Open Press Gallery

Intro to Visual Communications

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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Foundations Class

The creation of the chair was an exciting project. It involved me applying several techniques that I have learned in class so far. I had to apply gesture drawing to the chair This allowed me to understand the anatomy of the chair. I then took those lines and used them to recreate my gesture on a different sheet of paper. I still had to remember to get the right proportion of the chair compare to the size of the actual work. Furthermore, another technique we used in class was aerial perspective or atmospheric perspective. This shows that objects that are close up are dark while objects that are further away are lighter. Using this technique creates a sense of depth and adds to the realism of the actual drawing.

Typographic Abstract Composition

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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.

Write Up: Exploring the synergy of film and music

On Tuesday 17th, I went to the exploring the synergy of film and music siminar
at the engieering & technology building. It was created by Dr. Peter Rothbert
who specializes in composing music for motion picturees. He gave a presentation
about the different techniques composes like mickey mousing which
involves silly body movements. Furthermore, he showed a intro to cop show
from the 1970s and played different types of music. Everyone in the audience was asked
to explain what type of show it was. He did this to show how power music can be. It can even deplict the genre of a show. The last thing Dr. Peter Rothbert did was show clips from American Beauty and the Empire of the sun and even star wars. He spoted out all the different techniques he talked about at the begining of the siminar.

Tau's Symbol copy

Intro to Visual Communications

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.


Intro to visual communications

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.


Intro to Visual Communications

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

Intro to Visual Communications

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

Intro to Visual Communications


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

Intro to Visual Communications

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.