Thursday, May 1, 2014

Booklet for Digital Foundations

In this booklet, I wanted to stick with complete simplicity.  I used a muted color scheme of brown and blue in the cover and back of the booklet to replicate a 1950s feel.  For this project, we had to use InDesign for the first time.  After using InDesign, I found it quite helpful and easy to use overall. I created the elongated font in InDesign and the cover design in Illustrator.  For this booklet, I thought to use only two different types of text to create cohesion throughout.  The booklet itself is 10 pages and includes a Table Of Contents.  For the design of each page, I wanted the name of the assignment to be next the page number and the name of my art piece in the top of the image.  If I had to change anything in the booklet, I might want to make each of the pages the same blue that was seen in the front of the booklet.  Overall, I'm very happy with how my booklet turned off.  I fell I finally was able to create simplicity in a sleek and minimalistic way.

Different Ideas for the Final Piece as well as Stages in the Piece

The last image shows the progress of work that I made towards creating a more abstract look. However, I felt that the overall image did not work cohesively because the painted parts in the scene replicated the same level of saturation and hue which caused a muted color palette in the piece and did not bring a polished look to the piece.  I feel the painterly look would work if I used a flat palette throughout the piece instead of highlighting specific parts.  I came to the conclusion that created an outline of pen work helped the balance of the work and left the viewer to see more detail.  Also, another idea I had done in the middle of my process was to create a new composition by taking specific pieces of my main images and forming a new art piece.  However, I feel that my final version of the piece implemented the main focus the best.  Overall in the future I am going to take this abstract look and implement it into a new work of art to where the balance of pen work and paint is dispersed evenly throughout the piece.

Inspiration Artist for My Final Project

Amy Casey

She creates buildings that are similar to the scheme I wish to portray.  Just like with the message I wish to portray, her buildings lack stability and the leave the viewer feeling a sense of chaos.  Amy Casey's Artist Statement

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Final Image for the Piece

Final Image for the Project
For the final piece, I decided to add a red gradient instead of the stark orange background.  Also, I decided to change many of the outlines of the piece to much darker lines to show an overall cohesiveness in the piece.  Overall, I am very happy with the final outcome and am glad that I went through the piece and changed the very " abstract out of the line style" into a much more geometric and structured grid-lock.

For my process of the work, I began by bringing in a  previous drawing of the outlines of the buildings.  Some of the buildings were not cohesive so I added buildings drawn in photoshop.  In the piece, I utilized the clone tool throughout the piece by copying specific colors from the cogs and dispersing them throughout the piece.  For the highlights around the cogs, I used the burn and dodge tool in the shadows of the red cogs as well as in the buildings.  The masking tool was utilized in the bottom two buildings to give the sort of transparent feeling in the piece.
At the end of the piece, I changed the gradation of the piece by adding a reddish color in the background.  Since the image was not as dark of a color as I would have liked, I used color corrections to implement a darker red.

Statement for Content:

In this piece, I wanted to use repetition, unity in color, and continuity to enhance the piece. 
The cogs have a similar repetitive, gridlock pattern that is seen from the bottom of the picture plane to the top of the piece.  Along with this repetitive pattern, the cogs show a similar unity of color of black and blue to bring an element of cohesiveness.  Also adding to this cohesion is the red bridge that is seen throughout specific areas of the piece to guide the viewer through the hectic maze.
Inspired by Amy Casey, I wanted to create my love of architecture into a surrealist, transformative way.  The images of the houses appear to be coming in and out of the cog shapes.  These images of the buildings act as the recurring image that moves throughout the piece.   Although each building is structurally different, I wanted there to be a unique style of similarity inside of each building.   

When viewing the work, the bottom of the piece is representational of the stark, polluted city we live in.  The cogs are larger and encompass the city scene to represent the mass production that takes over us.  Also alluding to this theme is the buildings, which are dispersed throughout the piece to showcase this lack of order.  Although buildings implement structure in space, I wanted these houses to juxtapose this idea to leave the viewer feeling that the buildings could collapse at any moment.  Overall, I wanted the viewer to understand this sense of imbalance and chaos that I feel exists in this world.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Final Project: Winding Through the Chaos

In our final assignment, it was up to us to create whatever we wished. Since paining is a major I am interested in, I decided to challenge myself by using Photoshop’s painting for the first time. In this piece, I decided to utilize my drawing and painting skills into technology.  Therefore, I
created many abstract
looking cogs moving through the space to juxtapose with the geometric and more
detailed pen-work of the buildings to give a sense of
depth and unity in the piece.

Movie Poster

In this assignment, we had to create a movie poster that portrayed our papercraft character.  Therefore, I decided to create a theme that was symbolic of Alfred Hitckcock’s, “The Birds.”  Since my owls look playful and harmless, I thought that using this “scary” theme of “The Birds” would be a hilarious representation.  In the first draft, I wanted the poster to look as though 100s of owls were coming to capture me.  However, I felt this design did not cause an even flow for the eye to be drawn to.  Therefore, for my second design, I used hierarchy in the characters to make it looks as though there was an endless swarm of owls capturing me. If I had to change anything in the piece, I think I would combine content from both movie posters into one new piece.  I would take the positioning of the birds in the first piece and the font from the second movie poster and combine the two.  I feel in the first image that what was not working properly was the intense amount of black in the face.  If there was a smoother transition from the orange to the black, I feel it might have made the piece more believable.  In the second movie poster, I feel that what was not working was the overall muted color palette of the image.  Shine and polish needed to be implemented in the piece; perhaps I could have highlighted the face with white as well as the text.  Also, in the second piece, I felt the color of the background green was too similar to the owls and this could possibly be another reason why the overall saturation and polish of the piece was not implemented.

For the text of the posters, I felt neither of the fonts were utilized in the best way.  In the first peace, I wanted "The Hoots" to be similar to the font of the 1950s movies posters.  Although that text compositionally works, the small text on the bottom of the piece however does not.  I feel that changing the kerning as well as making the text stream down the entire bottom of the poster, it would work better.   For the second piece,  "The Hoots" text does compositionally work better; however, like the first poster, the small text does not work properly.  Perhaps I could again make the kerning more close to each other as well as make the text on the bottom a single line of text.


In this assignment, we had to create a piece that was reflective how we spent our time. Since I feel I do not spend my time to its full potential, I wanted to showcase this idea by making my information be shown as a question mark.  The top and bottom statements act as the answer to piece to prove that my time is fact being wasted by insignificant things.  I used the paint brush for many of the work as well as the text tool.  I wanted the background color scheme to be that of a chalkboard with white text over the piece.  Overall, I'm happy with the concept of how the piece turned out; however, I feel that some of my previous works for this piece may have been stronger because it utilized line in a more cohesive way.