Friday, January 27, 2017

Final Thoughts

Thinking back on the different assignments and experiences a couple come to mind that I will remember for a long time. First, when we had our field trip to VIA I had a spectacular time. I learned SO MUCH about what a real advertisement company looks like and how it functions. It was nerve-racking to do the presentation but I don't regret it at all. It gave me a lot of insight on what those presentations look like and how they worked. It was also fun to see what the entire building looked like. My favorite part was the downstairs brainstorming room. Secondly, I thought the print-making project was really helpful to show me how much work goes into getting the perfect print. When we were all running around and washing our materials was real proof of how time consuming and difficult it was to keep our area clean while getting clean prints. I thought that project was really cool.

Artworks of which I am the most proud

Throughout this class, there have been many pieces that I am proud of. The one that stands out the most to me is our most recent project, the magazine cover. I think I had the most fun with this assignment because it was really open and not restricted. We could choose any theme we wanted. This impacted my learning because it challenged me to explore colors, fonts, and designs. I had a lot of trials and errors, but the important thing was that I finally found a style that I liked from experimenting. I also enjoyed this project the most because I had a fun time learning about photoshop and how to use the quick keys more efficiently. This resulted in discovering how to draw people on the computer, something that I have always wanted to try.

Thursday, January 26, 2017



  • To create a magazine cover using knowledge and tools of Photoshop CS6.  
  • To use conceptual skills in order to convey information to a wide audience in a clear, original, and well designed manner.

The name of my magazine is Super. This magazine is all about comics and superheros. My target audience ranges from child to adult. It is mainly for anyone that has an interest in the superhero world. I used the actor that will play the role of Peter Parker in the upcoming movie Spider-Man. Therefore, people will be interested in reading about the movie when they see him on the cover. For the color scheme, I wanted to make sure that I added the main colors of Spider-Man's suit. After featuring red, I found that lighter colors made him stand out and also added yellow because it contrasted with the rest of the magazine.

Some of the challenges I faced had a lot to do with color and font. In the beginning,  I started with pink words on black but it didn't work with his red suit. Then I tried navy blue for the background with red and yellow words, but that didn't complement him either. After more trials and errors I finally found a combination of colors that worked. I ended up using the colors: red, yellow, white, and grey. Another challenge I faced was font. I had found a font on the website "dafont" that looked like a comic font, which I liked. I ended up using this font for the title. But later in the process, I experimented with another font but ended up questioning whether to use the beginning font or the other.  At the end, people gave feedback about how much they liked the beginning font so I decided to go with my original font.

In the beginning, I had a successful time planning out my design for the magazine. After drawing a couple for different options I new exactly which one to choose because it was something I am passionate about. I decided on the superhero magazine. Another success I had was writing the different articles on the side. I already had an idea of what I wanted to feature. Lastly, I spent a long yet fun time drawing the boy playing spider-man. It took a lot of time to make but I ended up really happy when I saw the ending result.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Planning Magazine Cover Design

Type- Super Hero, Comics - Spider- Man

Title- The Super World

This edition of the magazine is about the new Spider-man. It will be the main part of the magazine and feature smaller stories about the comic world.

The date of the magazines release will be Dec, 2016.

- 10 new characters to the Marvel Universe.
- New Spider-Man: Homecoming movie coming in 2017 (starring Tom Holland)
- What new D. C Comics projects/movies are coming out in the next 5 years.
- Comic- Con- Craziest insights (San Diego )
- The biggest super hero fans

The font is going to be very large for the title of the magazine. The font is bold and adventurous. I think it will either be the color black, red, or maybe yellow if it stands out enough. It is very simple and easy to read because of how clear the font is. I also want it to be layered over the super hero's face.

I think I might use the same font as I used for my title, just to keep the constant style and flow for the magazine. The font won't be as large as the title, but I want the number to be larger to catch the reader's eyes.

I think I will draw the main picture of spider-man for my "photo"

My color scheme will be red blue and yellow I think. First, the red and blue will come from spider-man's suit and his dirty blonde hair will go with yellow. The yellow also might be used in the title Super. The mood will be adventurous and ambitious. People will feel inspired to read more about spider-man's next story/movie.

