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My work space

another view of my drawing take.  

another view of my drawing take.  

I've experimented with a lot of different studio setups over the years and I think I've found the one that works best for me. 

I decided that it was a good idea to separate my hands on and digital work areas. I find this helps a lot with my productivity. 

Another benefit of re-arranging my work space is that I can now have a better setup for filming my YouTube videos. 

Drawing table set up

Drawing table set up


As you can see I have two camera mounts and two lamps above my drawing desk. The lamps help by keeping my workspace well lit. One camera mount is for my gopro, which is what I use for filming all my videos. The other mount is for my iPhone which I use for live streaming on Periscope.

A quick tip: for my lamps I taped tracing paper over the bells so that It'll diffuses the light. That prevents harsh shadows in my videos!. 

I spend most of my time at my drawing desk. So I like to keep all of my tools near by.

thats really all I have to say about my workspace. If you have any questions feel free to ask!  

Thanks for reading!

-Feiza

Here are a few more pictures of my workspace.  

Watercolors! 

Watercolors! 

Studio Kitty!  

Studio Kitty!  

Floor plan of my studio! 

Floor plan of my studio! 

Most used tools are kept near by

Most used tools are kept near by

Most used tools! 

Most used tools! 

Youtube

I thought it would be a great idea to use Youtube as another way of putting my work out there. It will help me reach a wider audience as well as show people my process. 

There are a few types of things I'd like to do for my channel. Mainly I want to focus on art videos and vlogs. After experimenting with a few cat videos and some less that positive vlogs I want to focus on having a more positive vibe to my channel.

Anyway her is my first art video. It's a time-lapse of a watercolor illustration. The piece is inspired by Selena Gomez's new single, Good For You. 

I think I'd like to do a few of pop culture art projects so that it can appeal to a lot of people. 

well that's all for now!

Thanks for reading

-Feliza

My Boyfriend's French Horn Was Stolen

My boyfriend’s French horn was stolen from his car. It’s a Conn 8D CONNstelation series double horn. Rose brass with a fixed bell. Either it was stolen yesterday when we went to Best Buy between 5:30 -7:00 or last night while his car was our the driveway. We filed a police report and we are currently trying to locate it. We've already filed a police report.

Here are some photos along with a PDF of a flyer we've been posting around town. If anyone has any information please contact me @719-468-3878 or contact the Pueblo Police Department.

here's the link to the flyer 

To prepare for the worst I've started a crowd sourcing campaign to help raise money to replace it. If anyone can donate or share this link, we would be very grateful. 

If by chance we happen to find his french horn we will donate all money we raise to local charities.

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Owl Festival Logo and Poster Design

Yay! this is my last semester of graphic design class! This semester I'm in Advanced Graphic Design. In this class my classmates and I get to work with actual clients. Most of our clients are non profit organizations. 

One of our first clients was Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo 

They wanted a logo and poster for their annual event: The Colorado Owl Festival. 

Here is one of my designs for the logo. 

Usually when I work on a logo I'll Sketch it out on tracing paper with pencil then marker.

Logo Thumb

Logo Thumb

After sketching out the Rough idea for the logo I'll then refine the drawing.

Refined Illustration

Refined Illustration

Once I'm satisfied with the illustration I'll then work on it in Adobe Illustrator to cleanup the lines, add type, and color.

Color on the computer

Color on the computer

That's how I usually like to work with logo design. 

The process is pretty much the same for the posters as for the logos.

I usually start by creating a watercolor illustration and then transfer it to illustrator in order to add graphic elements and type.

