Urban Artifact: Phase 4

What I learned during this project was the difference between a stable and an ambiguous figure-ground. I could have done better if I wasn’t limited to what I could draw. For example I聽only had 3 objects to work with, if I聽could have draw freely anything I聽wanted, I could have聽done something totally different.聽From this project I will apply what I leaned to the next by creating stable and ambiguous shapes in the book.



noun permutation

one of the many different ways or forms in which something exists or can be arranged.

” Design is a visual language whose endless permutations result from the particularities of individuals, institutions, and locales that are increasingly connected to one another by acts of communication and exchange.”

I have heard this word in math class back in high school. It was the same meaning just to a different purpose.

source: Merriam-webster.com


noun juxtaposition

the act or an instance of placing two or more things side by side; also :聽 the state of being so placed

“-such juxtapositions include old and new, residential and commercial, historic and replaceable, natural and man-made, constructed and under-construction, well maintained and in disrepair, celebrated and forgotten, etc.”

my first thought of this word was that it probably meant arrangement of some kind.

source: Merriam-webster.com


ENG1101 Project #1: Final Draft

My name is Leonardo Javier Barrales, and no I am not name after the Italian artist. I’m 18 years old, I’m a freshman at City Tech, of Mexican descent. I recently graduated from MLK High School for Law, Advocacy, and Community. The reason I came to this school was because it was the only 4 year college I got accepted to and that I would give this school a chance for now. Another reason why, because I want a fresh start in my life in college, to meet new people, learn more about my major in college. When I’m around people I’m quite the introvert due to me being afraid of how people would react if I say something, plus the feeling that I might not get along with people so long as they get along with me, but if I do get along with people better, the sooner it gets better for me in the future. Also people see me as this person聽with a very serious face which I get that a lot. Since 8th grade I’ve had realized that I’ve had interest in Graphic Design, after I had a computer art class and I was doing some really interesting types of art on the computer and I would get 90s in my class for doing it. Later on in high school, I would be on my iphone using a drawing app I had drawing random things including symbols, like for example drawing this symbol from the first part of the final Harry Potter movie or drawing this somewhat interesting symbol from my favorite band. During my junior year in high school, I began to take art classes it started at first doing different kinds of art and I some types artistic styles I did enjoy doing. Some for example like 3D art and recreating original paintings in any kind of way. But drawing wasn’t just what I like doing, it was also origami, I mostly like a doing somewhat basic stuff like cranes, hummingbirds but in a basic way, mostly likely to say the easy level of making origami. Then again I realized my artistic style in drawing involves mostly聽geometry, of both interest and making. My taste in other types interests are very peculiar or either very perplexed due my liking of聽things that are eccentric. For example, like TV shows, my favorite TV shows are American Horror Story, Game of Thrones, and Gravity Falls.聽Also in music, my liking in genres are pop, punk, rock, alternative, and hip-hop. My favorite artists are Paramore, Demi Lovato, The Pretty Reckless, Bring Me the Horizon, Sleeping with Sirens, Lana Del Rey and etc.

My avatar is well somewhat interesting and confusing, but it’s actually my favorite symbol, to be honest. The reason how it’s my favorite was because I was listening to this album called Sempiternal by favorite band Bring Me the Horizon and I got very interested in the album artwork a lot. That’s why I聽have this picture聽of this flower-like pattern as my avatar on聽my profile I enjoy viewing art that is geometric and it’s my favorite and somewhat most difficult geometric drawing for me to do. This聽symbol is known as the flower of life and it’s common meaning involves on spirituality and enlightenment, to which I also take a little bit of interest in, but it’s I want in life to gain聽peace with others and myself.


My profile conveys on I can express my thoughts on my lifestyle because I’m very helpful and kind, plus I can express on what going on in my life or what I’ve encountered before. Hopefully I can work well with my new classmates by this semester. Also hoping I do well in this semester.

