Dahun

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Persona Poster – Dahun

This is the first digital portrait that I really appreciated. The biggest feature of this portrait is that it used polygons to illustrate a woman.  Her whole figure was presented only through polygons so it easily attracts people’s attraction. The use of polygons also helps this portrait look neat and clean.  All the polygons have different colors, which explicitly presents the shade on her face. The color of this portrait also makes this it successful. Her hair is in red and the background is in turquoise.  Those two colors are in complementary contrast relations, so the colors stand out.  It seems like the author first sketched an approximate figure, filled it in with the polygons, and colored it.

This is the second digital portrait that I really appreciated. The biggest feature of this portrait is that it uses various colors in a man’s skin. He first used orange to set the overall tone of his face. Then, he added colors such as red, purple, green, and blue, making his face look colorful. What is really interesting is various colors are not arranged in a messy way, but are distributed according to light and shade, giving a three-dimensional effect.  It seems like the author first sketched an approximate figure, filled it in with the polygons, and colored it.

This is the third digital portrait that I really appreciated. The biggest feature of this portrait is that it is in a form of illustration drawn with paint. Therefore, the portrait has a texture of the paintbrush. As it is in the form of illustration, the portrait is drawn with great detail, especially her eyes. In addition, this portrait is in the structure of light coming from the right, so it shows sharp contrast between light and dark. Lastly, this portrait also has a feature relating to colors. All the colors used in this portrait is brown, yellowish-brown, and apricot.  The colors are similar to each other, so the poster has a strong cohesion of colors. It seems like the author first sketched an approximate figure, organized light and dark, then colored it. ㅣ

 

This is the fourth digital portrait the I really appreciated. The biggest feature of this portrait is simplicity. The portrait only used the least elements needed to illustrate a person. Therefore, her face is not drawn, and it only shows a figure of a woman. However, even though it was painted with minimal use, it feels neater than lacking.  The detail is concentrated in clothings more than the face, so it helps the helps audiences to concentrate on clothings.  It seems like the author first sketched an approximate figure, added details on the clothing, and then colored it.

This is the fifth digital portrait the I really appreciated. The biggest feature of this portrait is its color. The portrait consists of white and black, which presents a dark atmosphere of the portrait. Moreover, the use of white and black explicitly presents light and dark contrast. The portrait also has a rough texture of paintbrush, which adds on to the dark atmosphere of the portrait. It seems like the author first sketched an approximate figure, organized light and dark, then colored it. Lastly, it colored the background with a paintbrush.

A plan for my persona poster

For my persona poster, I will mainly use adobe illustrator. It is the most basic graphic design tool, and Mr. Griffin also spent a few lessons about how to use it.  Therefore, it was appropriate for my beginning graphic design skills. I am planning to choose my passport photo to be the base of my self-portrait. The reason why I chose a passport photo is because it is in the front view,  being easy for me to show light and dark.  Based on the photo, I am going to use vectors to sketch the line of the photo. The tool “Anchor” and “intersect” will help me trace the lines effectively. While doing so, I should use the “layer” system to draw separate parts of the portrait and put it all together in the end. Then, I will color the sketch based on the original photo.   Lastly, I will identify where the light is coming from, and illustrate the detail of light and dark.

Process of my self-portrait

 

Firstly, I traced the overall face line of from the passport photo using the vector system of adobe illustrator. Then I set my base skin and hair color.  This base skin color became the standard color when showing light and dark detail.

In this stage, I added eyes, nose, mouth, eyebrows, and ears on my face line. Still, all the elements of face lack in detail. However, this stage was crucial in that it set the basic structure of my portrait.

In this stage, I added some details on my face. The light and dark contrast was added on my nose, ears, and face to provide a three-dimensional effect. Moreover, I drew eyelashes and the reflection of light on the eyes to make it look real. The illustration of my face was done on this stage.

In this stage, I sketched a line of neck and body based on the photo through the vector system. Then I roughly colored them in. Still, the detail of my neck and body lacks in this stage.