Original Illustration

Original Illustration

Finished Poster

Finished Poster

Critique of our posters. Mine are the Three on the bottom right

Critique of our posters. Mine are the Three on the bottom right

 

 

Fall 2014 Painting

Sketch "Hope"

Sketch "Hope"

Hope

Hope

 

Throughout the different stages of my process I’ll take on different roles. Those roles are parallel to the roles played in music. When I’m coming up with a new design or painting ideas I become a composer. A composer can hear the music in his head of what he/she wants to create in the same way I see the design, painting, or drawing I want to create in mine. When I’m planning out my ideas I make the transition from composer to soloist. A soloist has a single instrument he/she practices and studies. When drawing, I’m practicing and studying what I want to create. When I’m painting I become a conductor of a symphony. At this point the composer has created his composition and the soloist has rehearsed their part. The conductor’s job is to direct the ensemble in order to produce the music he wants. When I’m creating, Not only am I in guiding the medium but I’m also immersed in the music being formed. A soloist has a single instrument he practices and studies. Together, the marks create a symphony.

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What Music Looks Like

What Music Looks Like

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The painting above was a monochromatic still life. we basically had to paint in one color and focus on composition and values. this was my first oil painting and it was really fun. 

to the right is a black and white under-paniting. after we painted this we were supposed to put glazes of color on top of it. This technique is called greasile. 

Below is a painting about depression. Mainly my depression and how I feel when I'm dealing with it. It's like the happy side and sad side are fighting against each other to be dominant in the painting. I wanted to create a tension between them. I'm really happy how it turned out, 

I know that my focus in school is mainly graphic design but that doesn't mean I'm not involved in other aspects of art. For example: I also enjoy painting. Painting is an area that most people think about when they talk about art. This post is going to be about my paintings and how I approach my work. 

If you've read my artist statement you'll know that all my art emphasizes music as an influence on how and what I create.

A majority of my time in university has been spent on becoming a musician. Not just any musician; a violinist. But, although I had a deep love for music and the violin, I still felt like something was missing. The decision was made to cut out music from my life and peruse a different path. This led me to peruse visual arts. As I ventured deeper into the visual arts I kept on returning to music as source for my inspiration.

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The Hymn of Acxiom 

The Hymn of Acxiom 

Music is something that will always be immersed in my art. It’s become the way I view my process and how I would visually describe my art. I also enjoy experimenting with different ways I can incorporate music into my artwork. Each of my works has music to it. It can be a song that’s already been created or a completely new composition. I hear the music from when it’s being composed to the final chord. To me, my artwork is music.

 

Marching Band!

Marching Band!

I painted the marching band painting as a gift to the Colorado State University Marching Band. I'm also a part of the band. I play cymbals!! 

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Depression

Depression

Philippines Trip!

Traveling to the Philippines and project updates.

 

This is my second international trip this year. First was my trip to Germany. Where I tour southern Germany and Austria with The Colorado State University Pueblo Choir. That was defiantly an experience and you can check out some of the photos I took of the trip here.

I’m going to the Philippines mostly to visit some family. I’m looking forward to seeing some of my cousins I haven’t seen in years. I’ll also have a lot of free time so I can catch up on some projects.

Projects like the voices in Germany photo book and some other Blog posts.

NDK pages, My experience with my first Anime convention. That was fun and I still have to upload days 2 and 3. Along with my interviews with Sonny Strait and Hiroyuki Hashimoto which will be on separate pages. Maybe I’ll post the audio on YouTube or something.

But that’s all stuff I’ll get done this vacation. I’m also working on some side projects just to help pass the time. 

I also really want to get into YouTube. It just looks like so much fun to be a creator. What’s stopping me is that I’m just really shy in front of a camera. I’m really self-concuss about how I look so I really lack in the whole confidence factor. A Challenge/Project I want to do over the next few weeks is to start making vlogs about what going on in my life. Not long vlogs, but maybe 2-3 minutes of just making videos and putting myself out there. It’s just a better way of reaching a wide number of people and it’s a platform I really don’t want to pass up. 

New Logo!

My most resent graphic designs project! Design our own personal logo and apply them to business cards and letterheads. Our logo had to reflect our profession as artists. 

Since the way I choose to approach art though music I decided to incorporate music into my logo. I used the violin f-hole in place of the "F" in my name. the rest of my name is hand written to give it a more loose and informal feel to it. I used the typeface Garamond for the "Art & Design." 

