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Final Reflection: The Movie, The Ghosts, The Semester

One of my favorite things to do during the open house on Thursday was watch visitors’ reaction to The Hunted Movie Trailer. People would spook just from watching it, which was definitely the intention. It was definitely an experience taking something sugary sappy sweet–like children playing–and changing it into something horrifying. Overall, I think the final product came out well. Though the movie wasn’t in the time limit, I found that most movie trailers–even teaser trailers–last only 30 to 60 seconds; I believe that I was well within the means of my genre.

As for the ghosts, I really which that I had more time to work on this project. I really wanted to hand draw the images like Naka, but knowing my personal and time limitations, I had to redirect my process. The ghosts communicated as they intended; they are haunting, daunting, but passive unless approached. They are not necessarily friendly, but also not necessarily harmful. These in-betweens–just like the use of opacity and lighting–I think is what makes this final composition work. Had I had more time with them, I would have wanted to add more to the series. However, as of now I think that the four images look great together.

The course–Art 250 that is–proved to be a learning experience in a variety of ways. First, it confirmed that I definitely have a passion for digital design and that I could actually have a future in the digital design industry. The course also confirmed that I have a long way to go. There is so much that I have to learn before probably even qualifying for grad school. I am always really nervous about my artwork, so the positive feedback from the class about both my creativity and for the final products meant the world to me. The constructive criticism and work of others led me to alter my work to be more aesthetically pleasing and strategically deep. I wish that I could have more time to build my portfolio. As of now, I am hoping for year five to do so.



Mia’s Color Project

Sex, lust, embrace, dominate, swoon, kiss, tackle, play, fornicate, hug,  snuggle, seize, blow, peck, endear, care, smooch, cuddle, caress, endear, fondle, pet, stroke, love.

Mia took a risk when she made her boxes and took a snapshot of an intimate moment between a and g. Let’s take a look at the before, without color.

The original five panels

When Mia adjusted her g, she slightly tilted it to give an off-center feeling
in the moment of embrace; I think that this was a wise visual choice. She also played with transparencies and object placement so that the viewer could visually trace how, specifically, g and a intertwine. A wise decision, in my opinion.

I love that Mia mixes color symbolism and makes a the dominant in its bold bright pink as it stands up tall, and g the submissive despite its pop green. The yellow background makes the two letter forms strike the viewer, suggesting action or significance. In other words, the viewer can really tell that the letter forms are getting busy by letter placement, but the color makes this square stand out amongst the rest.

The o and g reflection

O and G proved to be an exploration in different ways for different people. Many took it as purely an art project, like Casey, who made the beautiful Kama Sutra of Typography. Others, like Victoria, focused on the story of the letter-forms’ relationship. I decided to use the project to explore the variety of available fonts and use them to tell a specific story that can be seen without explanation in viewing the five-panel composition.

In looking back on the work, I wish that I had spent more time focusing on the beauty of a mother-child relationship rather than snapshots of the moments themselves. That’s what I am focusing on the grandfather-grandchild relationship in the color version of this project. Nevertheless, I learned a lot.

Firstly, I learned that there’s a font for everything. I know that I have an advantage because I have CS5 on my laptop and have owned an additional 1001 fonts since high school. In addition to that, I tapped into dafont‘s library to make the composition read as a I wanted it to. Nell even mentioned that I could have drawn in my second “o.” I didn’t, but the “o” does look quite similar to my original sketches, which brings me to my second point.

In graphic design, it is essential to first play with your ideas on paper.  It’s kind of like organizing a paper. The ideas are all out in front of you and you can pick and choose the best compositions.

In terms of new skills, I learned how to group, use pathfinder, provide even spacing between objects, and use the limitations of the artboard to my advantage. There are many similarities between Illustrator and Photoshop, so I didn’t have too many difficulties figuring out layering and the layout of the tools panel.

More than anything I did on my own, however, was the education I got from looking at other people’s work. It has inspired my color design and pushed me closer to the beauty (as opposed to function) of graphic design. Hopefully I will learn how to combine the two.

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