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Blog write up 2:1

I tried to play with different ideas of trains. Draft 1 is pretty literal, draft 2 is my attempt at trying to capture the speed of a moving train running towards you, and the 3rd is supposed to imitate a map of trains on tracks. The final design is a revised version of the 1st draft.


Project 2 ex 1






Blog write up 2

Sweety Tart is a stop motion animation of the development of fruit tarts from scratch. Set to Clazziquai’s Sweety, still images are also added to contrast colors, shape, and form.


EDIT: I finally posted it online 🙂

Exercise 1.4 scanning

I scanned two sketches from my sketchbook and then took a photo of some willow charcoal I had. The image was a little plain so I also included some watercolor textures I found for free on the internet. I do like the combined images since it makes an interesting  composition, but I personally like my sketches to stand on their own without any fancy editing.

Willow charcoal

final product

Exercise 1.3 Photo Editing Basics

Used the same photo of Mt. Hood that I used in the last post to edit. I can’t say I’m terribly happy with the end result, since I did a messy job with the clone stamp tool, but the finished image is pretty different from the original so I’m pleased with that.


After Photoshop

I simply adjusted the contrast and played with the color adjustments, and then I used the clone stamp tool to clear out the clouds in the sky. The edited picture is a lot brighter and easier to read than the original. I did leave behind a strip of clouds that overlapped the tip of the mountain, but I got crazy with clone stamping and decided to remove all the clouds. I should have left it behind though, I think it would have looked better, but at least now I know to save multiple files of my work.

1.1 Elements of Design & 1.2 Principles of Design

Exercise 1.2 Elements of Design
we were supposed to take photos demonstrating these elements, although I ended up using a couple photos that already existed on my camera from my trip up to oregon 🙂
Exercise 1.2: Principles of Design

Shine a Light CD

I love love the graphic design for Gdragon’s live concert album CD. Gdragon (GD) is a korean singer who is part of a band called Bigbang, which is under YG Entertainment. Of course, I’m pretty much biased with anything involving Gdragon, but I was pretty giddy when I saw how they designed the CD. YG has always been really good with how they design and package their stuff, but this graphic is just so clever, and I love it when they work with the shape of the object instead of just stamping on an image. The circular shape of the apple fits nicely in the circle shape of the CD. The graphic is an apple shape because the apple appears throughout many of GD’s pictures and videos for the album. The apple’s red color and shape resembles a heart, and because the album title is called Heartbreaker, we often see images of a bleeding apple with a bullet through it. So the hole in the CD actually sits where the bullet hole would be in the apple. Clever, right? The words Shine a Light, which is the name of the solo concert, is curved around the shape of the apple, thereby creating the shape of the apple. The lines created by the letter shapes and spacing also enhances the illusion of the apple, and the white background frames the apple, separating it from the reflective surface of the CD. I thought leaving the reflective surface of the CD around the apple was also a nice touch to the overall design. I just thought it was so clever how the designers took elements from GD’s album to design and shape his graphic for this CD. Plus, the packaging is really nice, too. It’s weird to think that this is just the concert album and not the actual Heartbreaker album (which by the way, looks awesome). Anyways, I look forward to seeing anything Bigbang releases, not just for their songs, but also to see a lot of the graphics they use.