My New Logo

My New Logo

After we designed out logo's we then had to apply it to business cards and letterheads. I decided to stick with the music theme and played around with adding more music elements to my design. 

Another aspect of this assignment was to give us experience working with a printer. Since this was my fist time working with a print shop I would say it was a scary experience.

1000 business cards and letterheads!

1000 business cards and letterheads!

although I had the option of printing on both sides of my card I decided to leave the back blank so that I could add another touch to my cards. A lot of my Illustrations involve splatter painting so why not splatter paint on my cards? 

Splatter painting my cards.

Splatter painting my cards.

Splatter detail

Splatter detail

Business card and Letterhead close up.

Business card and Letterhead close up.

This isn't the first iteration of my business card. I've gone though several designs and in the past and I'm sure there will be many more to come. For now, these are what I'm going to be handing out to people. 

 

Past business card. 

Past business card. 

With each project I know my skills as a designer will improve.

Well that's all for now!

Thanks for reading. 

-Feliza

First Art Show!

A few weeks ago I entered one of my Illustrations into the student art show at my school. I did't have much luck during the last student show. Last show I entered about four pieces and non of them made it into the show. But this time I just entered the one illustration and hoped that I would at least make it into the show (and it did!)

The Nature Of Music. December 2013. 

The Nature Of Music. December 2013. 

You can view my other illustrations here

Not only did my illustration get into the show, it also won an award! I won People's Choice! 

Illustration in the gallery!

Illustration in the gallery!

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For the award I won a $25 gift card to the bookstore at my school and a poster from a local print shop. They are called Lastleaf printing and they make awesome silkscreen posters.

Here's a link to their website http://lastleafprinting.com

Anyway, I'm really happy that I actually won something with my artwork. 

Thanks for reading! 

-Feliza

OMG! Found items!

Just a quick random blog post. While in the music department at my college some of the teachers left out some old books and sheet music. I saw all this olds stuff and was like "I'm inspired to do a project" so here is just an overview of what I found and the project that I have in mind. 

 

 

Stuff just here for the taking. 

Stuff just here for the taking. 

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I kinda picked out stuff that people really wouldn't care for. Most of the stuff was about Music education. I was looking for more along the lines of old sheet music. I just like the visual appeal of sheet music. Sometimes the dots and lines make such interesting patterns. 

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I've even found a couple of books of nursery rhymes and folk songs. 

 

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I also found some old programs. I really like the old paper. Their texture is so interesting. 

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One of my favorite finds is this old song book. 

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The copyright is dated 1922. So it's around 90 years old. I'm not sure if that's the year it was printed though. It's just really interesting to see such old paper. It's so fragile. The stapes holding on to the paper are all rusted too. On the back if the book is an old ad for Kingsbury Pianos. 

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I got an idea of doing an altered book with all this stuff. Maybe repurposing these old books into something new. I found this church book and thought it would make a good book to alter. It's all red and the binding seems strong enough to handle all that I would do to it. 

I love the pattern!

I love the pattern!

Even the paper edge is red. 

Even the paper edge is red. 

I'm looking forward to this project and I have so many ideas. It will be put aside for a rainy day. Right now other projects need my attention. Both school projects and professional projects. 

anyway, thanks for reading! 

-Feliza

Graphic Design and Marching Band!

I'm really excited for this up coming school year. So many things to do! I know it's only the first week but I'm already overwhelmed with what this semester will bring. 

I'm not enrolled in that many classes so I expect no less than an "A"  in each one of them. There are a few classes that i'm really excited for.

First class is Marching Band. Yes, that's right, I'm a band geek. Although, I really don't like that term. I am a proud member of the Thunder Wolf Marching Band. This seasons show is called "Don't Stop Beliving". The show features music from Journey.  

For the past two weeks me and the other band members have been in band camp. So before the school year even starts is that we've already made new friends. 

I play cymbals. it's generally an easy instrument to play and memorize the music. The difficulty of the instrument comes in being brave enough to be heard. It's a fun instrument. My favorite part is to do cymbal visuals.

