INDIEOLOGY CD

Here is a project I completed this week. It is basically a cd cover, back, inside and spine.

What is INDIEOLOGY?

Honestly, I made the word up and its meaning is “the study of Indie”. I wanted to do something creative with the software I received this week, including the Adobe Creative Suite.

Here is what the CD looks like:


One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you creativelindsey for taking the time to nominate me for the One Lovely Blog Award!

Here are 7 things about myself:

  1. I like sushi.
  2. My favourite ice-cream is Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and I eat the cookie dough last ūüėÄ
  3. I would like in New York in a heart beat. ‚̧
  4. I can spend hours on my computer.
  5. I’ve been playing piano since I was 3
  6. I always carry a sketchbook and pencil.
  7. I have over 100 Promarkers.

Lovely blogs I like to nominate:

Sweet Pea’s Kitchen¬†– the pictures are beautiful and the recipes are delicious!

Illustrated Bites – lovely illustrated foods

Illustration Age – an organized blog with different illustrations by different artists.

Shit I ‚̧ – Just some really cool stuff!

Rules for the award:

-Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
-Share seven possibly unknown things about yourself.
-Nominate up to fifteen bloggers you admire.
-Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know and link back to them.

Photo Shoot

I’m bored.

Plain and simple.

By not doing any work or school, I’m left with nothing to do. No activities, tasks, or adventures really. I have to come up with things myself so I’m not staring at a computer or television screen for hours on end.

Time for a new project for myself.

That is when I decided to do a photo shoot.

What I wanted for this shoot was pictures of myself in intense make-up, something similar to my alter ego photo shoot I did. (check out my Black Swan post https://findingharmonyinartanddesign.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/black-swan/ for more details on that).

Here are some shots I took without makeup (actually I have eyeliner on but not a lot) and with a Canon SLR Digital camera:

 

DIY Paper Cut-Out

Dragon Paper Cut-Out

This is a project which requires lots of patience and slow movements. I’m not that great with exacto knives, although I can say that I have quite a steady hand, I tend to go either too slow or too fast. This may someday result in a mistaken cut in a piece of paper or even my hand, but let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

Get These Things:

  • exacto knife
  • white bristol paper
  • coloured paper
  • scissors (if you no longer want to use the exacto knife)

Step 1:

Draw a design onto the paper. Basically anything that looks good as a silhouette.

Step 2:

Use your exacto knife and carefully cut the design. Go slowly, and always place your hands behind the blade’s direction to avoid cutting any fingers.

Step 3:

Once the image is cut, place coloured paper behind so the image stands out. Use a stick of glue so it is secure.

And voila!

Now all that is needed is a frame and a wall to hang it!

Black Swan

From just looking at the title, you may be wondering if this post will be about the move Black Swan (2010). Although I thoroughly enjoy that movie, that is not why my post is titled that. So what other reasons are there?

Well, the Black Swan is my alter ego.

Before I continue, an alter ego is a second self, derived from Latin “the other I”. My former art teacher explained that an alter ego could be an identity completely opposite to yours or an extension of yourself. A clear example, I would say, would be the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the exploration of good and evil existing within one individual at war.

In my art class last year, a project we had to complete was to find your alter ego and draw it out. I had thought about it a while and came to this conclusion:

My alter ego is indeed that Black Swan.

The idea came to me after watching the film, where the main character Nina, like Dr. Jekyll, is overcome by her evil self during a production of the Swan Lake Ballet. I felt like I was looking myself in the mirror as I watched her. Nina was innocent, naive, observant, diligent, and hard-working. However, that was not enough to perform the Black Swan role as well as the White Swan. I do see myself as the White Swan, just generally in my everyday interactions with other people. I knew that this would be the perfect choice for my project, and my classmates and teacher agreed.

I first began with a photo shoot of myself as the Black Swan. I made the obvious choice of using the film’s poster as a reference:

Black Swan Poster (2010)

So I went to Shoppers Drug Mart and bought cheap cheap make-up, applied the stuff during lunch hour, and proceeded to achieve these photographs taken by my best friend.

I ended up going with this one:

So after selecting this pic, I decided that I would photoshop a crown on my head, like in the poster. Then, I placed a grid over top the image and printed it off. The paper I used was a bristol board and decided against charcoal and picked graphite pencils and two-headed stumps as my drawing utensils of choice.

So, after hours of work during my spare time I finished another drawing for my portfolio.

Here it is:

Black Swan Alter Ego

That is my alter ego. What is yours?

THE DESIGN ENTREPRENEUR

Reading THE DESIGN ENTREPRENEUR

I used to not enjoy reading books. This was partly because I had a hard time trying to physically read the story, not because I didn’t enjoy the story. Now, I not only read books, but I buy some with my own money! (Usually I have my parents pay for them for me but not always). The kinds of books I buy are not novels though, they are informative books about subjects that interest me. I have one called¬†Guide to Masterpieces of Rome,¬†The Manga Guide to Statistics,¬†Chinese Characters,¬†The Frick Collection, and there are others, believe me.

One of them I bought a couple of days ago called¬†THE DESIGN ENTREPRENEUR: Turning Graphic Design Into Goods That Sell¬†by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico and just started reading. In the book’s 240 pages contain a structure with introductions followed by a series of case studies, containing an interview with each designer and photos of finished products and inspirations. The main idea is about the entrepreneurial process and working for yourself.

Designers know well of the unfortunate truth about their work: Clients are pests!

Yes, I said it. It makes perfect sense though. A client comes to you for you artistic capabilities and visions, but somehow manages to decrease your design to mediocrity. Does any designer want their design to only be… dare I say… COMMON??!!

Hell no!!

This book  basically says to screw clients and design things for yourself and also make some money in the process.

THE DESIGN ENTREPRENEUR¬†offers a lot of insight into the wonderful world of creative freedom and gives hope to those wishing for this freedom. The steps are outlined very bluntly so someone with a low IQ or with no knowledge of entrepreneurship can understand the contents. As well, there are 53 interviews with designer D.I.Y.ing (do it yourself-ing), giving the reader a more ‘real’ outlook.

Overall, this book gave me an optimistic view on what my future could potentially result as. I honestly have no experience with dealing with clients but I do have a fear of certain types of clients like these (I can clearly picture these monsters in my head and they freak me out sometimes!):

The Rich Bitch: the extremely wealthy stuck-up woman who is so critical, even the smallest speck is detected.

The Indecisive Jackass: the slump of a man who can’t make up his damn mind!

The Chatty SHUT THE HELL UP Person: a woman or a man who just won’t shut up! I’m sorry, but I don’t need to know everything about you!

The Brat: the person who cares about nothing but his/her own selfish self.

The Late Payer: enough said.

So basically I’m pretty convinced that being an entrepreneur is a more fulfilling path to go down. Is it hard work?

Read the book and find out for yourself.