Thursday, April 6, 2017

Intro to Levitation Photography

Levitation: rise or cause to rise and hover in the air, especially by means of supernatural or magical power.

Paranormal: denoting events or phenomena such as telekinesis or clairvoyance that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding.

When creating levitation photographs, the difficulty is in the position of the character, and the clothing and hair complicate this. It is important to draw out and plan your photograph so that you get a result close to what you are trying to do. The background of the photo can be simple, as the levitation is the main focus. Your image may consist of multiple photos to get the right effect. Angle shot is important and try to take the photo of the character from down low to help it have the angle of being up higher.

Photo in My Dream
Eugenia Podgornaya

Up in the Air
Lissy Elle

The Girl Who Loves to Levitate (Part 2)

For my background, I would love it to be in the woods or at least outside. I don't have a specific position decided yet. I will probably bring a chair outside to position a person on it for my photo. I want to have someone be horizontal in my photograph, unlike the photo directly above this paragraph, and more like the other two photos I added. I like the look of the simpler levitation photos.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Final Thoughts

I have taken more art classes in high school than I ever expected, as I don't see myself as an artsy person. Going into this graphic design class, I was more nervous than going into my other art classes because I was afraid of not being creative enough to make my own unique art, especially on the computer. I ended up really liking this class and although it was challenging at some points, I had fun coming up with ideas of what to design. One highlight from this semester was visiting VIA. I had never been there but I had heard about it and thought it sounded interesting, and it was. I am glad I got the opportunity to go visit with this class and learn more about advertising. Another highlight from this semester was doing lino prints. I vaguely remember doing these in art class when I was younger and I remember them being really fun, so I was excited to be able to do them again. I enjoyed the topic of houses to carve into the linoleum.

Artwork(s) of which I am most proud

Throughout this class we did so many cool projects that I enjoyed. The piece that I am most proud of is the movie poster I designed. This project helped me expand my photoshop skills as it was the first time that I used photoshop in depth to create something like that. I was nervous that it wouldn't turn out the way I wanted because I wasn't confident in my photoshop skills but I am proud of the way it ended up. After doing that project, I felt more comfortable with photoshop especially during the magazine cover project at the end. The movie poster I made turned out better than I imagined in the beginning and I spent a lot of time on it so I am proud of it.

Weddings Etc.


  • To create a magazine cover using knowledge and tools of Photoshop CS6.  
  • To use conceptual skills in order to convey information to a wide audience in a clear, original, and well designed manner.

The name of my magazine is Weddings Etc. and it is a bridal magazine. My target audience is brides-to-be. The background of my magazine cover is a bright green garden background and there are some colorful flowers in it. I chose to use bright pink as the color of the title and also used it for a story. It ties in nicely to the flowers and it pops on the page to get attention. I also used yellow and off-white for my other stories because they tie into the flowers and the gown. I like the formal look of the title font.

I faced challenges with color as well as choosing a background. Initially, I tried a solid color background and a beach background but neither seemed right. It took me a long time to find a background image that fit with the bride, but I eventually found a good picture that helped me decide on a color scheme. As some of the background was hard to work with because of small details such as the flowers and bushes, finding colors and fonts was difficult. But after a lot of playing around with placement, I was able to figure out what looked best. The feedback from the class was helpful and I incorporated the ideas of my classmates into the design to help improve it. The class helped me decide on adding yellow to the stories and they gave me feedback about the background image.

While I was working on this project, a success that I had was immediately finding the bride image I wanted to use as well as choosing a font for the title. Even though it took some time to figure out, I think the colors for the stories that I ended up using work well. I think that the cutting of the girl from her original background ended up working well and it looks good on the new background. It was difficult to cut it out well but I think it ended up looking nice. The way the feature story travels along the line of the dress is cool and definitely a success while designing.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Introduction to Magazine Cover Design

I think this article is helpful in learning about what makes a successful magazine cover. What I thought was interesting was the amount of thought that goes into how much is going on in the cover. Like for example, the magazine Cosmopolitan uses a lot of text and color and it has an overwhelming yet eye-catching look. However, other magazines such as the New York Times use a much simpler design that also works.

An important concept to remember when designing a magazine cover is the color scheme. The contrast of colors in the cover is very important for the success of the magazine. It needs to be eye-catching as well as dynamic. Another important concept to remember is to make sure the text is readable, and to use different size fonts to create emphasis. This is important to capture the customer’s attention with bold stories.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Lino Prints

  • 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.

Most of my problems that I had were during printing. This was definitely the hardest part of the project. To try to prevent problems during printing, I made sure to blow dry my linoleum before I used it again. I had to do many prints because I had some that didn’t turn out good. It was very hard to make sure I was using the right amount of ink and after making a print there was nothing to do to fix it. So to fix this problem, I continued to try to get the right amount of ink and make more prints. Printing was much harder than I expected, but overall I came out with a few pretty good ones.

I am most proud of my design and my use of white and black space in the design. I like that my design is unique as it is two little houses rather than one. I like that they are similar but not the same. I am proud of how my linoleum carving went; the lines came out the way I wanted. The carving was hard in the small places, but it still went well.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Printmaking History, Processes, and Artists

Printmaking became established during the German Renaissance (1430-1580). The printing press was invented during this time and it was not improved upon much until around 1800. A noteworthy artist from the time of the German Renaissance is Martin Schongauer. He mostly did religious work, and is known well for his copper engraving. Pablo Picasso is an example of an extremely important twentieth century printmaker. He had over 1,000 different prints of all different kinds, linoleum, woodcuts, and etchings.

One kind of printmaking is a woodcut. A woodcut is created by cutting into wood and shaving away pieces of it to create a raised image to print. This is a form of relief printing. Another type is screen printing. This is a method of squeezing ink through a fine fabric such as silk. Stencils are used in this process to create images. Another type of printmaking is called intaglio. These prints are created by etching depressions in a metal plate, so when the plate is inked and wiped, the ink will stay in the depressions. Lithography is one more method of printmaking. This is when a design is drawn on stone with a greasy crayon. When ink is applied to the whole surface, it only adheres to the crayon design.

"Mug from the GDR"
Bill Harrison
This is a line etching, which is created by drawing lines on a wax layer and then etching them in an acid bath. I really like this image because of the colors and the simplicity of the background. I like the pastel colored designs on the mug contrasted with the more intense red background.

Hao Boyi
This is a woodblock print, just as I described in an above paragraph. It is created by etching into a wooden block and painted with ink to be stamped. I really like this image because I like all of the birds black and white with some blue coloring on the image.

Pablo Picasso
This is a linocut, which is etching in linoleum. He scraped out the areas that are brown and the the raised part is the inked black. I like this piece because the face is interesting and unusual. I like this unique style of creating an abstract looking face.