One more from Graphic Symbolism. Our first project was to develop a logo for another member of the class. This one is for Molly Beth McAdams. She had been toying with using the first two letters of her first and middle names as a company name. She's a playful, casual kind of person, so I added the tagline "More Better." Not only is it a fun little phrase, it's also a promise: Molly will deliver more, and it will be better than the competition. I built the font myself in Illustrator. Since I wasn't getting graded for that, though, it contains only the glyphs you see here. Building an entire font is a lot of work.
A logo for the 101 Asian Fusion Grill in the Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver. I've never eaten there, but I looked at their website, and their current logo is plain awful. This one uses a simple chinese decorative element and a simple, elegant typeface called Maiandra. The numerals come from a different font that I can't identify since its name is in Japanese kanji.
So part of the curriculum is a class called "Graphic Symbolism." To me, that implies learning how images communicate ideas, and how to use that to say something without having to outright say it. Like the red objects in the Sixth Sense, always present whenever there's a clue about what's really going on. Red being the color both of blood (and thus death) and of the supernatural. Instead, it was a logo design class. It was a really good logo design class, but that still didn't make it terribly relevant for a visual effects student.
Anyway, one of the assignments was a set of related logos for a beverage company. Most of my classmates naturally designed booze logos. Here are four logos based on famous Ukiyo-e woodcuts by Hiroshige and Hokusai, and one based on an image imitating the Ukiyo-e style by another acquaintence from the Cartographers' Guild, Michael Tumey, aka GamerPrinter. Incidentally, he runs a printshop servicing roleplaying gamers, so if you ever need a map printed and/or laminated, look him up at http://www.gamer-printshop.com. The prices are reasonable, the prints are superb, and the lamination is adequate.
Back to the point. Hibiki-An is a real company, but these aren't their actual products. They are actual traditional Japanese teas, though.
And in case you're wondering, the tea used for the tea ceremony is matcha.
Another Perspective and Proportion project. We were to illustrate a castle with strict perspective. This image is based on a photograph of Karlsborg Fortress in… Sweden, I think it was. I am not sure what part of the fortress the photograph shows. I suspect it's looking down the exterior of the Eastern Land Front wall at the corner tower, but I can't be certain.
This one is all graphite pencils on cold-press illustration board.
In Digital Typography, we were to design a poster showcasing a single letter of the alphabet in either an Art Nouveau or Art Deco style. I dislike Deco, so I went with the former. Referencing a famous poster by Alphonse Mucha and borrowing copy from the blog Better Explained (highly recommended; the guy has a real gift for making difficult topics comprehensible), I created a poster that illustrates how e, the base of natural logarithms, describes growth rates. The Nouveau style, which typically uses naturalist imagery, was a good fit for the concept. The headline typeface is called Boecklin.
In my Perspective & Proportion class, we were given the task of designing and rendering a vehicle using a particular technique of perspective. I'd had this notion of a vehicle hinged in the middle since I was a kid, so I drew that. I laid it out on several layers of tracing vellum in pencil, then transferred it to illustration board, inked it, and did the shading in Prismacolor grey markers. In the future, I need to get reference for suspension on construction vehicles and do more detailing. This looks more like a toy than a large machine.
There is an optical illusion that can occur when highly saturated complementary colors are placed next to one another, particularly if the lines are thin, where it appears as though there is a line between the colors, even though no such line exists. This effect is called color vibration, and it is demonstrated in this representation of an orrery. A secondary purpose of the images is to show how changing around the colors can affect the perception of an image. The two orreries are identical in form and use the same color palette. Only the arrangement of colors has been changed, but the orrery on the left appears to stand out from its background, while the one on the right almost looks punched out of the background. To me, at any rate.
I liked the composition of this photograph, but the camera's autofocus liked the girls in the background more than Mike. I colorized the image and put a big blur on the background to try to make Mike the focal point. Obviously, taking the picture right in the first place is better than fixing it in Photoshop.