Graphic Design

Silhouette

The silhouette project was put together using an outline of my face and images that I have taken. This allowed me to portray an image of who I am on the inside rather than the outside. The goal of the image was to share who I am and what I like to do through one image. It shows my identity through graphic design. The challenging parts I had for this project was putting together the images in a way that they flowed seamlessly. Once I found the right images and got them together I was able to put my face above it all to bring it together.

Line Drawing

In my line drawing project I used darker lines and bigger lines in the foreground in order to create the illusion that the objects that are in the foreground are closer. This use of line quality helps to create both shape and form in the overall artwork and helps to distinguish close from far after adding color later on.

The most challenging but also most exciting parts of the process in creating the line drawing was learning and applying the knowledge of using gradients and the dodge and burn tool to create form in my artwork. I loved watching how simple shadows and lightness can change a piece of art from 2D to 3D with just a few strokes. I was initially challenged with creating my trees, however, I overcame that by using a Wacom tablet and drawing some of the form in the trees. I then used the dodge tool to make the color lighter in certain portions and the sponge tool to desaturate other portions.

The strongest portion I believe in my piece is the skyline in the background and the trees right underneath. They exemplify how I grew and learned more about photoshop and graphic design. The Gold Medal Flour building really shows how I learned to create form by using darker and lighter areas. I also feel I did a great job on the sky and clouds and believe the color in them has a lightening feel to them. I feel I could have done more texture in my bridge, however, the original bridge had a ton of detail and texture in it and I struggled to make the bridge more photo realistic.

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Surrealism

My artwork is The World Behind the lens. When creating this piece I had a few ideas in mind. I wanted to combine both the idea of surrealism and my love for photography to create a piece that really represented myself. I used many different stock images and blending techniques to help create a seamless piece of art that can tell a story behind what is just seen. I was focused on form and unity in order to create a seamless but also somewhat 3D surreal image. I was able to create form by cropping the clouds in a way that some of them went behind the pathway and others were in front. This created the illusion of a 3D environment.

        The artwork shares how behind the lens of a camera a different world can be seen. I had this idea after completing my first surreal image and the idea really grew on me when I was creating it. The audience can really be anyone who either loves art or photography. This piece I believe connects the two in a seamless and fun way. It also speaks to anyone who hasn’t tried out photography and I achieved this by “bridging” them into the world of photography with the pathway that dives right into the lens of photography. I explored different blending methods and the use of high quality stock images that allowed the seamless transitions. I had some challenges creating a “portal” in the lens, however, I found using a picture of steel wool spinning and blending it in created an interesting “portal” for say. I hope everyone who views this artwork finds themselves wondering what worlds they could be seeing behind the lens of a camera.

       I usually use the same blending methods because I am most comfortable with those said methods. I tried to do different methods like the use of foreground and background this time to help create form and I believe it helped to create a really smooth and seamless transition. Almost tricking people to thinking this is actually real. I believe my art turned out pretty good, however, I always try to push my work as far as it can go before saying it is good enough. I believe this mindset allows my work to be both unique and interesting. I am really happy of how I created form in this piece and I believe using the method of foreground and background is a really successful way of creating seamless art. I plan on using the same methods I have used before to better all my works in the future.

Poster Design

        For the creation of the Save the Earth poster I used a variety of different techniques. The main technique I focused on was creating a believable and cartoon-like poster where the earth is “running out of time”. I focused on the color palette of earth colors in order to put emphasis on the “going green”. I was initially inspired to create a poster like this because I care about the environment and like to see it treated well. I also had created a hourglass house in ceramics which prompted me to create the earth running out of time.

        The target audience is for both younger kids and older people who have an interest in the earth. The simple cartoon-like font appeals to the younger kids where the older people who are still interested in the earth are drawn to the theme of the earth running out of time.  The older adults will see the theme of time running out and understand that they can change the way they live to help save the earth.

        I felt that these are the two most important groups to target with this poster because the younger kids can learn to grow up green and in turn create a society of people who respect the earth. The adults that see it are those who can change what they are doing now and help to fix and preserve the earth for future generations. I hope this art inspires people to be more environmentally friendly and help to keep our earth alive. This is an important topic especially now because a lot of people are growing up where pollution is seen as normal when we should be fighting it.