Lastly, I polished my neck and body. I drew the shades on my neck to give a three-dimensional effect. To make the intersection of my neck and body smooth, I drew dark shade between it. Finally, my self-portrait is done!

 

 

Final Product & Reflection

 

The following is my final product.

I started the whole project with my self-portrait. Firstly, I traced the overall face line of from the passport photo using the vector system of adobe illustrator. Then I set my base skin and hair. This base skin color became the standard color when showing light and dark detail In the next stage, I added eyes, nose, mouth, eyebrows, and ears on my face line. Still, all the elements of the face lacked in detail. However, this stage was crucial in that it set the basic structure of my portrait. In the third stage, I added some details on my face. The light and dark contrast was added on my nose, ears, and face to provide a three-dimensional effect. Moreover, I drew eyelashes and the reflection of light on the eyes to make it look real. The illustration of my face was done on this stage. In the fourth stage, I sketched a line of neck and body based on the photo through the vector system. Then I roughly colored them in. The detail of my neck and body lacked in this stage. Lastly, I polished my neck and body. I drew the shades on my neck to give a three-dimensional effect. To make the intersection of my neck and body smooth, I drew dark shade between it. Finally, my self-portrait was done!

Then, I used the self-portrait to make the persona poster.  I used Canva to make the poster, as I was familiar with using it. I wanted to make my poster simple enough so that it can convey the idea efficiently. However, I did not want them to seem empty,  so I embedded my portrait at the bottom left, and wrote information on the remaining space. I wanted to make a strong cohesion between the self-portrait and the background of my poster, so I chose an apricot background that resembles my skin color. As the background was apricot, I used dark green and white color for the writings so that it stands out.

I think my work is good in terms of poster design. I paid a lot of attention in the resemblance of portrait and background, and the visibility of the font. Moreover, I designed the poster so that it does not seem empty nor complicated. As a result, my poster effectively conveys the idea about myself. I think the self-portrait was also good in terms of light and dark comparison. It was explicitly used on my nose, ears, face, and my neck, so that it gives a three-dimensional effect. The gray shade between my neck and body makes my portrait look smooth.

However, I should improve on my lips. Compared to the other elements of my portrait, lips are the part that had the weakest detail. I was new to adobe illustrator, so I could not illustrate the wrinkle and the complex reflection of light on the lips. Next time, I should practice adobe illustrator enough so that I can add some complex details.

Dahun Final Product

 

 

 

 

6 Comments

  1. Hi Dahun,
    I really enjoyed reading the process. It was written in a great detail which helped me to understand the process easily. Also it was interesting to know that you payed attention in the resemblance of portrait and background.

  2. Hello Dahun~~
    I really entertained the progress of your self-portrait. Each paragraph’s detail helped to indulge in sentimentalism deeply and made us empathize with your purpose and idea. Your poster and text had the opposite color, so it was good to see clearly.

  3. Hello Dahun~~

    I entertained the progress of your self-portrait. Each paragraph’s detail helped to indulge in sentimentalism deeply and made us empathize with your purpose and idea. Your poster and text had the opposite color, so it was good to see clearly.

  4. Hey, Dahun,

    I really like how you analyzed each design example precisely. I could know how you paid a lot of attention to the poster with your thorough explanation of the process. Also, I would like to know why you choose those colors to express yourself in the poster.

  5. Hi Dahun,
    Honestly, I’m surprised you went and did an entire analysis on all your design inspirations, props to you! I’m not sure if this was what you were going for, but I think you tried to pay attention to depth and tone of the image — a sort of cartoon-realism. I do think, that maybe if you wanted to, you could add more detail to the image, your facial features. Your poster’s layout was clean and the color scheme is something I personally really liked.

  6. Hi Dahun, well done for all of your excellent work. You have made a wonderful self-portrait and the poster is working very nicely with the overall style. I agree with Haewon that it would be good to make some minor refinements to the portrait if you had more time. Your blog reflection is super detailed and follows the rubric closely. Thanks for all your work!!

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