opposite of relief prints as the raised portions are blank and the grooves are colored. Planographic printing is created using the entire surface, but different mediums are used in order to make the ink stick or not. In the process of stencil printing, the design is drawn directly onto the screen, and undrawn areas sealed with glue or varnish. Ink is then squeezed out onto the silkscreen above the piece and the print is left.

NU BLEU II, C.1952 - Henri Matisse
The process used for this piece was Gouache-painted paper cut-outs stuck to paper mounted on canvas. I like the simplicity of the piece. The abstractness of the body and curvy shapes are what I find interesting.
Dangerous Correspondances 1947 - Max Ernst
The process used for this piece was Intaglio print on paper. I liked the interesting shapes and shading in this piece. The title intrigues me because it is referring to this being a dangerous scene of some sort. The detail of the simplicity is what makes this piece, which I like.
Henry Moore - Black on Red image 1963
The process used for this piece was lithographing. I liked the colors used in this one. The contrast of the black against the red was interesting. The use of the double print was also interesting. I liked how it was printed twice in order to create a sort of shadow of red. The red also created a sort of light against the black.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Extraordinary Movie Poster

(Final Movie Poster) 

  • To understand a variety of strategies designers use to create suspense and/or a particular mood in a poster design;
  • To learn and demonstrate many elements that make a good movie poster;
  • To demonstrate, using many design elements, to intentionally capture your viewers attention.

The genre of the movie is a suspense/thriller.
It's called "Under: An umbrella won't save you from the rain... not this time."

The object my poster was supposed to be based on was an umbrella. There weren't a lot of other objects used besides a person and water. The water was supposed to give the idea that the land was completely flooded. The person is visible so you can tell how high the water has risen.

The font used is called Kozuka Gothic Pr6N. I chose this font because it was a very sharp font. It was straight, tall, thin and very bold in comparison to the rest of the poster. I made the title white on top of the water because it really popped in comparison to the dark blue water.

I decided to keep the colors cool and almost not colorful in order to keep a creepy, cold mood. The blue obviously is supposed to correlate with water. The color of the water is kept dark in order to make the water seem bad and creepy. The colors of the poster were kept more neutral and diluted in order to let there only be focus on what was in the center of the poster. In this case, the umbrella.

I think my poster creates an almost creepy mood. The lack of color is what gives it its mood. What really lures the viewer in is most likely the level of the water and the title. The title really pops in the water because of the high contrast. The water level is most likely what builds curiosity in the viewer.

Thanks to the feedback from classmates, I was able to make a more seamless poster. The original poster, (the top poster) was too pixelated. It was far more unprofessional looking than the final. The final had cleaner lines and an altered tagline. The altered tagline made the poster more balanced.

I think I was successful in creating my movie poster. It looks like a real movie poster. I had a good use of color because there was good contrast between the forefront and the background. It also has a really good balance in terms of placement of objects and text.