End of the Year

Wow! I haven’t updated this blog in a long time, not since it was an assignment for class. The school year is coming to a close, which means no access to creative cloud or digital arts for 3 months! Here are some of the things I’ve been working on lately as we finish up in class.

I did some work with clipping masks, and recreated this popular feminist symbol.
Typography Portrait
I worked on adding effects and warping text with this portrait of singer Aurora with lyrics.
Typography Portrait [Recovered]
Here is another version of the same project using cooler colors.
I worked on little fun illustrations that helped with forming images.
Road Sign-11
I worked on drawing flying cats (cause who doesn’t want to draw flying cats)
More warping text practice with a logo


I’m really enjoying being able to combine a lot of different things I’ve learned to make one big project. See you next year!

DPE 8- Q and A Questions

What grade do you believe you have earned? Why do you believe that?

I believe that I’ve earned a low A to high B. I’ve been really focused and on task, working hard on the different assignments we’ve had, but I keep forgetting to upload some of my completed photos and blogs…which is the actual grade. I am going to try to be better about that, it’s just a lot of bits and pieces to put together in my mind.

Post the image that you are most proud of and then answer these questions:ib-tshirt-design

Why are you proud of this image and more specifically, what did you learn while creating this image?

I’ve already posted this image, but I love it because it shows so much of my growth. This was the piece where I felt like I really mastered the pen tool, and I experimented with a lot of other different tools that I hadn’t worked with before. I learnt how to align things in a way I liked and really make a piece look cohesive. Even though it wasn’t a winner with the IB coordinator, I still really enjoy it.

What has been your biggest challenge in creating imagery this semester?

I think my biggest challenge has been creating images that I was confident about. I really kept self doubting myself while I was making my images and not focusing on the process. When we had a group forum with all the other ideas for the IB t-shirt I kept comparing my designs to the other one’s, which was not good. This was silly of me, especially since the IB coordinator ended up really liking some of the designs I made.

What project(s) have you enjoyed the most? Why?

I’ve enjoyed the Saxon project the most I think because it was the biggest challenge yet. Also, it was fun to do something in color after we’ve been doing so much in black and white. I really needed to splash some  colored pixels on the virtual canvas.

What project(s) have you enjoyed the least? Why?

 I’ve actually been really frustrated with our latest composite image project. I’ve forgotten a bunch of things from Photoshop and it took me awhile to find all the missing files in my brain about how to cut out part of an image and so forth. I was also feeling annoyed at the photoshopiness (that’s an adjective thankyouverymuch) of my image. You know when you can tell that something is very obviously fake and has been photoshopped in? That is  kind of what it looks like:

DPE Week 5

This week we continued our quest of designing a t-shirt symbol for the IB students at South! You can read my first post about this adventure here. We crowd sourced our  designs on a padlet, giving each other feedback, and comments on how we could make our designs better. It was really cool to see everybody’s different ideas and perspective on each other’s t-shirt designs. There was really a whole range of thoughts of how the design should be presented, how many words you should use, and what you should draw. Since we had to work on having 3 designs by Thursday, I whipped up two more projects to put on the padlet. The first one didn’t meet the IB brand guidelines (a very confusing number of pages on things I only partially understand).However,  My 2nd design for this week did meet the requirements. It didn’t really have a lot of design aspects and was mostly just words, inspired by this water bottle which was sitting next to me while I was drawing.

IB_Nutrition_Facts_design.jpg (188×307)

This week was relatively quiet and easy. I didn’t have a lot of challenges besides trying to think of a symbol that hadn’t done before AND met the guidelines. I worked on my pen skills by tracing a stack of books, which I didn’t have time to finish and upload, unfortunately. I worked on aligning the text correctly on my nutrition facts design, and thinking up clever ** for the bottom of it.

This first six weeks of Digital Art 2 have been fun and new. I got to use a drawing tablet that connects with the computer (click here to see their website), work on my first design project, among other things. I’m really enjoying this class and it makes me excited to dive into art, something that I normally don’t do when I become consumed by labels of a nerdy science math kid or hopeless lover of poetry and long medieval stories of damsels in distress. I am really glad that this class is so fluid, by which I mean that adjusts to everyone’s different learning style. As a kinesthetic learner, it is VERY hard for me to learn just by listening to lecture. I need to be right there drawing alongside a video, or right there writing a poem along with the teacher talking about rhyming schemes. Learning needs to be hands on (or mouse on this case I guess).

One thing I do wish we did more of is colored designs. Frankly, black and white has it’s limits for me. It’s been interesting seeing what I can convey without color, but I think one of the beauties of digital art is the unlimited amount of COLOR you have at your fingertips. The perfect shade of any color can be reproduced without going to the Art Department and scoping through hundreds of copic markers. I want to learn how to use tools like the magic wand on Adobe and color matchers. There are so many wonderful tools from Adobe for color and I just want to explore them more.