Lifeguard Stand by Ivy

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I just realized how long it had been since my last post.

I wanted to share this piece by the very talented Ivy. This assignment was to create a South Florida lifeguard stand. It’s one of my favorite student pieces from Fall 23 term. It was created using Photoshop and Illustrator.

Below is her submission for the sketchbook project. Traditional sketch alongside the digital final. Thanks for being such a joy to instruct, and such an inspiration to teach.

Typography Portrait by Kethna & Alexis

typography portrait by Kethna

Today I want to salute two very talented designers/artists: Kethna and Alexis. These typographic portraits were created in ART1201C (Design Fundamentals). Students are required to treat text as a visual and open their imaginations to the possibilities of what typography can mean, rather than just words on a page.

Kethna created the above image. Using only type and effects, she was able to arrange and distort characters found on the keyboard into a likeness. The hairs are multiple parentheses, which she edited and changed using Adobe Illustrator.

Alexis created the image below. His portrait incorporated many words demonstrating multiple perspectives, which gives the feeling of depth on a two-dimensional plane.

Excellent job. Only a few weeks ago, you had never used Adobe Illustrator but look at you now. Brilliant!


typography portrait by Alexis

Featured Student: Kacy

Today I would like to give a shout out to Kacy, an extremely talented student . Please take a minute and  view Kacy’s work on Instagram @kacydesign. The following pieces were created in my Graphic Design 2 class this semester.



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professor victoria martin student work

Above are images created for the Olympic Mascot competition.  Students had to research Chinese culture and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. These creatures are cheeky and sweet enough to pinch!

The image above was created in Digital Imagery for the Fine Artist and is a work in progress. It’s a digital painting (created in Photoshop) of Frida Kahlo and is inspired by the artist Shepard Fairey’s style. It’s bold and brave just like Kacy and Frida. The image below was  created as an illustration for a children’s book.

And seriously, check out those sketchbook pages. To any other professors out there, this girl is a dream. Always drawing in her sketchbook.

Kacy has a great eye for design and a lovely warm feel to her work. If you visit her on Instagram tell her that she needs to get her work into the hands of companies in need of top notch illustrators. She should be working in the industry. Such talent. Well done Kacy. Thanks for making my job a dream.

professor victoria martin student work
professor victoria martin student work