Friday, January 27, 2017

Final Thoughts

One of the most memorable experiences from this semester was going to visit VIA and checking out the building and the projects and work the o in there. It was very interesting to learn all of the stories on how they all got there. Even though that wasn't their original plan, they ended up there. That gave me an idea on how to prepare for what I actually want to study and where I would be interested in getting a job. After going to VIA I got really interested in graphic design and looking at the commercials they had  done for several companies. I got so interested that I want to pursue a career in that type of work, I am going to do my CEP at VIA to see if it is really what I think it is, and if it is fun. This experience impacted my learning by increasing my interest in how careful I am when I do work for this class, as well as giving it more thought next time I do something related to this class.

Another highlight from this class has been making the Lino prints. that was the time were I had the most fun in this class. I really enjoyed cutting out the blocks and printing them into paper. I had never done anything like that. It was really enjoyable because It was so close to christmas time that I was just a little more motivated to do it right and try to make a good print. I really enjoyed the last day we had of the class when we watched a little movie and printed at the same time. For me that was a pretty memorable class. This experience made me more happy to some to this class specially since I don't really have anyone to talk to.

Artworks of which I am most proud of

The assignment of which I am most proud of is probably the doodle 4 google project. It was one of the first times where I used photoshop and it gave me an idea on how to use it and how to use it to an extent. This project thought a lot of things on how to use the basics of photoshop well. As well as that, it was one of the first times I have gotten very specific and thorough feedback to improve something. This project took me a long time to do, but in the end it was a pretty good experience to have. This assignment also taught me to be patient and spend time on small detail that may have an impact on the whole picture. In this one specially I had a lot of trouble making the windmill at first because I wasn't sure on how to use the layers, but it worked out ok in the final project.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Name of your


  • 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.

The Name of My magazine is Insiders, It is a design magazine. The target audience for my magazine is adults for the most part since it will only benefit them. In my magazine I tried to make some contrast between the background and the text. I Think it turned out alright. I feel the because the background is mostly one color, it will attract more attention. I also kind of tried to make eye catching stories

Some challenges that I faced while making the magazine cover is having stories that didn’t really make sense for the actual magazine cover. I also struggled with the spacing and contrast between the text and background. To try and fix it, I tried out many different fonts and colors to get one that had good contrast. Another thing I tried to do, was change up the stories so they were a little more eye catching by making some parts of the story bigger and in some cases I had to shorten the whole story. As for the feedback lessons, they helped a lot because they allowed me to get a fresh view on the cover and hear their opinions on what they like and on what the don’t like and what I can do to fix it. For example most of the people giving me feedback didn’t really like the way the fonts mixed with the background so I had to change it up so they did.

My successes as I worked through this was probably the stories towards the end of the process because I really got a lot of fine tuning done on them, some of them I just had to bold certain parts and for others I had to change the story completely. Another success was finding the right colors to match the background. I had some trouble with this throughout all of our feedback sessions and I think I fixed it by not having too many colors on the cover and sticking to one or 2 main ones.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Introduction to Magazine Cover Design:

Something that surprised me about this article was all the work and brainstorming people have to go through when making a magazine. There are a lot of elements you have to think while make a design for a Magazine, and within those elements are a lot of steps and options you can make to make the most out of your cover. There are a lot of different styles and methods specially when choosing a photo, because you have the option of changing the brightness and placement of the photo, whether you chose to put it in front of the brand design and if it’s a good fit for a background 

I think the most important concept to remember when designing the cover of a magazine is the contrast of the background and of the text you are gonna use. Those two have to be close to opposite for the text to be able to be readable. For example if you are thinking of having like a light blue background, then the color of your text should be black or like a dark red for example. Something that clashes with the background to make it work. I guess another pretty important part to remember when making your magazine cover is to not get your background wrong, because if the background has too much texture to the point where the text clashes a lot with it making it unreadable and so it doesn’t match the color scheme.