Next class is graphic design II. My emphasis is in graphic design and I'm really excited for this semesters emphasis on typography. Although I tend to fall asleep whenever I study typography, I still find it very interesting. On the first day we did group projects as a way to get to know each other. It's fun meeting other artists and designers. 

Working on logo designs with my classmate!

Working on logo designs with my classmate!

Thumbs of my logo design

Thumbs of my logo design

We each had to design a logo based on the name of the company. My company was called Hercules which was a mountain bike company. 

List of company names. 

List of company names. 

Winner of the designs. I want to fixe the anatomy of this figure.

Winner of the designs. I want to fixe the anatomy of this figure.

My chosen design to refine. My drawing skills are a bit rusty at the moment. 

we also had to bring in a couple of examples of good and bad design. We were going to practice giving critics about what we brought. I decided to borrow a poster from the music department as my example of bad design. It was funny hearing the designers harshly critic the poster.  

I'm also taking a marketing class this semester. i'm really excited for this class because it will be the first business class I've taken. I guess i'm both excited and nervous. I'm not really good at thinking like a business person at times. I'm sure I'll be fine if I work hard.

That's it for today.

Thanks for reading! 

-Feliza

Big News!

It's not as big as getting a job at Disney, but it's still really exciting. It seems like opportunities keep coming my way. 

I've recently got approved to be a press photographer at Nan Desu Kan!

Nan Desu Kan (NDK) is an anime convention that takes place in Denver CO. I've been to there New Years Event a couple of times but have never been to the actual convention. I've wanted to go to an Anime convention for years but have never had the time to go. I'm really excited and I'm hoping I'll get some great photos. Maybe even a couple of interviews.

This will be my first time going to an Anime convention and not only that, this will be my first time being a press photographer. Doors keep opening up for me and I'm really thankful for all these great opportunities and experiences. 

For more information about Nan Desu Kan check out there website: http://ndkdenver.org

in other news:

Sadly due to all the excitement of working at Disney a few of my projects got put on the back burner. Mainly the Voice's in Germany photo book project. I've also been slacking in my illustration and graphic design projects too. I'm really disappointed in myself because these projects didn't get as much attention as I'd originally planed. It's just a learning experience for next time. I'm planning on working hard this semester and producing some amazing artwork.

That's all for now

Thanks for reading!

-Feliza

 

 

Back From Disney!

It's been awhile since I've posted anything here. Other than social media, anyway. 

My access to the internet has been extremely limited to my occasional visits to Starbucks. But I am back from the world of magic and dreams. If anyone has any questions feel free to ask.

After I got back from Disney I got off the airplane and headed strait to band camp. It was kind of a shock getting back to reality after being in a world of fantasy for so long. Disney magic is something that I hope to add into my everyday life. 

I like to hear other people's experiences with Disney. I love talking about all the attractions and characters.

Thoughts on Photography

I’ve said this before a few times but I think I’ve really learned a lot about photography while in Germany for the past week and a half. I’ve gained more experience and I think that this has helped me prepare myself to my summer job at Disney World.

At Disney World I'll be working as a Photopass Photographer. Bascly my job is to walking around the park with a camera and take photos of the guests. I'm in charge of capturing peoples happy experiences so that they don't have to worry about getting good photos. When think of this job I remember a funny t-shirt:

 

Here's a link to where you can buy this t-shirt: http://teespring.com/keepcalm-photographer  I'm thinking about buying on

Here's a link to where you can buy this t-shirt: http://teespring.com/keepcalm-photographer 

I'm thinking about buying on

So that's the basic information about my job. there is also a great youtube video that explains it even better explanation: 



One thing that I’ve gotten better at is not being shy while taking pictures of people. I used to be afraid to take pictures because I don’t know if people would be offended by it. Now I’m not shy and, I like taking pictures of people. My favorite subject to do art or photography is people; they fascinate me.

I’ve learned about what gear I prefer using while traveling. My camera backpack was stuffed with several lenses and lens attachments but on only used a few of them. I’ve learned a lot and knowing what gear I use will help me know what to take for my next trip.

