Archive for May, 2011


Project 4_Self-Portrait

By listening to the student tutorials and exploring Photoshop more in depth, I created a self-portrait for my final project.  The basic idea for my project stemmed from my interest in typography and how text can be used in a composition.  I used the text tool to create a layer over my face that included many of my life stories, goals, and some of my favorite quotes.  My biggest problem with this project was deciding what I wanted to do, and how far to go with it.  If I were to redo this project, I would probably add another layer of text in the background which would create a composition with more movement.  With the tutorials, both online and in class, I was able to further my knowledge and understanding of photoshop and create a self-portrait that reflected myself.

For Project 3, I created a collage in Photoshop CS5 depicting the element of proportion.  I decided to base my collage on a circus because of the surreal atmosphere a circus can create.  I played with the proportions of the people and animals to create a surreal composition that i felt reflected the circus atmosphere.  As one of my first experiences in Photoshop, I struggled with understanding the different tools and techniques.  My biggest problems were importing images at the right size–to fit cohesively with piece.  Through the project, I learned many of the basics of Photoshop and created a piece that successfully demonstrated proportion.

My second project was based on the work done by graphic designer, Paula Scher.  I utilized her use of text in her designs to create a Broadway poster for the show, Mary Poppins.  The most difficult part of this project was trying to arrange the words and reviews to depict the shape of Mary Poppins’ famous umbrella.  Through this project, I learned the techniques of a successful graphic designer, and how I could reflect them into my own artistic style.  I think my portrayal of Mary Poppins on Broadway was a success, and I don’t think I would change anything about my final  design.

For my first design project, I created a logo for a compass.  Because the compass is used to create perfect circles, I created a circular composition for the design.  I used Adobe Illustrator CS5 to create shapes and lines in order to portray the compass.  Most of my problems occurred in the design process, deciding which direction to take the logo to best promote my object.  Doing the project again, I probably would have made the lettering more cohesive with the design, having the circle itself form the lettering.  For me this project demonstrated the importance of simplicity in designing a logo.