I think that I will draw the cover image.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Introduction to Magazine Cover Design

I thought it was interesting to see all the different types of magazine styles. Some were extremely bold and used few colors the create a more serious look. While others, took a more creative and unique spin by using photoshop to draw on the images. I like how time magazine is known for their big “TIME” logo at the top and a picture of the person the magazine is mainly about. That way their audience/ consumers knows exactly which magazine it is when shopping for it. Lastly, I think it’s really cool when magazines will cover their brand name by a person or thing but consumers will still know it’s their magazine even if they can only see the very last bit of the brand name. It shows how popular a magazine really is because they aren't afraid people won’t know it is them.

While reading this engaging article about key concepts to a luring magazine I was fascinated by how many important ideas there were. One of the many vital concepts I picked up on was the color scheme. Every magazine the article used for an example had a clear color scheme to it, which clearly helped the magazines appearance. When the color scheme works, I find the magazine much more attractive and eye-catching because it feels organized and not a big jumble of pictures and words of call different colors. I also thought the concept about having dark or light or light on dark was an important thing to remember because the magazine should have good contrast. If the image is very light and the words on top of the image are light as well, they wouldn’t be very visible.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Lino Prints


  • To become familiar with basic printmaking history, processes, and artists
  • To make connections among artists from our past and present who worked using this method;
  • To respond visually to printmaking artists by creating  editions of prints, using linoleum;  
  • To print 2 editions of 2 different drawings/designs, demonstrating understanding of the printmaking process.

In the beginning of this process the first step was to sketch out our house that we wanted to have as a final print. My sketches were way too intricate and had too much detail. This was my first problem because the sketches were supposed to be fairly simple. The second bump in the road was figuring out how much ink to use while printing my prints. It took me a couple of times to get the right amount before continuing to the final good paper. Lastly, I had a hard time not smudging the print while peeling it up from the linoleum. This was just because my hands had ink on them already.  

In this process there are many aspects that I am proud of. First and foremost, I would have to say I am most proud of my trees in the print. It was really fun to carve in my linoleum and a strong addition to my prints.  It allowed my print to have more contrast between the white and black. The second thing I am proud of is my consistency to use a good amount of ink after not knowing how much in the beginning. It was hard to know at first because I would use too much or too little. But after that, I used a good amount each time which I ended up appreciating at the end.  

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Printmaking History, Processes, and Artists


To become familiar with basic printmaking history, processes, and artists;

To demonstrate your understanding by making a powerful statement, using your knowledge of positive and negative space, along with conceptual skills.

Printmaking is the process of which one prints fine art onto different mediums such as, paper, parchment, and fabric. Printmaking is considered to be a fine work of art even though multiple copies of the print is produced. There are many different ways to produce a print including: woodcuts, engraving, etching, mezzotint, aquatint, drypoint, lithography, screen-printing, digital prints and foil imaging. Pablo Picasso was one of the many artists that exceeded in printmaking. Picasso produced over 1,000 prints using the methods such as, etchings, engravings, dry points, woodcuts, lithographs and linoleum cuts. Lastly, Marc Chagall used graphic design and created prints that embodied religious figures from the bible.  

Relief printmaking takes place on surfaces such as wood and linoleum. They are when the artist cuts down everything but the design. Therefore, the ink only covers that one design. After the ink is pressed onto paper. Another type of printmaking is stencil- printing. This is where the design is drawn on the silk-screen printing directly. Next, there is planographic. This is when the whole matrix surface is used and put ink on. There are other ways to do this, for example, you can spray ink on the surface or paint through the stencil. Intaglio is another way for printmaking. One has to engrave a piece of metal to create their design. After the metal is soaked in acid, which helps eat away the exposed area.

Looking at the different types of printmaking, I am most drawn to the woodblock or the screen printing. The process used for the South Korean print is screen printing. The print is placed under a screen and double checked that all pieces are where they should be. Next, the ink is spread onto the screen. Therefore, the ink is appearing through the openings on the screen and pressed onto the paper. Secondly, “The Homemade Treehouse” was made by placing the print on the woodblock and put a water based ink on the roller. Lastly, they used a piece of white paper for the top layer to create the print. Lastly, the print of Elizabeth Taylor is a silkscreen print.

 Gesine Janzen (USA), "Homemade Treehouse", woodblock printed with water-based inks, 2002

My first screen print, South Korea 1994 

Elizabeth Taylor (c.1967)
Silkcreen print, by Andy Warhol.