Thursday, January 28, 2016

Final Thoughts

There were many highlights from this semester. I think that the most memorable things from this semester are was the Lowell Milken project and the linoleum printing. The Lowell Milken project impacted my learning so much. I still think its so crazy that there are probably thousands if not more people out there that have done amazing things and are not being recognized for it. Its crazy how you have to take a history class in school every year and you learn about all these people who have impacted history and then little did you know that there are tons more people that have impacted history that are undiscovered. This project really made me think about all of that and I also really liked it because it was back in the days when I didn't really like using photoshop because I didn't know how to use it so I got to actually draw my person. I really liked the linoleum prints because it was just another really different way to do graphic design. While a lot of the class really hated it and thought it was stressful, I thought that it was pretty easy and relaxing. I really loved choosing the paint color and the paper color and seeing how the colors went together. This showed me that graphic design isn't solely photoshop and originally it wasn't. Back in the olden day all they had was this type of graphic design, so I thought that was really cool!

Artwork of which I am the most proud

Out of all the assignments I have done in graphic design I would have to say I am the most proud of one of my Betty Blakeman tshirts. Out of everything I have done this semester this shows the most learning. In the beginning of this class I barely even knew how to use photoshop so this piece really shows how far I have come. I really love this piece because of the girl on the tennis court. Also I think that all of the colors go really nicely together and that the tshirt as a whole is very balanced. At the beginning of the year I didn't think I would ever be drawing a person on photoshop because I thought it would be way too hard but I'm really happy that I tested the waters because it ended up coming out very nicely. This work has made me feel more confident about using photoshop in the future. Through this assignment I learned how to do so much more on photoshop so now I have that knowledge going into future assignments in future classes which is really nice. This project also made me appreciate graphic design so much more and has made me think about possibly pursuing graphic design in college.

Betty Blakeman Memorial Tshirt


  • To use creative problem-solving skills to design a t-shirt for an annual tennis tournament that raises money for the Cancer Community Center of Maine;
  • To understand the importance of being involved in a real-life, authentic learning experience.

I faced many challenges while working through this process. I think one big challenge was designing the back of the t shirt. It was really hard to be original with how many names were on the back of the paper and also it was hard because everyone was using the same things on the back so what had to be original was the placement, but there wasn’t a lot of space to work it. Another challenging thing for me was the design. I was very reluctant to use a girl in my design because I thought it would be really hard but I really like the end product. A challenging thing that might be surprising is figuring out where to use the colors. Since we had to use all four colors on the front sometimes I didn’t really know where to use them. These are some challenges I faced while working through this process.
Despite the challenges I also feel as though I had many successes while working through that process. One success I had was the arrangement of the colors on my designs. The colors were something that I was very cautious about through the process and I really liked how the turned out, especially with my design on the tennis court with the girl in it. Another thing I would consider a success is my front with the tennis court with my girl in it. It is by far my favorite out of all of my designs. Along with my front I really liked my second back, I think the contrast is really nice in both of these and I really like the composition of them. More of a detail that was a success was my tennis girl that I did. I thought that she was going to look very bad but I ended up liking the way she looks a lot. I also really liked my tennis court idea so I would consider that I success as well. These are some successes I had while i worked through this process.
I am somewhat happy with my end results. I really like two of my final tshirts but I am not very fond of the rest. I don’t really like my tshirts that have the circles on them as much as I did in the beginning and I’m happy that I don’t have to look at them anymore. I kind of like the design but I don’t think that they work for the tshirt. Despite this, I am very happy with my girl on the tennis court and my second back. They feel more finalized and more professional than some of my other tshirts.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016



  • 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.

There were a lot of problems that arose while doing this project. My first big problem, which happens to me a ton within art assignments, was what to do for my print. I eventually decided to do a flower and a butterfly and I am pretty happy with them. There were also a lot of small things that I had to cut out of my prints which was also a little difficult but in the end I was able to make them look really good.

I proud of many aspects of this assignment. First, I’m really proud of my linoleum cuts. I thought that I would be really bad at it but I think that I surprised myself a lot. I’m also really proud of my colors that I used. I really like all of the colors I used and how they go with the colors of paper that I used.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Printmaking History, Process and Artists

Drawing Hands
MC Escher

The Marilyn Diptych
Andy Warhol

The Great Wave off Kanagawa
Katsushika Hokusai
Between 1826 and 1833


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

Printing has been used for a very long time. Europeans have been etching since the early 1300s. In the 1700s Asian printmaking started to become very popular. In the 1800 and 1900s printmaking was widely used for posters, newspapers, and books. Printmaking has also become very popular for t-shirts and fashion design.
One type of printing is monotype printing. Mono means one so in this process you only can make one of the same print so prints in this type are very unique. Woodblock printing is similar to linoleum printing but it is done on wood. Screen Printing and silkscreen printing is used for things like fabric. This is the type of printing Andy Warhol used to create a ton of his designs. Lithography uses stone and it is a pretty complicated process. A lot of M. C. Escher pieces of art were lithographs. He liked this style of printing because you can really make the final product look like a drawing.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Magazine Cover


  • To use knowledge and tools of Photoshop, along with conceptual design elements, Font, Color, & Layout to create a magazine cover for a fictitious magazine

My target audience was mostly teens and women ages 14/15 to about 30. To capture my target audience I used a picture of a woman who is in her 20's. Also she is holding a phone which is pretty relatable for the target age groups because most teenage girls and women in their 20's are pretty much have their phone attached at their hip. I also used the color pink because I thought it would stand out from the black and white. Furthermore I tired to capture my target audience by using headlines that they would be interested like things about fashion, food, and working out because that is what girls are interested in.
I faced many challenges while doing this project. One challenge I faced while doing this was trying to figure out what font what font to use. I scrolled through the list for a really long time trying to find a font that worked well for me. In the end I really liked the fonts I used. I also struggled with figuring out what shades of pink to use. I wanted to use a lighter pink but it really didn't work for me with the shades of black and white in the background. It was much harder for me to work out the colors on top of the brick wall because the brick wall had a lot of black and white so it was hard to create that contrast. I struggled with the sizing of fonts as well because I wanted the most important topic to be bigger but I wanted all the space to be used well so the other titles had to be kind of big as well.
I had many successes as I worked through each part of this processes. One success I think would be my title. It's kind of different but I really like it. Another success would be my color scheme, I think it works really well. I wanted to use a lighter pink, like I said before but it really did not work in the end. I think my picture was a success also because I think it goes well and attracts my audience as well. Finally, I think that my topics work really well for the holiday season.

Friday, December 4, 2015

LMC Flyer


  • To engage in a meaningful, authentic project and to have the opportunity to have your work selected for publication (in print and/or on their web site);
  • To use strong conceptual skills to re-design a flyer/poster for the LMC/ArtEffect Project;
  • To continue to develop understanding of Photoshop tools and work space;