30 September, 2009

Responses to the readings | lines and rhythm

Jumping right into lines: I like how Lupton broke down the line in many aspects. There are just principles dealing with lines that you really don't think about. Like that a single line can be a positive and negative element to a composition. Or the explanation of line weights. Transitioning from lines to planes, saying that depending on the line weight, a line can really be a plane.
I really enjoyed the picture examples of a plane, using the planes to create type. Lupton explained that a field of a text is made of points and lines. Designers use planes to experiment with type, using different line spacing and width change.

(Really liked this)

We usually think of music when talking about rhythm. Designers use layer and repetition of shapes and lines, including width changes and sizing to display rhythm. Instead of audio we use our sight to see the visual rhythms.
Placing is used to lead the viewer throughout the piece. Designers use placement to keep the viewer interested and to portray their meaning. We are also using placement as a key element in our current line studies and throughout the overall project. We will be using placement across our spreads to create a unified piece.

27 September, 2009


I am aslo going to post a few photos for VIS COM.
We have started on lines, which is very soothing after seeing dots for weeks.
I am sure I will be sick on lines by the time we wrap up this project though. Ha.





These are just a few. I am really enjoying the black and white also. Very simple.

K words; Type II

Decided to post a few pictures pertaining to out type project. Just a few pictures to go along with my "K" words:





King Kong


Haha, they are random, but they are getting me to think about ones the might condinate well together.

25 September, 2009

K words; Type

King kong
Kansas City
Kung Fu

23 September, 2009

Booklet Progression

I am going to post a few screen shots of my progress on my othos and letters for color form. I am still working on them. Having a ittle trouble with the letters on the buildings. Can't seem to get the letters to send to the back. Hmm.




They are coming along. Have a good day!

21 September, 2009

A few final shots!

Front cover, "Misunderstood" in Arabic





There will be more to come, but these are a few of my favorites.
Good day!

20 September, 2009


When I first started with this piece I was thinking about religion in general. Then I decided to stick with one specific religion. Islam. I had to do research, which was very enlightening and interesting (which is one reason why I picked it in the first place) I decide to do the misunderstanding (which is the title of my book, in Arabic) and the realistic points to the religion. With my 9 words I portrayed positive and of course the negative aspects people think about with the Islamic religion.

Hidden: I took this to be a balance of positive and negative. Some see it as hidden because of the secret ness of an Islamic home, like the hiding of women and issues in the religion. And some might take it as hidden like mysterious. I used the smaller colored dots to hide the black dot underneath.
Secluded: I wanted to portray this as a negative aspect. As seen in my imagery, there is a woman in a burkah, only her eyes showing, secluded from the mass above her in the left corner. She is being secluded, being pushed out of the picture (so to speak).
Hierarchy: The black circle above is over powering and bearing down on the smaller dots. This is portraying that the bigger dot is stronger and in control. My word transperereny is doing the same, with the bigger "hierarchy" word overpowering the smaller dots.  This was also seen as a positive/ negative aspect. Positive because one might see it as Allah, which is God in Islam, like as to show a higher being. Or negative, seeing the man as a higher person in the Islamic faith and household.
Journey: Shown as a positive side. Their religion is a journey through life. And also about the journey of Mecca. One is to try to travel to Mecca at least once in there like, and of course pray to towards Mecca 5 times a day. The framing used gives the absolution that it continues on, that there is more, more to fallow, and the dots move all about the page to show that of course a journey doesn't have a straight path.
Controversy: Is word was to show the controversial sides. For example, what the western world thinks of this religion based on recent events. The left dots show the peaceful, real side to Islam and the right shows the negative thoughts. The dots are scale changed to show that they are not the same and have a slight conflict; and the colors help to portray this also.
Complex: This word was basically to say that the misunderstanding is very complicated and complex. That there are so many views and "misunderstandings" it makes it complex and cause confusion in the knowing of the Islamic religion. I used a pattered, which originally was based off of a DNA molecule. I chose not to use imagery much. Mostly up-close patterns of head scarves and clothing, and stuck with the color scheme.
Forbidden: I thought of this as a negative aspect. The imagery shows walls and barbwire fences and guns, making the one dot in the right corner seem as if it was not able to enter. As if it was forbidden to be with others, or be like others. Just as a westerner might see in the religion.
Extreme: Realties to what Westerns might think. That this religion is radical and unpeaceful. When in honest this religion is very much like Christianity, but most seem to see the negative. The dots are placed to the far left to show this meaning. The imagery was used from graffiti and religious/political art.
Peaceful:  I decided to show this positive word in the mellow color sceme and whimsical feel of the dots. Peaceful was choosen because when really seeing the big picture, this region is peaful and similar to the many other relgions.

