The first day of this school term, we were given our first assignment for Graphic Design II.
It wasn't very difficult . . . we needed to go buy a chocolate bar. I almost couldn't believe my good fortune . . . I think this was the best assigment ever, and after class I went to several stores, in search of chocolate . . . we needed to take pictures of the bars and the displays, too.
The idea was to use it to look at how the packaging was printed and put together, and to use the chocolate inside to put into a unique wrapper (that we each would design).
We could choose a country to use as a theme in making the design, and I decided on Iceland. I liked the idea of using an image of the Northern Lights somehow. There were several steps in the project, including marketing research and creating a "persona" who would be interested in purchasing your product. My persona was an "Urban Art Lover" -- someone who likes to travel and also loves beautiful artwork.
Then we all designed wrappers, printed them out and put them around the actual candy-- Voila! chocolate products that were our own brand designs.
Then we took a picture of the product, so others could see it in a photo.
This fall I took a class in InDesign. It was good to start getting acquainted with this software, for designing books and booklets. Also had a Typography class, and learned many things about letters and type-faces. Below is one project done for Typography; it is a blend of three different text sections, placed together in a design.
It is kind of a snapshot of fall . . . the weather, and the trees losing their leaves mixed in with autumn colors..
Also, this fall I took lots of photos of leaves . . . everywhere I went it seemed like I kept seeing these wonderful, colorful, interesting shapes and sizes of leaves, and since I didn't usually have my camera, I was glad that cell phones can take pictures. Will put a few of them below.
This last photo was altered in Photoshop, to increase the speckly appearance of the pavement and bring out details in the leaf.
Also have been making lots more drawings. One of these was of a leaf, so will put it here:
It was a busy summer . . .studying digital photo and also web video production. Now fall is here, and it is a new term, this time with 20th Century Art History -- and a class in Adobe Illustrator.
I can tell already that the skills I'm beginning to learn in Illustrator will be very helpful for doing artwork using the computer.
Here is my first project-- it is a house built (from a reference photo) using shapes and lines:
I tried this variation, too -- made from a special setting in Photoshop Elements:
For the final project in Photoshop, I made two art prints; they used a lot of different Photoshop steps and techniques.
Here is one, called "Whoosh!"
And this one is "Watery World"
Making the marble for the counter/table was a new challenge; I was excited to see how it turned out.
The Photoshop class I'm taking is great! It is really interesting, and I'm being taught much more than I can remember . . . but in time and with practice, I'm sure it will all come into place. Here are some pictures from making the first project-- it is for cutting and pasting (from files the teacher provided) -- The butterfly was made first, and then reduced in size so more things could fit in.