I’ve tried to shoot with two camera bodies. My Nikon D3200 and D7100 on a Black Rapid double harness. It’s convenient not having to switch lenses all the time. I like use an 18-55 mm with a wide-angle attachment on the D3200 and change between my 70-300mm and 50mm lenses on the D7100. I think I would like to invest money into an actual wide-angle lens and a fish eye lens. They are fun to shoot cityscapes with.

The hardest things for me to photograph was during our visit to Dachau concentration camp. I didn’t feel comfortable taking photos but I know that sometimes you have to do something your not comfortable with. They didn’t discourage people from taking pictures. They had the philosophy that we should remember what happened in hopes that something like this won’t happen again. 

I had a really funny experience after the last choir concert in Munich. The choir had a joint concert with local choir and after there as a huge party with so much food! German food is just amazing! They also had plenty of wine and beer. While we were all eating and drinking I set my bag on the stage with my camera. The choir had their dress bags on the stage as well so I thought I would “blend in” with everyone else’s stuff. So I went to go eat and I took the opportunity to drink my first beer but I guess I’m really not used to drinking because I only had a few sips and I was already tipsy. When I went to get my camera to talk some photos I accidently grabbed another photographers camera! He set his gear next to mine. I started to shoot some pictures and I didn’t notice it wasn’t my camera until I tried to adjust the settings. At this point I was freaking out and I gave the camera back to its owner. I apologized repeatedly but he just laughed. At least he thought it was funny. I’m sure other photographers wouldn’t be so forgiving. I’m surprised that I didn’t notice sooner because his camera was a Canon and mine was a Nikon. I was told they felt different but I guess the beer got to my head.

I’m still on the fence about investing in more lenses and equipment. Photography started off as just a “hobby” but now it’s kind of taking over my life. Don’t get me wrong; My love is still graphic design. I guess there is still room in my heart for photography as well. There is still a lot for me to learn with photography and graphic design but each project has made me better as an artist.

Well that’s my blog for today!

Thanks for reading!

-Feliza

Update#2! Voices In Germany


I’ve been thinking a lot about my book: Voices in Germany and I’m thinking of making it like an artist book.

I’m thinking of only having about 75-100 copies made of the book and numbering them. Over time it will raise the overall value of the books over time because of it’s limited quantity. Later on when I’m more well known as an artist/designer the books will be worth a lot. it will be an investment. If I don’t become well known artist then at least I can offer people who went on this trip an extra souvenir.


The books will be hard bound and will probably cost around 45-50 USD.  

It’s hard to put a price on it because I still haven’t decided on a few things. It’s still going to be around 52 pages and it will still showcase my photography and graphic design skills (maybe even my writing skills.) I'll have a bit more artist freedom as well! 


 I’m hoping to get this book done by the end of summer. I’m going to be busy during the summer because of my job and Disneyworld so on my downtime I’ll be working on my book.


I’ll update again soon!


Thanks for reading

Voices in Germany! (Update)

I've been in Germany for about 4 days now and I've taken about 1000 photos. So much! I think I've really grown as a photographer. I've gotten better at looking for interesting things to photograph as well as getting used to using the settings. I'm happy with how a lot of my photos came out. 

Also, I've recently got hired by Disney to be a Photo Pass Photographer over the summer. That's something I'm really excited about. It would be nice to get payed for my work. Although I'm working towards being a graphic designer, I have more experience in photography. I think of it as something I can use to make extra money on the side. Also having experience in photography helps me practice looking at things.

Any Way. I Will post some photos I have taken so far. 

Here's a link to the photos

Voices in Germany a photo book by Feliza Estrada



Voices in Germany


I’m going with the Colorado State University Concert Choir on their tour through Germany as their photographer. I decided to create a photo book of the trip and make it available for sale.


I want this book to be a combination of all the knowledge that I’ve gained through the past two years at CSU-Pueblo. My skills are in photography, graphic design, and illustration. I want to experiment with with photography to create beautiful and interesting photos. My graphic design skills we be shown through my use of layouts and incorporation if my illustrations. 

