Design I // Balance

For Design I’s third project, we focused on balance. Students constructed 4 compositions based on the following options of balance: symmetrical, asymmetrical, radial, and pattern. Their theme had to be inspired by the lyrics of a song or poem of their choosing. The medium used to depict these shapes was black construction paper, and good craftsmanship was emphasized. They also had to implement the elements and principles of design in their work. Some students even accepted the challenge of making 3D pop-up elements.

Below are some of the composition sets that were submitted.

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

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Song: “Good Morning Baltimore” from “Hairspray”; Design by Abby Jenkins

Section4_Ashley-Baker_Balance_HakunaMatata-AshleyBaker

Song: “Hakunamatata” from “The Lion King”; Design by Ashley Baker

Section4_Breanna-Rochelle_Balance_Loverman-Train

Song: “Loverman” by Train; Design by Breanna Rochelle

Section4_Cassidy-Jones_Balance_TinyDancer-EltonJohn

Song: “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John; Design by Cassidy Jones

Section4_Dylan-Turner_Balance_CagedBird-MayaAngelou

Poem: “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou; Design by Dylan Turner

Section4_Kaleb-Baker_Balance_TheHouseOfTheRisingSun-TheAnimals

Song: “The House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals; Design by Kaleb Baker

Section4_Kimberly-Kazmark_Balance_SpacePoem

Poem about space by unknown writer; Design by Kimberly Kazmark

Section4_Lexi-Bennett_Balance_PianoMan-BillyJoel

Song: “Pianoman” by Billy Joel; Design by Lexi Bennett

Section4_Mary-McClung_Balance_Escape-RupertHolmes

Song: “Escape” by Rupert Holmes; Design by Mary Beth McClung

Section5_Bes-Reilly_Balance_DeathOfABachelor_Panic!AtTheDisco

Song: “Death of a Bachelor” by Panic at the Disco; Design by Bes Reilly

Section5_Jillian-Lovato_Balance_ADreamIsAWishYourHeartMakes-Cinderella

Song: “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from “Cinderella”; Design by Jillian Lovato

Section5_Samantha-Marshall_Balance_AWholeNewWorld-Aladdin

Song: “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin”; Design by Samantha Marshall

Section5_Taylor-Fikes_Balance_IJustCantWaitToBeKing-LionKing

Song: “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from “The Lion King”; Design by Taylor Fikes

Section5_Wes-Edgeworth_Balance_HuntinFishin&LovinEveryDay-LukeBryan

Song: “Huntin Fishin Lovin Everyday” by Luke Bryan; Design by Wes Edgeworth

Intro to Computing Art // OMG American Gods

For students to refine their skills using Adobe Illustrator’s Pen Tool, my students accepted the challenge of the OMG project, as in “Oh my gosh, this is so challenging and time consuming!” But the effort is well worth the outcome.

The theme was to recreate a god or goddess in modern society. Students researched Greek, Roman, and Aztec mythological figures to learn about their core characteristics, and brainstormed how to apply them in our current culture.

They photographed themselves, friends, or family as their models. Then they used that photo as a template to make a vector illustration in Adobe Illustrator.  Tiny solid shapes make up the entirety of the photo to make a realistic representation.  They spent about three weeks on the project. The process is like creating a digital painting! Below are some examples that were turned in. I also included the outline imagery of a couple illustrations to show the number of shapes that were created to make up the compositions. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results! These illustrations are sure to blow your mind!

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

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Aditi by Madison Wigginton

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(Outline of shapes)

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Hera by Carson Brantley

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Venus by Caylee Hubbard

Apollopp

Apollo by Darren Cheairs

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Hecate by Elizabeth Gammill

Grayson Brown_American Gods_Athena

Athena by Grayson Brown

American Gods

Loki by Rebecca Bailey

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Apollo by Whitney White

Intermediate Computing for Design // Reinterpret a Cliché

The third project for Intermediate Computing for Design class was called Reinterpret a Cliché. Imagery seen too frequently is often not seen at all. This is the case with overused design symbols and everyday objects. Overuse renders them ineffective, and they lose their power to communicate. It is the function of the designer to revitalize these clichéd symbols and objects by interpreting them in individual and personal ways.

