Veronica C. Portrait

Today I would like to feature an image created by the incredibly talented Veronica C. In fact, I was so smitten with this piece that I am using it for a department promotional piece.

Even rarer, this is the same talented student from the previous post.  I usually avoid doing two posts in a row based on the same student, but this striking piece deserves the attention. Great job, this girl is amazing.

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professor Victoria Martin student work
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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

Digital Painting by Crystal M

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Today I would like to share a work of art created by the incredibly talented Crystal M. Believe it or not, this painting was Crystal’s first attempt at painting, and I would like to tell her that it shouldn’t be her last. Pablo Picasso and Cubism inspired Crystal’s portrait of the artist Frida Kahlo.
The blending of two separate faces, the colors, and composition all make this an incredibly well-executed work of art.

If you like art and painting, and even if you think you’d be no good at it, you should consider registering for one of my Photoshop classes.

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.