Self Promotional Reflections

For Art class

Resume:

I had to collect all the data to prepare for my resume. I made a word document of all the places Iíve worked. Then I made a statement summary, skills, and education paragraph. Originally I had references in my resume. This was taken out when I was told that references arenít put into resumes. My resume had a logo on it that was

taken out because it was too distracting. I added a line between my contact info and the resume to divide the information. This was good, but I still needed to change my blocking of my information. It read like a book with long lines to the other side of the page. I made two columns to combat this. This made the resume more readable and gave a lot more room for future information. I liked my resume because it reflected me while being professional.

Business Card:

I made this with some clipart from the web – open source images. I put them together on the 3.2 inch x 2 inch rectangle and wrote down my contact information. I added a quote to my world picture to make a statement that hopefully gets the

potentional employers attention. It also makes a statement about who I am as a

person. My first quote was too harsh, so my second attempt at a business card had a different, friendlier quote.

Folded Promotional Pamphlet:

I created this piece with a 3D dimension to it because it makes it interesting. I was inspired by the foldfactory.com website. I watched one of their videos about a complicated fold. I deemed it too complicated and thus simplified it to what it is

currently. I put a quote on the outside to attract people to reading the inside of the paper. I made it orange because it catches the eye and because I like that color. I wanted to make a piece that was me through and through that will attract potential employers. The information inside it is currently a filler because I have not gained those skills yet, but they serve as reminders of my future goals. I didnít really have to make any changes on the folded pamphlet. All I did was played around with the size of the pamphlet. It is 12 x 5 inches, but I made the one in the process book smaller because it is easier to view.

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Self Portrait Reflection

 

 

This is something I had to make for my Digital Art Class.


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Step One:

First I came up with a concept for my self portrait. It is something that is going to represent me. I created the some art based on my concept of Self Discovery. The road to Self Discovery can be grueling and difficult because you tear yourself down and then build yourself up again. I have gone through parts of my life where I redesigned the whole concept of me… I went through a lot of painful experiences. I had to build a stronger me each time I broke apart from bullies, tragedies, and hurt. I wanted to come out better and sinfully kind so the mean people could not touch me. The 12 art pieces hopefully reflect my intent. I put the pictures side by side because one is the self-destruction and the other art piece is the recreation of oneself. I think my self portrait is also very relatable because everyone goes through a self-discovery phrase.

Step Two:

Then I had to design and make the pieces for each representation. The upper left picture was made with Illustrator and Photoshop. I created the words in Illustrator and the person in Photoshop. The words spoke out to me because people die in this world without saying all the things they truly wanted to say. That to me says that you might want to change to someone who can say – or sing what you need to before you die. So each piece of art was crafted based on a central theme but has a different story to tell as well. It would take too long to explain each piece so I will let the audience infer the meaning behind each images.

Step Three:

These 12 pieces of art are combined to make a folded hanging piece. So I had to make the decisions about what descending order the pieces needed to be. I went with the beginning of the self-discovery, and the darker, harder elements at the bottom.

During this decision making time, I faced the challenge of blending in the photographs of the trees and leaves with the painting mediums. I played around with the effects of each photos to make them more surreal and painting like. While, I passed this challenge, my biggest regret with this artwork collection is that it’s too busy. I have so much going on in this collection that when they are folded into a hanging piece it’s distracting. If I had the time, I would make some of the photos less crazy and turn into simplistic ones instead so that the overall self-portrait wouldn’t look so chaotic. These pieces deserves more coverage and attention then being side flaps and cut off. An art book would have been a better way to show off these self-representations.

In conclusion, I liked the art project because of the amount of freedom I had to create each pieces. I faced some challenges that I fixed and came upon areas I could work more on. Even if I didn’t create the perfect self-portrait, I love this piece because it’s so raw and true to the process of self-concept.

