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Final Portfolio: Intro

27 May, 2011

Intro to Graphics & Design has been one of the most interesting and extraordinary classes I have ever been in. A place where art and skill are graded and your creativity can flow. Throughout the year, we have used all Adobe products. Such products include Adobe Photoshop CS4, Adobe Illustrator CS4, and Adobe InDesign CS4. Our designs and art were created on Apple Mac Computers to give the elements in the pieces to have a greater effect. I do not really have a signature mark or certain creation process; Nor do I have a single theme throughout my work. All I do is try to envision how I would want people to view my piece.

Each piece of work I have created in this class has had all of my work and time put into it. The piece may not come out as visually planned, but these would be lessons learned and would be applied in the next assignment. With colour, I tried to think outside of the box, so to speak. I tried to have my colours complement each other, whether they were analogous, monochromatic, triadic, or complementary.

The piece I found most challenging in this portfolio happens to be Assignment #15 from the first semester (also known as my face coloured in with blues and yellows). Not only did this take forever for me to do, but the colours had to be just right in order for it to look decent. It is not one of my best works, but I placed in the portfolio because I was proud that it even looked like a face. It was a challenge I have come to accept as “Learning Art”. On the other hand, my favourite and best piece is without a doubt, my Illuminated Manuscript (also known as the first piece in my portfolio). As soon as we got the assignment sheet for this, I knew exactly what I was going to do. I chose my favourite poem, “O Captain! My Captain!” by Walt Whitman. As for colours and fonts, that took me a while to figure out. It was a challenge, to place all my pieces together, just as you would in a puzzle. I just love that piece! The pieces I learned from most are Assigment #15 and the word-wrapped-looking elephant. The elephant, Assignment #11, helped me learn to be extremely patient when dealing with graphic design. The piece did not really turned out as I had hoped for, but I learned patience is the key to just about everything in life. Placing every word with one swift movement at a time took forever. Their sizes and shape, just frustrated me so. If I could re-do or work further on a product, it would have to be Assignment #15. I would fix the colour scheme and all of the “shading” I had done with a lighter yellow. I love the way I did my hair, it is just the face that is bothering me. I would have stuck with yellow, but perhaps shaded the face a tad more differently. My work ethic when creating my products has definitely changed for the better since the beginning of the year. At first, we did not sketch anything we did. I just designed whatever came to mind. I realized second semester it was easier to jot/write/draw my ideas onto a sheet of paper. This way, I would be able to enhance the designs and know exactly what I want, where I want it. I believe I have progressed throughout the year. At first, pieces lacked a lot of creativity, and I think now they have more than they had ever had. I take more time on the products and I make sure I make them as well as I can. Being patient and working harder on assignments make your products look better in the long run. As for future learning goals and objectives, I can only hope to be a better designer. I can now look at a piece of art and know their strokes and I see their hidden messages or objects I had never seen before. I can look at an object and say to myself, “Oh, this looks like the letter so-and-so.” I want to learn different aspects of design. I may not pursue design as my major in university, but I will not leave it out of my life completely.

Intro to Graphic & Design is one of my favourite classes I have ever taken. I have created things I never would have imagined possible to create. I have learned so much and created some amazing pieces. I have been inspired and I have had designers-block. This class helped me work more efficiently. I took time in creating the pieces I have done and have learned to take time on all things ART. Every piece may not be the most beautiful work of art, but I can look back and say, wow, I did that!When I never thought I could create something artistic, I defied the “impossible” made it “possible”.

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”

-Georgia O’Keeffe