English Project #1 introduction: final

Marcus is my name and art is my purpose in life. Since young it was merely impossible to contain my joy for art and that applies to all fields. Childhood days were spent creating folders upon folders filled with drawings, paintings, sketches, outlines, other days were spent teaching myself Photoshop and convincing my mom to pay monthly so I can have a website. No matter what, I have a great appreciation for all things in life no matter how minor or grand; I treasure every single second and every single last thing this life has to offer from eyesight to friends to family to forests to mountains I hold it all dearly to my heart. My aesthetic reaches beyond the comprehension of many because I love putting myself in other people’s shoes. After studying photography in the High School of Art and Design, that’s what I aimed to do, Put myself in the shoes of numerous people, that was obtainable through visual communications. Learning how, what and why placement, color, shape, line, medium, dimension etc. Is going to affect another person is what i strive to learn through comd1111 because that’ll overall help my understanding with people and can build my art to be more audience friendly. Comd1111 English is also a significant part to my growing experience because learning to communicate away from artistic terms and more in an analog way will help communicate when visuals are not present.

My avatar for this site is an image of me sitting on the edge of a waterfront. Because of editing, the photo appears to be silhouette and it doesn’t seem like water but more like grassy land which i love. Me, in comparison to the buildings in the back, look huge which conceptually i like the idea of me taking over the world. This avatar represents me because i am always Misunderstood and a hard person to figure out. Being alone and contemplating life can be my tranquility and here is what i see, peacefulness. Also the fact that i set high goals to conquer everything that comes toward my way can be represented through my large scale versus the landscape’s small scale. Others may think I just like to be alone or am very dark because the image overall is dark and shadowy.

I love to learn and get inspired, it gives me a feeling of productivity. Aside from that i enjoy bike riding, photo-shoots, running, desserts, shopping, traveling and most of all bringing out the best in others whether its through laughter or motivating them to go further, i love to assist people.

ENG 1101 Project #1 Cover Letter

Project #1 Cover Letter

Please use the paper provided to write me a letter addressing the following questions in any order you like. I will then write a letter to you to provide feedback on your work.

  • What are you most proud of in Project #1?
  • What challenged you the most in Project #1?
  • If you had more time, what would you change?
  • If you could have changed the assignment, how would you have changed it? What would you insist on not changing?
  • Is there anything else I should know about your work or about you as a writer or as a student?


Hello, my name is Jason Murillo, i am 18 years old. and an incoming freshman at City Tech. I reside at Queens, specifically Woodside. I plan to major in Communication Design to later become a video game designer. I really want to do this because i have always had a passion for video games but mostly the art and visuals aspect of them. I originally started drawing and our scribbling when i was in pre-k, i used to always draw Spider-Man. Nothing but Spidey and how he would swing from building to building. There was a time in which all i would do in class is draw and draw, and i’d usually get in trouble. And because of that i had hit a cold streak in my life that, unfortunately, i stopped drawing all together and began to lost my skills as an artist. But after a few years of that i smoothly went back to my once beloved passion.

Project #1 Introduction: Final

My name is Ashley Fernandez, I’m 18 years old and live in Queens. I graduated from High School of Applied Communication which is located in Long Island City. I am now a freshman in City Tech taking Communication Design as a major. I’ve always had an interest in art especially during my school years. I’ve always loved drawing and I would be doing it all the time whether it was in my notebook or on the paint program on the computer. During my years, I really didn’t know what I wanted to major in college or what I wanted to do in life. At that time, I wasn’t really passionate to do a certain thing. But, during my junior year I had to take a graphic design class. I didn’t know what the class was or if I would actually have an interest in it. As I got to learn more about it and go to do some projects, I actually enjoyed it. That’s where my interest in Graphic Design started from. I am passionate about creating and drawing. If I’m creating something, I like to put my own style into that work. When I don’t really have anything to do, I like to draw most of the time. I’m more of a visual drawer. I like to draw the certain object if it’s in front of me. I’m not really sure what my design aesthetic is, but I’m figuring that out slowly as I’m learning more in my major. In five to ten years, I hope to see myself still having an interest in Graphic Design or having a job creating logos or album covers. I describe myself as quiet, shy, and an introvert. I am quiet most of the time and like to have my own little space for myself. I’m the shy type of person who’s not really comfortable to approach or talk to someone first. But once I know the person more, I am comfortable going up to them and talking to them first. I’m not sure what makes me so shy. I think it’s just the way I’ve always been since I was young. I also love to listen to music and it’s what I do most of my time. Some genres that I like to listen to is alternative, pop, Kpop, and sometimes hip-hop/rap.聽

