Intro to Visual Communications


300 dpi


Allison Brock, Cory Rockwell, Tau Robinson
For this project we are basing the meaning of our poster around the quote “Dream It. Achieve It.” The message is that while one sleeps their inner desires and aspirations come forth to promote a future goal of success. This success could be any sort of things depending on the goal you create while in slumber. The image is of a person sleeping, that representing its self. The drool flows into images of what success for this person might be, such as overcoming obstacles, becoming well known, and being the best they could be. Drool is usually associated with laziness, but it flows out of the body, as would an action the person would partake in. The drool is metaphoric in nature and design, showing flow, form, and is a visual pun. The drool itself is water, giving the subliminal feelings of movement, subconscious, wisdom, and calmness.
We each used our natural instincts and intuitive signposts to help direct our way through this project.  We were aware of each other’s strengths and weaknesses and used this to our advantage. We all have different preferences and experiences, but by using the elements and principals of design we managed to achieve synchronicity. We did some areas more simply while others are more detailed.  The simplicity of the background objects makes the main focus of the person sleeping and their dreams stand out.
Our project incorporates the golden ratio in our final design of the project.  We used it achieve beauty and balance in the design. For example, the drool that drips from the girl’s mouth is in the shape of the golden ratio.  The symbols in the drool represent the things that are important to the girl sleeping. The golden spiral in the drool shows outward growth. It represents her future accomplishments and her goals that she would like to achieve. In addition, the windows in the background are in the shape of the golden ratio. The 45-degree lines in the background give the images the illusion of depth and motion within a space that helps speak to the viewer
The lettering that we used in the drawing incorporates a three dimensional knowledge of space. Right above the drawing is the message of the entire poster. The sides of the letters can be seen. Some of the words even overlap each other. This reveals that the words aren’t two dimensional at all but actually 3d. They exist in a space that isn’t flat at all.
The forms in the wood show asymmetrical designs and get smaller the farther back into the picture they go. Symmetry designs can be found in the design on the wall.  The design in the background of the drool also shows symmetrical design. Our piece includes the three types of symmetry mentioned in the book.  The lines on the wall demonstrate translation symmetry because they slide along in specific direction for a specific amount of time.  The drool design contains reflection symmetry because if you flip it over a line it would appear unchanged.  That design also uses rotation symmetry to create a tessellation
We also used many elements and principals of design in our project.  We used the repetition of line to bring your eye across the piece and create a cohesive interesting design.  The direction and negative and positive space used in the background also help create a strong piece.  The piece is also balanced because we put the bed, which is the largest object in the middle of the piece.  Together the foreground, background and middle ground come together to create harmony.  We tried to use similar hues, tones and textures to make unified piece.  We also used analogous colors including yellow, blue and green.  We used complimentary and contrasting colors to make the piece more appealing to the eye as well.
The work shows a simple message using metaphors and symbols to express an overall idea that can be further thought on by the viewer. The images structure shows how well the three parts combine into one masterpiece. The entire image shows various elements that combine to create an elaborate illustration.


Open Press Gallery

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Open Press

Contemporary Chinese Printmaking

October 09th, 2013

Identify three print making examples.

* Jiang Lu “Going Through” Screen Printing

* Li Yuzhi “United” Woodcut Prints

* Yang Honguel “Memory of Disappearing” Wood Engraving


Contrast motion and noise and show examples.

Jiang Lu “Going Through” Screen Printing


Yang Honguel “Memory of Disappearing” Wood Engraving


Discuss the composition in the art pieces.

The composition in all the art pieces were quite similar. When I visited the open press gallery most of the art pieces had traditional compositions. They had drawn objects that were cropped. The drawings and sculptures started outside of the composition. The art piece was only a glimpse of it. Furthermore, there was one example of a composition that wasn’t traditional. It was a sculpture of a nude woman. This was more of a framed composition than a traditional one. Everything in the art piece started inside of the picture frame. Nothing was cropped.

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Typographic Abstract Composition

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2560×1920 pixels


Assignment: Explore sensory boundaries expanding your creativity. Create depth drawing words to interpret a poem, song, or sentence.

I chose to explore the sensory boundaries that expand my creativity. In order to do this, I revolved my entire project around earth. The textures I applied to the opened composition are made to resemble stones and other objects that are related to earth elements.

