Art Regents Essay
Throughout the course of my junior year, I have been challenged to be the best artist of my ability. As a graphic designer, I have learned to view things in a different light and learned to express my creativity. Although I am still learning new things everyday about how to become a better artist, I have improved tremendously in every way ranging from the thought process all the way to finalizing each project, and I think that as the days go by I will continue to do well in my high school graphic design career, but in continuing my education in this major and working in a field closely related to it. I have produced at least 5 projects that reflect my passion for graphic design including the New York World’s Fair, currency recreation, and the handmade film poster from the first semester of my junior year and from the second half up until my most recent project, a book jacket, and an organic drink package design.
I had to create a handmade documentary film poster within the limited color palette: red, black and white to compare to inspirations like Olly Moss and Saul Bass. For this project, I used the movie Vito starring Vito Russo and his continuing inspiration for the LGBT community. In his journey, he was prosecuted for being openly gay and for a public disturbance during rallies for the gay community, which is where I got the idea of handcuffs for my main design. Incorporated into the handcuffs are male symbols, which are actually derived from the astrological symbol for Mars (masculine) to represent gay relationships. I used only construction paper and an exacto knife to achieve the look that I wanted. This was by far the most challenging project in the beginning of the year because it was the first composition that had to be completed by hand. Cutting out the text was the most challenging part but I was very satisfied with my project outcome because I learned in this particular project how to zone out, focus completely and manage my time. Another challenge was to recreate a book jacket from only found materials from the following books: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Crucible, The Awakening, and The Great Gatsby. With these books, the task was to get the reader to get the idea of what the book would be about. The template was 17.5 by 8.5 divided into 5 parts: back flap, back cover, spine, front cover and front flap. The compositions was to be made by hand and scanned in to add text digitally. For this assignment I got to pick The Great Gatsby. In the beginning I read some plot summaries about the characters and symbols in the book. The symbols that stood out to me were the green dock light and crave for status, but then I watched the movie and seen that Jay Gatsby had a remarkable appearance all the time. His quality suits and champagne all said money to me. In one scene he was wearing a bright pink suit which Tom comments on, and I thought that it would be a good cover. I sketched many compositions and finally came up with one that worked. The materials that I used were pink foam paper for the suit, beige felt for the collar and buttons, a pink bedsheet-like material for the shirt and gold and burgundy foil-paper for the tie. The background was created with a light brown watercolor for texture. For the back cover I used more gold foil paper for the champagne topped with a clear paper in the shape of a champagne glass. I used a glue stick and double-sided tape to hold everything together. Once I scanned it in, on illustrator I added reviews from the Daily News, New York Time and the Boston post on the back cover, a portion of the first paragraph if the book on the front flap, and a short autobiography of F. Scott Fitzgerald and how The Great Gatsby came to be. After printing it, I used an exacto knife to cut off the excess paper, used a bone folder to crease and fold it, placed on a book and photographed the cover. Finally, I extracted the photos and cleaned them up in Photoshop. I...
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