Each page in my book also included black and white vector drawings of prayers in Arabic. I think this was a nice touch when using the black and white backgrounds, and of course using Islamic prayer.
My cover is also using the black and white scheme and the written Arabic language, saying "Misunderstood"

I believe the complete artifact flows very well. I really enjoy the monochromatic color scheme and the simple black and white.

 I would like to improve on the craft and the imagery used. I didn't want to use images from the Internet, so it was a bit challenging. Hopefully my point is accurately portrayed. And though I have greatly improved on my craft skill, I am continually learning. Measurements have always been very tough for me. They are a very important skill to have, and I will continue to improve and learn. Lastly, I am very proud of my book.

I tried to take a few snapshots of my work progress. Next time I am going to use a different camera, this one isn't doing what I need it to.

Kind os a close up of Jouney.
Jouney, the making.
Extreme, with transparency. In processes.

11 September, 2009

Latest pen tool exercise, using my intials, "lc":

We are now doing orthographic views of them now. Which is quite difficult for me. Here are the beginnings of them:
We will soon see how they all turn out.

09 September, 2009


I am just brainstorming with a few images I found online, I can't wait to get to the book store, and cut up some fine litature. Ha. I am really getting into the patterns, so most of the images I have so far are patterns. I also am really enjoying the color pallettes too. I really want to work with gold too. Not sure how to go about that yet.
Anyways, here are a few images:
Mmmm, don't ya just love it?

08 September, 2009

Ortho Drawing and such

I am going to do my best to get these pictures posted. As you can see in my last post, I am having a hard time uploading. I am not sure how I even managed to put the one picture up. Well, let's try it!
Okay they are fuzzy and not in proportion. Because I had to take a screen shot of them. I really need to learn how to convert these files. I didn't put all of them up, but you get the idea.
I really love how clean and simple they are. Very pleasing and a lot of hard work.


Islam through western eyes. That's the theme I am going for now. I need to think about the title and maybe refine the exact word. I am still brainstorming it seems. First I have a few thumbnails, giving you the rough idea of what my final project will be. Very much a work in progress:
Am also going to post a few of the 6x9 prints:
Okay, I have tried for the past hour to get more images up, I don't know if it is the internet, or the file. This is so frustrating. I am not use to converting files.
So there is one image. More to come SOON!

03 September, 2009

Those 9 words...



01 September, 2009


I have been brainstorming for Vis Com, and having a hard time. I have decided on the Islam route. Maybe Islam through a western's eyes... Hmm, haven't gotten that far. I want it to be a positive view, and colorful.


I posted the photos above, mostly because of the color. I think the deep browns and blacks will go nicely with the rich greens and vibrate blues. (Not to mention I love the patterns)


dharma (religious living)
yogas (paths of passages)

F + S

This untitled piece uses layers and continuation. Layer are used to in the center flower arraignment The surrounding paint splotches and decorative thin lines. The background also adds to the layered effect. Continuation is also used in two areas. First, the line going across the background, continuing off the page. And second is the actually middle flower arraignment. Which leads your eye from the top from the top, to the bottom of the flowers.