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Poster Reflection

I created a poster for a Traveling Company. It was challenging experience working with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign as I did not have previous experience with them prior to taking the Digital Tools and Design class. My completed poster is something I feel proud about though because of these challenges. 

Here is the final completion of the Travel Poster, the theme being Imperial China:

Final

The beginning of this poster had a lot to do with what concept I was going to use for the representation of Imperial China, Tibet, and the Yangtze River. For my poster, I wanted the Imperial part of the title to resonate with the audience. I decided on the concept of Power for the poster. After that I needed to research what was considered powerful to the Chinese culture. This was the first process of creating the poster. 

I researched the iconic buildings of China and the places that the travel company will be visiting. I picked the Forbidden Palace because I have actually been there. Then I studied the colors and symbols that was considered powerful in the culture. Yellow and blue were a strong indicator for power because those were the two primary color the emperor wore. Red was also a good color as well because it was considered lucky by the Chinese. Green was another good color because is is the Earth color for that culture. So after researching the colors, I determined my color palette for the poster. 

Next I had to pick what went with the Forbidden City image. I placed that building in the middle for statement and because it draws attention. This decision in the composition was important to emulate powerfulness in the poster. I first created a yellow and blue dragon because that was associated with the emperor. However the composition was too busy; the colors conflicted too much. That draft was thrown out. Here I was stuck on what to do next because the Forbidden palace itself was just lacking; it couldn’t just be the palace and the text. My first draft was a bust. 

I was back to square one. So I researched meaningful symbols, and then I remembered that swirly clouds were linked to heaven. And heaven was linked with gods and emperors. I went back to the palace and added shapes that brought out the style of the imperial Chinese culture. I added the swirls and the poster had more elements without being to crowding. 

For the type, I experimented on Illustrator then chose the most fitting one. I added the circle icon between the text to give more space between the imperial china and the rest of the text. It helped pronounce the Imperial China part. I worked on the spacing of the text and congratulated myself on a job well done. 

The poster took a long time, and I will never look at another poster the same again. Even if it looks simple, so much thought and artistic elements went into the poster. I will forever look at the posters and think of the layers, the type, and the programs that could have been used to fabricate the posters. I appreciate every poster now with more of analytic mind instead of just the simple likeness of the art. 

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Photoshop Lesson

Hello class!

On October 22nd, I am going to show you all how to heal asymmetrical image or section of a photo. It’s useful for big sections that you want to replicate and place onto the faulty side of the image. This is harder to do than healing spot brush tool, which takes the pixels from a near source and replicate those pixels, but regular healing brush tool a lot more useful for bigger imperfections. Below is an example where the person in the front has mismatched eyes. To fix her lazy eyes in the picture and make it symmetrical, I would use photoshop.

Lazy eye

 

Step 1: 

Open up the Image. Make a new layer and label it so correction. Then you are to activate the Healing brush tool. After that, you are to click on the source image (the correct eye) by holding down the SHIFT button. 

Step 2:

After you have clicked on the source image, adjust the preview of image with the bracket buttons. This allows you to expand or lessen the amount of cloned image pixels you are using. Notice that the eye is not horizontal to mirror the correct eye. To change this, go to WINDOW and click on the CLONE SOURCE option. This allows you to now click the horizontal button and flip the eye. 

Step 3:

The cloned eye can be toned down in OPACITY in the Clone Source window to allow you to see where you are placing the new eye over the imperfect eye. You can fiddle around with the angle of the eye to match the Source image. After everything is in place, change the opacity so that the eye can be seen over the imperfect image and click where you want the eye.

Step 4:

You’re almost done. Make sure the lighting of the new image fits well with the new cloned eye. If not, then you have to adjust the settings on the picture. If the cloned image messes up the original, then use more healing effects to neaten up the picture. 

Realise that this Healing Brush Technique can be used for anything asymmetrical, disfigured, missing half of something, or even using two photos to combine a whole face. Don’t limit yourself because this is a very versatile technique. 

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