My avatar is the album cover and the new logo of one of my favorite band/group; EXO. I chose this avatar because I like the band but I also thought that their latest logo and album cover was creative and simple with color. When you first look at it, it looks confusing. At first you might see a hexagon but then you might also see a cube. But if you look really carefully, you can see the group’s name. I also liked that the album cover was simple with the colors. Using black as the background, it made the logo really stand out. Like the logo, I want to design something that is simple and looks confusing at first. But when you look at it more, you will see the obvious thing. But I also chose this logo because this band also made me like a new genre of music that I use to really dislike. I didn’t like it because I didn’t understand it and I also did not know why people liked that kind of genre. But as I listened more, I actually started to enjoy it. It made me realize that just because you don’t understand the language, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it.

My avatar can be misleading to other people. When they look at it, they might be confused on what this image might exactly be. They might only see a hexagon or cube. They might not be able to see the band’s name. This might mislead people to think that I’m confusing, hard to figure out, or just like shapes.



My profile will convey who I am and how I present myself in the work. It will also convey that I am simple and hardworking. It matters because I don’t really express who I am in person. But here, people would be able to see that more.

Project #1 Introduction (Final)

“Tk”, is the abbreviation of her name Tsang, Ka Yee. She born in Hong Kong, which is a part of China. Has the different policy of China, 鈥淥ne Country, Two Systems鈥, is a prosperous and many kinds of culture city. She graduated from Lower East Side Prep High School around one and half years ago. She moved to NY around 3 years when she finished high school in her county. She still learning the English, because she wanna improve her English as fast as possible, that will be more helpful for her future life. She’s a optimists and quiet person, but when you get to know more about her. You may not think she’s a quiet person, she always non-stop talking and keep to making fun with you. By the way, She’s a typical Gemini girls, because she always capable of displaying different personality traits at different points of time. It doesn’t mean she’s a “melancholy and moody” person. Also, she doesn’t like to be pinned down by anyone or any rules, always need to experience the world on her own. She thinks Change and freedom are extremely important to her, will never let anyone dictate her. Sometimes she will turn off her phone and stay at home, try to give some time for her brain to release. She loves to play the different types of puzzle. Her design aesthetic involves a foundation of geometric, she falls in love of the geometric figure. She focus of the relationship and distance between the lines and points, then will create the perfect proportion of geometric.


The appearance of my avatar is black&white color and I use my hair cover my face then look into the left side. My avatar could be misleading because it not really show my face and using the black&white color then it will hard to understand me. That’s like I wanna hide myself and forbid people to know more about me, because of the action and color might make my avatar more mysterious.

My complete profile will convey who I am and my personality. Even though, I know my avatar聽not exactly show my personality, and still hide something. By the way,聽 I believe time will show everything if you wanna know more about me.

Urban Artifacts: Phase 3

The first one which was the stable piece took about an hour to an hour and a half. The second one which is the ambiguous took around three to four hours. All together it took about four to five hours to complete.


For this project, instead of inking in our ambiguous and stable drawings, we had to re-create using black paper and making cut outs of the objects. This project relates to the previous phase by having the same designs we made but using a different method to create it. Instead of inking the drawings like the last phase, we used black drawing paper, cut the shapes,聽and arranged聽it how it was supposed to be.