Students picked 6 of the following 12 examples of typically clichéd objects to be reinterpreted:

  1. Heart
  2. Key
  3. Apple
  4. Sun
  5. Stars
  6. Mouth
  7. Light Bulb
  8. Tree
  9. Cloud
  10. Eye
  11. Rose
  12. Nuts & Bolts

Then they chose a theme all 6 illustrations would have in common. Not only were they to work stylistically, but conceptually, as well. The final product had to be black & white. They scanned their sketchbook designs into Photoshop or Illustrator to continue rendering them to completion, either using the Pen Tool or Live Trace option.

Below are some designs that were turned in. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results!

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

bethany-smith

by Bethany Smith; insects

cara-moore

by Cara Moore; flowers

carly-bond

by Carly Bond; fairy-tales

connor-booth

by Connor Booth; under the sea

gerald-wicks

by Gerald Wicks; Harry Potter

imani-smith

by Imani Smith; dancers

ques-nevels

by Ques Nevels; fighters

sarah-ferguson

by Sarah Ferguson; fruits & veggies

stephen-latham

by Stephen Latham; bit-syle Mario characters

taylor-knight

by Taylor Knight; stereotypes

lauraleigh-hicks

by Laura Leigh Hicks; facial hair

Design I // Shape

For Design I’s second project, we focused on geometric and organic shapes. Students constructed 3 compositions: 1 for all geometric, 1 for all organic, and 1 for a combination of geometric and organic. The medium used to depict these shapes was black construction paper and white Bristol cardstock. Good craftsmanship was emphasized. They also had to implement the elements and principles of design in their work.

Below are some of the composition sets that were submitted. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results!

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

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Combo by Abby Jenkins

section4_breanna-rochelle_shape_combo

Combo by Breanna Rochelle

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Geometric by Breanna Rochelle

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Organic by Breanna Rochelle

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Geometric by Dylan Turner

section4_forrest-russell_shape_geo

Geometric by Forrest Russell

section4_kaleb-baker_shape_combo

Combo by Kaleb Baker

section4_kimberly-kazmark_shape_org

Organic by Kimberly Kazmark

section4_landen-rucker_shape_combo

Combo by Landen Rucker

section4_lexi-bennett_shape_combo

Combo by Lexi Bennett

section4_lexi-bennett_shape_geo

Geometric by Lexi Bennett

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Geometric by Forrest Beasley

section5_jillian-lovato_shape_geo

Geometric by Jillian Lovato

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Organic by Jillian Lovato

section5_laken-beasley_shape_combo

Combo by Laken Beasley

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Organic by Laken Beasley

section5_samantha-marshall_shape_combo

Combo by Samantha Marshall

section5_samantha-marshall_shape_geo

Geometric by Samantha Marshall

section5_taylor-fikes_shape_combo

Combo by Taylor Fikes

section5_taylor-fikes_shape_geo

Geometric by Taylor Fikes

section5_wes-edgeworth_shape_geo

Geometric by Wes Edgeworth

Intro to Computing // Creature Cartoon

In Intro to Computing, students learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. This Spring semester, I teach one section of the class. During the Fall it is primarily students who are trying out for the graphic design program in November, but during the Spring it is mostly fine art students who are taking the class as an elective.

This is the second semester I have implemented this project as an introduction to Adobe Illustrator. For Creature Cartoon, each student pulled words out of separate bags– one for a physical trait, one for an action, and one for an emotion. The end goal is to illustrate a unique creature that accompanies all these traits successfully in Illustrator.

After receiving their words, students brainstormed and submitted a series of thumbnails of their ideas, which were then narrowed down to their top three when I visited them in class one-on-one. Those three were turned into well-drawn comps that were drawn with Sharpies and Micron pens, and critiqued by their entire class. The best drawing was scanned into Illustrator, and vector shapes were placed on top. The focus of this Illustrator project was learning the Pen Tool and conducting organized layer management.

For even MORE fun, my students will turn their illustrations into animated GIFs when we start the Photoshop segment. Stay tuned to see those later this semester!

Below are some illustrations that were turned in. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results!

