Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Here are a few shots that I took this past semester that never made it up onto the blog.

Grass near the dining hall. I took this for the aperture project.

Swirly lights. Taken for the illustrator project. I liked the graffiti-like quality that this has.

A water fountain, penny and shadow of my hand. I love the colors in this picture. It was a part of my self portrait project.

The rose window at St. Johns church on Main street. This was shot for my lyrics project but I ended up not using it.

Originally a "y" for the alphabet project until i was told that tree branches are too common. I still like the colors and silhouette though.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Magazine Cover

I was bored today so I decided to create a magazine cover using pictures I already had on my computer. The only piece of it that I got from the internet is the Seventeen logo. I created it on photoshop.

Saturday, December 27, 2008


"Yellow Brick Road"

I was reviewing all of the pictures I took this semester and I stumbled across this one. I took this October 2nd at 12:44 AM. I like how the lighting created a golden quality on the bricks and I also like the clarity of the reflection in the puddle, yet you can still see through it to the bricks underneath. Most of my shots from this early in the semester aren't very good, but it is fun to come across one that I like.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Impressive Instant

I don't think this one's finished. But I'm struggling with what to do. I'm thinking about using different fonts instead of it all being the same, but I don't know if that will break it up too much. The lyrics are "You're the one that I've been waiting for... I don't even know your name."
I also wanted to add some yellow green in somewhere, maybe like swirly lines, but I'm not really sure the best way to do that.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Illustrator Project 1

17" x 11"
Alyssa and I have made it our goal to create a bunch of illustrator projects over winter break and winter session in order to become proficient at it because neither of us had ever used the program before this semester. Here is the first one I did besides my earlier lyrics project. Click on it for a larger view.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

15 Designs

These are the 15 designs I created from cut paper using the motif of a sponge. Each design abstractly conveys a different theme related to children. ex: leisure time, child advocate, changing families... ect.

Each of the 15 designs is 6" x 9".


Here is my semester's work in Drawing Class. 5 projects.

Project 1: Line Drawing of Fruit Still Life
30" x 22"
Construct a still life out of at least 4 fruits/vegetables. Draw it using only line.

Project 2: Perspective and Gesture Drawing
30" x 22"
Draw an exterior space using both 1 pt. and 2 pt. perspective. (Line only, no value) Then add gesture drawings of the people who pass through the space. (If the person occupies a space for a few seconds, thats how long it takes to draw the person. If they are slow/standing and are there for longer, it will take longer to draw the person and they will be more detailed.)

Project 3: Tool Deconstruction
30" x 22"
First part: Draw a tool (mine was a pocket knife) this time using value only. NO lines.
Then deconstruct the shapes in the first drawing. From this point, only refer to the first drawing, not allowed to look at the actual tool anymore. After 5 drawings, each of which was deconstruction of the previous, I arrived to this final drawing.
Oh yeah, no blending the graphite on the paper, you have to add it to get it to what ever consistency/smoothness you want.

Project 4: Paper Bag World
44" x 26"
Compressed Charcoal and Vine Charcoal
1st part: Construct a "world" out of brown paper bags and light it appropriately
2nd part: Draw it in charcoal (blending is allowed, but not with fingers, you must use a paper stump) No lines, only value.

Project 5: Historical Still Life
26" x 19"
Black and White Conte and Charcoal Pencils on Gray Paper
Part 1: Research a historical event, time period, person, etc. I chose the Roaring 20s.
Part 2: construct a diorama which will convey this theme. Light it appropriately.

My Diorama:
With the Lighting:
Part 3: Draw it in value only, no line. No shading either. You must fill in ALL of your darkest darks with the black conte and charcoal pencils before you add the whites. In other words, don't use the white and black mediums at the same time. For medium tones, just leave the gray paper blank.

When Life gives you lemons...

...Why not replicate it 20x the actual size out of cardboard?
Here's my lemon. Well actually, the real lemon was left in the fridge over Thanksgiving break and when I came back, somehow the fridge was unplugged and my lemon was moldy. Luckily when I went back to the store, they had the same brand. (That was important because of the sticker)

This is what my life looked like for about a week.

45 hours total. My last day (when these pics were taken) was 16 hours.

And the final product:
Side view

Bottom view: Rind and sticker

These pictures don't show it that well, but it squeezes, like a real lemon wedge.

It was a very stressful project, and my nose bled every day for the whole week, but all in all, it was a lot of fun, and all of the art students really bonded I think.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Stop. Go. Stop. Go.

Here is my Stop Motion Video. I have absolutely no idea what to call it, besides "Feet" which is lame. Suggestions are welcomed.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sneak Peak

Alright, my video is almost done, but I am really anxious about it. I can't show it yet, but here are some more things from it.

The First shot is an actual frame from the movie. The Second one is a screen shot of part of the film strip for my movie.

As you can see in the second shot, I settled on the song Candy Perfume Girl by Madonna, and I think it works perfectly.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Work in Progress

Over the weekend, I continued shooting for my Stop Motion video project. Here a few stills I got.

Okay, this one is not from the video, but my sister was my model for the day. It was good to see her, I missed her while I was away at college.




"The Dip"


My video is almost finished. It is 1:36 minutes long, and will be 1:59 minutes in the end. I have a little more shooting and editing left to do, but it's coming together and I am excited about it.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Random Photos

"Ray Of Light"

I'm starting to use my Camera a lot more so I'll probably be posting a lot of random photos more often that don't necessarily have to do with a school project.

"A Scary Place"



Monday, November 24, 2008

Time Sequence

The assignment is to print 3 photos showing a time sequence of events with a chosen theme. I have chosen to show feet throughout a typical day.
The first shot is feet in the morning. Limbs are still feeling asleep, while the world around you is starting to awaken. I felt showing feet in a shower conveyed this idea because I always feel dead in the shower, but the water is constantly moving. Plus, a shower always wakes me up.
By mid-day, feet are moving and the world is moving. I knew right from the start I wanted this to be shot at the crosswalk because there is so much activity here. The cars, the subject, the other walkers, etc. This is the peak of activity during the day.
At night, the world is going to sleep, but the body is still restless. (This is at least the case with me) My first idea didn't work out so well and this was a last minute shot. It is my least favorite of the three, but it shows me at work at my desk at night.

My video is coming along smoothly and I hope to be finished before the weekend is over. I probably won't post it until Tuesday night or Wednesday though, because I don't like showing it until I show it at our critique in class first.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Snow Day

Okay so I HATE the snow and anything cold, but Alyssa and I could not resist the Opportunity to go on a Photoshoot.