Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Jessica Hische

I really enjoyed Jessica's talk because the work that she does is more similar to what I am interested in doing. Her Daily Drop Cap project was great to look at because it provided vivid examples of just how many options there are with typography, which is a major part of graphic design. She also had excellent advice that will definitely come in handy in the future, such as having to go through all the motions to know what will work for you and watching out for copyright and licensing issues. And other suggestions such as taking a calligraphy class and keeping in mind other fonts that would go well with your illustrations and fonts. Although I don't have much experience with Adobe, I really want to learn how to work with typography and more of the elements that make up graphic design because that is what I'm most interested in.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Photoshop Homework Part Deux

For the project, I chose to manipulate a picture of Tyler. The elements that I photoshopped in, such as the building in the background, the statue and the bird were pictures from my trip to Ireland over the summer, and the mosaic pieces were from pictures from South Street. My image could challenge the idea of fair use through the mosaic and statue elements because they were artwork created by another artist that I am incorporating into my piece.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

John Thompson

In the beginning of his discussion, Thompson said that the "studio is where you can be yourself." I thought this really applied because in order to make art you are truly proud of, you have to be comfortable in your environment. I also liked his metaphor of studios as islands, because others can visit, but at the same time you are isolated. He talked about working for the sake of working, which may seem pointless, but is actually good to make sure you don't lose momentum with your work. Thompson also suggested taking a break and going somewhere you can "react to something,"which I thought was good advice because sometimes going somewhere different can be refreshing and inspiring. He mentioned that he takes pictures of his pieces as he goes along to use as reference points of where he made good decisions vs. bad decisions. I really liked this idea because sometimes it's good to look back at the progress of your work and see where your stronger and weaker points are.