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.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Progress in Photo for Final

I've have begun to add layers of color.  I have used the clone stamp to copy my orange color into selected areas.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Phase 1 for Final Digital Project

For my final project in Digital Foundations, I wanted to create something that involved architectural components in a surrealist manner.  I will begin by uploading this image into photo shop and from here, since I have wanted to work with the Wacom Tablet and  digital painting, I will paint onto the piece to juxtapose the pen line that already exists in the work. I want the end result of this piece to feel eery and foreboding, while still giving the attention to detail of the intricate cogs.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Critique In Class For Infograph

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For the critique process of the info-graph, I now know I need to improve the legibility of the text.  I will do this by making the the question mark go outside of the the title, Time Well Spent.  Also since the work is all somewhat to the side, I am going to flip my figure icons to the up right position.  Also, I think I am going to create a more cohesive color palate by creating a chalkboard background with white colored text.  Since my actual percentages are not shown, I need to create in the right side of the page some more information on how I spend my time more clearly.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Phillip Andrew Lewis

I have to say when Phillip Lewis came to speak I was not completely excited about his physical work.  His concepts were very detailed and intricate which I very much so liked, but when seen in his work, I did not visual understand the relevance he posed.  However, there was a work that I really enjoyed.  It was a video that showed a blue balloon being flown into the sky until it disappeared.  His concept behind this was that we as humans don't really understand our depth of space sometimes.  So I thought it was very clever to have something materialistic like a balloon show that depth of space for us.
When he spoke at MCA, I thought at first that he was kind of goofy in a comical sense.  But after listening to his concepts about depth and psychology, I really began to respect his conceptual analysis of his process of work.  Although I thought many of his works were a bit too far fetched with his concepts, I still really enjoyed his lectures and have new ideas for works of my own.

Info graphics

I like how this work is vey simplistic and clearly describes the message.  It has clarity by showing us supplement vs. food.  It creates unity through letting the viewer be guided down the page and by the brown centered circles that act as the common theme throughout.  Also the way the supplements and food are layer out is very organized and precise.  I also like the statement that it's giving which is the equivalence of food and "substance."

Understanding time has been a complex struggle of mine since the beginning of the semester.  I waste so much time doing mindless crap.  I begin to question how much I can actually get done if I put my mind to it.  I've noticed that time really does pass so fast and what we do with that is mind-boggling to me.  I could run and burn 300 calories in 30 minutes or I can sit and do nothing.  I could get so much done if the mind-set is there.  This iconic image appeals to me because it shows the different things that are happening in the same time.  The use of color with the "graph-like" image is very appealing to me.  I notice that with many images I like consist of simplistic graphs.

I enjoy this image for how it represents just how little and insignificant we are without obviously expressing it.  The use of color as well as the again simplicity used in the orbits creates balance of proximity.  Also the color palate is all very monochromatic and when it is juxtaposed with the type of white, it becomes very successful in its message.  The yellow words below are also very impactful because the color shows what the word is representing.

This piece is united with the realistic look of the inner planets with the colorized images of the right circles.  I want to create works similar to this with the use of filtering and simplicity with color and small word font.  Although the words are on the right side of the planet, the image is very balanced because of the typography of the upper left corner.

Just as the previous messages were presented, this one is similar guiding the viewer down the page to view each different message. I was drawn to this because not only are they messages that shows how bad and addicting our products, but they also end with an impactful message of "family." I want to create impactful images in a simplified manner such as this.  They "layout" all the different shit that's in the ciggarettes that is visually appealing.  They've creating a series of messages throughout the work, but still unite it with the same theme of color.  They emphasize words like "addicted"and "death" in a non- cliche way to get their message across.  I'm also drawn to to how they manipulated the "well known" look of the product: they revealed the true inside of a ciggarette box.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Helvetica Movie

  • Concept: "type is like gravity or air" it's just there.  
  • Swiss style-1950's.
  • Idealism-  Emerges ration-type faces for sign systems and brings them to the public in a visual way.
  • Visual text to make clear- creates a grid to create order which is typography.
  • Helvetica- more machined- should not have meaning in concept not in the text- based on horizontal slicing of the verticals
  • Serif Face- feet on top and bottom- fix in contrast in letter form

