Circus-esque

One of my first assignments of the year is for my Graphic Design 1 class. Although I don’t really like my professor that much, I am starting to enjoy the work for this accordion book I’m making. Essentially, our book has to follow a circus theme and incorporate the principles of design on each page.

So far, this is what my work looks like:

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The one thing I need to work on is incorporating the typography within the images but other than that… I’m apparently on the right track 🙂

Marked 1st place for “Marked”

I don’t think anything is as exciting as this (well, in this particular moment in my lifetime)! In my last year at Havergal College, I partook in a stop motion production with seven other classmates in my Communication Technology class. Along with the guidance of my teacher Mr M. or Mrm, we created a piece I believed was worthy of submission to an animation festival.

So now, over a year later, I receive an email from Mrm two days ago with joyous news:

Marked won best stop motion animation at the Toronto International Student Animation Festival!

How incredible is that?? A collaboration I was a part of won best stop motion! I just feel awesome that all the hard work has paid off and clearly other people enjoy the film.

You can view it here:

http://www.studentanimationfestival.com/past-shows/2012-2/stop-motion-winners-high-school-2012

As an FYI, the last clip of “Marked” dropping the banana was one of the clips I animated myself 🙂

 

Packaging Bottled Water

COMPLETELY FORGOT TO MAKE THIS POST!!!!!!

This is a post about my water bottle packaging, probably one of my favourite projects of first year!

The task was to make labels for two water bottles based on two regions, so I chose Norway and Chile. As well, the designs had to be based on a folktale or a story specific to that region.

Here are the designs I came up with:

Water Bottle Designs

Water Bottle Design

Water Bottle Design

 

I took the photographs of my bottles in the photo studio with my best friend Moe, who is in the same year as me!!

You can check out his work here: http://theshuv.blogspot.ca

I highly recommend it 🙂

Project: Carrie (Part 1)

Hey fellow readers! (or random peeps who want to read something worthwhile… you may or may not find that here… but I’ll leave that up to your brains to process…)

I have structured this blog post as a part 1. You may be wondering why (or not care either way) so here’s my explanation.

Since my first year at OCAD is coming to a close and summer is fast approaching, I was thinking of creating a fun project to complete by the start of second year. Yes, this may seem like a lofty goal/ambition, but I assure you that it will be worth reading in many blog posts.

So, for this post, I’ll explain the project in detail.

The Goal: Create a compelling graphic for the novel Carrie by Stephen King.

Carrie by Stephen King

You may now be wondering why this novel. Why not something more cheerful/happy? Why this horror fiction? Well, this past Tuesday, I saw the movie Evil Dead (probably the grossest/most-horrific/scariest I have seen so far!) and saw a trailer for the remake of Carrie, based on the novel. Since the trailer was so compelling, I now have the urge to read the novel.

And THAT is how I got the idea!

Here’s the trailer for the movie, which is coming out October 2013:

I’ll let you guys know how the novel is and my upcoming ideas for the graphic.

More parts to come 🙂

What’s Your Flower?

Ever since the calendar I had to complete for my Communication Design class, I have been thinking of new projects to do for myself. Interestingly enough, I decided to make my own personal calendar in my spare time and in between other homework assignments.

For this calendar, I wanted to make something playful and pretty. Therefore, I thought a calendar for birth-month-flowers would be a great idea! I found a list via Wikipedia saying a flower for each month of the year and the flower’s symbolism.

Here’s the cover I made:

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This will be fun to complete after the bulk of my work is done! I’m planning on printing this out and hanging up the final product in my room! 🙂

Animal Alphabet: Children’s Edition

OK…

I while ago, I blogged about a project I had to complete for my Communication Design class: making animals and letters interact with one another. I had made four of the letters previously and had to finish the alphabet.

well…

I finished!!!

NC animal poster

My original plan was to make this into a small book, but I wanted to see what it would look like as a poster. It turns out I like the poster better because of how colourful it is.

I am very proud of myself for finishing this in time for the deadline. Now, I have a 24″ by 36″ poster.

Maybe I’ll put it up in my room.

Alphabet of Animals!

I don’t remember the last time i did any art for myself in my spare time. It’s probably because I currently have no spare time, so the whole concept of actually making art for art’s sake has flown out of my window. None the less, I am still making art… and lots of it too!

In my Communication Design class, I have been learning how to effectively communicate ideas in the design I create.

Currently, I just finished an extensive project where I was assigned 4 letters of the alphabet, prompted to come up with animals beginning with those letters, and have those letters and animals interact with each other in an overall design.

Here is what my project turned out to be:

Now, my prof wants us to make the entire alphabet using this format… lots of work to be done…

stay tuned to see what happens…

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!