Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Thesis Tuesday, Pt. IV

This peek features investigation and experimentation of the primary research I photographed in my local natural habitats (first image), sketches as primary research (second image), and computer explorations (last image).  This research is all part of my organic synthesis exhibition work and these specific investigations pictured here will eventually lead to photo intaglio plates.

Monday, March 30, 2015

When Majors Collide: Campaign Update, Pt. II

The promotional campaign for the CSU-Pueblo Art and Music departments is crusing along.  Shown here is a little sneak peek into some soft proofs of the poster designs that are a part of the whole campaign.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Adventures in Printmaking, Pt. VI

The good news is the UV exposure unit is back in commission, but the bad news is now I am waiting for a new supply of emulsion to arrive. In the meantime, the aquatint went onto the rats intaglio and the negatives for the photo intaglio were printed, ready for use when school returns from spring break. These negatives are also part of my "organic synthesis" senior thesis research, although these specific prints might not be exhibited until fall 2015.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Design Sneak Peek

A peek into some process or ideation thumbnails for a fictional coffee and tea lounge. With a little more work, one of these will become a refined logo.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thesis Tuesdays, Pt. III

Primary research into natural qualities and alternative mark-making to inform my thesis project.  Shown here are charcoal rubbings of tree stumps. The last image is a close-up of a scrap of paper that protects a printing press from the messy ink of an intaglio plate. These messy scraps are usually thrown away, but I have collected some for their natural qualities.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Break

This week is spring break at CSU-Pueblo and aside from fun activities, I will be knee deep in the Art and Music departments promotional plan, brochure designs, writing my art history term paper, job interviews, wrapping up my senior thesis and designing my senior show invites. Stay tuned for lots more sneak peeks!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Adventures in Printmaking, Pt. V

The plate for my first project was redone and the difference is a world apart.  The acid bath was a little too acidic and so my lines became deeper and bolder than I had hoped, but I find that it's better to have bold lines than broken lines (see the before and after prints below).



Thursday, March 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Printmaking I

Samples of my process for beginning printmaking, spring 2014.  These graphite sketches where for a relief woodcut that became a wallpaper pattern.  The assigned theme was to choose an inanimate object (mine was a gourd) and an animal that mimicked the shape of the object (kiwi!).

On Exhibit

My final project from the weekend workshop is on exhibit in the Capps Capozzolo Gallery in Hoag Hall, CSU-Pueblo (also known as the curved wall gallery). While you're there, check out all the other cool work by the other workshop participants, as well as a sampling of the professor's painting skills.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

That Time of Year

I've been busy searching for summer positions and internships, as well as starting the job search for that dream job after graduation (which is fast approaching--just one more semester!).  The resume has been polished and printed and many, many inquiries written.  I'm aiming for the stars.

Monday, March 16, 2015

When Majors Collide

The great thing about being a graphic design and integrated communications double major is that the two degrees work together so well. This massive promotional campaign project for the CSU-Pueblo Art and Music departments is a great example. This semester long project entails a detailed plan for public relations, communications, social media and a graphics overhaul. Here is a little sneak peek into the graphics end of the campaign (color branding and social media graphics shown here).

Friday, March 13, 2015

SPJ Mark of Excellence Winner

Last semester, I designed the layout, the cover and the majority of the ads for the CSU-Pueblo Today magazine, fall 2014 edition. It just received a Mark of Excellence in the student publication division by the Society of Professional Journalists Region 9. It's exact placing (it's in the top three) will be announced at the SPJ Region 9 annual conference in Denver next month. Stay tuned!

Adventures in the Colored Pencil and Pastel Workshop

A sampling of the fun we had for a weekend workshop at CSU-Pueblo. Adventures in printmaking will return next Friday.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Thesis Tuesdays, Pt. II

Many good projects begin with ample brainstorming and research. As part of my senior art thesis and exhibition, I am investigating qualities of nature applied to graphic design (which I am calling organic synthesis). The most effective way to do this is to observe nature first hand, so here are some of my own photo documentation of the natural qualities that are informing my research.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Ben Warwas Installation at CSU-Pueblo

This spring semester the visiting artist is Ben Warwas, a multi-media artist with an M.F.A. in architecture based out of Los Angeles and who has done fashion design for clients such as Keds shoes. I and a number of other CSU-Pueblo art students helped Warwas install his multi-media installation in the Hoag Hall Gallery.  Here is a sneak peek.  If you want to see more and appreciate the full scope of this cool installation, then you have to stop by CSU-Pueblo and check out the Hoag Hall Gallery.

Friday, March 6, 2015

(Mis)Adventures in Printmaking, Pt. IV

Not everything goes according to plan in printmaking--this week the giant UV exposer that is integral to my photo intaglio projects is temporarily out of commission (hey, professors need projects too). Additionally, my traditional intaglio plate and resulting test prints are not to my standards, so this week I will be knee-deep in the creation of a brand new plate.

Facing failure is a common occurrence for art and design students. Failure is one of the hardest things to handle, but the sooner you jump back up and tackle the challenge, the more you grow as an artist or designer. And sometimes something interesting arises from mistakes, something that might be perfect for another project, so embrace mistakes and failures as much as success.