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

Carson-Brantley_Creature_AnixousFlyAntlers

by Carson Brantley: anxious, fly, antlers

Elizabeth-Gammill_Creature_crawlgigglylongtail

by Elizabeth Gammill: crawl, giggly, long tail

Monster Illustration

by Grayson Brown: mellow, shell, exercise

Basic RGB

by Jacquelyn Mullins: bored, whiskers, jumping

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by Shannon Shepherd: big feet, running, sad

Whitney_White_Creature_AfraidManeCurledAsleep

by Whitney White: afraid, mane, asleep

UPDATE: See GIFs created later during the semester here.

Design I // Line Explosion

This semester I teach 2 sections of Design I. A new experience for me is teaching an overwhelming number of Landscape Architecture majors, along with Fine Art, Photo, Interior Design, and Floral Management. Also in semesters past I have taught more girls than boys, but this semester’s numbers even out more.

For their first project, we focused on line and the psychological meanings of straight and curvy line work. Students chose 1-3 adjectives to illustrate using line, creating a “line explosion.” The medium used to depict these lines included Sharpies and Micron pens of different thicknesses, and good craftsmanship was emphasized. They were to also implement the elements and principles of design in their work.

Elements: line, shape, mass/form/volume, space, value, color, texture, time/motion.
Principles: balance, rhythm, repetition, unity, variety, size/scale/proportion, emphasis/focal point.

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

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by Abby Jenkins: bold, loud

section4_breanna-rochelle_line_wrinkledawkwardgooey

by Breanna Rochelle: wrinkled, awkward, gooey

section4_dylan-turner_line_sharptight

by Dylan Turner: sharp, tight

section4_kaleb-baker_line_gooeywildprickly

by Kaleb Baker: gooey, wild, prickly

section4_lexi-bennett_line_whimsicalconfusingflat

by Lexi Bennett: whimsical, confusing, flat

section4_paige-davis_line_steadysuspiciouswrinkled

by Paige Davis: steady, suspicious, wrinkled

section5_taylor-fikes_line_sharpboldtight

by Taylor Fikes: sharp, bold, tight

section5_willie-griffin_line_sharpawkwardsuspicious

by Willie Griffin: sharp, awkward, suspicious

Intermediate Computing for Design // Oh What a Character

It is a brand new semester!

Intermediate Computing for Design is for students who submitted their portfolios for the graphic design review in November and were accepted into the program.  All of these students took my Intro to Computing class in the previous semesters. The last time I taught Intermediate was 2 years ago and I really enjoyed it, so I am excited to have the opportunity again.

Their first Intermediate project was called “Oh What a Character!” They found an image online of a celebrity, changed it to black and white, placed it in Illustrator, and worked on top of it like a template to create their own caricature of the person.  The requirement of the illustration?  It had to be completed using a maximum of 7 letters and 2 symbols in black only from one typeface on their computer.  Yes, a typeface!  They could rotate and resize typeface items as needed.

Below are some designs that were turned in. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results!

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

Ques-Nevels_Jackie-Chan

Jackie Chan by Ques Nevels

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Princess Diana by Cara Moore

Carly-Bond_Miley-Cyrus

Miley Cyrus by Carly Bond

Conner-Booth_BetteMidler

Bette Midler (Hocus Pocus) by Connor Booth

chanceredo

Chance the Rapper by Darby Taylor

Gerald-Wicks_TheWeeknd

The Weekend by Gerald Wicks

Connor

Connor McGregor by Trent Furr

Paper Art Gifts

Due to the number of art and graphic design classes I teach as a lecturer at Mississippi State University, I do not have a lot of time to produce paper art and freelance as I’d like to. When a gift-giving event comes up, I tend to take advantage of that time to practice my craft. I love doing to produce a natural look using plant inclusions– blending up flower petals, grass, and leaves in with the pulp. I also have been experimenting with ways to apply imagery to the paper. (Excuse my photography. I need to do better at documenting my gifted art.)

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Laser-cut typography with black paper placed behind

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Laser-cut typography with black paper placed behind

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Spray-painted typography using self-produced stencils

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Close-up

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Spray-painted typography using self-produced stencils, and Sharpie dots

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Hand-painted typography

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Close-up

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Hand-painted typography // Spanish for “You are Beautiful”

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Hand-painted imagery

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