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

A big difficulty at the beginning of this project was figuring out which house I liked and wouldn’t be too hard to cut out. But after a lot of searching I found a castle type house that might have looked alright on a t-shirt or something. Another problem that I had was cutting out the Linoleum from the actual block, because I hadn’t done it in a while and some of the edges and corners of the design weren’t very good. But once I started doing it differently It came out a little better.   Another problem was the amount of Ink that I was using in my first couple of prints. The prints were not turning out like I would have liked them to but after experimenting a couple times with different amounts of ink, it came out with not too much ink and not too little.

One aspect of this assignment that I was really proud of during this assignment was the end result of the color paper prints, I really liked how those turned out. I am also proud of how the block turned out considering the bad start I had at the beginning to the block. I thought that was a pretty good accomplishment.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Printmaking History. Processes and Artists

The basic history of Printmaking is the production of images by varying methods of replication unto paper. Albrecht Durer, Martin Schongauer, Rembrandt, and Goya. They paved the way for new types of fine print, such as  Lithography revolving perfecting press, Photo-lithography etc.  

Intaglio uses a metal plate, and a selected image is either engraved into the metal, or the plate is coated with a waxy acid-resistant .
Relief Painting is when the background is cut down, leaving a raised image which takes the in
Planographic is when the entire matrix surface is involved but some areas are treated to retain the ink. An example would be Lithography (Lithography is another technique which uses a Matrix of Fine grained Limestone.)
Another Method is Stencil-printing where a design is drawn directly unto the screen and undrawn areas are sealed with glue or varnish

This Author used the Stencil methods of Printmaking where the design is made on a screen of silk, with some blank areas coated with an impermeable substance. Something that draws me into this painting is the detail of the face and the background of the whole painting.
Elizabeth Taylor (c.1967)
Silkcreen print, by Andy Warhol.

In this painting the Author uses the whole matrix to portray the image, some areas are used to retain the ink, for this specific example the author uses lithography where the design is drawn into a matrix with a greasy crayon. You can definitely see that here as the object in the picture looks like it has been drawn on the matrix. Something I was interested in this painting is the colors he used to bring attention to some specific areas, like the face and the weird moon

Woman and Dog in front of Moon
(1936) Lithograph, by Joan Miro.

The process is the Author draws his design straight unto a block of wood, and the untouched areas are usually but away with gouges leaving the raised image to be inked. Something I liked from this woodcut is the emphasis on the sadness of the person and having a lot of detail his facial hair and the shadows in the picture.

The Prophet (1912) Woodcut.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.
by German Expressionist Emile Nolde.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Extraodinary 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.

Final Movie Poster ^

The genre of my movie is a Thriller 
Its called "February 29: Albion
"My object from which my poster was based was a Shoe. Some objects/images that I used in My Poster were a lot of buildings and a giant leg. I used the building to kind of represent that that there is a giant stomping on the city with their shoe. And I used the leg to represent that there is a giant.  

I used Chalkduster for the movie title for my main poster. And I used Kozuka Mincho Pro for my tag line. I used Chalkduster for the title because I wanted my movie to be a thriller so I thought that chalkduster kind of fit that theme. And for the Tag line I used that font because I wanted something a little simpler and plain for the tagline. The tagline is the name of a popular giant who is supposed to be the son of Poseidon.

I used pretty similar colors for the actual buildings that represent the colors of actual buildings, as well I had a couple of buildings that were transparent so you could see the shoe through the building. I made a very light blue sky in the background and added a sun that wasn’t very bright since the sun was blocking the light.  I also made the show red and gray and the pants are blue.

In my poster I think it communicates the fact that it’s supposed to be a giant walking through city stomping all over the city. I think my poster does a good job maybe wanting the viewer to wanna know what happens when the giant starts knocking over some buildings. I think it also makes the viewer think if there is going to be a plot or a reason as to why there is a giant stomping in the city. I think the title also may make them look up the date and figure out what it means.

From the feedback I was given in class I decided to fix up the one where the grass was a little out of place and added a road to make it seem like that was the entrance to the town, and as you follow the road you can see that there is a giant walking over. People also said that it was out of place, so I got rid of it completely and just finished making the building and the giant leg and made it look as if it was just a regular city with a giant

I think that I was successful for the most part in creating my Movie poster because you can clearly see what the movie is most likely going to be about. I think it’s good in that sense, but I don’t think it’s very good  in the sense that the title and tagline font don’t really go well together.