It feels like we still have forever until school can start again. In the meantime, we are doing eLearning to continue our coursework.
When I first heard the news about doing eLearning, I thought it would be back to back video calls for each class. But this current system is working well: daily assignments are posted, and you are required to complete it within a designated time frame. Surprisingly, it didn’t take long for me to adjust; it’s just like school but without the lectures and only homework. The best part is that we get more downtime and can manage our time freely.
The overwhelming levels differ from day to day, depending on the workload. But I’ve managed to find good balance and routine. What I find the most challenging about eLearning is going through the material on our own. At times this is better because I can work at my own pace; however, having a teacher guide you through it would still be more beneficial and efficient. A suggestion is to get some feedback on our assignments, for example, the past “Valentine” work would be helpful.
In this unit, we practiced observational and visualization drawing.
Observational drawing is useful for the define and enquire phase of the design process because it allows you to gather and illustrate initial ideas and prepare them for further development.
We practiced observational drawings using two methods. The first was fast sketching, where we had 10-20 seconds to sketch each object. In the second activity, we familiarized ourselves with pen, pencil, and color pencil to draw glassware, silverware, and fruits.
The biggest challenge with visualization drawing is translating the image from your head onto paper because it’s difficult to create an exact replica.
For the visualization part of the unit, we sketched and finalized our ideas on logos for ISB’s 40th anniversary.
When creating this vector portrait, I began with an outline using the pen tool to create round edges, separating the hair, skin, and facial features into different layers. The most challenging part was deciding on which details to include. Over time, I was able to let go of the need to capture every detail or creating smooth color transitions. Instead, I forced myself to use larger shapes and increased the color contrast to create dimension. I also see an improvement in making clean, round lines.
My poster reflects my aesthetic, where I like to have a mixture of realistic and ‘imaginative’ aspects. Ariev Soeharto was my inspiration for this poster; I incorporated his graphic style for the figure, using minimal shading and curved lines. In his artwork, Soeharto tends to have a playful and freeform background, so I added an abstract blob of pink and used a bubble font.
What do you think graphic design is?
A means of communication through visuals that is targeted towards a chosen audience.
What skills do you hope to learn?
design layout, content for specific types of graphic design, editing images.
What is the best thing you ever made?
a human sized wave prop for the swim team.
What do you want to make?
brand logos or ads.
What strengths do you have that you can bring to your learning in this course?
I’m in art hl so hopefully what I’ve learned from there and my drawing skills will help me in this course.