Nov 23, 2009

Murphy — short

Alright, our final project for Typographic Design is headings.  We have to make 3 different headings, all from one of Murphy's laws—a short, a medium, and a long.
So this is my short as of right now.  It's very simple but I really like it anyway.

Update 12/11/09:
Just finished the critique—all of my headlines went over really well, I've been pleased with the outcome of this project :) Unfortunately, with this project the "don't mess with" didn't go over as well. The italic is 'too feminine', so I've played with it a little more and now it's simply bold text fitted in. The blue shadow was received really well which was nice :)

Nov 20, 2009

Starting on the portfolio...

At the end of the semester, I have to have about 10 photos perfected and matted for my portfolio–a major part of the final grade.  I'm starting to work on it now and the pressure is building! 
Feedback is appreciated of course—hopefully there will be updates again soon!

During My Free Moments...

...I like to work on small graphics—usually fun photo edits, or logos (the leaf symbol for example).  Which makes me feel a little better when I doubt my future—you know you'll succeed when you spend your free time doing something similar to what you've done all day!  Here's a photo edit that I did today in between writing a paper and doing photography.
It was fun, but it's nothing very interesting—just thought I should be adding the small things that I do for myself as well as the work that I try to pump out for my classes.

Nov 15, 2009

Christmas Lights in the Dorm

Mom bought us some Christmas lights!!! Hurray! haha, we put them up this evening and have been having a great time!  We hung them up around our bedroom window, and they are so pretty :)
I'm kind of geeked, it looks really pretty and with the shade down we still have enough light (soft, pretty light) to see around our room!
I'm excited, and ready for Christmas all of the sudden... haha—it's going to be a long next few weeks!

Christian Photography

Here are the first examples of my photography this semester. I've been using black and white film—SLR camera. This assignment requires that we take 2 Christian photographs and take them to class for a large critique. The photos also have to be around 8x10"—we can crop, no worries. The one of the knees in the grass is actually 5x10", and the photo of the lamp is about 8x9".
I'm really, really hoping that a Christian message is evident. I don't think of any of my art as 'non-Christian' because I am a Christian! So this assignment was very difficult. Trying to convey a Christian message more obviously...
Feedback is appreciated!

Nov 12, 2009

Fall '09 — over half way though!

Half an hour until Em-o and I go to pick up the two high school seniors that will be spending the night with us.  Pondering over the night ahead and sick of doing homework: A new post is born!

I can hardly believe that this semester is over half way complete!  It it still only the beginning in my mind.  At the same time, I feel like I never left this place—as though I've been here since mom and dad dropped me off on that horrid move-in day.  I lot has changed this year, my group of close friends has brightened in many corners, and dimmed in a few others.  But I am thankful for each area of growth—it has been an insightful semester.
The classes are certainly harder, especially the art classes (who knew that the upper level classes would be more difficult?).  But I am learning a lot this semester, exploring areas of my mind—creatively—that have not been worked in a long time.  It has been a struggle, and there has been—and will be—frustration, but I love what I am succeeding in! The fight makes it that much more rewarding in the end.
The room situation is also much better this year.  I get to room with my best friend and I love it!  Our room has been full of laughs, tears, venting and companionable silence(rarely, but it does happen once in a while).  I have also had the joy of seeing our home-away-from-home turn into a hang-out for our friends.  The futon has a guest or two on it constantly, and we are often forced to sit on the floor too because there is not enough space at the desks and futon (a GREAT problem to have!!)
It has been exciting, and I am almost afraid for it to end!  I don't even mind the homework—it's the due dates that are the poison to all things right and beautiful! haha  But I truly will be sorry for this semester to pass away.

OH!  It is time to pick up our nervous guests!  Hopefully we will be able to show them a good time and they will end up coming next year.  I'm sure it will be a blast :)
Continued prayers are appreciated!  The stress has only begun, and as the art show begins to peak around the corner, I can feel my heart start to pound!  It's going to be a bumpy ride, but the thrill is half the fun...

Nov 11, 2009

Oxymoron Poster

Kind of going for an ironic approach. I found these "oxymorons" and don't really agree with them so I thought I would find verses that would show them as not true oxymorons.
We'll see what Professor Shaw thinks, he might not appreciate the view of oxymorons that aren't really... oxymorons...
oh well :)

Ps. Which color scheme? Monochromatic or contrast? Leaning towards the latter myself

Updated 11/15/09
I've changed a few things—including some of the oxymorons! Once again, feedback is greatly appreciated, and would help a lot!

Updated 11/24/o9
I did end up going with the one on the left—but the colors are slightly different. The gray has more blue in it and the value of the red is darker and more saturated.
I got my grade back on Monday and I got an "A"!!!!! Very excited, I am pleased :)

Nov 1, 2009

Out in the Fields with God

The little cares that fretted me,
I lost them yesterday,
Among the fields, above the sea,
Among the winds at play;

Among the lowing of the herds,
The rustling of the trees;
Among the singing of the birds,
The humming of the bees.

The foolish fears of what may happen,
I cast them all away,
Among the clover-scented grass,
Among the new-mown hay;

Among the rustling of the corn,
Where drowsy poppies nod,
Where ill thoughts die and good are born—
Out in the fields with God.

—Elizabeth Bennett Browning

My new favorite poem - I've been singing it to myself for the past few days as I walk across campus (not a good idea...)

Patriotic Program

This is the program I made for Typography. This isn't the finished product, but I have to save the updated version as a jpg again.
We were required to include all of the text that was written on a (poorly written) document, the title, as well as a sponsor and a location (that we had to pick). I did not like my program very much, I think I started off with a few good ideas but I am not at all confident in the end result.
The bad feeling of my work was heightened by the fact that I got the unavoidable B+.
He said that the text on the inside of the program was too choppy - I understand that, but I thought that gave more visual interest... there is only so much that you can do with miles of body copy (the text)!
I plan to try and fix it and update this post with an almost acceptable piece