Drawing: Project X – Comp. 2

This composition builds off of the last drawing homework (the tv with NES and controller). The “theme” is video game nostalgia, and this time I took a more ‘conservative’ approach. Though, the time it took to complete it was another story!

In progress…


Hands, Controller, and Blocks – colored pencil and sharpie on paper

About 17×23 in size

Yes – each of those blocks were hand done! It took a loooonng time to do that, but I knew it would look go so I committed to the idea. As I was working on the piece, time seemed to fly by yet I would only get a few blocks done. Some kind of analogy between the time spent playing video games…

Elements of Visual Thinking: Monochrome

Our first homework project of the semester in Elements was to create a piece that uses only one color. Elements is a class we take both the first, and second semester of freshman year. The second semester focuses on color theory – how and when to use color effectively.

This project’s guidelines were so simple that the professor didn’t even give us a handout. She just said “a monochromatic piece.” Usually I don’t get ideas for projects very quickly, but the idea for this came to mind almost immediately.

3 Red Cubes, paper


The largest cube features a small light inside to highlight the different values that can be created, even though the paper is the same color.


Now that you’ve seen the fancy documentation, here’s the sculpture being critiqued:



A short video:

I had a lot of fun making this, there was something very meditative about coming up all different types of shapes to put inside and then cutting them out with an x-acto blade/scissors.

Drawing: Project X – Comp. 1

For Drawing II this semester, our homework is a continuing series of projects that build off of one another until the final. The first 2 weeks of homework were sketchbook assignments, and the first formal homework involved taking common themes from your sketchbook drawings and making a composition. My sketchbook featured a lot of “design-y” elements, as well as things from memory. One of the prompts for a sketchbook drawing was a childhood memory, so I drew a scene of playing old Mario games in Nanny’s (Grandma on my Mom’s side) basement. Little did I know I would end up using this as composition 1 for Project X…

Old TV with NES, pastel and charcoal on paper

The full set up.
NES and controller are actual size.

This was another “experimental” piece, and while I don’t love the end result, I like how different it is from everything else I’ve done in drawing. It was fun to make, and the professor complimented me on the “risk” of choosing to do something like this, so I guess it turned out ok!

Composition 2 will build off of elements from our first piece.

Drawing: Large scale figure

This was an “experimental” class, meaning our drawings may not look very finished in the end. We were to bring in large paper and all of our different drawing tools, because we would be drawing the figure at a larger scale than before (36″ x 24″).

The first drawing was started by picking any drawing tool and sketching out the basics. About 5 minutes later, the teacher unexpectedly told us to bring our drawing tool to the person’s easel at our left and continue their drawing. It was difficult to abandon a drawing like that! The prof said we could make the persons drawing better or worse. We did this twice, and then returned to our own drawing. I found mine scribbled all over (similar to the green scribbles you can see at the bottom of the figure) and needed to figure out how to recover or just “go with it.”



The second drawing was a similar process, without switching with a neighbor. I don’t love the end result of either of these, but the class was mostly about trying new things.


This second drawing was ripped clean in half by the wind when I was trying to bring it back to the dorm. Luckily I had already taken this photo… and a kind stranger caught the missing half!

Drawing: Figure in Color

Finally… color!

To draw in color, we utilized Prismacolor Nupastels. It’s a set of twelve that includes the average color spectrum.


As usual, we started with a few preliminary sketches. Most of the students, including myself, had not used pastels before. So, the first sheet was all about getting antiquated with the materials. We then did a few gesture drawings using two complimentary colors to show light/shadow.

The first main drawing was three, twenty minute sessions. Again, this first one was mostly about getting used to the pastels. This one was on regular white paper.


The last was was also three, twenty minute sessions. We were to bring in a sheet of neutral toned paper; I chose mint green.


In the end, I really like how the second one turned out! It was very different and a new challenge to draw with pastel. Here’s a photo of some of the classes’ drawings on the wall.


Intro to Graphic Design: TypeSlice

I have finally broken into the graphic design department! Our first project involved taking two different typefaces and joining them together.

Fun fact:
Typeface = Font name, i.e. Helvetica, Times New Roman, Avenir
Font = Different versions of the same typeface, i.e. bold and italic

However, at this point in time, they are basically interchangeable. We had a certain set of typefaces we could choose from to make our new one. These are the ones I chose:



The point was to choose two typefaces with very different ‘weights.’ This was so a a big difference could be seen in the new letterform. Before we made our new font, we were to choose an oxymoron as the subject of the type. Some examples other students chose include “deafening silence,” “social outcast,” and “true lies.” I came up with “small crowd.”

After we mashed the different typefaces together, we were to find some images to follow a similar process on that related to the oxymoron. It took me a while to come up with something interesting, but eventually everything came together. The images had to work with the type as a unique and engaging composition. Once we settled on a final design, we printed them out as two 11×17 sheets, trimmed the edges, and taped them together. Here’s my design:

typesliceposter 2.jpg

We hung all of our posters on the third floor of brown, the GD department!

Not sure why these look so dark…
No censorship at MICA!
The GD department.