Visual communication concentrates on the visual presentation of information. I have learned integrated theories of design, techniques of composition, technologies of electronic and print publishing, and design principles with hands-on practice in visual literacy, layout and design, and graphic tools.
Below is a sampling of the work done for class. By clicking on a thumbnail, you can see what each work was about, as well as a few additional works done for particular projects.
The assignment for this first piece was to create a piece on any topic using only two colors with no shading or tones.
I was inspired by a classmate's piece that she previewed online, and decided to do something similar. Below is actually a self-portrait of my son. He took the photo using my iPhone. I took that photo, and made it as two-toned as I could. It was difficult since there was a lot of shading and tones, even in this simple photo. I used his favorite color--purple--for this Warhol-esque picture. Making a graphic like this is not as easy as it looks!
This project was to create a piece on any topic using only two colors, but include shading and/or tones.
The Chapel Wall:
This is based on a photograph that captured a detail of the Princeton University Chapel side wall by the garden. The colors were chosen for their cool tones to denote a bit of both serenity and energy of the garden.
This project was to create a piece on any topic using multiple colors and tones.
The first thing I thought of with this assignment was the works of Andy Warhol, who used silkscreen techniques to over-colorize the photos of popular icons of the day, such as Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe. People know those works especially, or his famous Campbell Soup cans almost instantly. What I like about these works is that they take images that could be very flat, and add new dimension by toying with the colors displayed.
With this inspiration, I chose to take a more recent pop icon, the late Diana, Princess of Wales. I took a photo that was done by Mario Testino in the last formal photo shoot he did with her that was originally published in the July 1997 issue of Vanity Fair, a month before she died. The photo portfolio was called “Diana Reborn”, and in a sense, her death gave her a rebirth unto the ages.
I chose to use primary colors as much as possible, because I wanted strong colors for a strong woman. Her convictions were very straightforward and simple, much like primary colors. You will also notice that there are some golden highlights in her skin tones. I did this because to me, it made her seem more like the "golden child" or have an angelic aura about her. Lastly, I did my best to take out as much black and white from the original photo, as life is not necessarily like a comic book, with outlines of figures. Shadows aren't always black, and hightlights aren't always white.
This project was to create a digital photograph of some emotional significance.
I chose this photo because it showed two kids in “puppy love” on a rainy day. The occasion was a school field trip, which happened to also be my son’s birthday. He was quite smitten with the little girl in the photo (and still is, even though she moved away), and she felt the same about him, and on this rainiest of days, they stuck together like glue, just happy to spend the day with each other despite the gloomy weather. First love, even when you are that young, is still pretty important, and this photo showed how unbreakable it was, at least on that day.
Project: Modify your digital photograph using a photo editing program.
I took the same photograph from earlier, with the intent to exaggerate the rainy day surroundings. I wanted the “background” to look like a painting that had water splattered on it. If you’ve seen the Disney movie, “Mary Poppins”, you may remember the section of the movie where Bert had drawn the chalk sketches, and after the rousing number of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, it started to rain, and the drawings became streaked with raindrops. I wanted to have that effect. I also wanted to change the color tones a bit to make it seem more dank and dismal on that day. The idea, going forward, was to take the young couple, and highlight them and their friendship by keeping them in bright and bold colors, and even shedding some additional sunshine on them, with the concept of their friendship or puppy love was too bright and happy to even let them get down on a dark and dank day.
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