  • Helvetica is about the figure ground relationship with the black.  The space between characters hold the characters.
  • Helvetica
  • ca- latin name of Switzerland so they changed it to helvetica.
  • 1960s- time when they changed the "old,dusty" 1950s images and changed them to a "pretty" helvetica
  • 1950s- lots of images and texts, curvy,!, crazy colors-----1960's- change to simplicity, to the point,...
  • Helvetica- in our tax forms to look clean and efficient, American Airlines, American Apparel.
  • Humans automatically like that simplistic feel of helvetica whether we know it or not.  It lures us in.  It has a perfect balance of push and pull and says to us "don't worry, any problems you have will be contained."
  • Helvetica is a corporate type face of Socialism because it invites everyone to create their own type design
  • The more that helvetica is used- the more dull helvetica will become
  • 1970s- reaction against the conformity of the dull blanket- it is routine and people want change.
  • Corporate culture- the visual language= Helvetica which to some meant being in favor of the Vietnam World
  • Push Pens Studios- new vibrant work of the work. Now typography can be the medium to express different things
  • Post- Modern Period- break away from sleek design and produce something with vitality
  • 1980s- using many different type faces that say "not modern." very much so against helvetica.
  • Grunge typography- "mistakes look good"- broken type, all different types together.-----Now they want to look back to the hold and sort of "reset" the style of what was
  • Early Modernism- subversive side- went against something

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

David Waters

David Waters has a complex portfolio filled with different styles and approaches.  One approach that drew me to him was how he rendered a city scape in black and white as seen above.  I would like to learn how he created these different layers of black and white and how the thin layers are so crisp and smooth.  I'd also like to learn how he created watercolor in the self portrait above.  The rock-like formation of monochromatic color in the face drew me to this artist.  Also how the artist depicted this translucent look in the bottles above. I also like his last image that is more two-dimentional.  Although I do not like his "painterly" approach to the face, I am still drawn to how he was able to cut out the face and put mechanical objects inside of the figure.

Gediminas Pranckevicius

Pranckevicius is one of my favorite photoshop artists because he juxstaposes nature and architecture together.  The soft approach of the organic trees against the more harsh buildings is something I would like to learn how to render.  The color pallate also drew me to this artist because not only does he create whimsical colors of greens and browns but also creates stark black and white images.  I would like to learn how this artist was able to create these "Atmospheric" settings as well as his use of light and shadow in his "puffy" clouds.

Loretta Lox

Lox uses a different approach then the other artists I am interested in.  She uses a more minimal approach that renders the 50's feel that I am so fond of as well as depicts the same feeling from the movie "Moonrise Kingdom."  The figures in her work create an awkwardness yet appealing characteristic. The asthetic feeling of this work is something I would like to practice in photoshop.  I would also like to learn to possibly change the figures faces for future works of mine.

Christopher Gilbert

This artist interested me because of its sleek, architectural components.  He is able to morph objects into the background and create different textures that overlap the skin of the human as seen in the image off the woman.  I want to learn how to render this artist use of light and shadow as seen in the car image as well as in the image of the bike rider. 

5 Artists That Deal With Photoshop

Straudunger + Franke

This artist blends things into the background while still depicting the object.  I want to learn how to create these complex cityscapes as well as different textures as seen in the burger image.  I'd also like to learn how this artist created the breaking affect of the camera.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Owl Figures

Artist Statement:  At the beginning of class, we were taught the importance of lighting; therefore, I wanted to use three-point lighting to delete any harsh reflection on the owls.  The first image of the owl was done with two points of lighting and this caused that "harsh reflection." However, after practicing with the lamp proximity to the owls as well as adding that third light source, the piece became more visually balanced.
The vertical images depict two bird houses with the owls playfully interacting with one another.  I wanted the use of four owls to give a sense of not only balance in the compositions but also to give the idea of family.  In the forth image, however, the scene shows the addition of a girl named Olivia and an outhouse created by Savannah.  I thought that since the building structures were similar and since the character is named Olivia that it would be perfect for the image.  Although there are five characters, the idea of family and pairs are not lost. 
Overall, I enjoyed the end results of not only my scenes but also of what my style symbolizes through my character Olive the owl.