Ive been creating little illustrations and icons with ink. These will be present throughout the book. After I draw them I'll scan and vecotorize them onto Adobe Illustrator. There, I can adjust the color, size, and composition to where I need them.

Ive been creating little illustrations and icons with ink. These will be present throughout the book. After I draw them I'll scan and vecotorize them onto Adobe Illustrator. There, I can adjust the color, size, and composition to where I need them.

Some of my illustrations

Some of my illustrations

Another use of my design work is my creation of the cover. I had fun creating the layout and splash effects in adobe Illustration. This took me about 3 hours to complete. I still have to design the spine and back cover. 

I used some splash vectors with the colors of the German flag. I'm happy with how it turned out, it fits my style.

I think Garamond type is appropriate. at least it's not Helvetica. this is a rough of the cover design mounted on black matt board. 

I think Garamond type is appropriate. at least it's not Helvetica. this is a rough of the cover design mounted on black matt board. 

working with InDesign to create the cover of the book

 The software I'm using to create the book is Adobe InDesign and Illustrator. To edit photos I prefer to use Adobe Lightroom. 

 

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I'm take my Nikon D7100 and D3200. I like shooting with two bodies so that I don't have be switching lenses as often if I just had one. Also if one body fails I still have another as backup. 

As far as lenses, I'm taking a few zoom lenses

70-300 mm

55-200 mm

and a 18-55 mm

then 2 50mm lenses

a few lens attachments including a fish eye and macro attachment.  

my gear packing Ina ThinkTank Streetwalker HardDrive camera backpack. 

my gear packing Ina ThinkTank Streetwalker HardDrive camera backpack. 

 

The price for the book will be:

$50 for a hardbound

$35 for a softcover

stay tuned for more information

 

100 drawings in 100 days challenge

I'm going to take on the challenge of producing 100 drawings in about 100 days. I'm doing this as a side project for over the summer. I found this list floating around the internet. 

here is the list. 

For a PDF version of the list click HERE

I'll be starting this project on May 16, 2014

Thanks for reading!

1. Introduction 
2. Love 
3. Light 
4. Dark 
5. Seeking Solace 
6. Break Away 
7. Heaven 
8. Innocence 
9. Drive 
10. Breathe Again 
11. Memory 
12. Insanity 
13. Misfortune 
14. Smile 
15. Silence 
16. Questioning 
17. Blood 
18. Rainbow 
19. Gray 
20. Fortitude 
21. Vacation 
22. Mother Nature 
23. Cat 
24. No Time 
25. Trouble Lurking 
26. Tears 
27. Foreign 
28. Sorrow 
29. Happiness 
30. Under the Rain 
31. Flowers 
32. Night 
33. Expectations 
34. Stars 
35. Hold My Hand 
36. Precious Treasure 
37. Eyes 
38. Abandoned 
39. Dreams 
40. Rated 
41. Teamwork 
42. Standing Still 
43. Dying 
44. Two Roads 
45. Illusion 
46. Family 
47. Creation 
48. Childhood 
49. Stripes 
50. Breaking the Rules 
51. Sport 
52. Deep in Thought 
53. Keeping a Secret 
54. Tower 
55. Waiting 
56. Danger Ahead 
57. Sacrifice 
58. Kick in the Head 
59. No Way Out 
60. Rejection 
61. Fairy Tale 
62. Magic 
63. Do Not Disturb 
64. Multitasking 
65. Horror 
66. Traps 
67. Playing the Melody 
68. Hero 
69. Annoyance 
70. 67% 
71. Obsession 
72. Mischief Managed 
73. I Can’t 
74. Are You Challenging Me? 
75. Mirror 
76. Broken Pieces 
77. Test 
78. Drink 
79. Starvation 
80. Words 
81. Pen and Paper 
82. Can You Hear Me? 
83. Heal 
84. Out Cold 
85. Spiral 
86. Seeing Red 
87. Food 
88. Pain 
89. Through the Fire 
90. Triangle 
91. Drowning 
92. All That I Have 
93. Give Up 
94. Last Hope 
95. Advertisement 
96. In the Storm 
97. Safety First 
98. Puzzle 
99. Solitude 
100. Relaxation
 

 

Graphic Design Final Project update!

