Drawing: Animation

As we move in to the final part of Freshmen year, time outside class will be dedicated to our Project X Finale. In class, we are working on a hand-drawn animation. Our first of three animation classes was all about learning the process.

In the end, it’s pretty simple. We taped paper to the wall, then set up a DSLR camera that only showed the white of the paper. In our groups of two, we would alternate who was drawing and who was taking the pictures. A very common “intro to drawn animation” video consists of a bouncing ball, so that’s what each group made.

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Drawing: Scale it Down… and Project X Review

The complete opposite of “scale it up,” we were to make a drawing that is smaller than our hand. This is most likely the last Project X piece that will include a video game aspect. I immediately knew I wanted to make some kind of polaroid reference, but the challenge was what. The umbrella theme for the project was childhood memory of playing video games with the cousins at Nanny’s house, so I decided to try and draw the basement from memory. This presented a challenge, because I had no access to the basement or any reference photos. In the end, piecing memory together became a big part of the piece.

Get ‘Im! , colored pencil and drawing marker, 3.5″ x 2.8″


Using dots to create a drawing is called stippling. A comment I got about this piece is that dots was the perfect thing to use, because while the memory is there in your mind, it is still fuzzy and not complete. I’m sure I forgot a few things and remembered things incorrectly, so I’m interested to see what it actually looks like next time I visit.



This picture has all 4 projects, Comp 1 (bottom left), Comp 2 (top left), Scale it up, and Scale it down (looks tiny compared to scale it up!). We had a large critique of all the pieces and discussed the direction we want to take. In this picture, you can see how the drawings have adapted yet all have some kind of similar aspect. The first was literally the console, what we saw when we played the games. The second went in a more graphic design-y direction, but still included the game with hands now showing. Then you can see the whole person in Scale it up. Finally, all of those elements are tied up nicely in the small polaroid – the console/tv, people, bricks, and memory.

Where to go from here? I don’t want to give away too much yet… but with 6 weeks left in the semester, great things are sure to come. The Project X Finale will include more drawings similar to Scale it down.

In class for the next few weeks, we’ll be completing a hand-drawn animation unrelated to Project X.

Drawing: Scale it Up

This is the biggest drawing I’ve done… by FAR! This is the third continuation of Project X, with the guidelines being a drawing that is larger than your body. For this piece, I wanted to include a self portrait. The prompt of a piece that is larger than your body allowed the perfect canvas for a life sized drawing. For this project, each piece should build off of each other. I wanted to move away from the video game aspect of the theme and go in the direction of the people and memories.

The plan:


In progress:


Playing Video Games, colored pencil and charcoal on 36in x ~66in paper


Real life size comparison:


Very proud of this! It took a long time, but it got a great critique. Estimated time spent on this piece is at least 20 hours.

Intro to Graphic Design: Drop Cap

Our second GD project is based on ‘famous’ graphic designer Jessica Hische’s “Daily Drop Cap” experiment. She gained a large following on Tumblr upon designing a new letterform everyday for a year. Every morning, Hische would sit down, draw out an intricate letterform, then move to Adobe Illustrator and create it digitally. Then, for presentation purposes, she juxtaposed the letter as a drop cap with some dummy text. Here’s an example taken from the website (not designed by me):


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Designed by Jessica Hische (dailydropcap.com)


So, for our project, we were to “interview” a classmate, learn some things about them, and then create a letterform using their initial. I paired up with a girl named Allison who is also a foundation GD major. Our discussion allowed us to get a better feel for what our letter should “feel” like. Her favorite color was teal (as evidence by almost everything she brought to class, e.g. backpack, notebook, laptop) and played a big part in my letter.


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I learned that she likes simplicity… as well as intricate details. I went in the middle and incorporated flowing lines, because what graphic designer doesn’t like doodling?

Part 2 of the project was to incorporate your letter into some kind of product. Some people bought mugs, shirts, calendars, and notebooks. Me and Allison both got each other notebooks! Here’s the cover I designed for the notebook:


Part 3 involved making a 11×18 poster that incorporated the letter, the name of your partner, the letter as a drop cap, and some text to go with it.

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The final segment of the project involved making a web design! It was to be similar to the poster and include all the same elements, but was made entirely with HTML and CSS. It is not a live website… but my code worked!


Two big projects in the bag and the semester half over. Can’t wait to see where things go from here!

Allison’s gift to me

Elements: Skin

Our second project of the semester for Elements of Visual Thinking was to create a piece that uses only colors found on our skin. That means my skin. The whole basis of the project was to realize how diverse each body is is terms of color. On mine, there are reds, browns, tans, yellows, blues, greens… just to name a few. I wanted to make something that involved Arizona, because the landscape generally contains skin colors.

On the technical side of things, I used acrylic paint and… finger painting! Yes… finger painting in college. Specifically, my finger print. All of this tying together to hold the meaning “skin.”

When it comes to painting, a lot of people find that their palette paper surface (where you mix your paints) is more interesting than the painting! This is usually because it is a very gestural and care-free space, as opposed to the deliberate surface of the canvas. As I was painting, I thought “this would really be interesting if I hung the palette paper underneath of the painting.” At the very last second before going to class, I decided otherwise. Of course, during the critique, I received many comments about how they would like to see the palette paper underneath.

The following week, we had a mid-semester review where we receive our current grade. I had received a B- for this project. Luckily, I brought back in the painting along with the palette paper to re-present it to the professor. In the end, it brought my grade from a B- to and A- !

Superstition Mountains, Acrylic paint and fingerprints




Sculpture: Specified Material

Sculpture project 1/5: Specified Material

Use a 4 foot by 1″x1″ piece of wood and make it effect the largest area possible.

I created 4 fake “utility” covers to be placed throughout baltimore. This might sound a little too artsy, but this sculpture isn’t about the sculptures… it’s about the fact that no one will notice them.