I made sure to have depth in my drawing to help me interpret the title of a song I enjoy. I had the letters overlap each other as they stretch back into the background. This happened to make sure that the words were three dimensional. I wanted there to be a sense of space in the art piece. That is another reason I added one point perspective to the drawing. Furthermore, In the back of the piece, I added smaller versions of ‘at nite’ that fade out, which creates an atmospheric perspective. All the letters are 3D dimensional and have shadows.
The design process of the project relates to the reading I did. I had to think about the relationships of the letters and make sure that they decreased in size. I thought about color and how it conveys feelings and messages, which was apart of the reading. Furthermore, everything in the piece is an analogous color of green.
The words were inspired by a song by an artist named Kid Cudi. I enjoy his music and felt that my love for him could help me finish the project.

Tau's Symbol copy

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Bleed Proof Paper for pens



Assignment: Create a symbolic design that expresses who you are. Show a geometric and organic representation of the design, one in an open composition the other in a closed composition.

As a concept, I started the drawing with a illustrated “A”. The final result was
an expression of the central commitment to my life. I funneled my interest in science fiction and animation through a black and white symbol. In the symbol, I applied several principals of design. I made sure that it represented me too. The paint brushes and the pencils are supposed to represent my passion to to be computer animator which involves to draw. The robots helmet represent my fascination with science fiction and anything that is imaginative. Furthermore, my symbol has positive and negative space. Most of the symbol is colored black. The rest of the space in the symbol is entirely white. This is the negative space in the drawing. This created a well contrast between the black and white colors and their shapes.
I had to create two versions of the symbol. One had to be geometric and the other one had to be organic. For the organic version, I made sure to apply an open composition. This involve the image to start outside of the picture frame. In the geometric image, I applied an closed composition. The entire image was inside of the image plane.

While I created the symbol, I was inspired by the artwork of David Lance Gionos. He was a famous artist who created fascinating artwork. The simplicity of the artwork is what I found as inspiration when I created my work. If you look at David Lances work there are no shades or highlights. Everything is one shade of color.


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Bristol Board, 10”x10″


Assignment: Design a logo, experiment with repeating lines, create motion using sequence and progression. Vary the line weight, creating contrast. Describe the speed and how the eye will move around the design. Did your line quality engage the viewer emotionally?

In the logo that I designed, I used repeating lines. Doing this in the logo created motion. By using thin lines I caused a complex motion.  This causes the eye to move the slowest and quietest.  In addition, I varied the line weight by making the lines of the T short while the top part of the T was large and similar to an arch.

With these letters, I applied contrast. The drawing has a contrast of small and large sizes, which creates a certain amount of noise. The shape and size of the words in the symbol creates a motion that allows your eyes to follow.


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Bristol Board, 8”x8”


Assignment: Design your name with a specific feeling using contrast, motion, and noise.

With the initials of my name, I chose to use the feeling of sadness to influence my name.  The drawing has a contrast of small and large sizes, which creates a certain amount of noise.  I used this to help convey the feeling I chose. While the upper part of the T shape is large and curved, the other letters are small. This slight contrast attracts the eye quickly. This is the motion that I used in the design. In addition, the noise is louder because the contrast is high while the motion is simpler.

Website Project

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Bristol Board, 10”x10”


Assignment: Create your own website based off of your vision of your own planet. Then, use that information to build your own website.

This image conveys my interests in distant planets and dry environments. The website was influenced by the web page for a musician named Cage. The open page of the site is a landscape. I wanted my page to have the same design.

The contrast and noise is the relationship between the lights and dark colors. In the far back the colors are light. However, they are a bit darker the closer the image is. This relationship causes the viewer to be interested in my piece.

The Art of Von Glitschka compared to mine

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Von Glitschka is an American graphic artist who designs logos for various companies. In 2002, he founded Glitschka studios, which is based in the Pacific Northwest. His company has designed logos for walt disney, hasbro, adobe, Pepsi, and microsoft.
Glitchka’s arkwork is drastically different than mine. His character designs are much more simple than my own work. In some of his artwork, he doesn’t even use much color.  In addition, most of his art work are vector drawings. My artwork is semi realistic. It’s not too simplistic but it has some aspects of it.

Pattern Project

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White paper, Black Board



Assignment: Create a realistic drawing. Explore your subject in three different dimensions. Create a detail. Stylize the form.

The pattern project involved thinking about the relationship of different aspects of drawing. First, I had to create a still life of a flower that I happened to see on campus. From this flower I needed to discover a pattern that I could use to create a unique design. I discovered a branching pattern from my studies of the flower. This design became the foundation for a flower pattern design that I created in adobe Photoshop. I created three versions of the design, which included a black and white, color, and grey.