Concept is King

Professor of Graphic Design and Art. Victoria Martin's student work

Concepts are probably the most crucial part of creating a successful work of art. Today I would like to feature an illustration created by Jessica. I asked the students to research Shepard Fairey and create a piece inspired by his style. Jessica drew an incredible sketch and digitized it, employing a monochromatic color scheme. It’s important to remind students that computers are just a tool. Without strong concepts, you may struggle with creating designs. So, next time you have a project due, take out your sketchbook and get to work.

Shout Out Tammy U.

Professor Victoria Martin monoprint

I usually post images of digital design, but today I had to share this mono-print created in my Digital Imagery for the Fine Artist class by Tammy U.
Tammy carved linocuts for her project (which were gorgeous), and she had a little scrap of linoleum left over. She inked that small 2 x 2-inch block and began hand printing onto a piece of tea-stained paper. The entire room began to chatter; they loved it, and so did I.
One of the things I love about teaching is seeing students discover new things and do them so well. Miss Tammy, I believe you have the makings of a very talented printmaker and abstract artist, as well. So good; keep up the excellent work.

Typography: Grid

student work of Professor Victoria Martin
Professor Victoria Martin Palm Beach State College, graphic design student work

Today I would like to share work from my Typography class. The assignment was to create a double-page spread based on the grid. Above you will see images created by Lorena. Fantastic job of intertwining type and graphic. The limited palette keeps things from being over complicated. And Lorena knows that mock-ups of your projects can make clients feel they are real-world assignments.

Below are examples created by Stacy. The composition with red text has a fantastic hierarchy. The deep red verbiage pops out while the lower opacity red image takes a back seat, and I enjoy how she rotated the word arts. The blue version uses color efficiently. Text and image play in harmony on the page.

Professor Victoria Martin student work
Professor Victoria Martin's student work


Today I wanted to post a couple of pieces from Typography class. This is the Five Classifications of Type assignment where students have to create a poster for Old Style, Transitional, Modern, Sans Serif and Slab Serif typefaces. The first two pieces were created by Lorena, and the second was created by Kelly. Great job ladies. Keep up the fantastic work.

Century- student typography Professor Victoria Martin
Century- student typography Professor Victoria Martin
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