Friday, January 29, 2016

Final Thoughts


       This semester in Graphic Design class I learned an enormous amount of skills from working with real world clients like VIA and Carrie to expanding my photoshop knowledge. One of the experiences that taught me the most was our visit to VIA and being able to present our ideas to them. Although it brought nerves with it I was very happy with the outcome of our proposal to cool whip. Another experience that I enjoyed was working with Carrie Blakeman to construct a t-shirt for her tennis tournament. The biggest similarity to these two projects was that they were real world experiences. I had to follow strict guidelines and do what the client wanted not what I wanted which can be hard for me sometimes. I very much enjoyed this class and the things that I learned.

Artwork of which I am the most proud of

       The piece I made this semester that I am the most proud of is my Unsung Hero project. First, when I was told about this project I doubted myself. I really did not think that I would be able to paint a picture that can fully express someone and what they did in their life. Before this project I had never painted a real piece, especially not a person. Once I started to brainstorm I was surprised with how many ideas I had for ways to incorporate Helens personality. I then chose my medium and just thought I would go for it and see how it turned out. Bit by bit it started to come together and when I was finished I stood back and realized that this was probably the best thing that I have made in any of my art classes. I am not only proud of how the final product came out but also how I got there and the process that I went through.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016



  • To use creative problem-solving skills to design a t-shirt for an annual tennis tournament that raises money for the Cancer Community Center of Maine;
  • To understand the importance of being involved in a real-life, authentic learning experience.


The biggest challenge I had during this project was following the requirements and the clients wishes even when I disagreed. For example I personally did not like some of the colors we were required to use. Although I disagrees with the color choice I had to find a way to incorporate each of the four colors onto the front of my design. Another example would be the back of the t-shirt. The purpose of the back was to show all of the sponsors and include 2 logos the client gave us. There over 40 sponsors, so to arrange those in an organized way without making the words too small was a challenge. After I found a solution for the layout I remembered that I needed to add 2 logos. One was a rectangle and the other was a circle, so I couldn’t just throw them on there and make them look symmetrical. I ended up changing the layout of my sponsor list which allowed my 2 logos to fit correctly on my page. Throughout my work time I had many successes. For example, my skills improved on photoshop greatly when I experimented with drawing my own figures. It benefited me by a lot because I ended up using the figure I drew of a female tennis player in my final t-shirt. Another thing that I improved on during this project was my creativity skills. In the beginning I had a hard time getting started but once I brainstormed all of my ideas kept on coming. I altered my designs and they turned into things that I didn’t think I could do. In the end I was happy with my results. In the beginning I wasn’t sure what direction I was going to go in but as I brainstormed it started to come together. Now that I look back on my first editions I am glad I kept on working on them because I really like my final product the most. Also near the end of our creating time my teacher suggested to me that I try to create a new design not using my figure. I was hesitant at first but then I came up with the idea to use a piece of the BBM logo. From there I created a second final design that I liked.  

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Linoleum 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.


One problem that arose during the project was how much ink to apply to each print. After my test tries I got the hang of it and my prints came out much better. Another issue that I had was finding each piece of my plastic print that was not carved out enough. Extra dots would be applied to my papers and then I would use the bad prints to find the pieces that I needed to fix. One aspect of this assignment that I am most proud of is my precision when carving out my pattern. I drew a pattern that was on the more challenging side. Each arm of the snowflake took time to carve out. I considered making them more simple but I am glad I choose to stay with my original drawing. The carving definitely payed off because the prints came out very well especially in white paint.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Printmaking History, Processes, and Artists

         Printmaking is the process of making pieces of art by transferring images from one surface to the other. This type of process allows the artist to produce multiples of the same image. The earliest dates printed book was printed in China in 868 AD. In 1436, Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press with replaceable wooded or metal letters.
Some common types of printmaking include, woodcock, screen-printing, linotype, etching and lithography. Etching has been a form of European art since before the 1300's. In the 1800's-1900's printmaking was used for advertising posters, books and newspaper illustrations. One type of printmaking is subtractive printing which is where you cut, etch, engrave or carve away pieces of the printing area. Another way to print is by using the additive method. This is where you build up the printing area by adding material to the piece. Monoprint is a method where you draw directly onto the printing surface to create something that can not be reproduced. The last method is edition where you create a printing surface that can be printed more than one time to create a series of images.

Black Fuji
By: Hokusai
Form: Woodblock printing
Date: 1826-1833
Het Huis van Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Davos (The House of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Davos)
By: Wiegers, Jan
Form: Original woodcut
Date: 1920

Uneri Fuji
By: Hokusai
Form: Original woodcut
Date: 1834-1835

Friday, December 11, 2015

The New Englander


  • To use knowledge and tools of Photoshop, along with conceptual design elements, Font, Color, & Layout to create a magazine cover for a fictitious magazine.

      My target audience includes a variety of ages of people who live on the east coast. I decided to use a cool color scheme to help capture the calmness of the coast in Portland. Working off of the sky color blue, I chose a shade of yellow that contrasted well with the sky. The title of the magazine and the cover story is the only thing that is yellow because it should stand out from the rest of the text. I decided to keep white and a shade of grey for the rest of the text because it helped keep the calm and east coast theme. I felt that this theme would catch my target audience because of the overall vibe that it gives. The use of photoshop is also used differently than most magazines. One challenge that I had in the beginning was working with a black and white photo. I was not satisfied with the cover fully in black in white. With help I managed to use photoshop to insert a blue sky. The blue helped make it unique and give it color. One of my successes in the beginning of my project was having a solid and confident idea with my storylines and feature story. I was certain that I wanted my feature story to be about Portland so after that it was easy to think of sub storylines. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Magazine Cover Design

In this article I was intrigued how all of the design elements don't have to share one design plane. One of the common approaches that artists take is to place a picture or illustration so it appears partially.

One of the most important concepts to keep in mind when making a magazine cover is to keep the light and dark contrasting colors. This creates an intriguing look and prevents flatness. Another concept to think about is that complementary colors create balance. And the last one is to emphasis the text to tell the story. 

I would like to create a New England / East coast magazine with the name of The New England. The feature story will be based on the Portland area. Five stories that will be included will be top 10 sights to see, where to eat, where to hit the slopes this winter, top schools , and this winters prediction. 
My color scheme will be black and white with some blues. Finally, my picture will be taken by my brother, Nick Tenney, and will be of the portland head light.