Friday, February 27, 2015

Adventures in Printmaking, Pt. III

This past week saw the completion of the first test plate, relief test prints, intaglio test plates, and bitmap experiments for the next negatives.  There are still a lot of wrinkles to smooth, but the method is finally showing promise.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Brainstorm Bubbles Are A Design Student's Best Friend

Being a visual person with an active mind, I can't tell you how much brainstorm bubbles have saved my life.  They let me jot down anything before I forget it, draw connections I wouldn't otherwise notice, and keep things visual for me. When you are in an art course that is not a studio course (such as art history), finding a way to make your homework visual is a plus.

Here is a little peek into my brainstorm and beginning outline notes for my term paper in Contemporary Art History 412. Aside from being a contemporary history course, this is also a contemporary theory course, and as such the angle of my paper is to propose new art and design theory as inspired by biomimicry. More on that as the semester progresses.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Thesis Tuesdays: Thesis Sneak Peek

Secondary research as part of my senior art thesis, and possibly an angle on my contemporary art term paper. Stay tuned every other Tuesday for more peeks (if not every Tuesday). My review and exhibition will be at the end of April, with the exact show dates and reception TBA.  I'll be exhibiting my thesis and possibly some of the best of my undergraduate work through the past few years.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Adventures in Printmaking, Pt. II

Last semester I began exploring photo intaglio, a hybrid process involving pre-press Photoshop, photo sensitive emulsion, and etching. Few people have or are exploring this method, and my professor is one of the few who has explored it as his MFA thesis. But even with that asset, last semester was a perfect example of learning from failure: I now know just about every way NOT to create a successful photo intaglio plate.

The trick this semester has been the use of the same zinc plates used for traditional intaglio, and already results are far more promising than last semester.  Pictured here are the developing of the test plate (left) and the etching of the test plate (right). Stay tuned for the test prints.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Advertising Lab 350

Every other Thursday, check out the blog for a sneak into my process with Throwback Thursdays.  Not only will you get to see my growth and experiments over the years, but you'll also get some insights into graphic design process for client work and for academic studies. If you're a design student, be sure to stop by.

This Thursday features process examples from the multitude of work generated for my advertising lab in the Mass Communications department, fall 2014. The ads created for this lab were published in the fall 2014 edition of the CSU-Pueblo Today magazine, a student editorial published twice a year at a professional press. Shown here is a sampling of the alternative mark making methods, marker sketches, and digital development for the Today ads. While you're at it, check out the Today online version and give it a little love:

Friday, February 13, 2015

Adventures in Advanced Printmaking, Pt. I

This semester I am focusing on relief, traditional intaglio, and photo intaglio. First up is an etching illustrating a Denver Post news article (left photo). On deck is a photo intaglio project, which is an unusual process that involves pre-press Photoshop married to traditional intaglio processes (last photo). The intended results are a series of graphic design images that are softer and more organic due to the traditional intaglio process.  Stay tuned for updates!