Thursday, January 28, 2016

Final Thoughts

Thinking back on the past semester there are many highlights for me. The first highlight would be going to VIA. I thought that this visit was a very informative and worthwhile field trip to take. I also think that because we went there with a project created it allowed us to understand how people who work in graphic design critique and develop their projects everyday. Another highlight of this semester would be learning about the Unsung hero initiative. Not only did we get to learn about an incredible program, we also got to do a project that involved it. I think that the project we did helped me to understand how to involve certain elements of something within a picture. At first I found it very difficult, however once we got started, things started to become easier. I also found that when going through the process of making this painting, I realized several things. Number one, trying something out like an acrylic painting for the first time on an open medium project isn't a very smart idea. Number two, by choosing something that you are not familiar with or have not used before helps you to grow as an artist. Number three, this class has showed me that you don't have to start out being the best at something, it is about starting where you are and working up from there and improving yourself as an artist along the way.

Artwork of which I am the most proud

One piece of artwork I am most proud of is the magazine cover. I think that I liked this project and my final product so much because I felt we had a lot of choices we could make. With this project, there were several things we had to include on it like a title, the date, a barcode, etc. However, the elements that were required were not chosen for us and we could make up whatever we wanted to for these. Also, we could use any image we wanted to and the whole project did not have to go in a specific direction. I think that because we had so much creative freedom it allowed me to understand how many choices you can make in terms of art and what choices are the right and wrong ones to make. I personally like the projects where we are free to make our own choices and not have to include certain things that can hinder our designs. One project we did where the criteria made it difficult to design something was the Betty Blakeman t-shirts. Because there was so much text and things that we had to include on the shirt, our options were very limited. I think that you can become more creative when you have more control over what is included in your design and how much is included in your design .

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BBM Tennis Tournament Tee-Shirt Designs

When working on this project I faced several challenges. The first challenge I faced was dealing with the amount of text that had to go one the back of the shirt. It was very difficult to find a way to put all of it on without it looking to crammed. I think that by not using symmetry when putting the text on made it easier to decide where to place them. Another thing that was difficult was deciding how I was going to represent both tennis and a female on the shirt. On one shirt, I decided to make it only about tennis and on the other I decided to add a female in order to balance out my two designs.

As I worked through this project I had several successes. The first success I had was finding a way to use all of the colors on the t-shirt that has the tennis ball in the middle of it. I decided that instead of only writing "Betty Blakeman" in a line, I would space it out and make a unique way of putting it on the shirt. Another success I had was creating a t-shirt that I could see people wearing and something that I liked. Lastly, I think that I had success with drawing the girl and finding a way to put it on the shirt.

I was happy with one of my end results. Personally, I did not like the idea of putting a girl playing tennis on the shirt as I believe that it looks unprofessional and like clipart. I like that the t-shirts that don't have a girl on it look more like a tournament shirt rather than the shirts with the girl on it that makes it look like it is a birthday party shirt. I am happy with my overall design of the tennis ball however, I am not happy with the other one. However, I do understand that since this is a "real world" project my opinion does not matter and it matters what the "client" wants.

Friday, January 22, 2016

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 this project everything was a problem until Slydawg helped me. At first with my bees, the negative and positive space that I had created seemed to be too small. Because of this, it was difficult for the ink to only go to the parts I want and be clear and not blotchy in these parts. I realized that my design was very intricate and that it was not likely that I was going to get four good prints. With my turtle, the prints weren't coming out correctly and we smudging every time. I had to go very slow when printing me and Slydawg helped me greatly. 

I was proud of my linoleum block. I thought that both of my prints were unique and clear. I also think that I had a good balance between positive and negative space in my prints.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Intro to Screen Printing

Printmaking is the process of creating art by transferring images from one surface to another. This process is capable of producing multiples of the same image. Each print is an original and different. It is a technique where ink is used to transfer a design or template onto a fabric or material. Screen printing is also a stencil method of print making which allows areas blank areas to be coated with a substance. Printmaking can be done in various colors and sometimes even multiple colors can be used when the design of positive and negative space is flipped between colors used.

There are many different kinds of screen printing. One example of a kind of screen printing is woodblock which is screen printing by use of wood. Another method of screen-printing is silk-screening which is printing onto a type of fabric. There is also linotype which is screen printing on a linoleum block. Lastly, there is etching which is screen printing onto a type of metal. These are a few of the many different types of screen printing that you can do.

"Mount Fuji" by Katsushika Hokusai, color woodcut

"Marilyn" by Andy Warhol, screen print on paper

"Yoshino Waterfalls" by Katsushika Hokusai, color woodblock

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Magazine Cover


  • To use knowledge and tools of Photoshop, along with conceptual design elements, Font, Color, & Layout to create a magazine cover for a fictitious magazine.

My target audience is people from the ages of 16 to around 30 years old. There were many artistic choices that I made in order to capture the attention of my target audience. The first choice I made was the cover photo, I used a photo of a 18 year old blogger named Christie Tyler in order to appeal to the younger end of the audience. Within my cover I included several bold headers that included things that targeted the older audience more than the younger. These were things like "The Top 50 Street Style Outfits" and "10 Secrets for Glowing Skin." Lastly, the color scheme appealed to both ends of the spectrum. I used neutral tones that not only correlated with the photo but are appealing to all eyes.

I faced several challenging things during the process of creating a magazine cover. The first and hardest challenge that I faced was due to the different areas of dark and light spaces on the photo, placing large amounts of text became very hard quickly. In the end, it came down to playing with font, color, and text size. Another challenge that I had to overcome was picking which font I liked as I couldn't find one in the beginning that I like and even now I am not satisfied with the fonts I have. 

I also faced several successful things during the process of creating a magazine cover. The first successful thing I did was pick out an image that I really liked and one that I felt fit really well with the theme. Another successful thing I did was pick a name for my magazine that I like and again one that I thought fit well will my theme. Lastly, I was happy with the cover stories I came up with. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Magazine Intro and Planning

One thing that I found interesting in the article, "this is how you rock a magazine cover design," I found in interesting how you can use text in front and behind the image which allows it to appear 3D. 

The most important concepts I need to remember to design a magazine cover is being consistent, dark on light placement, and matching and complementing text color. I think that consistency is important because you want a design to have unity and not be complicated and all over the place. Dark on light placement is also very important in order to ensure that all of the text on your page is visible to the viewer. Lastly, matching and complementing text color can be very visually appealing although it may not always be extremely noticeable.

I want to create a magazine cover that is lifestyle, fashion, and beauty. 

The name of my magazine will be "Off Duty" 

My feature story is "Christie Tyler - the Off Duty interview"

1. "10 Secrets for Glowing Skin"
2. "Winter in the City - this seasons top trends"
3. "How to Wear Color - on your body and your face"
4. "the Top 50 Street Style Outfits"
5. "How to Indulge in Comfort Foods Without the Guilt"
6. "More Inside: the Up & Coming Photographer: Hannah Lee Davis" 

My color scheme is white, black, grey, and tan.