Digital Portraits

A quick post to show some new work. Today was critique day in Digital Imagery. Students were required to create a digital portrait and here are three of my favorites. I may post more from them later this week.

It didn’t have to be a face. It could be anything that represents who you are. A place, a vibe, color, animal, or something like that. 

When the first image came up on the screen I heard a collective gasp in the room. Vivian used electric jewel tones as accent to make this portrait pop. Such a beautiful piece of art.  I introduced Viv to the work of Cezanne. She really loved how he used flat patches of color and she wanted her work to echo his style.

The image below was created by Alex . It’s a self portrait with a character that he developed traveling through outer space. Throughout the term Alex has steadily made the class giggle with his lighthearted concepts. The composition feels so open and I personally enjoy the implied line between the figures.

This bewitching portrait was created by Nicole. I love her subtle use of color (and not so subtle). Look at the way the golden tones frame her face. The watercolor splashes on the face and the distorted grid of dots in the background contrasts nicely with the fluid portrait. And of course the doodles of flowers feel very current. Well done guys.


Feature Student: Rachelle

 I would like to share the work of another talented student: Rachelle. Today we had our critique in Photoshop 1. The students had to create a character and side kick/ villian, etc. After they completed the artwork the students had to create a book jacket (which has to be printed and fit onto an actual book). The students measure a book they own and set up their document to fit that individual book.  During crit student pass their books around the room so their classmates can appreciate the craftsmanship.

Next: the book has just gotten a movie deal. So they have to create a movie poster. And of course we know all movies advertise and have big splashy marketing campaigns. So the students also had to create no less than 2 swag pieces and a website mock up.

Rachelle painted her own face with body paint, photographed herself and then edited those photos in Photoshop.

As designers we often have to reshuffle artwork for different applications and media. Well done Rachelle.

professor victoria martin students work
professor victoria martin students work
professor victoria martin students work
professor victoria martin students work
professor victoria martin students work

Concert Event Postcard

As I have mentioned before, I truly believe in helping others. Every fall the music dept at Palm Beach State has a fall concert with a special guest star. This semester our featured performer is John Fedchock, trombonist.

The image above was created by Thelma. Great use of type and geometry behind the performer. The  use of fall colors and typeface feels classical and speaks of jazz clubs in NYC. Below is a card designed by Roshina. I really like the hierarchy of her type, use of color and how that triangle shape with his name follows his eye line.

The piece above was created by Kacy, I really like how she used abstracted lines to lead the eye. The colors are unexpected. And I really enjoy how the word concert melds into the green background. The piece below was created by Samien,  he took a photograph that wasn’t the best and gave it a duotone effect. Nice use of color and balance. Actually these last two pieces were chosen by the music dept. for the final designs. These designs will be sent out to thousands via email and printed pieces. A great feather in the cap fo your resume. Well done Kacy and Samien, and the rest of the crew.

Beautiful Web Design

A lot of people get sort of weird when they ponder web design. And I totally get it. Tell me to set up an ad to 3.75 x 9.78, CMYK, Indesign, packaged, pdf upload; I get it. But build a website to view on every device on the market… GULP.

Professor Victoria Martin, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth, FL: student web design examples

But it’s not as scary as you may think. Websites are just a series of designed pages, ( just like ads) but they are hosted on a server and are connected via hyperlinks.  Not so confusing. Responsive design is based on breakpoints in your browser. Meaning, as you scale down the width of your webpage in a browser, watch the content re-flow down the page.

The images above were created by Kimmie, a super talented student who recently graduated and is working as a professional graphic designer. Her website features audio, video, and links to sound cloud. When she registered for my web design class she had never designed for web. (like most of my students). But she did such great work she started free-lancing straight away.  Below is a mock up created by Clay (another really talented recent grad) who is now studying at Ringling School of Art. His mock up demonstrates how websites should change across devices. He had recently visiting United Airlines website and struggled to complete basic tasks, so he created a website that was “more user friendly”.

Professor Victoria Martin, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth, FL: student web design examples

The website sample below was created by Kevin who is now studying down at FIU in Miami. His websites were constructed with mobile first in mind. All of these websites demonstrate rules of design and typography don’t have to (and shouldn’t) go out the window when designing for the web.

When in doubt building your website: keep it simple.

Professor Victoria Martin, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth, FL: student web design examples

With mobile design it’s really important to remember: less is more.