After a couple of weeks since my last update about my graphic design project here is where I'm at right now. 

 

Cilender package design

Cilender package design

after creating the stamps we were assigned to sketch out package designs using out stamps. We had to create three designs and then present them to the class. 

My item was a coffee cup so I had to think of ideas pertaining to coffee cups I thought of creating a packaging that is not only functional as a package but also as a container that could be reused.  

The sketch above is a cylinder shaped container that has coffee cups stacked inside it. It can be used to transport coffe cups without breaking them. 

bag shaped coffee transport container

bag shaped coffee transport container

the design I chose to go with is a bag shaped container. It's use is to transport 1-2 coffee/drinks and also to prevent spilling. it had a handle to make transport easer and dividers inside to sepate the coffee cups so they won't tip over or spill. 

My coffee cup bag mockups.

My coffee cup bag mockups.

After we desided on a package we then had to crest mockups out of Bristol board. We had to make atleast 3 boxes so that we can demonstrate different arrangements for store displays. 

The boxes had to be to size and we had to demonstrate how the stamp patterns would work in a display.  

 

color swatches.

color swatches.

The next step was to deside on the colors of our package and stamp. I decided to create mine in the computer.  After we had to look for Canson paper that matched to color of out background and then crest another set of swatches using the Canson paper and paint. 

Paint and Canson paper swatches. 

Paint and Canson paper swatches. 

So this is where I'm at in my graphic design project! 

Thanks for reading!  

Graphic design project

In my graphic design class we are studing packaging design. What we are doing is carving a rubber stamp and creating patterns with the design. The design we crest has to represent a product. 

My product was a coffee mug. This is the design I created for my stamp.  

 

 

here is my stamp design. I also created a smaller coffee bean stamp.

here is my stamp design. I also created a smaller coffee bean stamp.

After we had carved the stamp we had to explore patters with out stamps. I had a lot of fun at this stage. I even experimented with creating type with my stamps. 

 

 

my stamp exploration

my stamp exploration

It's really interesting. After, we are going to explore package shapes and the build them out of mattboard. These designs will be used to decorate the packaging.

We haven't gotten that far in the project. But, when it's done I'll post more pictures:P

 

My beautiful cover art. It's not the best but I think I handled the daunting tasking of the cover art very well.

My beautiful cover art. It's not the best but I think I handled the daunting tasking of the cover art very well.

My design professor had everyone in class stamp a "thank you" card for the San Francisco Art Institute and I got to design the whole cover! So here is my first cover art. 

Thanks for reading!  

 

Everyones stamp patterns!  (and my backpack)

Everyones stamp patterns!  (and my backpack)

 

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2014 Spring Semester

It's time for a new semester of classes. I'm about six weeks into the semester and here is how it's going for me. 

I've finished all my general education classes so until I graduate I'm mostly taking art classes along with some electives. This semester I'm taking Painting I, Drawing II, Graphic Design I, and Art History II. It's like the art department vomited all over my schedule (and I love it!)

This semester I'm also in my schools winter drumline. It's like marching band except it's indoors and there's no wind instruments or colorguard. Drumline is just marching percussion and sometimes front ensemble. I've marched Cymbals for about four years now and although it's not the most glamorous instrument, it's the only marching instrument I can play. I can also play violin and a bit of piano. The drumline has also asked me to design the artwork for their uniforms. 

Oh, and I'm going to Germany in May! The choir at my school has a tour in Germany this spring and they asked me to be their Photographer. I'm so excited! I've been slowly preparing for this trip by improving my photography skills and learning german. 

So that's my semester so far in a nutshell. busy busy busy!  

Well thanks for reading!

-Feliza